Halberstadt Cl.II

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This model is based on the 1/72 Pegasus shortrun.  The cockpit and the gunner emplacement are entirely scratchbuilt, but I used Tom's Modelworks photoetching for the support of the MG and the MG itself. Fuselage was tick as the trailing edge of both wing and I had to refined them a little. Other pieces are really fine and it was a pleasure to build this kit.

The hexagons on the wings, rudder and tailplane come from Almark. Other decals, as crosses and markings are provided by Pegasus. I've to mix my own red for the front fuselage, because I've not found a matching red straight from the bottle. If I remember correctly, my mix was made from a scarlet red and one or two droplets of yellow.

Here is my method for representing the camouflage on the fuselage and plywood area of the upper wing.  First, I airbrush a coat of Gunze dark greyish blue colour.  Next I airbrush the camo colours to the model in a random pattern.

The propeller is painted as described above.  See the DFW CV

To finish, I put on a wash of brown madder alizarin and black oil colours (W & N) diluted with a mix of one part turpentine and one part white spirit applied to recessed lines with a very fine brush.  For this, see the Ansaldo SVA 5

The radiator and engine are painted with various shades of metallic paints.

This model is entirely rigged with polyamide monofilament sewing thread.

During a contest, one of the struts (rear right) was slightly bent.  Due to the fragility of this model, I leave it as.  I've to made a new in bamboo and replace it.

I think that this model was one of my best achievements.  It take two first place in contest Orléans (Fr), Lordswood (GB) and a second place at IPMS Brussels in 1998.  It was sacred "Best Aircraft of the Show" at Orleans these same year.

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