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One hundred years ago the first great air war was being fought in the skies over Europe. Aviation was in its infancy and young men of many nations flew into battle in aircraft which we would now regard as impossibly frail. These were pioneering machines in every sense and the exploits of their pilots still stir the imagination a century later. I have created a series of models with the purpose of getting as close to scale renditions of the aircraft as the medium will allow.
The SPAD VII was a particularly robust single-seat French fighter introduced in 1916. What it lacked in manoeuvrability, it made up for in power, stability and strength. The model represented here is in a standard colour scheme of aluminium cowling and doped fabric fuselage and wing surfaces