Rumpler C.IV Early
Once again, another stunner by Wingnut Wings. The upper wing simply clicks into place!! You can’t say enough in praise about these kits. I’d buy them all if I had the money. (Maybe I will someday…)
Included in the kit are high quality Cartograf decals with markings for six different aircraft.
The kit has a highly detailed, 18 part 260HP Daimler Mercedes D.VIA engine, optional spinner, stick, wheel control systems, wireless, flares, radiators, cameras, propellers, and teddy bear accessories. Fine, in scale rib tape detail is present on the wings.
Full scale rigging diagrams are provided, plus a thirty page instruction booklet that has it all. A little tricky, but it is all there!
Construction begins, as usual, with the cockpit. If you are used to the usual sequential type of instruction found in simpler kits, you will find as I did that careful attention and thoroughly studying before building will pay off. This a complicated kit with a number of variations, so study before you build.
As an illustration, the top of page 4 shows a bulkhead with a piece of wireless equipment with all the decals called out. No part numbers. Immediately below is a different bulkhead with a sleeve attached, and both have part numbers (make sure you have that sleeve pointing up or your bombsight will be pointing down!) Immediately below is another diagram showing the topmost bulkhead with, at last, the part numbers. Again, maybe it is me, but careful study of the instructions pays off. This kit’s too beautiful not to give it your full attention.
Page 2 on the interior, be careful with part number A22, it can be easily installed upside down with disastrous results when mated with the side frames.
If you choose the “stick” control you will have to have to install it “catty corner” through the floor board, then turn it to nest in its receivers on the underside of the floor.
Page 7 is your best reference for the cockpit assembly colors.
The engine clicks together with no problems. But be careful of that little “ear” sticking off part number B1. It’s a temperature gauge and is easily broken off! Ask me how I know…
The fuselage goes together without any fuss, and the lower wings join the fuselage with correct dihedral locked in. Interplane struts are a joy. They positively lock in place and, when the inverted assembly is lowered onto the inverted upper wing, it all goes into place, NO problems!
The rest of the build is straightforward. Not a kit for beginners, but one worth building.
Thanks go to Wingnut Wings for the kit and to IPMS/USA for the opportunity to review it.