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This all started with a venerable 1/72 Airfix Fokker Dr. 1 a good friend sent me recently (thanks a million, hamsterman!).



Isn't that box art great? The kit, not so much. It's a creature of its time (the 1950's is my guess) and is terribly simple by modern standards. The front office is a great example. It's entirely empty except for an unlucky and anemic pilot figure whose duty is to fill the breech.

This was going to need an upgrade of sorts.



Figuring not much would be seen, I kept it simple and added a cut-down seat and a rudimentary instrument panel.



The kit's rudder seemed comically tiny to me and since Austrian license-built Albatrosses had small modifications, I thought H.A.W. might improve this area as well.



I had to add new cabanes to replace the parts that hadn't survived the ensuing decades intact.



I left off the interplane struts as a nod to the original Fokker Triplane prototype. I like the idea that they were only added to mollify pilots who didn't understand that they weren't needed due to cantilever construction but found their omission frightening.



The terrible two-in-one Airfix engine & cowling were replaced with better parts from an Eduard Nieuport. The prop was swiped from a DH Chipmunk.



Painting was done with the old hairy stick and acrylics. Polly Scale PA RR Maroon and a custom OD on the wings & horiz stabs and Polly Scale Warpac "Gray" on the fuselage.



The underside was painted Polly Scale Light Blue and the rudder stripes were done free-hand with Model Masters Flat Black and Insignia Yellow. Decals were from spares, the Habsburg Empire checkerboards were from a P-47 and the fuselage codes were from a Junkers J.1 I think. Before I forget, here's a "money shot" (U.S. penny for scale).



I'd like to thank Bill for his kindness in sending the kit, Seņor Ysi for bravely moderating this GB and those of you playing along or just stopping by for a look.



Brian da Basher
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Habsburgerreich Luftfahrtruppen (Habsburg Empire air arm) Dr. III triplane





These aircraft were built under license by Habsburgerreich Aviatik Werke (H.A.W.) and the original Fokker design was slightly modified with a new rudder to improve turning performance and a different, locally made rotary engine which was a copy of the famous French Rhone Gnome.



While these triplanes soon became obsolescent, they soldiered on until Habsburgerreich Luftfahrtruppen fighter units were re-equipped in the 1920's.



No examples survive today and the so-called "experts" still argue about the exact colors they were painted.



Brian da Basher
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Other / Re: Just some cool photos...nothing more, nothing less...
« Last post by AXOR on Yesterday at 03:53:58 AM »
Mmmm that's nice !
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Sea / Re: Tmiya Bismark 1/350
« Last post by kpnuts on Yesterday at 03:02:48 AM »
Hi all started on the base 







I've tried to get the seabed undulations as like the photos as I can, still got some fine tweaking to do to it yet.

I've drawn some of the damage on the hull and decking I'm thinking of using a soldering iron to inflict it.





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Other / Re: Just some cool photos...nothing more, nothing less...
« Last post by The Big Gimper on September 17, 2018, 09:01:50 PM »


Astronaut Chris Hadfield flying the Vintage Wings of Canada Spitfire Mk. IX at the Battle of Britain service yesterday in Gatineau.
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Land / Re: Sherman from 1984 "Tank" movie - 1/35 - WIP
« Last post by Steve Blazo on September 17, 2018, 08:50:08 PM »
A very good start for sure. Clean looking paint job.
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Land / Re: Norsu Heavy APC (M113 / Centurion kitbash)
« Last post by Steve Blazo on September 17, 2018, 08:47:38 PM »
Very nice. Definitely watching with interest.   :))
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Land / Re: Sherman from 1984 "Tank" movie - 1/35 - WIP
« Last post by Old Wombat on September 17, 2018, 06:31:55 PM »
Some pretty serious surgery, there. Good start! :smiley:
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Land / Re: Norsu Heavy APC (M113 / Centurion kitbash)
« Last post by Old Wombat on September 17, 2018, 06:29:35 PM »
Pax 6 looks to be in a position which would interfere with the ingress/egress of the commander, gunner & Pax 1, at least, to me. So maybe a 9 troop carry? ???
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Land / Re: Antipodean Armourfest!
« Last post by Old Wombat on September 17, 2018, 06:20:45 PM »
You forgot these - proof of an Australian precedent:

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