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Seat & prop for DH 2
Replacement seat and propellor for Roden 1/32 DH2
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by: James Fahey [ JAMO_KIWI ]

The Roden 1:32 DH 2 has been warmly received by the WWI modelling community but some aspects of the kit could really do with an upgrade. The hardest parts for modellers to remedy are the seat and the propellor. These two replacement parts are produced by master caster Brian Fawcett and marketed currently by Pheon Models.

Now you could weave your own wicker seat out of wire and monofilament but its not easy to do (I know, I am working on a third one now for Wingnut's Bristol F2B). This resin wicker seat is a much simpler solution and has a very realistic wicker representation. The review sample had no imperfections at all. It comes with an integral cushion, suitably creased and featuring some largish buttons which should paint up very nicely. The seat is a prominent item inside the open DH2 'office' and with careful painting will be a stand-out feature. It may also prove suitable for other aircraft types - modellers should check their references.

There is also a replacement four-bladed propellor which corrects the odd cylindrical hub of the kit part. Again, this part would prove relatively difficult for modellers to fix themselves - I know many modellers carve their own two bladed propellors but I reckon scratch building a four bladed prop would be a big ask. The resin part comes inside a circular sprue to keep it safe. It does not include the overscale rivets featured on the Roden part which are better represented by paint. The propellors on WWI aircraft are a prominent feature so the resin replacement is a worthwhile enhancement.

Both parts came well packed with foam and bubble wrap inside light card boxes.

These two replacement parts are available as seperate items, 6.00 each plus 2.50 post & packing to UK & European destinations and 2.80 to the rest of the world. Payment is by Paypal. Available directly from Pheon Models by email: [email protected]
Highs: Nicely cast, no holes. The wicker looks very realistic. Well packed.
Lows: None noted
Verdict: Perfect replacements for the disappointing Roden kit parts
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  Scale: 1:32
  Mfg. ID: Not numbered
  Suggested Retail: 6.00 each item
  Related Link: Pheon product list at Britmodeller
  PUBLISHED: Feb 11, 2010
  NATIONALITY: United Kingdom

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About James Fahey (Jamo_kiwi)

I started modelling Airfix kits in the late '60s, eventually building most of the range and hanging them from the ceiling of my bedroom. In my teens I did a bit of wargaming, first WWII then Ancients using 28mm white metal figures. My first foray into WWI modelling was also for wargaming and I built...

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Nope , still nothing ...even went and cleared the cookies .
FEB 14, 2010 - 11:46 AM
Same for me: _REVIEWNOTAVAILABLE Update: Its working fine now.
FEB 14, 2010 - 02:13 PM
I am glad thats sorted out. By the way James thanks for the review.
FEB 14, 2010 - 04:09 PM
I see it , I see it ! thanks for the review on these items . I will have to get the prop , the seat I will like to attempt making on my own , but if that fails I know where to get one .
FEB 15, 2010 - 03:01 AM
This is EXACTLY the kind of thing that I look for from Aeroscale. I just received this kit, have the Eduard PE upgrade, and now will order this, too. The seat would be a nightmare trying to scratch-build. I have a Russian-made upgrade for the engine, too. The prop looks amazingly like the one for the WNW RAF SE-5a. Are they the same/similar? The WNW kit comes with two props, one two-bladed and one four-bladed. Update on postage: Yanks and the rest of the world pay 2 pounds 50.
FEB 15, 2010 - 04:04 AM
Nice detail sets, not a kit I will be buying though with my terror of rigging... LOL The prop does look similar to the SE5a but the SE5a one is wider and more paddle like, still with a little work a cheapskate...I mean enterprising modeller..:-P could use it...if its dimensionally close. I want my WNW Albi NOW!...stomps petulantly......hoping Terri doenst pont out all my unfinished builds.... Keith
FEB 15, 2010 - 06:09 AM
You would also have to cut off the boss and place it on the other side of the prop . Come Keith would I do that to you ........
FEB 15, 2010 - 11:38 AM
There is an update;
FEB 25, 2010 - 06:58 AM
They're back in-stock and I just ordered my set of seat and prop.
FEB 27, 2010 - 06:48 AM

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