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sandbagger

Slightly OT - WW1 kites

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Hi all,

I've just spent the day at the BMA annual competion at RAF Barkstone Heath, in Lincolnshire. Thought I'd share with you a few of the 'Dawn Patrol' aircraft. The members of the Dawn Patrol group are modlers who live in different areas of the UK, but who get together to show, in formation flying, their WW1 models. These are not small and are very detailed and they look great when in the air.

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Very nice pictures. Building an airplane that is detailed to the max is very time consuming.

 

Thanks for the pictures

 

Rich

 

 

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Wow, didn't know there are such big scales!

 

Look at that DH-2 pilot in his deck chair! Cute!!

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Wonderful! There's even a rare Fokker D.VI!

That one had me scratching my head too. Until I saw the side-view and could read the fuselage. I built a lot of stick-and-paper planes as a kid (Comet kits. SPAD's, D-7's, SE-5's, and Nieup 28's. 10cents each. You got two thin sheets of balsa with printed formers, a bunch on straight sticks, and some colored tissue paper. Then you bought glue:Testor's, or LePage's, also 10cents, and paint: Testor's Dope, again 10cents a bottle. I built hundreds of them.) These planes shown above are what I fantasized about. They were really scale, really big, and really flew RC. This is end-of-the-rainbow modeling!

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And they actually fly? :blink: Wow, after all that effort I wouldn't be surprised if the owner's didn't wrap them up in cotton wool. I bet landing them must be a nerve-racking time for the respective owners. :smile:

 

Did you perchance get any film of them actually flying?

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If I was going to put that much time and money into something that flew. I'd probably be building something that would actually fly with me inside it.

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