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Eduard Profipack Wolseley Viper SE.5a
Topic Started: May 2 2017, 06:43 AM (182 Views)
DevilFish
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LCDR Paul "Voodoo" Carter
The Royal Aircraft Factory S.E.5 was a British biplane fighter aircraft of the First World War. It was developed by the Royal Aircraft Factory by a team consisting of Henry Folland, John Kenworthy and Major Frank Goodden. It was one of the fastest aircraft of the war, while being both stable and relatively manoeuvrable. According to aviation author Robert Jackson, the S.E.5 was: "the nimble fighter that has since been described as the 'Spitfire of World War One'".

The S.E.5 was capable of superior overall performance than the rival Sopwith Camel, both aircraft being capable dogfighters of the era; however, problems with its Hispano-Suiza engine, particularly the geared-output H-S 8B-powered early versions, meant that there was a chronic shortage of S.E.5s until well into 1918. Thus, while the first examples had reached the Western Front before the Camel, there were fewer squadrons equipped with the S.E.5 than with the Sopwith fighter.

Together with the Camel, the S.E.5 was instrumental in regaining allied air superiority in mid-1917 and maintaining it for the rest of the war, ensuring there was no repetition of "Bloody April" 1917 when losses in the Royal Flying Corps were much heavier than in the German air force. The S.E.5s remained in RAF service for some time following the Armistice that ended the conflict, but began to be withdrawn soon afterwards. Quantities of ex-RAF aircraft were transferred to various overseas military operators, a number were also adopted by civilian operators.

Eduard's new kit is a great example of their own work, and it is good to see this aircraft being given it's due in plastic.
Although a small kit, even in 1/48 scale, anyone who has built a Profipack will know, it isn't small on detail.

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Just 2 sprues of grey plastic

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And one of clear. Surprisingly a lot of clear....

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Then a sheet of PE and again, surprisingly, a sheet of masking.

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Instructions are typical Eduard layout. Clear and informative.

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Decal options for 5 aircraft are provided

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2 x 56 Sqn (one in a lovely red), an 85 Sqn machine , and 2 US military machines

All in all an interesting subject for WW1 enthusiasts, which should produce an excellent rendition of the subject. The kit comes with several options, and quite a few unused parts, so we can expect to see other variants in the future.
The only thing not provided in the kit is rigging material, however a detailed rigging layout is printed in the instructions.


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Cimmerian
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Lt. Ken 'Albatros' Jeffrey
It is a very nice kit, looking forward to mine.
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Lt. Derek 'Smurfy' Reeve
Another I look forward to see being built, wish I had the guts to do a Bipe.
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LCDR Paul "Voodoo" Carter
Believe me, I'm dreading it. I've got this, a Gladiator and I plan to get the new Airfix Walrus when it comes out....So I need to perfect my rigging skills.
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DevilFish
May 2 2017, 11:26 AM
Believe me, I'm dreading it. I've got this, a Gladiator and I plan to get the new Airfix Walrus when it comes out....So I need to perfect my rigging skills.
Lol, I've got 3 dozen Eduard WW1 kits on a shelf beside the bench. I think the worst one will be the DH2....two pages of rigging diagrams. :blink:
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