1/32 Wingnut Wings Sopwith Snipe Part II – “Pailding”

Part I | PART II| Part III | Part IV When approaching a biplane, I think it’s helpful to consider them as a completely different genre from other aircraft. Literally, as distinctly apart as armor or ships. With your traditional monowing aircraft, the build process is straightforward. Once the interior is sorted, you slap it…

1/32 Wingnut Wings Sopwith Snipe Part I – The Cockpit

PART I | Part II | Part III | Part IV As I was nearing the end of my long Trumpeter P-47 build, I was chomping at the bit for something quick and easy. A palette cleanser before diving into another ambitious project. Then I got laid off. The last time this happened, in the…

Wingnut Wings Sopwith Pup RNAS – COMPLETED

I’ve successfully made it through my first biplane. Though the build was long and at times grueling, it’s one of the most enjoyable and fulfilling I’ve ever experienced. I will be building another Wingnut Wings kit in the near future, that’s for certain. But…I need a breather first! Check out the completed build HERE.

Wingnut Wings Sopwith Pup Build Report 6: Into the Rigging

Fun fact. As of today, the Sopwith Pup has been on my bench for 90 days. Longer than the Achilles (65 days), and double my average build time (45 days). Granted, I’ve been taking my sweet time, moving slowly and methodically, but still. Thankfully, the build’s hitting the home stretch. Of course, with a biplane, “home stretch”…

Wingnut Wings Sopwith Pup Build Report 5: Decals

It’s official! The decals are on! Why does this step warrant its own build report? Because these Wingnut Wings decals are quite simply the best decals I have ever used. And not just by a hair. These decals blow every other decal sheet I’ve used absolutely and completely out of the water. Not even a…

Wingnut Wings Sopwith Pup Build Report 4: Painting the Pup

The Pup – and I have a feeling any Wingnut Wings kit, really – isn’t the kind of model that you slap together and churn out in a few weeks. The intricacy of the build, the rigging, and the need to paint so many subassemblies to their final point before assembling the entire aircraft pretty…

Wingnut Wings Sopwith Pup Build Report 3: Engine, Cowl and Main Assembly

With the rather involved cockpit buildup complete, it’s time to move on to the engine and Black Arrow’s distinctive black cowl. Le Rhone The Pup was powered by a lawnmower engine 80hp Le Rhone rotary engine. While not as cool and crazy as the inline  and “V” engines that powered many WWI fighters, Wingnut Wings did…

Wingnut Wings Sopwith Pup Build Report 2: The Cockpit

The biplane adventure continues. In the first build report, I covered my first attempt at reproducing wood grain. This time around, the focus is on the cockpit. Rigging The Pup’s cockpit frame, like the rest of the plane, was held together by a combination of brackets and bracing wires. Though they will be almost entirely…

Wingnut Wings Sopwith Pup Build Report 1: With the Grain

During World War I, the oneupsmanship in the skies over the trenches was intense. During this nascent period of military aviation – when some of the early war aircraft still used wing-warping to maneuver – even small innovations could yield a substantial combat advantage, at least until they were duly copied by the other side….

On the Bench: 1/32 Wingnut Wings Sopwith Pup RNAS

Now that the Mosquito is off the bench, it’s time to turn my attention to a project that scares the bejesus out of me: Wingnut Wings’ Sopwith Pup. Fun Aside: Wingnut Wings was actually started by Peter Jackson. Yeah, the Lord of the Rings guy. While strictly limited to 1/32 World War I aircraft, Wingnut…