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DH2 Revell 1/72
« on: December 20, 2012, 07:58:15 PM »
Hallo everybody, here I am with my new build: Revell Airco DH 2 in 1/144 scale
The box says it’s a 144 and to be honest that’s the reason why I took it off the shelf in the model shop round the corner, I wouldn’t make another 72 after the Albie W4… But when I opened and measured the wingspan …

AAAAAAARGH

I realized it’s another 72!!!!
But now the match has started and I must play!

So here is some pictures and information, and perhaps some questions to the experts!

Here is the box and the main sources from where I will take information and inspiration:






After some study I decided the version I will build is s/n. 6011 - flight C - 24th Squadron RFC, Bertangles, France, July 1916.
According to Windsock and also the instuction sheet Flight C had the outer struts painted in blue / white and the wheel discs in blue.
Many profiles depict this in red / white, but Les Rogers in his monumental book confirms the colours were Red for Flight A, Black for Flight B and Blue for Flight C.

I have seen pictures of the lane after it was captured by Germans and while Oswald Boelcke inspects it, several details are visibly different in those pictures and in the kit, here are some decisions I submit here for your validation:



4 blades Propeller in the photo / 2 blades in the kit: I realized the 4 blades prop was adopted for  DH2s, the pictures are dated Nov. 1916 while my version is dated July same year, therefore I assume the 2 blades prop can be a correct interpretation… (also because I don’t have a compatible 4 blades prop!)

The profile found in Ray Rimell publication shows the back outer strut in solid blue, but the picture shows it has 2 white stripes, what about the front outer strut?

24th Squadron invented the sawtooth pattern beneath the nacelle, and from the pictures it is clearly shown, so I’ll paint it, the colour of the teeth (according to Les Rogers) was either PC10 or Black, I’m not sure what colour to use, maybe PC10 would look more real in continuity with the other surfaces.

The tank which is set on the upper wing is shown clearly displaced on the left, while normally it was mounted at the centre of the upper wing, I was not able to see how the tube connecting the tank to the nacelle (I suppose it ends in the engine…) goes.

I have found somewhere the design of pitot tube used for the DH2 where was it placed exactly?

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Now let’s open the box: dear friends, the kit is really dreadful, many flashes and moulding signs coming out of the plastic…

The cockpit is totally missing any detail… instead of the seat there is a sort of gangway seat divided in two parts…



I measured the real seat dimensions from the Windsock and made it using my graphic editor


Printed on thick paper, cut off


And glued with Elmers glue...


Here it is dry fitted in the nacelle while the astonished pilot stares at it.
As you can see the poor guy is affected by liquid retention and I regret to say he’ll get assigned to a non operational job...


I hope to finish this by the end of the year, because on January 1 on the Italian forum I am in (MAB) starts a Great War Campaign and I want to be in whithout anything pending on my bench!

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Let’s go further in exploring the sins of this kit

Underside of the upper wing: here are the notches where the tail booms will fit, too much similar to salami…


I took away the salami


Upper surface: I scribed the ailerons and created the center section joint lines
I filled the hole where the upper tank should have put, although the position is correct, the shape of the tank is totally wrong


Lower wing, same operation



Here is the tank, I imagine they have taken it from an old motorcycle, look at its real shape on the profile:


I build a tail using styrene


Filled the gap with putty and added details




Then I turn my attention to the cockpit clearing the useless extruded numbers, writings and molding signs


I cleared the absurd apron they put on the MG opening


(I bought this Lewis on ebay to replace the shapeless work provided by the kit)


I added some more details to the cockpit, the rudder bar handle is provisional


On the right the column where the MG will go, it is not finished yet. The black dot on the nose’s floor represents the position of the MG column behind which the rudder pedals will be placed


Here is a general view of the pieces done so far, on the cockpit side walls I glued some plasticard to simulate the wooden framework, I will glue the internal rigging after priming and painting them of course…


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Re: DH2 Revell 1/72
« Reply #1 on: December 20, 2012, 09:20:10 PM »
I admire your resolution to build this model. Great progress so far.
But if I were you I would throw it to the bin and buy Eduard DH2. IMHO life is too short to deal with poor kits if better ones are available, unless the kit is a gift from someone dear...
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Re: DH2 Revell 1/72
« Reply #2 on: December 20, 2012, 11:41:59 PM »
I admire your resolution to build this model. Great progress so far.
But if I were you I would throw it to the bin and buy Eduard DH2. IMHO life is too short to deal with poor kits if better ones are available, unless the kit is a gift from someone dear...

