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Roden 1/72 Gotha bomber

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cnq
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Roden 1/72 Gotha bomber
Posted by cnq on Thursday, January 20, 2022 10:12 AM

Hi guys,

 

  Just finished my 1st Roden kit depicting the WW1 German Bomber. This kit is not that great when it comes to parts fitting, manual, decals. The decals are very old & dry & brittle in water.  I'd think you need some experience working on biplane kits before trying to tackle this one :)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by GasPasser on Thursday, January 20, 2022 8:48 PM

Whoa, that's rad! Is that really the color scheme they used on those things?? I had no idea, totally wild. Nice work, thanks for posting that.

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Posted by rangerj on Friday, January 21, 2022 12:05 PM

I cannot help but wonder if that kit is the old Aurora molds. I know that many of the old Aurora mold were destroyed in a train wreck, but many of them survived. Monogram did a couple of them, e.g. the Folker DR VII. Yes, those paint jobs were common on German WWI aircraft. Remember the "Flying Circus"? I started my model building with Aurora WWI kits and still have a few of them unopened, Back then they were simply taped and not celophane wrapped. $0.79 to $0.98 was common back then for a model kit. Early Monogram kits were often a mixture of plastic and balsa wood. "Box scale", that is whatever scale would fit the common company box, was often the case. FUN!

That is a great looking Gotha bomber. 

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Posted by rocketman2000 on Friday, January 21, 2022 12:50 PM

I rediscovered that kit in my stash yesterday while looking for another hit.  I have built a number of Rodan kits, and aware of their hit or miss quality.  I am also a big biplane fan, so I know how to build jigs if the design does not lend itself to maintaining angles right.  So I decided to move it up in my bench queue.  I build a lot of sailing ships, so rigging does not bother me.

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by the Baron on Friday, January 21, 2022 1:08 PM

rangerj

I cannot help but wonder if that kit is the old Aurora molds. I know that many of the old Aurora mold were destroyed in a train wreck, but many of them survived... 

Sadly, I don't think the Gotha was one of them.

True, some of the molds were damaged in transit from Long Island to Morton Grove, but Monogram also disposed of much of the rest of the catalog, too.  The salvage value of the metal in many cases was more than the cost of retooling them and then the potential sales revenue.

Plus, the Gotha was in a larger scale, wasn't it?  Sold as 1/48, though even if that wasn't quite accurate, it was bigger than it would have been in 1/72.

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Posted by scottrc on Friday, January 21, 2022 1:39 PM

Fantasitc job,

I could never get Roden decals to work, even after getting them placed and looking decent, they would deteriorate within a few months and be a craking, flaking mess.

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Posted by GMorrison on Friday, January 21, 2022 1:59 PM

That is impressive. According to scalemates it is a Roden original.

 

Bill

 Modeling is an excuse to buy books.

 

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Posted by keavdog on Friday, January 21, 2022 4:56 PM

What a beauty.  That is quite the striking looking airplane - would love to have it on my shelves.  Well done.

Thanks,

John

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Posted by GMorrison on Friday, January 21, 2022 5:13 PM

Can you flip it over to show the gun tunnel on the ventral surface, please?

 

Bill

 Modeling is an excuse to buy books.

 

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Posted by Real G on Friday, January 21, 2022 6:34 PM

Amazing to see a Roden Gotha built!  YesYes

I believe the Aurora kit was 1/48-ish?  In any case, the Roden Gotha is a fiendishly original mold, and in "the Devil's Scale" of 1/72.  I had that kit, opened it, and said "no way", and gave it to a more talented friend.  BTW, stiff, brittle decals are par for Roden.

“Ya ya ya, unicorn papoi!”

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Posted by GMorrison on Friday, January 21, 2022 7:06 PM

I built the Roden Felixstowe and it took a really long time, but I was pleased with the end product. the kits have really nice detail.

Bill

 Modeling is an excuse to buy books.

 

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Friday, January 21, 2022 8:18 PM

That livery is absolutely striking!

Chad

God, Family, Models...

At the plate: 1/48 Airfix Bf109 & 1/35 Tamiya Famo

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Posted by jeaton01 on Friday, January 21, 2022 8:30 PM

Yeah, the Aurora kit is 1/48 and has nothing to do with the Roden kit.  I bought several Aurora Gotha kits that came from an estate recently.  Best done as a nostalgia build.  It is probably the only Aurora WW I model I didn't build at least one of as a flea. That and the DH-10.  Perhaps I had moved on to Monogram by then.

John

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fox
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Posted by fox on Friday, January 21, 2022 8:50 PM

Fantsatic build cnq! Love it! ToastToastToast

Jim Captain

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Posted by lurch on Saturday, January 22, 2022 3:32 AM

Fantastic work.

cnq
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Posted by cnq on Saturday, January 22, 2022 11:28 AM

thank you friends for your comments.

Below is another shots of the underside 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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