Blue Max 1/48 Scale Kit
De Havilland D.H.2
Blue Max 1/48 Scale Kit
Translucent upper wing created in Photoshop!
Blue Max's 1/48 scale D.H.2 is a
online from Squadron
This is the 1/48 Blue Max
Airco DH2 built with Tomasz Gronczewski's wonderful brass set and...
ahem... considerable further modification.
The fuselage/nacelle is scratch built. Heatsmashing the nose and engine
cowling was an exercise in anger management. After burning through about
twenty bucks worth of plastic stock, I finally got good results with .4mm
Evergreen sheet. The Lewis gun ammo drum holders are scratched from .125mm
sheet, heat smashed using boiling water as heat source (the sheet being
too delicate for normal electric stove softening). Upper lip rimmed with
very thinly stretched sprue. The seat belt (barely visible here) is early
RFC type from the Eduard RFC belt set (48303). Coaming is lead foil.
Tail boom is from the kit, with struts cut from .5mm brass rod-cored
flattened brass pipe and soldered in place. Vertical stab and rudder are
built around Tomacz's framework skinned in .25mm Evergreen.
Monosoupape is scratched around cylinders purloined from the DML Fokker
Triplane kit (which is still too far down the "to do" pile to worry about
right now...). Datafile photos were invaluable in this venture.
Pushrods are stretched sprue,
cylinder heads are punch'n'die'd Evergreen sheet and chopped Evergreen
The engine block is disks
cut from 1mm Evergreen sheet, garnished with punch'n'die'd rivets and .3mm
solder wire bent into circles (this stuff kicks butt for bungee
suspension, too, btw).
Wingtop fuel tank is scratch built. The top lid rim is stretched sprue
glued around the circumference of the tank.
Rigging is mostly magic-markered
monofilament with the previously explained "Hashimoto turnbuckles", then
given a final coat of Modelmaster Gunship Grey applied by brush. This
paint takes very well to the monofilament after the rigging has been hit
with some flat overspray.
Areas I felt would not take the stress of monofilament rigging -- such as
the aileron control horns alongside the nacelle and rudder-- were instead
rigged with stretched nylon pantyhose thread.
I would like to thank
everyone on the World War I Modeling List who helped me with this project,
especially my "sensei" and initial inspiration, the Man With The Golden
Tweezers, Dr. Tom Morgan.
A special thanks also to
Tomasz G. for the brass, to Stephen Mudgett for selling me the Blue Max
kit in the first place, to Stephen Perry and Bob Laskodi for wing help, to
Sanjeev Hirve for Lewis gun guidance and to Roger Fabrocini from Plane
Talking for sending me a much needed rigging diagram from the 1/72 Eduard
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2003 by Bucky Sheftall
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17 March, 2004
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