I definitely agree with you Prz, but I have fun in solving problems as you know, I had this kit in my stash and enjoy building it anyway, I have many other beautiful kits in my stash... Roden, Eduard ...  and will enjoy them as well!!!!
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Thanks a lot for the comment by the way!!!!
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Re: DH2 Revell 1/72
« Reply #3 on: December 20, 2012, 11:58:27 PM »
Will be following along as you make progress , you are already off to a great start  {{6





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Re: DH2 Revell 1/72
« Reply #4 on: December 21, 2012, 01:13:59 AM »
Nice work so far! These old Revell kits certainly competed well with the old Airfix ones - they're all terrible!

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Re: DH2 Revell 1/72
« Reply #5 on: December 21, 2012, 01:27:08 AM »
Andonio,
Beautiful work on the interior, wings and gravity tank! Terrific Start!!!!
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Re: DH2 Revell 1/72
« Reply #6 on: December 25, 2012, 03:22:04 AM »
Great starting  {{6 {{6 {{6
I will follow your nice build of this poor kit.

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Re: DH2 Revell 1/72
« Reply #7 on: December 25, 2012, 04:10:06 AM »
Hy Antonio.
Good start  {{6
Italy is not so far and if you want a four blades propeller, I can send you one. MP me your adresse.
I just begin to collect the documentation for mine but it will be with a twin-bladed propeller in 1917 in Palestine so the four blades one is free.

Ciaio

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Re: DH2 Revell 1/72
« Reply #8 on: December 26, 2012, 06:37:19 AM »
Andonio:

What a fantastic start and it's all in 1/72. I can't imagine this in 1/144.

Thanx,
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Re: DH2 Revell 1/72
« Reply #9 on: December 26, 2012, 08:33:52 AM »
Hy Antonio.
Good start  {{6
Italy is not so far and if you want a four blades propeller, I can send you one. MP me your adresse.
I just begin to collect the documentation for mine but it will be with a twin-bladed propeller in 1917 in Palestine so the four blades one is free.

Ciaio

Alain

Bonsoir Alain,
If you don't use the 4 blades propeller it would be a great gift for me!

Thanks, I will post my mail address in PM.
By the way tell me whwnever you need anything, if I have it I'll be happy to send it over!

Salut

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Re: DH2 Revell 1/72
« Reply #10 on: December 26, 2012, 09:39:53 AM »
A few new things done:
detailed study of the rigging schema, it's really a mess, I should study how to place the eyelets I normally use for fixing the wire, still thinking to how to manage the tail booms rigging, as I would try to use a single wire as far as possible, but there is not enough plastic to pierce without compromising the strength of the pieces...



then here are some details I worked on

On the nacelle: oil and fuel caps, air intake (scarcely visible)
Fuel tank to be placed behind the seat
Compass fairing
Fixing slips for the gravity tank

Moreover I pierced the tail planes and rudder to insert self made control horns.

Tomorrow I'll pierce the two wings to insert self made control horns and prime everything.

Any suggestion for the seat belts? Which type was used and where to find inspiratio to self build them?

Goodnight!!!!

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Re: DH2 Revell 1/72
« Reply #11 on: December 31, 2012, 01:32:38 AM »
Moving along quit well so far , nice job on the details  {{6





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Re: DH2 Revell 1/72
« Reply #12 on: January 02, 2013, 09:04:38 AM »
Thanks Terri, hmmm what an interesting nice new avatar (!!!)...

...here is some progress I succeeded to make during these holidays:

- Seatbelts, copied after an Eduard PE fret I cut them from a tin toothpaste tube


- Upper part of the nacelle with the small holes ready to receive the rigging starting from there


- Sides of the nacelle, I tried to replicate on the inner sides of the cockpit the CDL stained by the PC 10 coaing of the outside.

The two external sides appear to have a different shade od color but it was just because of an uneven lighting.
The one which on my monitor appears closer to the real effect is the darker one (right)

- Here is the cockpit floor, before the two sides are closed. I'll close them after I mount the Lewis MG stand and the dashboards.


Everything you see in the cockpit is scratch built.

Thanks for looking and I wish you all a beautiful 2013!

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Re: DH2 Revell 1/72
« Reply #13 on: January 02, 2013, 01:09:57 PM »
Lovely work Andonio, especially in a small scale you profess to not liking. The seat and belts are perfect!

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Re: DH2 Revell 1/72
« Reply #14 on: January 03, 2013, 10:21:27 AM »
Really nice work on your interior Antonio!
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