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Pfalz D.IIIa Wingnut Wings 1/32

Step by step: Pfalz D.IIIa

The Pfalz D.IIIa has always been , in my opinion , one of the most elegant aircraft of the First World War. Its smooth, fine line fuselage caught my attention at first sight, so I could not resist the temptation of building this fabolous kit from Wingnut Wings brand, at 1/32 scale. I chosed Max Holtzem's biplane , whose decoration fascinated me from the first moment.

The kit is simply superb, bordering on perfection in fitting. Grey molded parts are superbly scaled and detailed. The extremely fine burrs make cleaning fast and easy. The decals are very thin and are also another piece of art. They fit perfectly to the volumes , so you do not need to fit them with specific products, just water and a flat brush.

I used photoetched/turned metal parts from Aber, reference A32 040, to improve Spandau machine guns. I also used textile/photoetch seat harnesses from HGW and white metal turnbuckles from Gaspatch Models brands.

I used for reference the monographic book Windsock Datafile 21 Pfalz D.IIIa , from P. M. Grosz

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As always, I began assembling the cockpit. First I glued the pieces that give shape to the structure and bulkheads, parts A34 -36-37-43-44, then parts A13 -33- 41 and 42 to give shape to the engine bed. Once these sets received primer with Mr Surfacer 1000 , I airbrushed two thin coats of mixture of Mr Color 128 Gray Green + 25 % Mr Color 97 Light Grey.

Painting wooden parts such as floor, instrument panel and side consoles, parts A5 -31 -32- 56, received a coat of primer and later a base color obtained by mixing red, yellow , brown and white . Wood greins were hand-painted with Vallejo colors using a fine-tipped brush. 940 Leather Brown for dark streaks and 977 Desert Yellow for light ones.

I decorated the rest of the pieces of the cockpit following the instructions . Safety belts , as I mentioned before, belong to the firm HGW.

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