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    Like I said when I first posted this pic, it looks 'factory fresh'.


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    My DH2.

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    Rob.

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    Here is Ltn Albert Bigg's DH-2 from 24 Sqd. He just hopes no one prangs it whilst he is on wound leave in Paris. He just loves this aircraft that has earned him 3 Victories.

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    I do like the stencil effect on the numbers and letters Barry.
    Rob.

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    Here is another of my Skytrex repaints flown by a very young Flt.Ltn. Kyte. long before he took command of the "Bulldogs"


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    Rob.

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    D.H.2 from Skytrex. Hawker and Saundby.

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    /Jörgen

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    Great D.H.2 you guys have there.Well done!!!
    Oh and Wombat what a nice Couple of Airco!!
    Nice job!!

    Nick

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    Another very nice couple of aircraft Jorgen.
    The Red and white striped struts have come out particularly well.
    Rob.

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    I have started working on my first model ever - Airco DH 2.

    I disassembled the whole thing first
    1. Top wing+top part of the kite - it has bars mounted that connect the top and bottom
    2. The bottom wing and bottom part of the kite
    3. The gear part
    4. Machine gun is just squashed in the cabin by a peg - pull it out
    5. The motor with the propeller is just squashed in the cabin by a peg - pull it out - i broke the propeller off by mistake

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    I added very thin Humbrol 103 on the fabric parts just to tone them and make them look dim.

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    A large part of the cabin is metal made, so i think i may leave it the way it is, just paint the plastic part so they match.
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    Looks neat! Good luck and happy building!

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    When I received a DH.2 (RFC - Capt. John Andrews) from my brother it sort of whispered to me (rig-rig-rig). That open tubular fuselage is great and I thought let's give this a try, but what to use and how to go about it? Although heavy, I thought 32 gauge wire was a good fit with the already heavy Ares fuselage. This made installation easy since the wire is easily cut to length and ACCed into place.Click image for larger version. 

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ID:	187436. After that I thought I would start in on the wing struts using my left over monofilament thread (came with the Minicraft 350 scale Titanic). Since it is wound on a piece of cardboard instead od a spool, I could cut off straight pieces which could be cut to length and also ACCed into place.Click image for larger version. 

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ID:	187437. I wanted to repaint struts so I figured I would do that before I got to far along with rigging. The Airco rigging is complicated and rather hard to figure out from kits and photos. I did what I felt confident about and also made my task a bit easier by not doing control cables except for the wing ailerons. For that I pin drilled the upper wing and inserted a small bit of 32 g wire along with the Monofilement and ACCed in place.
    Although I would like to add other control cables, I don't want a 144 scale static model, I want to be able to grab it and put it in play without destroying cables that would be all over the craft. I think it turned out ok. Unfortunately the photos show how the repaint accentuates the thickness of the Ares struts, but to the naked eye it looks faily good.Click image for larger version. 

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    You made a good job of that William.
    Rob.
    "Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you're scared to death."

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    Very nice

    "He is wise who watches"

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    That's real dedication, William!

    And madness, too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flying Helmut View Post
    That's real dedication, William!

    And madness, too!
    Tim, I agree with the madness part, but once I started I couldn't help it. A demon took me over. Thank goodness it passed!

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    Rigging takes dedication and skill far beyond the skill of the average mere mortal! Well done!

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    Nice work, William!
    Voilà le soleil d'Austerlitz!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flying Helmut View Post
    That's real dedication, William!

    And madness, too!
    Madness is good
    Great work

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    That's a serious bit of business, there! Nicely done!

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    Airco DH2 5964, Major Lanoe George Hawker V.C. 'A' Flight, 24 Squadron, Summer/Autumn 1916

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    Ares "Hawker", repainted.............................
    PC 10 - 'Vallejo "Brown Violet"
    CDL - Misterkit "RFC/RAF Clear Doped Linen"
    others (all 'Vallejo')
    Engine - "Oily Steel" Prop - "Natural Wood" over "Yellow Ochre", blade tips "Brass"
    Cockpit rim - "Cavalry Brown" Tyres - "Cold Grey" Wheel covers - "Red"
    Struts - "Dark Sea Grey", "Red"/"White"

    Decals - tail stripes, Serial numbers & underwing roundels by 'Miscmini'
    top wing and fuselage roundels by '1/144 Direct'
    Last edited by Flying Helmut; 11-25-2018 at 14:08.
    I laugh in the face of danger - then I hide until it goes away!

