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About the Author

About Rowan Baylis (Merlin)

I've been modelling for about 40 years, on and off. While I'm happy to build anything, my interests lie primarily in 1/48 scale aircraft. I mostly concentrate on WW2 subjects, although I'm also interested in WW1, Golden Age aviation and the early Jet Age - and have even been known to build the occas...


Excellent, Rowan! The paint job on the fuselage is simply astonishing! Is it airbrushed or handpainted? If I had to guess I'd say its handpainted... Anyway, I'd like to know more about how you achieved that special look on the fuselage
APR 05, 2007 - 10:22 PM
Very nice Rowan. I really like the contrast between colors. Your weathering looks just right, not too much or too little. Your photography is right there too, great job, Wingman out.
APR 05, 2007 - 10:38 PM
Hi guys Thank you all for the very kind words on a build that certainly "had its moments"... largely due to a dismally failed attempt to get to grips with using oils for a wood-grain finish! Goran, the fuselage is painted with watercolours over an enamel base for the basic wood finish (although it's hardly visible in these pictures) and then stippled with a small brush to try to mimic the camouflage applied to the original aircraft. Thank you all again, Rowan
APR 06, 2007 - 02:39 AM
Here is the original machine. Albatros D.Va 5815/17 of a Marine Feld Jasta. Flgmt. Gerhard Hubrich arrived at Marine Feld Jasta IV on 1 Sept. 1918 and served til EOW.
APR 06, 2007 - 05:20 AM
Happy Easter from a mile above sea level!
APR 06, 2007 - 05:32 AM
Excellent finish! I wish I could do something nearly as beautiful... Tho you, Rowan, are a modeler and I'm just a pathetic kit assembler, we do have something in common. We both put the aviators control handle wrong way around! I've done it with all my Eduard 1/48 Albatros builds so far! Recently I saw one very well made Jasta 5 Albie build in a Finnish model show with the same mistake! I wonder what makes us do it. Eduard's instructions are quite clear with it, so we can't blame them. Anyway, happy Easter for everyone! Mikko
APR 08, 2007 - 02:49 PM
A wondrful eggzample of craftsmanship. Though I think that the demensons are eggzagerated.
APR 08, 2007 - 02:58 PM
Thanks for the kind words everyone! You've all been far more generous than my WWI Beginner's effort deserves! LOL! Mike - I knew I had a lot to learn about building bi-planes (doing the rigging better, for starters...), but that's a classic! I've found a couple of old construction of what I did in the "office" - there are probably a few more howlers in there too, but the only way I'll learn for the future is to show what I did and follow the advice of those in the know, so here goes: Many thanks and all the best Rowan
APR 14, 2007 - 01:46 AM
Greetings Rowan, This truely a fine bit of construction aside from the control yoke the only piece really out of place is the circular pivot wheel. It was only seen on the D.V types not the D.Va.
APR 14, 2007 - 05:28 AM
Hi Stephen Many thanks for the extra info. I've got more Albatroses in the stash - I'll make sure I get the grips the right way up in future. All the best Rowan
APR 14, 2007 - 01:40 PM