PART photoetch #72-085
Sopwith 1 1/2 Strutter for the Toko kit
Reviewed by Matt Bittner
The excellent new photoetch set done by PART is extremely well done. The set contains approximately 118 parts, many of those are used to be built on top of each other to give more of a three dimensional effect. Items that are included are the entire cockpit sides, floor and top, which isa fold-up affair; two "wicker" seats; other "small" cockpit parts; Scarff ring; bomb fins; rigging tie-downs (!); and other small details. PART also includes clear "film" that supplies the instruments for the instrument panel, the clear windscreen attached to the Vickers gun; and two clear windscreens which were found on the trainer. It appears the PART set is to be used primarily with the double seaters. However, this set can easily be used with the single seaters as well. You will just be left with a lot of leftovers. Unfortunately, PART still refuses to supply seat belts with their WW1 sets. You will need to find these from another source, like the Tom's Modelworks British photoetch set.
ROSEMONT HOBBY SHOP
4317 Howertown Road,
Northampton, PA 18067
ROSEMONT HOBBY SHOP has come through with more resin upgrades for the WW1 modeler in both 1/48 and 1/72 scales. These are very finely-casted parts with fine detail and no air bubbles. Available in their ROSEPARTS details and ROSEPLANE conversion lines are the following . . . all of which are highly recommended.
ROSEPLANES 1/72 Fokker D.VII cowl conversions
$6.95 USD ea.
#601 Early Fokker-built D.VII
#602 Late Fokker-built D.VII F
#603 Albatros built D.VII (ALB)
#604 Albatros-Werke built D.VII(OAW)
All are well casted and come with the two Spandau machine guns; propellor; exhaust; seat and spinner (when required). These are designed to be used on the ubiquitous 1/72 Revell Fokker D.VII, however I have the ESCI copy and will be using that kit for my build review. Look for all four conversions in a future issue of Internet Modeler.
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ROSEPARTS 1/48 Engine
#008 BMW IIIa
Used in many late war designs this replacement engine will find a welcome home in the DML Fokker D.VII.
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ROSEPARTS 1/72 Engines
$3,50 USD ea.
#1002 BMW IIIa
#1003 Mercedes D.III
These two engines will be useful in many kit upgrades. A small sample include: Fokker D.VII, Hannover CL.III, Pfalz D.XII
ROSEPARTS 1/48 NIEUPORT 28 upgrade
Designed for the Glencoe kit, this set includes a new cowl, wheels and rudder to replace the kit items. Note the cowl cutout and the lip on the front of the cowlthe cowl.
ROSEPARTS 1/48 PILOT and OBSERVER figures
$6.50 USD ea
#006 Seated German pilot
#007 Standing German observer
Two very welcome additions are these two German aircrew figures for those less inclined to detail cockpits :-)
How about some groundcrew next?
ROSEPARTS 1/72 Seats
$3.50 USD ea
#1004 British seats
#1005 Austro-Hungarian seats
#1006 German seats
#1007 French seats
And for those inclined to detail cockpit interior there are these four sets of seats. Each in the distinctive style of its representative nation's aircraft
1/32 Scale Guide $18.00
1/48 Scale Guide $25.00
1/72 Scale Guide $25.00
HH-43 Huskie Color
Reference Guide $15.00
Please add $3.20 Postage in the US.
PO Box 90933