Friday, March 14, 2014

Spad XIII

Completed this over the last couple of nights. Academy's Spad XIII



As you can see a total of about twenty five parts, undercoated on-sprue with a couple of coats of Tamiya Khaki-Drab



They are pretty well engineered kits, with very little flash. Still quite intimidated by wire that went into the (as yet still unfinished) 0400 so this one went together un-rigged 


These models were in just about every corner shop we ever went into when living on the Peninsular, and it was considered almost un-Korean for a boy not to have at least one somewhere in his room. Most Academy kits are 1/35



The camouflage is not quite authentic but near enough 



Decals for the American option only



A pilot figure would have been nice but the kit doesn't come with one, and the only spare one I have is going into the 0400



Operational in April 1917, nearly 10,000 of these were built before the end of the war. They were used by about twenty different nations; some into the early 1930s.

18 comments:

  1. You were in ROK? I was in Ilsan 1996-99. Built alot of kits there, but had to throw out when I moved back to Nova Scotia

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  2. Yep, was supposed to be a last hoorah but ended up doing a second tour in Iraq. Did one stint at the officers academy/boarder op and another down in Daegu

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    1. I went back on a vets tour with my Dad, but he wasn't a Korean war vet but served with men who had. Had fun looking at the North Korean guards in my kilt. My Dad piped at Kapyong. We laid a wreath from Nova Scotia, a British general told us, Good on ya Canada

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    2. That was back in 2001. Never want to go back. Japan much better for my sanity.

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    3. I hear ya mate, Korea was a awkward place to work at times, funny little people

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  3. The cammo is superb! Frank Luke busting balloons!!!

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  4. Shes a good looking bird mate. Nice one.

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  5. wonderful colours!
    it's really good.
    bye

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  6. Exquisite, gorgeous coloring.
    I like that.

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  7. I've got very fond memories of that kit, Al. Probably the easiest biplane to put together out of all of them for a 12 year old!

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  8. Very cool. That camo looks great.

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  9. Great comments the lot of you. Thanks for taking the time to write

    Al

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  10. Nice one, Al, love what you've done with this kite. Cool camo!

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  11. looks good sparks, you should come up for our Bloody April meet!

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    1. Where and when cobber, always keen on a roadtrip given enough notice

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  12. Brilliantly vivid paint job Al. Nice distinctive look which I very much like. Aye, Rusty

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