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Salmson 2-A2 / Otsu 1
Merlin
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Posted: Thursday, December 26, 2013 - 04:16 AM UTC
Wingnut Wings have released their long awaited Salmson 2-A2, the first examples of this superb new kit arriving just in time for Christmas.

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Posted: Thursday, December 26, 2013 - 06:24 AM UTC
Singly the one minor issue I have had with the WnW line is the lack of weighted tires. This kit and #32059 A-2A USAS have them. Nicely done gents.
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Posted: Thursday, December 26, 2013 - 08:25 AM UTC
Hi Stephen

The weighted tyres were the first things that caught my eye when I opened the box - really the icing on the (Christmas) cake for me. I hope it's a development that Wingnut Wings carry on to all their future releases.

All the best

Rowan
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Posted: Thursday, December 26, 2013 - 10:15 AM UTC
Minor hiccup with the camouflage & markings text. No Salmson A-2A ever had clear doped silk undersurfaces. It was the European factory standard to use the Ecru coloured dope on fabric areas and a similar Ripolin paint in the metal areas. Someone simply misinterpreted the data at WnW. The silk was an aircraft grade used because linen was uneven. The "Shap" silk gave a more uniform surface.
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Posted: Thursday, December 26, 2013 - 10:45 AM UTC
Cheers Stephen

Looking at reference shots, there also seems to have been a slight "wrap-around" of the top surface colours (at least on the leading edge of wings) - is that correct?

All the best

Rowan
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Posted: Thursday, December 26, 2013 - 11:13 AM UTC
I noted that when I did the review on the Paladin / ex-Flying Machines Press book on the "Salmson Aircraft in WWI".

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Not all aircraft appear to have lighter wing perimeter / edge tapes. It maybe that repairs had to be done in the field and the rib tape was not painted the exact factory colour when finished. The French hand painted the 5 colour camouflage at the factory and its unlikely there were any issues there. Also have a look at the WnW site for the archival images of the Salmson aircraft.

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A-2A Otsu 1
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Posted: Thursday, December 26, 2013 - 08:29 PM UTC

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Not all aircraft appear to have lighter wing perimeter / edge tapes.



Hi Stephen

Actually, I was looking at a darker perimeter, not lighter - but it's true, it's not evident in all the shots. In a couple of instances it seems to follow the upper-surface camouflage pattern (but that could be me reading too much into it) - hence my wondering if it was a factory-applied wrap-around.

I have a copy of the book on order. Sadly, it seems to be out of print (has Paladin discontinued publishing aviation books? - there's very little left on their website). I was lucky enough to get a new copy still at a reasonable price on Amazon, because some are already going for silly money.

All the best

Rowan