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    Airco DH2 5998, 2Lt John Oliver Andrews, 'A' Flight, 24 Squadron, Summer/Autumn 1916

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    Ares "Andrews", repainted.............................
    PC 10 - 'Vallejo "Brown Violet"
    CDL - Misterkit "RFC/RAF Clear Doped Linen"
    others (all 'Vallejo')
    Engine - "Oily Steel" Prop - "Natural Wood" over "Yellow Ochre", blade tips "Brass"
    Cockpit rim - "Cavalry Brown" Tyres - "Cold Grey" Wheel covers - "Red"
    Struts - "Dark Sea Grey", "Red"/"White"

    Decals - tail stripes, Serial numbers & underwing roundels by 'Miscmini'
    top wing and fuselage roundels by '1/144 Direct'
    Last edited by Flying Helmut; 11-25-2018 at 13:57.
    I laugh in the face of danger - then I hide until it goes away!

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    Airco DH2 5928, 2Lt Robert Henry Magnus Spencer Saundby, 'A' Flight, 24 Squadron, Summer/Autumn 1916

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    Ares "Saundby", repainted.............................
    PC 10 - 'Vallejo "Brown Violet"
    CDL - Misterkit "RFC/RAF Clear Doped Linen"
    others (all 'Vallejo')
    Engine - "Oily Steel" Prop - "Natural Wood" over "Yellow Ochre", blade tips "Brass"
    Cockpit rim - "Cavalry Brown" Tyres - "Cold Grey" Wheel covers - "Red"
    Struts - "Dark Sea Grey", "Red"/"White"

    Decals - tail stripes, Serial numbers & underwing roundels by 'Miscmini'
    top wing and fuselage roundels by '1/144 Direct'
    Last edited by Flying Helmut; 11-25-2018 at 14:07.
    I laugh in the face of danger - then I hide until it goes away!

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    Airco DH2 5924, 2Lt David Mary Tidmarsh, 'A' Flight, 24 Squadron, Summer 1916

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    Ares "Saundby", repainted.............................

    CDL - Misterkit "RFC/RAF Clear Doped Linen"
    others (all 'Vallejo')
    Engine - "Oily Steel" Prop - "Natural Wood" over "Yellow Ochre", blade tips "Brass"
    Cockpit rim - "Cavalry Brown" Tyres - "Cold Grey" Wheel covers - "Red"
    Struts - "Dark Sea Grey", "Red"/"White"

    Decals - tail stripes, Serial numbers & underwing roundels by 'Miscmini'
    top wing and fuselage roundels by '1/144 Direct'
    Last edited by Flying Helmut; 11-25-2018 at 14:18.
    I laugh in the face of danger - then I hide until it goes away!

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    Airco DH2 5930, 2Lt Otto Lerwill, 'A' Flight, 24 Squadron, Summer 1916

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    Ares "Saundby", repainted.............................

    CDL - Misterkit "RFC/RAF Clear Doped Linen"
    others (all 'Vallejo')
    Engine - "Oily Steel" Prop - "Natural Wood" over "Yellow Ochre", blade tips "Brass"
    Cockpit rim - "Cavalry Brown" Tyres - "Cold Grey" Wheel covers - "Red"
    Struts - "Dark Sea Grey", "Red"/"White"

    Decals - tail stripes, Serial numbers & underwing roundels by 'Miscmini'
    top wing and fuselage roundels by '1/144 Direct'
    Last edited by Flying Helmut; 11-25-2018 at 14:24.
    I laugh in the face of danger - then I hide until it goes away!

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    Airco DH2 5967, 2Lt Robert Henry Magnus Spencer Saundby, 'A' Flight, 24 Squadron, Summer/Autumn 1916

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    Ares "Saundby", repainted.............................
    PC 10 - 'Vallejo "Brown Violet"
    CDL - Misterkit "RFC/RAF Clear Doped Linen"
    others (all 'Vallejo')
    Engine - "Oily Steel" Prop - "Natural Wood" over "Yellow Ochre", blade tips "Brass"
    Cockpit rim - "Cavalry Brown" Tyres - "Cold Grey" Wheel covers - "Red"
    Struts - "Dark Sea Grey", "Red"/"White"

    Decals - tail stripes, Serial numbers & underwing roundels by 'Miscmini'
    top wing and fuselage roundels by '1/144 Direct'
    Last edited by Flying Helmut; 11-25-2018 at 14:31.
    I laugh in the face of danger - then I hide until it goes away!

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    All six

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    Airco DH2 6015 - Elderly 'Shapeways' model, bought ready-painted on ebay.

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    New overpaint of struts, cockpit, tail stripes and Heart emblem.

    Overall 'Army Painter' "Soft Tone"

    Serial number decal by 'Miscmini' is 32 Squadron
    Last edited by Flying Helmut; 11-25-2018 at 14:42.
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    Great work Tim. Nice seeing multiples flying and re-paints of the same squadron. Do you have the cards to go with them?
    See you on the Dark Side......

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    Very fine they all look too Tim.
    Rob.
    "Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you're scared to death."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skafloc View Post
    Great work Tim. Nice seeing multiples flying and re-paints of the same squadron. Do you have the cards to go with them?
    Thanks!

    Yes, I have cards for all six 24 Squadron kites, but not for the weathered 32 Squadron machine.

    Since I now have more than 100 repaint planes without cards, I'm targeting repaints for which I already have cards made up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Flying Helmut View Post
    Since I now have more than 100 repaint planes without cards, I'm targeting repaints for which I already have cards made up.
    Think we had the conversation about cards Tim
    Run for your life - there are stupid people everywhere!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Guntruck View Post
    Think we had the conversation about cards Tim
    That's right, we did!

    I even took about 50 top-down photos, too!

    Completely forgot - I'm getting so OLD!!!!!
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    Great set of DH2s Tim. Another top notch job!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flying Helmut View Post
    That's right, we did!

    I even took about 50 top-down photos, too!

    Completely forgot - I'm getting so OLD!!!!!
    Let’s have ‘em and I’ll get cracking
    Run for your life - there are stupid people everywhere!

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    I'll try to remember to send some tonight.
    I laugh in the face of danger - then I hide until it goes away!

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    Wonderful re-paints! Love the DH.2s, Tim!

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    Whose been a busy chap then - very nice indeed Tim - top class Rep inbound.

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    Thanks for the accolades, chaps!

    And thanks for the Rep!
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    Lovely repaints as usual Tim, be good to see a squadron of DH2 on the table

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    Shapeways DH2's painted for the OTT campaign Daring Young Men

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    These are the first Shapeways planes I have painted along with 2 FE2b's and 2 Fokker E111 for the same campaign. I managed to place the tail decals the wrong way round and had to overpaint them. Bugger.

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    Well, they'll do!

    Good job, John!
    I laugh in the face of danger - then I hide until it goes away!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flying Helmut View Post
    Well, they'll do!

    Good job, John!
    Cheers mate - I took your advice in the end and went with the blue numbers and blue struts, but I had a winged claw decal and just had to put it on, to balance the number decal just for the aesthetic, the jury is still out on that ahistorical moment on my part.

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    Made a very neat job of those John.
    Rob.
    "Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you're scared to death."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flying Officer Kyte View Post
    Made a very neat job of those John.
    Rob.
    Thanks Rob, I saw 3 of the Ares DH2's go for £102 each on Ebay not so long ago and decided I was never going to get an original so this was my only route. Lots of dilute PVA but they are reasonably smooth.
    Cheers

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    I like the winged claw, John. Well done, all around!

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    Good job John. Can't wait to see these battling your E.IIIs.

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    Thanks for the thumbs up on these.

    Peter I didn't think this through properly because they appear in Feb 16, I think but that's 5 or 6 months away in real time.

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    You are putting together an excellent bunch of early war aircraft, John.
    Looking forward to seeing them in action.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vagabond View Post
    Thanks for the thumbs up on these.

    Peter I didn't think this through properly because they appear in Feb 16, I think but that's 5 or 6 months away in real time.
    Neither did I as I started to paint up a couple of Pfalz E.IIIs, which I just found out don't make our timeline.

    I guess you could use them as Vickers Gunbus?

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