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  1. Just a quick question regarding the Triathlon category (category 830 and 891. I know that the models are supposed to be from three different "classes" of subjects, but are they also supposed to be in the same scale? Thanks!
  2. Thanks Gil. The main armament gun in the Sahariana is the Italian 47mm Breda 47/32 cannon. The secondary weapon (just to the right of the driver) is an 8mm Breda model 37 machine gun.
  3. Thanks guys for the nice feedback. Mark... you're too funny. Michael... the spoke wheels came with the kit. Eduard provides both the one piece wheel as well as the tire rim and then the PE fret has the spoke wheels.
  4. Thanks Bryan. Sorry for failing to mention the scale, it is 1:35.
  5. This is Eduard's 1:48 scale kit of the French monoplane, Morane Saulnier Type L. I wanted to try to simulate fabric over the fuselage framing, as well as the the wing fabric over the ribs. Rigging is done with EZ Line and the turnbuckles are the PE set from RB Productions (1:32 scale, but work well for quarter scale).
  6. Criel Models resin kit of the AS.42 Sahariana, Italian Reconnaissance Car. Kit reminded me why I do not like to build resin kits. No mistaking the nice detail that the parts offer, but they are too often too brittle, especially the smaller ones. Anyway... not too displeased with the way it turned out.
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    The Wolfchen

    Thanks Doc... the build is not too difficult. I would recommend investing in the the PE set from Part of Poland (although may be difficult to find). Detail is excellent and the fit is good, expecially the critical undercarriage. There will be a lot of rigging detail, as to be expected with a large biplane, but it is a must. I used EZ line and turnbuckles from Gas Patch models.
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    The Wolfchen

    One of the most amazing, yet little known stories from WWI is the voyage of the German raider, the Cruiser "Wolf. Captained by Kark Nerger, the Wolf was at sea for 444 straight days without ever putting into port, traveled more than 64,000 miles (equaling three circumnavigations of the earth!), through three oceans laying mines in numerous ports, sinking or damaging some 30 Allied ships, while taking on all their crews and passengers. Somehow the Wolf managed to evade the combined navies of Britain, France, Japan, Australia and the United States, and put back into port at Kiel, Germany after 15 months at sea. One of the features of the converted freighter was a seaplane that could be wenched over the side and used for air reconnaissance. Piloted by Flight-Leutnant Paul Fabeck, with his observer, Leutnant Matthaus Stein, the seaplane was dubbed the "Wolfchen" - the Wolf Cub (or Little Wolf). The plane was the Friedrichshafen FF.33e. The kit is Techmod's 1:48 scale offering of this interesting aircraft, with decals for the "Wolfchen". I used additional PE from Parts. The base is a depiction of the journey of the Wolf across the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian oceans. (BTW, if you are interested in this amazing chapter of WWI history, I recommend the book "The Wolf" by Richard Guilliatt and Peter Hohnen. It is an extremely well-written account of this amazing voyage.)
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    Mk.A Whippet tank

    Thanks Dannie and Gil. I was certainly going for the dark and dirty look of No Man's land. The desperation is on their faces. BTW, you'll notice I also opened the top hatch of the Whippet (not easy with the plastic so thick there) so that I could put a figure there and connect the tank and crew into the vignette with the soldiers. I wanted to create the sense that they were moving forward as a unit. Thanks again for the kind comments.
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    Mk.A Whippet tank

    Some months ago I reviewed for IPMS-USA the Master Box set of British soldiers from WWI. I have now paired them with a Mk.A Whippet Tank (Emhar, 1:35 scale). The old Emhar Whippet kit was enchanced some with the Photo etched set from Airwaves. The diorama is entitled "No Man's Land, Western Front, 1918"
  11. Some months ago I reviewed for IPMS-USA the Master Box set of British soldiers from WWI. I have now paired them with a Mk.A Whippet Tank (Emhar, 1:35 scale). The old Emhar Whippet kit was enchanced some with the Photo etched set from Airwaves. The diorama is entitled "No Man's Land, Western Front, 1918"
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    Just Curious...

    Thanks everyone for the great feedback and comments. Well said, by all... even by Senior National Judge Nick, IPMS # 969. As someone who builds WWI biplanes almost exclusively and has won awards for them, locally, regionally and nationally, I guess I allowed my frustratiion with at least this one issue to drive my comments. I attended the Nationals and thought it was a good convention. I thought the quality of the models - all of them - was really impressive. I have some idea what judges face. While I have not judged at the national level (although I have been encouraged to do so), I have judged at model contests locally and regionally. I get it... there will always be issues and judges will always be open to criticism, fair or not. It is the nature of the game. Mr. Filippone's comments, at least in part, seem to betray a frustration of years of dealing with those criticisms. I apologize for offending him. That wasn't my intention. Having said that, judging at the National level has to be held to the highest standard. Anyone judging, from senior judges to new guys, should never feel that they are above scrutiny. Responding that if anyone questions it, they should just stay home, is not the solution, it is part of the problem. My comments and question was not mean-spirited. I simply questioned how such a glaring mistake did not disqualify a certain model. Some of you offered opinions, especially Gil, and I appreciate those observations. I also know the two Rumplers were not in the same category, as Gil pointed out, and I realize that they would not be "competing" against each other. However, they were for the Theme award, and I still maintain the Rumpler in the Hangar was more deserving. Now that might just be my opinion, I understand that, but it was an opinion shared by the Spruce Goose Chapter that sponsors the Michael L. Fritz award. I happened to win that award last year in Denver, and so along with all the previous winners attending this National, we all agreed on that Rumpler. I assure you, we looked closely at all the WWI aircraft in the hall. (So, I guess I did judge at the National level after all.) As some of you may know, Michael L. Fritz award winners make up some the finest WWI aircraft modelers in our country today. It is an award you can only win once in your lifetime, and it is the longest running specialty award to date for IPMS/USA Nationals. Anyway, enough said. Sorry if my questioning this one instance of judging offended anyone. It's good to talk these things out. I am especially appreciative of Gil's comments, insights, help and attitude. I have printed out Pete's amazing detailing of laminated props. Great stuff. Thanks!
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    Just Curious...

    Okay... time to reply. PeteJ's detailed description of a laminated propeller is priceless.Gil's observations are right on, and Eric provided a link that confirms all of it. The reason I posted this propeller, which, by the way, is NOT mine, is that this is the propeller on a Wingnut Wings Rumpler (late) that was voted First Place in the Biplane category, Best Aircraft of the entire show, AND won the theme award for World War One.. at the recently completed IPMS/USA National Convention in Hampton, VA. Now please, I do not have anything against the builder (a guy from Williamsburg, VA), but this plane should have never made it past the first pass, and the judges of this category, for some inexplicable reason could not see how poorly done this propeller was. That it received three awards, two of which were specialty awards, is nothing short of perplexing! I'm sorry, but this Rumpler was not only NOT the best aircraft, it wasn't even the best Rumpler at the show. The Rumpler in a Hangar, which won the Michael L. Fritz award for excellence in WWI aircraft modeling, was a better build. See the photos and judge for yourself. Also some photos of other WWI planes in this category that the judges somehow overlooked. I had one modeler tell me that if the judging is going to be this inept, it will make attending the Nationals undesireable. Here's some other planes in the same category as the first Rumpler:
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    Just Curious...

    Hey... for you guys who model WWI biplanes... can you tell me what's wrong with this propeller?
  15. Please count me in as well. I will have a Wingnut Wings Fokker E.III (early) ready to enter. Thanks.
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