Aircraft of War

Aircraft Types of WW1

Model Making Project

John PreedyAbout 3 and a half years ago I took on the challenge of making all the aircraft types that flew in WW1 to the scale of 1/72. These cover all those of the Countries of the Allies and the Central Powers. At the time of starting I though the total amounted to some 180 models. Since that time I have found many more and my current estimate of the full number is more than 500.

Pre Covid-19 lockdown I was averaging one per week, but during lockdown with more time available it was often up to 5 or 6 a week. As of May 2021 I have completed some 350, so about 2/3 of the total.

Of the 500 it is possible to purchase, less than 100 plastic model kits. This means the bulk of the aircraft have to be scratch built using balsa wood. The start of the construction requires each aircraft to be researched for their details and paint colours. For scratch builds it is essential to find 3-D plans on the internet and print them out at the 1/72 scale.

With the aim of making such a large number, my building program is one of “quantity” rather than “quality” with each model being a good representation of the aircraft, rather than being a very detailed exact replica of the original.

The work has kept me occupied during the lockdown period, and has kept my mind working and my fingers nimble. I have enjoyed making the models and learning more about each type. I now look forward to sharing them with you.

About 3 and a half years ago I took on the challenge of making all the aircraft types that flew in WW1 to the scale of 1/72. These cover all those of the Countries of the Allies and the Central Powers. At the time of starting I though the total amounted to some 180 models. Since that time I have found many more and my current estimate of the full number is more than 500.

Pre Covid-19 lockdown I was averaging one per week, but during lockdown with more time available it was often up to 5 or 6 a week. As of May 2021 I have completed some 350, so about 2/3 of the total.

Of the 500 it is possible to purchase, less than 100 plastic model kits. This means the bulk of the aircraft have to be scratch built using balsa wood. The start of the construction requires each aircraft to be researched for their details and paint colours. For scratch builds it is essential to find 3-D plans on the internet and print them out at the 1/72 scale.

With the aim of making such a large number, my building program is one of “quantity” rather than “quality” with each model being a good representation of the aircraft, rather than being a very detailed exact replica of the original.

The work has kept me occupied during the lockdown period, and has kept my mind working and my fingers nimble. I have enjoyed making the models and learning more about each type. I now look forward to sharing them with you.

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scale model of the GEORGES LEVY 40 HB2 French flyingboat aircraft used in during the first world war

GEORGES LEVY 40 HB2

Georges Levy 40 HB2 Avation Maritime's distrust of triplane flying boats such as the Levy-Besson "Alerte" led the firm to ...
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scale model of the Lohner E Austria-Hungarian flyingboat aircraft used in during the first world war

Lohner E

Lohner E The Lohner E was a reconnaissance flying boat built in Austria-Hungary during World War I. The "E" stood ...
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scale model of the Aeromarine 40F American flyingboat aircraft used in during the first world war

Aeromarine 40F

Aeromarine 40F The Aeromarine 40F was an American two-seat flying-boat training aircraft produced for the US Navy and built by ...
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scale model of the Hansa-Brandenburg W20 german flyingboat aircraft used in during the first world war

Hansa-Brandenburg W.20

Hansa-Brandenburg W.20 The Hansa-Brandenburg W.20 was a German submarine-launched reconnaissance flying boat of the World War I era, designed and ...
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scale model of the Macchi M12 Italian flyingboat aircraft used in during the first world war

Macchi M.12

Macchi M.12 The Macchi M.12 was a flying boat bomber produced in small numbers in Italy in 1918. It had ...
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scale model of the Grigorovitch M9 Russian flyingboat aircraft used in during the first world war

Grigorovitch M9

Grigorovitch M9 Also called ShCh M-9 or Shchetinin M-9 this Russian ww1 biplane flying boat was a development of the ...
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Italian Aircraft from world war one

WEEK 8 – SELECTION OF ITALIAN AIRCRAFT

Italy was at war in February 1915, swapping side of the entente almost at the last minute after some territorial ...
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scale model of the Pomilio Gamma Italian aircraft used in during the first world war

