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1/32 Wingnut Wings Felixstowe F.2a

Posted by Paul On July - 11 - 2020


On June 22 of 2024 my wife and I stopped by my good freind Loic Anthion's business – Kitlinx. He has a great business and carries everything; what he doesn't have he can get.

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Thiis is his online modeling store and we stopped at his warehouse.  While there I noticed the fantastic Wingnut Wings Felixstowe F.2a that he had in stock.  My wife Nina loved it also and bought it for me for my anniversary! Thank you Nina, and thank you Loic!   So this is my journey of building this monster – it's wingspan is 3 feet and requires a ton of rigging.  I figured I have done some other WW1 aircraft as well as several wood ship models that had a ton of rigging.  What could possibly go wrong – lol. Well we will see.

A little history from Wingnut Wings…

The Felixstowe F.2a was probably the most successful flying boat of the First World War. With a crew of 5 it was capable of carrying out long range reconnaissance, anti-submarine and anti-shipping patrols of up to 10 hours duration. The development of the Felixstowe F.2a is staggeringly convoluted but it was essentially an Anglo-American design which can trace its roots to the pre war Glenn Curtiss & Cyril Porte designed 180hp twin engine ‘America’ flying boat design. This basic design was improved, enlarged, strengthened and repowered successively by both Curtiss and Porte (having now returned to service in the RNAS after the outbreak of war despite suffering from Tuberculosis) over the next few years until July 1917 when Porte arrived at the characteristic deep ‘V’ hull with full side fins. Although technically now a wholly Porte design these Felixstowe flying boats, so named because they were developed at the RNAS Seaplane Experimental Station at Felixstowe in Suffolk, were referred to as ‘Large Americas’ by the British and as ‘Curtiss’ types by the Germans. 


The twin 375hp Rolls Royce Eagle VIII powered Felixstowe F.2a featured a deep ‘V’ hull constructed using boat building techniques with diagonal planking on the bottom while the tops of the fins were plywood and doped fabric. The sides of the forward superstructure were also plywood and t he top coamings were covered with linen, as were the wings and tailplane. Ply walkways were positioned on the top coaming near the engineer’s hatch and on the bottom wings below the engines. Early production F.2a were delivered with a glazed cabin, fabric covered sides of the rear hull and large unbalanced ailerons. Later developments included replacing the cabin with an open cockpit, balanced ailerons and strengthening the rear hull sides with ply or diagonally applied "Consuta" planks. Late production boats as depicted in this kitset had an open cockpit with strengthened rear hull with wooden sides and many had balanced ailerons fitted. Some early boats delivered with glazed cabins were later converted to open top configuration. A modified V12 Liberty engine powered version was manufactured by Curtiss in America as the H.16. The Felixstowe F.3, superficially similar in appearance to the F.2a but slightly larger and capable of carrying twice the bomb load, was put into production despite being considered inferior to the F.2a. The larger still Felixstowe F.5 similarly featured poorer performance but arrived too late to see operational service before the Armistice and a modified V12 Liberty engine powered version was manufactured by Curtiss in America as the F.5L. Any history of these aircraft here is of necessity very brief, therefore we encourage you to seek out the references listed below for a more thorough understanding of these significant aircraft. 


Felixstowe flying boat wings and tailplane upper surfaces usually appear very dark in photographs and have been recorded simply as ‘green’ with the bottom surfaces remaining heavily varnished Clear Doped Linen (CDL). The bottom of the hull, bow, tops of the fins, and rear hull washboards were finished with gloss black bituminous tar based paint inside and out for waterproofing, as were the fabric wrapped side struts and tailplane struts. The plywood panels of the superstructure were heavily varnished with their joints often being sealed with the same bituminous tar based paint while the top coamings frequently remained CDL. In some instances the coamings were finished with the same dark protective dope as the wings and tailplane. All metal fittings were painted gloss black although those on the engine bearers and interplane struts appear to have frequently been overpainted with Battleship Grey (BSG) along with the wood. Most surfaces featured a gloss finish when new which quickly weathered to a dull matt appearance after short periods exposed to the harsh saltwater environment. Many British flying boats featured brightly coloured dazzle paint finishes for identification purposes from the middle of 1918 onwards.


I have received the aftermarket seatbelts and masks..

I'm also going to use the fantastic build article by Gary Boxall

7 July 2024. This thing is going to take a ton of turnbuckles. The decision I have to ask – is do I want fake them with very small diameter tubing – of do I want to buy some very nice 3D printed turnbuckles from Gaspatch. When I say some – I mean a lot – like about 300.

1/16 Wright Flyer

Posted by Paul On May - 7 - 2020

5/7/2023 I've just started this 1/16 scale model of the Wright Flyer by Hasegawa.  It's part of their Museum Model Series; in the past I've built their 1/16 Sopwith Camel (fantastic model).  This model is now qjite expensive, I purchased it several years ago.  As I recall it came from the aeronautics department of a univeristy back east.  They evedentely ordered it, but never got around to building it – good for me!  The kit consists of parts made of metal, plastic and wood and is very nicely presented with great instructions. 

The Wright Flyer (also known as the Kitty Hawk, Flyer I or the 1903 Flyer) made the first sustained flight by a manned heavier-than-air powered and controlled aircraft—an airplane—on December 17, 1903. Invented and flown by brothers Orville and Wilbur Wright, it marked the beginning of the pioneer era of aviation.

The aircraft is a single-place biplane design with anhedral (drooping) wings, front elevator (a canard) and rear rudder. It used a 12 horsepower gasoline engine powering two pusher propellers. Employing 'wing warping' it was relatively unstable and very difficult to fly.

The Wright brothers flew it four times in a location now part of the town of Kill Devil Hills, about 4 miles (6 kilometers) south of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. The airplane flew 852 ft (260 m) on its fourth and final flight, but was damaged on landing, and minutes later powerful gusts blew it over, wrecking it.

The aircraft never flew again but was shipped home and subsequently restored by Orville. The aircraft was initially displayed in a place of honor at the London Science Museum until 1948 when the resolution of an acrimonious priority dispute finally allowed it to be displayed in the Smithsonian. It is now exhibited in the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.










































HERE is a video 0f the completed model.

Here are the pictures:

Starting top wing

5/22/2023 Top wing skinned.

Bottom wing started

5/23/2023 Bottom wing primed

5/25/2023 Botom wing is ready to cover








Here are the pictures of the finiished Wright Flyer: