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Hanriot HD.1 model

2 Apr
2012

Hanriot HD.1 model,tamiya models

Scale: 1:48 Kit type: Injection moulded Decal options: (one) 85 Squadriglia, Albania, late 1918

UK price: £6.80/US$10.95 Website: www. eduard. cz

I was recently given the assignment of determining whether this kit, using normal techniques and without rushing, could really be built in a weekend. The editor deliberately chose a biplane from this new no-frills series from Eduard, so that the struts and rigging would add extra levels of difficulty. The answer, as it turns out, is yes, it can be done by a modeller of moderate skills. The kit is very straightforward (no photo-etched or resin parts) and in fact, the basic assembly of the airframe and wings only took about four hours, with a little care. The rigging took another two-and-one-half hours, but only because it had been about 10 years since I’d done any serious biplane rigging. Painting took the most time, and this was due to some of the techniques I employed (this also included masking and painting the trademark Italian tricolour flag motif of the period, which appeared across the undersides of both wings on many of the country’s single-engined aircraft). All in all I spent about 20 hours on this kit — two thirds of it watching the paint dry – and I am happy with the result. I am even pleased with my admittedly ham-fisted attempt at rigging, with jeweller’s wire and invisible thread.

The kit is not without a few pitfalls. The way to avoid the first problem is to make certain that you deepen the holes for the cabane and outer wing struts. You will also need to lengthen the rear hole in the top wing, nearest the trailing edge, for the centre cabane attachment point. The locating hole is just a tiny bit forward of where it needs to be. I also found the green and red inks used on the decals to be off a few shades when compared to the characteristically well-researched MisterKit World War I paints I used. I also used these acrylic colours to paint the Italian roundels on the wings and tail, instead of using the decals with their questionable colours. (In the Weekend Series, Eduard prints the overall painting diagram and colour callouts directly on the box top.) I further painted the fuselage stripes with MisterKit as well as the rest of the model, including the clear doped linen which covers most of the air-frame. The exceptions were the exposed wood struts and metallic areas, where other paints were employed. Another small quandary is presented   the tail stripes. The box art shows, from front to back, green, white, and red, while the decals are printed red, white and green. Since I found the decal colours suspect, I masked and painted them according to the box art. I have been told that it was not uncommon for the tail stripes to be reversed because of the way the airframes were painted – the Hanriot, of course, was a French import – prior to delivery, but I had no way of verifying that this was the case for the aircraft portrayed here.

Hanriot HD.1 model,model aircrafts

I can highly recommend this kit to beginner and expert alike. It really is a fun, fast build that results in an attractive replica of one of the less commonly modelled fighters of World War I.

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