1/48 Scratchbuilt Farman F-195

Gallery Article by RSK48, Rafael on Mar 8 2021



Farman F-195 Venezuela Air Force

Farman F-190 aircraft were high-wing monoplanes made in France. More than 150 planes were built in various versions, usually with different types of engines. It was normally used for air transport, with a capacity of one pilot and four passengers.

The Venezuelan Military Aviation acquired, in 1929, six Farmans, which were called F-195, with a Salmson 230CV engine, and some equipped with weapons. These aircraft soon acquired a bad name due to their poor performance and visible fragility. Pioneer military pilots called it the "flying ballot box." The first victim of the Venezuelan military aviation was the pilot Vicente Landaeta, who suffered an accident landing in the city of Barquisimeto in 1931. Two other pioneer pilots also died in accidents in a Farman F -195. The other three planes also suffered accidents but without fatalities.

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This Farman 195 model, in 1/48 scale, was totally scratchbuilt, I showing some pictures of the building. For the construction I used: plastic sheets (styrene and acetate) of different thicknesses, styrene strips, some leftover  pieces from other models, modified and adapted to the Farman, a small piece of wood for the propeller and other building materials.

The paint used is Testors Model Master, basically medium green (FS-34102); Decals were home made using Testor decal sealer and paper and an Epson inkjet printer.

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Photos and text by RSK48, Rafael