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Lindberg 1/48 SE5a, Polish War of Independence. *Completed*

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Well I like to be a bit different with my builds, so here's something you don't see every day, a Polish SE5a. About 20 aircraft were supplied to the Poles to fight against the Soviets when war broke out in the East in February 1919. To link it back to WW1, most of the conflicts in Eastern Europe directly after 1918 were the result of WW1 and much of it was fought with captured WW1 equipment or as in this case, surplus war machines were supplied or bought directly from countries looking to offload equipment and make a few bucks. 

I'm on a bit of a stash queen build at the moment. I've had this kit a long time, maybe 20 or more years. It's pretty basic but will make into a decent model and it's a good thing to practice my rigging on.

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That'll be interesting. The fighting did rumble on in a few places after the Armistice in western Europe. I'm currently reading a book about the fighting in the Murmansk area in which we Brits were still involved after the Armistice and of course the Brits and US were still fighting in the Vladivostok area in eastern Russia for quite some time too. It's a very confusing period of time because common history would have us all believe all the fighting stopped 11-11-18 but that wasn't the case at all.

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Sounds like an interesting project and it's a part of history that I don't know much about, so I'm off to Googland to educatify myself.

Good luck with the kit, I've only done one Lindberg – never again.

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A bit of a start today. As you can see the interior is pretty basic, you can see the instrument panel so  I will use some decals to give the impression of some gauges. I've used a yellow with some oil colour ontop to give the impression of wood. It could be better but once closed up you will hardly see anything.

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What Duncan said
It's a fascinating, complex and much overlooked period 
The Armistice didn't end hostilities that flared either as a direct result of the hostilities or indirectly from the fall out of the war.

Good luck Brad!  
Nice start on the old kit.

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I've been slowly working on the struts, with the undercarriage struts on and the outer wing ones now drying. I also found a much better details machine gun in the stash.

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23 minutes ago, Grunhertz said:

That plastic looks interesting and kind of hard? 

The total opposite actually, it's very soft. I need to be careful cutting parts off the edges as it'd be very easy to take a chunk out of it.

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I've managed to get the upper wing pretty straight. It's just sitting on the outer struts here. I've also cut off the machine gun from the rail and will replace that with something better. I've also decided to paint the upper wing before fitting it, it will make things easier that way. Once painted I can drill all the holes for the rigging.

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A little deck tan for the fabric.

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Some light green (yes really there is green paint on it)

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And a little brown.

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Painting all the smaller parts and I'd also started drilling holes for the rigging which I will be using knitting elastic for.

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Wings and most parts now attached, as you can see I've started rigging. Had to stop at about 1am as I was starting to see double.

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I got on with this and finished it off tonight after training. It's the first kit I've rigged fully, not as hard as I thought with a bit of pre planning.  Decals came from the spares box. Thanks for looking in.

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