Royal Aircraft Factory SE-5a model kit in 1/32 scale
Luchtvaart Afdeeling (pre-decessor Dutch AF)
War I Aircraft
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Final completion of the model was
The control cables were also added
at rudder and elevator.
The Dutch interned SE-5A biplane flew
without armament, but I liked to add a Lewis machine gun as it probably
flew right after the plane was interned. There are no photos unfortunately
to prove this, but one can imagine that no plane flew unarmed. The etched
metal set includes a Foster support for the Lewis gun above the wing and
the rest is also in the kit. The whole gun assembly was painted metallic
and dry brushed. I also added a visor of thin metal. The gun trigger
cable was made from a piece of wire.
The engine exhausts were painted all
metal. I decided to keep one engine cover/ hood open to show the engine.
So in the engine compartment, some additional details were added like thin
metal wires and piping.
A couple of black smoke trails were
sprayed on in direction of flight behind the engine exhausts. Some subtle
varnish with a mix of very light brown and black was sprayed on as well
at some areas. This suggests further weathering. Finally, with a brush
some little brown mud at the pilot steps in the fuselage was added.
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