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Wingnut Wings 1/32 The Duelists Felixstow and brandenberg kit review Options
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#1 Posted : 03 May 2019 23:42:30

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BigGrin Managed to track this kit down at a very reasonable price, the WNW W29 Hansa Brandenberg kit is long out of production so the only way to get this aircraft is out of someones stash or in the Duelist kit above now although WNW has just made the W12 Hansa available but this is the bi-plane and not the W29 single wing example although both are lookers in my eyes.

The kit denoted by the 'Duelists' tag has two aircraft that dueled in the 1st WW the aircraft in the kit being the early Felixstowe F.2a and the German Hansa-Brandenburg floatplane fighter. I have to say the Felixstowe was sorta doomed from the start with 6 fighters attacking in line and the Felixstowes forward gunner being taken out by the first couple of shots in the first attack pass.

With the HKM and the upcoming WNW Lanc out there to me this is my prefered model dont get me wrong im sure the Lancs are fine models but this beast at 91 cm wingspan is my holy grail of kits. The wings are designed to be removable from the outer engines for transport and ease of display in a display case.

I can do a kit reveiw if any one is interested.

AndyDrool Drool Cool
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#2 Posted : 04 May 2019 08:12:19

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Yes, please do a kit review (and a build review)

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#3 Posted : 04 May 2019 08:37:32

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Nice kit, looking forward to seeing this come together. I have a French floater plane by wingnuts that I will be doing later this year. Lovely kits.

Mark

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#4 Posted : 04 May 2019 19:05:42

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Here you go Kieth.

This is a big kit box wise and content the Felistowe F.2a when built will have a wingspan of 91 cm so its a good thing the wings have been designed to be removable from the engines outwards to make it easyer to transport and store. Lets start with the box Wingnuts usual packing is a cardboard base and the lid of thin card but on this kit both are made of cardboard. You can see the difference in box size to a normal wingnuts kit in one of the pictures below and on opening the box its packed to the brim in grey plastic sprue's.
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The review will take part in two sections starting with the Hansa Brandenburg W.29.

Lets start with the wings unlike most wingnut kits the wings for the Hansa are of a thicker section so you get a more conventional assembly in this kit with an upper and lower section but as always the detail of the wing tapes and other detail has been retained there is also a steel spar included in the kit for the wings. You can see on the upper wing internals the network of suports and the groove where the steel spar will be fitted.
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The Felixstowe sprues are of a lighter grey plastic than the darker Hansa sprue's so making it easyer to not mix up the parts for each kit. We start with the two R R Eagle engine sprue's lots of detail again here for the Felixstowes power houses.Next comes several sprue's that hold the fuselage outer and inner details lots of high class moulding here.At the bottom of the box we find the thick double kit instructions in the usual Wingnuts format with actual pictures of the aircraft ect.

A great kit in all but I would say not for the inexperienced modeler as I can see challenges building the Felixstowe with those huge wings.
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#7 Posted : 04 May 2019 20:54:39

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A couple of very nice reviews there Andy with the sheer quality of these WnW models being very evident from your photos. Drool

I've never built a WnW kit but really must do at some point if only for the experience of building something so amazingly detailed. I've just checked how long 91cm is on my tape measure and that Felixstowe wing is seriously long! I'm surprised at that length that there is no warping, but from your 'end-on' photos it looks beautifully straight.

I'm definitely going to be watching and commenting on your builds when you start this duelling pair. ThumpUp

Kev Smile
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#8 Posted : 04 May 2019 23:39:25

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BigGrin Thanks for looking in and your comments Kev, you should treat yourself to a Wingnuts kit as soon as possible whatever kit you choose it will give you hours of building pleasure and unfortunatly a thirst for another one to buildDrool Drool Drool Drool Cool
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#9 Posted : 05 May 2019 00:37:31

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Yes I would second Andys comments if you only ever build one early airplane then make it a Wingnut Wings kit.I think they beat even Tamiya for instructions,detail and fit.

Carl


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#10 Posted : 05 May 2019 11:14:22

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Hi looks a great kit ,look forward to your build ,definitely going to have to do one these kits at some point ,cheers mick.BigGrin
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BigGrin They really are well worth the money Mick and one you will enjoy buildingCool
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#12 Posted : 05 May 2019 22:43:48

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Thanks for looking in and your comments Kev, you should treat yourself to a Wingnuts kit as soon as possible whatever kit you choose it will give you hours of building pleasure and unfortunately a thirst for another one to build


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Yes I would second Andys comments if you only ever build one early airplane then make it a Wingnut Wings kit. I think they beat even Tamiya for instructions, detail and fit.

Carl


Yeah, I agree with what you say guys, even though I've not yet built one! However, I do have my eye on a particular WnW kit as a possible first foray into building one of their models. BigGrin ThumpUp

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#13 Posted : 06 May 2019 09:13:06

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Thanks for the great review Andy,

looks like a great kit. when will the build start?

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#14 Posted : 06 May 2019 12:43:45

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BigGrin Thanks for looking in Keith I will start the build soon just need to get a couple of things for the build before I startCool
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