Well the Austrian Albatros design work is done. It turned into a bit of a marathon and we now have three sets going to the printers in 48th scale for the new Eduard kit, as well as for the Blue Max version, of course (always one of Chris Gannons best, I thought and still available from Freightdog Models).
A total of 43 different schemes made it onto the three sets, covering all versions of the Oeffag D.III: 53 series, 185 and 200 hp (including one D.II for the conversion addicts) , 153 series and 253 series. All of which can be built from the parts included Eduard 253 kit. The only slight modification needed will be to represent the two-valve arrangement for the 185hp engine which features in a few of the subjects.
48014 and 48015 are very colourful (up to nine different colours) A.5 decal sheets.
48016 will have an A.5 size decal sheet for the markings and another A.5 sheet with two variations of the painted mustard yellow shapes used in camouflage over dark green, contained on a separate A.5 size sheet. The camouflage decals are 'cookie-cut' to fit the Eduard kit and there will be enough camouflage decals to complete two aircraft in this attractive finish. This sheet will also be available separately as 48016b.
The eisernes kreutz have been drawn in the specific Oeffag style - notably thinner and more elegant than the design specified by the Austro-Hungarian authorities and which are apparent in almost all photographs of these aircraft. After much tinkering and trial and error, I now believe that all Oeffag did was to take the specification for drawing the crosses and change the ratio of the cross ends from the specified 0.4 of the cross height to 0.33 - all other dimensions seem to be as laid down in the official document. Enough crosses in both outlined and plain designs have been included on each sheet to complete four models.
Prices (all plus P&P) will be:
48014 £(GBP) 12.75
48015 £(GBP) 12.75
48016 £(GBP) 17.50
48016b (Camouflage only) £(GBP)7.50
For pre-orders for all three of these sets, placed before 27 September 2010 we are offering a discount of £8.00, which takes the total full price of £43.00 down to just £35.00.
As usual, each set will be accompanied by a carefully researched booklet, detailing aircraft production and operation and information on the individual pilots as well as detailed full-colour profiles on glossy photo paper. The profile plans are entirely new and I believe are amongst the most accurate yet produced. (though Iím sure someone will know more!).
Hereís the aircraft included on 48014:
And the decal sheet
Note that the tail stripe decals for the first option have now been changed on the decal artwork to reflect the profile.
And the decal sheet:
Just noticed that one of the profiles is repeated on this sheet, so it's only fourty-two......
And the decal sheet:
These should be available in eight weeks or so and weíre open for pre-orders now at the usual email address;
It is intended that 1/72nd versions for the Roden kits will follow soon!
Whilst I always give full recognition for references used in the booklets, I thought Iíd list the principal ones here.
My interest in Austro-Hungarian markings goes back to the mid-eighties and the late Dr.Martin OíConnorís articles in Scale Models, illustrated by Ray Rimell and his subsequent book on the Austro-Hungarian Aces in 1986, a well-thumbed, signed copy of which is one of my favourite books!
I had for many years sought his ten Cross and cockade articles on A-H colours and markings, and thanks to the most generous assistance of Kirk Lowry in Canada, I finally secured copies last year. It is fair to say that I wouldnít have attempted this opus without them. The fact that some of his research was tainted by Rodney Gerrardís misinformation takes nothing away from his work. I have been careful to try to avoid as much of this bad gen as I could identify. I also am sceptical of Gottfried Banfieldís description of the light green paint he claimed was used on the Flik 42J Albatros he flew on a few occasions (Franz Graserís 53.27 on set 48016).
Other main refs consulted were:
Windsock Datafile 19
Petr Tasarís Albatros D.II & D.II book from Japo,
Grosz, Haddow and Schiemerís Austro-Hungarian Aircraft of World War One
Plus many other articles from a variety of magazines. and not forgetting Koloman Mayrhofer's fantastic build of new replicas - see his thread on The Aerodrome:
Edited by Rowan Broadbent, 27 August 2010 - 01:22 AM.