Friday, 6 July 2012

Spad XIII C-1 (Revell)

Next one off the conveyor belt..the Revell version of the Spad XIII. In some ways it´s better than the Academy one in´s not.
It´s bigger, more chunky . The fit is better but..there are still gaps in the couling cover and the tailplane section. Not as good as the academy one, the fusealage / Wing details aren´t as defined.
The decals (there is a choice of two designs) are better than the shiny plastic ones from Academy.
I´m finally getting the hang of making the props look like they are made from wood.
The rigging between the wing struts was a pain!
The nice thing about this Revell kit, the wingflaps are pre-scored so a small slice into each and they can be hung as if in a resting position.

Both variants together. Note how much bigger the Revell version is compared to the Academy one.

The top wing sits higher above the fusealage on the Revell version than the Academy one.
Wider, longer wings, much bigger fusealge.
Now which one to do next? Another KP Avia B.21 but in racing colours this time? A Roden Fokker D.VII(OAW)mid-war version? An Esci Sopwith Camel? A Toko Pfalz DXII ? or an Airfix Royal Aircraft Factory R.E.8 ? Or just pick one of the other kits randomly from the stash?


  1. Pilot's nitpick: The wing 'flaps'(ailerons) move in opposite directions (ie: one down while the other up) to roll the aircraft.

    Modeler's praise: Good job! ...nice to see someone tackling the old birds.

  2. Are those for the Khandibarian Air Force?

  3. My goodness Paul, that rigging looks amazing; brilliant work Sir.

  4. Great modeling! The prop look real-shrunkdown. Back in the '60s and early '70s, I was an aircraft mechanic and refinisheda number of these wooden-spliced-together props. Thanks for the sweet memories.

  5. Love the prop work. I was just thinking Wow that prop looks good when I read "Just getting the hang..." I'd say you nailed it!


  6. Very nice! I need some of these for my Quar :)

  7. A pain you say, surgery would be easier Paul, amazing work on the rigging mate.

  8. Great work and thanks for the comparison. Just pick a next one and surprise us ;-)


  9. I like both of them... but I'm not a specialist!
    this kind of planes are really nice.
    your work is very good.... like always!

  10. Splendid - really excellent. Keep going!!!

  11. Very cool Paul, I like how the side covers are removed. It was flown by Frank Luke Jr when he served with the 27th Aero Squadron. Was this the color scheme given with kit? Most examples I have seen show a blue nose band and blue/white yin/yang wheel cover. Excellent rigging and prop.