POMILIO GAMMA & GAMMA 1F

POMILIO GAMMA & GAMMA 1F The Pomilio Gamma was an Italian fighter prototype of 1918. The Pomilio company of Turin ...
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scale model of the Caproni Ca3 Italian aircraft used in during the first world war

Caproni Ca.3

Caproni Ca.3 The Caproni Ca.3 was an Italian heavy bomber of World War I and the postwar era. It was ...
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scale model of the Macchi M7 Italian aircraft used in during the first world war

Macchi M.7

Macchi M.7 The Macchi M.7 was an Italian single-seat fighter flying boat designed by Alesandro Tonini and built by Macchi ...
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Scale model of the Vickers F.B.5 - a British aircraft used in during the first world war

VICKERS F.B.5

Vickers F.B.5 The Vickers F.B.5 (Fighting Biplane 5) (known as the "Gunbus") was a British two-seat pusher military biplane of ...
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Scale model of the Sopwith Triplane - a British aircraft used in during the first world war

Sopwith Triplane

Sopwith Triplane The Sopwith Triplane was a British single seat fighter aircraft designed and manufactured by the Sopwith Aviation Company ...
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Scale model of the Martinsyde G100 "Elephant" - a British aircraft used in during the first world war

MARTINSYDE G.100 “ELEPHANT”

Martinsyde G.100 "Elephant" The Martinsyde G.100 "Elephant" and the G.102 were British fighter bomber aircraft of the First World War ...
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Scale model of the Bristol Scout a British aircraft used in during the first world war

Bristol Scout

Bristol Scout The Bristol Scout was a single-seat rotary-engined biplane originally designed as a racing aircraft. Like similar fast, light ...
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Airco DH.4

Airco DH.4 The Airco DH.4 was a British two-seat biplane day bomber of the First World War. It was designed ...
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Airco DH.2 British aircraft used in during the first world war

AIRCO DH.2

Airco DH.2 The Airco DH.2 was a single-seat biplane "pusher" aircraft which operated as a fighter during the First World ...
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Avro 504 British aircraft used in during the first world war

Avro 504

Avro 504 The Avro 504 was a First World War biplane aircraft made by the Avro aircraft company and under ...
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Scale Model fo the Vickers Vimy aircraft

VICKERS VIMY – Britain

Vickers Vimy - British The Vickers Vimy was a British heavy bomber aircraft developed and manufactured by Vickers Limited. Developed ...
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ROYAL AIRCRAFT FACTORY - Aerial Target scale model aircraft

ROYAL AIRCRAFT FACTORY – Aerial Target

ROYAL AIRCRAFT FACTORY - Aerial Target The Development of Radio Controlled Drone Aircraft Conceived late in 1916, this was a ...
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VICKERS F.B.26 VAMPIRE scale model aircraft

VICKERS F.B.26 VAMPIRE

Vickers F.B.26 Vampire The Vickers F.B.26 Vampire was a British single-seat pusher biplane fighter built by Vickers during the First ...
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scale model of the GEORGES LEVY 40 HB2 French flyingboat aircraft used in during the first world war

GEORGES LEVY 40 HB2

Georges Levy 40 HB2 Avation Maritime's distrust of triplane flying boats such as the Levy-Besson "Alerte" led the firm to ...
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Scale model of the Adolphe Bernard AB aircraft

Adolphe Bernard AB

Bernard AB -1 BN2 - France The Adolphe Bernard AB was a family twin-engined French biplane aircraft, built near the ...
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Scale model of the SPAD V11 French aircraft

SPAD V11

SPAD V11 The SPAD S.VII was the first of a series of highly successful biplane fighter aircraft produced by Société ...
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Scale model of the Morane-Saulnier A1 French aircraft

Morane-Saulnier A1

Morane-Saulnier A1 The Morane-Saulnier A1 (also Type AI) was a French parasol-wing fighter aircraft produced by Morane-Saulnier during World War ...
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Scale model of the Franco British Aviation type c aircraft

Franco British Aviation (FBA) – Type C

Franco British Aviation (FBA) Type C The Franco British Aviation (FBA) developed a range of aircraft (mainly Flying-Boats):- Type A ...
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Scale model of the Nieuport 17 C1 French aircraft

