1918 Siemens Schuckert D.III, 1/32 scale Roden kit

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1918 Siemens Schuckert D.III, 1/32 scale Roden kit

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This Roden kit is unlike those by Wing Nut Wings but the price was right, and after many frustrations built up into a nice little model.
Many pilots of the time believed that the D.III with the "corrected" engine was superior to the Fokker DVII, but too few were built to effect the air war. History: http://www.cbrnp.com/profiles/quarter1/sswdiii.htm

The most famous D.III is that of Ltn Ernst Udet, however it is unknown if it was ever flown in combat. The name on the side (LO!) is that of his fiancée Elanore 'Lolo' Zink, and was carried on all his aircraft in 1917-18. Udet survived the war with a total of 62 victories second only to the "Red Baron". This model is of Ltn Udet's Siemens Schuckert D.III, Jasta 4, Metz Aerodrome, September 1918.

The Kit
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Built
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The powerful counter rotating 11 cylinder radial engine,
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Built.
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Opening up the lower engine louvers
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Some cockpit bits
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Aftermarket P/E panels
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Fuselage gluing
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Wing attachment - what a pain
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Had to match surfaces, not fun.
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Red
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Decal
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Wing camo decal, very fragile, more frustration. Hairdrier on Lo heat proved very helpful. Pink on bottom.
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Darker colors on top
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Re: 1918 Siemens Schuckert D.III, 1/32 scale Roden kit

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That is a fantastic build!

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Re: 1918 Siemens Schuckert D.III, 1/32 scale Roden kit

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That is a fantastic build!
Thanks for the compliment Tom,

but wait - There's more. ;)
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The Build Part II

Painted, decaled, and clear coated. Wings are a glossy grey for decal adherance and are covered with blue tape.
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Machine guns from a detailing set from Master.
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Fuselage struts needed a bit more "grab" thus the wire extensions.
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The decals just didn't hold so I had to hand paint the logo. I learned to not put tape over decals even if clear coated.
Will use some wax paper to cover the decal in the future.
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Instruments/interior
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Attaching and holding down the struts with small metal weights and rubber bands while the glue was drying.
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Hand painted LO just like the real thing.
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Close up view including rigging glimpses. The spinner has slots to help cool the engine and the
lower cowling was cut away for the same reason.
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Underbelly
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Ready for duty. Note an evolution in design, the wiring controlling the ailerons and rudder are now
internal vs external thus eliminating drag. The elevator is still externally controlled though.
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In flight
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A flock of six Germans lined up chasing Snoopy. The Red Baron is right behind (and low, left of center, still inverted), squint to see. The rest are arranged in order of service 1914 - 1918. The Siemens Schuckert D.III is the latest design.
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Re: 1918 Siemens Schuckert D.III, 1/32 scale Roden kit

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That is some next-level kit building!

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Re: 1918 Siemens Schuckert D.III, 1/32 scale Roden kit

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Very impressive Steve. Far beyond my pay grade

Decals never hold when masked over - period. Even if you varnish them. I've learnt this the hard way though if the decal comes off complete a ten minute soak in soapy water will separate the decal from the tape
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Re: 1918 Siemens Schuckert D.III, 1/32 scale Roden kit

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Fantastic! Even though my usual model-building results came somewhat in between disaster and crap, I certainly can appreciate a great job.
Terrific build and model!
:checkered_flag: Luciano :checkered_flag:

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Re: 1918 Siemens Schuckert D.III, 1/32 scale Roden kit

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Thank you for noticing and for your positive comments Tom, Andy, and Luciano.
Next up will be a WNW Fokker D.VII F (Fok), meaning using the superior BMW engine vs the ubiquitous Mercedes.
Have started working on it but may not be able to finish until April due to travel.

A messy start, sprues and references scattered all over. Small bits of the interior are on top of the Caddy dust cover
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This is the D.VII abuilding, middle aircraft, green C
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Re: 1918 Siemens Schuckert D.III, 1/32 scale Roden kit

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A Dutch-made plane, interesting. Looking forward to the report.

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