Etrich A.11 Taube

1/48th scale kit by Copper State Models

Quick look by Steve Jantscher

Photo Etch
White Metal

This is a neat looking aircraft, with wings shaped more like a birds than a conventional airplane. The Taube designers obviously took inspiration from nature, hoping "form follows function". This hasn't been a well covered subject in the past, but thanks to those folks out in Arizona it is now. This is a beautiful kit! The major structures are four finely cast resin components, each wing is one piece (left and right), fuselage and tail. The Hiero motor is a multi piece resin casting. Many of the other "fiddley bits" are included as photo etch or white metal castings. These are all first class quality. The few decals are done by Microscale and are thin and ought to go down very well. Finally, check out the boxing and packing of the kit.

Again, as with most limited run kits (but not all) the weakest link in this offering is in the directions. Mostly these comprise various four view line drawings that look copied from another source (not shown here), and a small detail sketch of additional details. These are necessary for the proper rigging of the airplane (rigging material not included) but are very basic when compared to the "current state of the art" in major manufacturers' model instructions.

I can only recommend this kit for the advanced modeler experienced in multi-media kit building and rigging of WW1 aircraft. But for those meeting these prerequisites this beautiful limited production kit will produce a very nice model.

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