Nieuport 17 C.1

Nieuport 17 C.1 The Nieuport 17 C.1 was a French sesquiplane fighter designed and manufactured by the Nieuport company during ...
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Farman MF.11 Shorthorn scale model French aircraft from world war 1

Farman MF.11 Shorthorn

Farman MF.11 Shorthorn The Maurice Farman MF.11 Shorthorn is a French aircraft developed before World War I by the Farman ...
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Deperdussin TT scale model French aircraft used in WW1

Deperdussin TT

Deperdussin TT The Deperdussin TT was a French monoplane built by Société Pour les Appareils Deperdussin, later to become S.P.A.D ...
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Bréguet 14 BR scale model French aircraft

Bréguet BR 14

Bréguet BR 14 The Bréguet 14 was a French biplane bomber and reconnaissance aircraft of the First World War. It ...
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Model fo the Farman MF.11 Shorthorn French aircraft ww1

Farman MF.11 Shorthorn

Farman MF.11 Shorthorn The Maurice Farman MF.11 Shorthorn is a French aircraft developed before World War I by the Farman ...
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scale model of the Hansa-Brandenburg W20 german flyingboat aircraft used in during the first world war

Hansa-Brandenburg W.20

Hansa-Brandenburg W.20 The Hansa-Brandenburg W.20 was a German submarine-launched reconnaissance flying boat of the World War I era, designed and ...
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Scale Model of the GOTHA GI Aircraft

GOTHA G.I – Germany

GOTHA G.I - Germany The Gotha G.I was a heavy bomber used by the Luftstreitkräfte (Imperial German Air Service) during ...
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Scale Model of the Hansa-Brandenburg W29 German aircraft

Hansa-Brandenburg W.29

SPAD V11 The Hansa-Brandenburg W.29 was a German monoplane fighter floatplane which served in the closing months of World War ...
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Scale Model of the Hannover CL.III aircraft

HANNOVER CL.III

Hannover CL.III The Hannover CL.III was a German military aircraft of World War I. It was a two-seat multi-role aircraft, ...
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Scale model of the HALBERSTADT D.II aircraft

HALBERSTADT D.II

Halberstadt D.II The Halberstadt D.II was a biplane fighter aircraft developed and manufactured by German aircraft company Halberstädter Flugzeugwerke. It ...
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Scale Model fo teh Fokker E.V - D.V111 aicraft

Fokker E.V / D.V111

SPAD V11 The Fokker E.V was a German parasol-monoplane fighter aircraft designed by Reinhold Platz and built by Fokker-Flugzeugwerke. The ...
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Scale Model of the LVG C.VI German aircraft

LVG C.VI

LVG C.VI The LVG C.VI was a German two-seat reconnaissance and artillery spotting aircraft used during World War I. The ...
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Scale Model of the PFALZ A. 1 German aircraft

PFALZ A. 1 (A.11)

SPAD V11 The early phases of World War 1 involved several notable monoplane-winged aircraft prior to the switch to more ...
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Scale model of the ALBATROS B.I German aircraft

ALBATROS B.I

ALBATROS B.I The Albatros B.I, was a German military reconnaissance aircraft designed in 1913 and which saw service during World ...
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Zeppelin-Staaken RV scale model aircraft

ZEPPELIN-STAAKEN R.VI

Zeppelin-Staaken R.VI The Zeppelin-Staaken R.VI was a four-engined German biplane strategic bomber of World War I, and the only Riesenflugzeug ...
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scale model of the Macchi M12 Italian flyingboat aircraft used in during the first world war

Macchi M.12

Macchi M.12 The Macchi M.12 was a flying boat bomber produced in small numbers in Italy in 1918. It had ...
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scale model of the Pomilio Gamma Italian aircraft used in during the first world war

POMILIO GAMMA & GAMMA 1F

POMILIO GAMMA & GAMMA 1F The Pomilio Gamma was an Italian fighter prototype of 1918. The Pomilio company of Turin ...
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scale model of the Caproni Ca3 Italian aircraft used in during the first world war

