Our Project Spotlight features a 1/3 scale SE5a designed and built as a WWI stand-off scale fun subject by Roy Vaillancourt, owner of Vailly Aviation, Farmingville NY.
Roy came to Cal-Grafx with limited and hard-to-find written and artist rendition documentation on the full scale aircraft that survived the war and was rescued and refinished by the US Air Force 25th PSQ based at Ellington Field, Texas from 1921 to 1922.
A major challenge in duplicating the graphics on the full scale aircraft was the unique squadron emblem ("the bird").
An exhaustive internet search by Cal-Grafx
did not provide any additional or higher quality images than what Roy was able to come up with.
The one rendered image Roy
was able to find was blurred and lacked detail.
After studying the image through various digital filters, Cal-Grafx
was able to come up with what we believe to be very close to the original squadron emblem.
Most importantly, Roy
was more than happy with the end result.
The numerals on the fuselage were also faithfully produced in the exact style of the original marking.
Attention to these details adds to the scale realism of the model.
This project started out as all Roy's planes do, with a blank sheet of paper and a good set of 3 views.
For this particular model Roy
used the ever-popular William Wylam drawings.
It is covered with Solartex and painted with Roy's popular latex paint system which he
has used on many scale models.
is proud to be a contributor to this top-tier scale model and looks forward to working with Roy
again on future projects.