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Building season is in full swing for a lot of us now. Photos can really help us builders see details on how it was done. I decided to post some photos that might help you with your project. Prior to those photos I received a couple of WRAM show photos from Dave Perrone. The WRAM show is the largest indoor show on the east coast. It's a great February event that has been promoting the hobby for decades. I recommend you attend and maybe enter a model in their static competition. The first two photos show Andy Marone's new 3rd scale DH1 bi-plane. Andy loves unique subjects and as a highly skilled builder he brings these subjects to life. Not often seen but the DH1 has great flying characteristics loaded with splendid details. Lovely work Andy, congrats. The next two photos show the full scale Fokker Eindecker that the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome staff brought down to the event. If you have never been to a Rhinebeck airshow (NY) definitely add it to your bucket list. The R/C event they host will be Sept 12-13th this year. A simple addition of a propellor hub can add a nice touch to your model. The next photo shows a typical English/French hub. In this case, it is used on a Hisso engine. You can get a large fender washer and drill it out creating the metal hub. Ever wonder what a compass face looks like where the compass is mounted in the bottom port wing. Here is a fine example of a German version. Might be hard to read at 100 mph but it seemed to help. The next photo shows a nice English manometer. Following that is a great chart showing the Bentley engine fuel/oil and ignition system. It gives you an idea how these components work which will give you a better understanding as you incorporate some of them into your subject. Following that you can see two mechanics starting the DH4 engine. A lot of details can be found in this photo. Next photo shows an excellent view of the pilot changing ammo drum on the Lewis gun. Looks easy on this ground demo photo but in the air I suspect it's a wee-bit harder. Who doesn't like a Sopwith Camel. This photo shows a nice Camel line up getting ready for flight. Way ahead of it's time the Junker's D1 was leading the way for the all metal planes. A lovely example resides in the Rome museum. Wrapping corrugated aluminum around the leading edge might slow a few of us down though. Another nice easy detail is adding metal tips to your static prop. Here you can clearly see a sample for you to follow. Just wanted to show that spray painting WW1 planes was done. Here you can see a wing getting spray painted. It's hard to believe but the original maker of flat wires, Bruntons is still in business today and still supplying flat wires. If you ever decide to go full scale and need some flat wires they are the guys to call. Just a note that a full scale SE5a wire set costs about $10k. The next photo shows a Sopwith Tripe wing tip. The photo gives you great view of rib capping and the wing tip fitting. How about a pair of pressure tubes. They might not be the most accurate piece of equipment but it's better than nothing. Following that you can see a common English on/off switch. The SE5a hangs with pride at the Science musuem in London. A lot of nice detail can been found. The Avro 504K is an marvelous subject. This photo shows why. A long fuselage with plenty of wing area. A great WW1 trainer that helped many trainees earn their wings. Ever wonder how the USAF musuem's D7 looked before it was put on display. Here's a lovely outdoor photo showing Germany's best WW1 plane in all it's glory. It just looks ready to go. The last photo is a marvelous view of the Albatros DIII back in 1916. These Albies have many excellent paint schemes for you to choose from. On a final note a lot of your emails have been asking about the new SE5a kit. I am trying to ship the first set of kits out this April. Oh, the kit will only be available in the deluxe version as you really need all the components as the plane is built. As always any comments or questions just visit my contact page.

- Glenn