Caproni Ca.3

Caproni Ca.3 The Caproni Ca.3 was an Italian heavy bomber of World War I and the postwar era. It was ...
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scale model of the Macchi M7 Italian aircraft used in during the first world war

Macchi M.7

Macchi M.7 The Macchi M.7 was an Italian single-seat fighter flying boat designed by Alesandro Tonini and built by Macchi ...
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scale model of the Savoia-Pomilio SP.2 Italian aircraft used in during the first world war

SAVOIA-POMILIO SP.2

Savoia-Pomilio SP.2 The Savoia-Pomilio SP.2 was a reconnaissance and bomber aircraft built in Italy during the First World War. It ...
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scale model of the Società Aeronautica Meccanica Lombarda S.2 Italian aircraft used in during the first world war

Società Aeronautica Meccanica Lombarda (S.A.M.L.) S.2

Società Aeronautica Meccanica Lombarda (S.A.M.L.) S.2 The S.A.M.L. (Società Aeronautica Meccanica Lombarda) was the main Italian constructor of the German ...
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scale model of the Società Italiana Aviazione 7B Italian aircraft used in during the first world war

Società Italiana Aviazione 7B

Società Italiana Aviazione (SIA) 7B The SIA 7B was a biplane reconnaissance-bomber built by the Società Italiana Aviazione and served ...
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scale model of the Ansaldo SVA5 Italian aircraft used in during the first world war

Ansaldo S.V.A.5

Ansaldo S.V.A.5 An exceptional aircraft for its time, the Ansaldo S.V.A.5 was preceded by the S.V.A.4 which was designed in ...
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Scale model of the Caproni Ca.5 aircraft

CAPRONI Ca.5

CAPRONI Ca.5 The Caproni Ca.5 was an Italian heavy bomber of the World War I and the postwar era. It ...
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Model of the Italian Caproni Ca.4 aircraft

Caproni Ca.4

Caproni Ca.4 The Caproni Aircraft Company made a series of heavy Bomber aircraft in WW1 (Ca.1 to Ca. 5). The ...
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scale model of the Grigorovitch M9 Russian flyingboat aircraft used in during the first world war

Grigorovitch M9

Grigorovitch M9 Also called ShCh M-9 or Shchetinin M-9 this Russian ww1 biplane flying boat was a development of the ...
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Scale model aircraft: Sikorsky Ilya Muromets

Sikorsky Ilya Muromets

Sikorsky Ilya Muromets The Sikorsky Ilya Muromets (Sikorsky S-22, S-23, S-24, S-25, S-26 and S-27) were a class of Russian ...
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model of a SIKORSKY S-16 aircraft

SIKORSKY S-16

Sikorsky S-16 Igor Sikorsky was an early Russian aviation pioneer before WW1. Before and during the war he designed and ...
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scale model of the Aeromarine 40F American flyingboat aircraft used in during the first world war

Aeromarine 40F

Aeromarine 40F The Aeromarine 40F was an American two-seat flying-boat training aircraft produced for the US Navy and built by ...
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Scale model of a Martin MB-1 aircraft

Martin MB-1

MARTIN MB-1 The Martin MB-1 was an American large biplane bomber designed and built by the Glenn L. Martin Company ...
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Model of the Curtiss JN-4 aircraft ww1

Curtiss JN-4

Curtiss JN-4 The Curtiss JN-4 "Jenny" was one of a series of "JN" biplanes built by the Curtiss Aeroplane Company ...
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scale model of the Lohner E Austria-Hungarian flyingboat aircraft used in during the first world war

Lohner E

Lohner E The Lohner E was a reconnaissance flying boat built in Austria-Hungary during World War I. The "E" stood ...
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Scale model of the Lloyd 40.08 Luftkreuzer

Lloyd 40.08 Luftkreuzer (Sky Cruiser)

Lloyd L 1/11 or 40.08 - Austro-Hungarian The Lloyd 40.08 Luftkreuzer (Sky Cruiser) was a three engine triplane bomber type ...
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model of the Lohner L aircraft ww1

Lohner L

Lohner L The Lohner Werke Aircraft Company produced a number of aircraft (both land and sea planes) in WW1.The Lohner ...
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