by: Stephen T. Lawson [ ]
HistoryRib tapes, stitching and lacings are common items you will see on all WWI aviation subjects that have fabric covering. This includes areas such as wings and fuselage. Rib tapes on some aircraft were applied on top of the ribs either before or after a fabric covering was laid down across the wing skeletals. The was then whip stiched in place to prevent catastrophic rips while the wing was under stress in flight. Lacings were reinforced fabric joints that needed to provide easy access to the fuselage for repairs or maintenance. Such as The French Nieuport designs near the upper longeron areas immediately behind the engines.
HGW ProductThese items are unique as the are applied in a method that is reversed to the usual water slide decal. The strips are cut to fit and then wetted. Then they are laid out over the upper ribs or fabric joints "face down" and then the paper can be pulled away. When dry the decal carrier acts as a simulation of the rib tape and the detail of the stitching is prominantly apparent. It comes in 1:48 (#481010) and 1:32 (#321007) scale.
You get one sheet of decals with another sheet of instructions.
CommentsThe nationality is listed as "France" but can be applied to any WWI kit where the original airframe was fabric covered. British, French, German , Austrian or etc. I look forward to using these item on a few build in the near future.
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