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  1. Viribus Unitis, OEFFAG Albatros D.III 1:48 Eduard (11124) The Albatros D.1 was the first of the series of single seat fighters that were developed up to the D.Va, featuring a semi monocoque wooden fuselage and equal span, equal chord upper & lower wings. By lowering the top wing and moving it slightly forward to improve visibility, the aircraft was re-designated the D.II. Impressed by the performance of the French Nieuport fighters with their sesquiplane layout (lower wing smaller than upper wing), new wings were developed by Albatros, with the aircraft now becoming the D.III. Later on, a new more rounded fuselage was designed and fitted with the new wings, becoming the Albatros D.V and D.Va. However, there was a major flaw with the lower wings on the D.III and D.V/DVa’s in that they only has a single spar. This made them weak and prone to shedding the lower wings during stressful manoeuvres. Despite this the Oesterreichische Flugzeugfabrik AG (Oeffag) selected the D.III to build under licence, as the Austro-Hungarian air force was in desperate need of modern equipment. OEFFAG made a number of changes, utilising the excellent Austro-Daimler 180hp engine, Schwarzlose machine guns, and most importantly, strengthened double spar lower wings. Three main versions were produced. Series 53. 64 produced, closely resembled the original Albatros design. Series 153. Improved 200 hp Austro-Daimler engine fitted. From Aircraft 112 to 281 a shorter more rounded nose was fitted, which increased the top speed and gave the aircraft its more familiar look. Series 253. Improved 225 hp Austro-Daimler engine fitted. The most noticeable change was that most were built with the guns on top of the fuselage rather than enclosed inside it. The Kit. Curious as to what ‘Viribus Unitis’ is I looked it up via google and found that it means ‘With United Forces’, and was the personal motto of Emperor Franz Joseph. Thus it is quite an appropriate title for a ‘Dual Combo’ kit containing two Austro-Hungarian aircraft models. The box artwork features two well known aces, Godwin Brumowski in his all red 153, and Friedrich Navratil following behind in a 253. As a ‘Dual Combo’ release, the large box contains two of all sprues, a sheet of masks, and four etched frets. The instructions are in colour with a sprue map, assembly sequence, rigging diagram, and nine different colour schemes, covering series 53, 153, and 253 machines. Sprue A and B. All the small and fine detail parts are provided on these two sprues. Neatly moulded in Eduards’ standard grey plastic they feature sharp detail, and delicate scale like appearance. A number of parts are not required and these are clearly marked on the sprue map. Attachment points are minimal, which always makes removal and clean up an easy job. Sprue C. The fuselage is beautifully moulded with delicate panel lines and perfectly formed brackets, panels, and louvres etc. The top decking in front of the cockpit is provided as a separate part, with alternatives for the enclosed guns (Part C3) and the external guns(Part D2) often fitted to the series 253s. However only part C3 is relevant for all the options here. Winter engine covers, tailplanes, ailerons, and elevator complete the parts provided here. Note that C5, C7 and C9 are the later wire scalloped ailerons and elevator for the series 253, whilst D3, D5, and D6 provide the same ‘smooth edged’ parts for the series 53 & 153 machines. Nice attention to detail here from Eduard! Sprue D. As mentioned, the alternative ailerons and elevators for the series 53 & 153 machines are found here, along with the rudder, unused external gun decking, and the wings. Trailing edges are very fine indeed, and the rib detail is well defined. The lower wings have a ‘tongue’ which fits into a matching ‘groove’ on the fuselage sides. These are both quite small. So be sure to clean off any primer/paint from the mating surfaces when fixing these parts together, if you choose to paint the fuselage and lower wings separately. Sprue X. A very nice little Austro-Daimler 6 cylinder in-line engine is provided, with separate rocker cover and cylinder head detail. Twin magnetos are also supplied, so if you have really good eyesight you could consider wiring them up to the plugs with fine fuse wire. Pre printed data plates fit on the crank case, making this one of the most detailed engines in any of Eduard’s 1:48 Great War range. Etch. A total of four etched frets are provided, two are the same pre printed set and cover the seatbelts and instruments. A third fret is 53/153 specific, whilst the fourth is for the series 253. There is not much difference between frets 3 & 4, the fuselage front plate for the 53/153 being the only difference I can see. It is not needed anyway, as none of the kit options are for a spinnerless 153. So you can in fact build any two of the options in this kit, without being limited to making a 253 and one other. Other items on the frets are the cockpit seat, engine details, undercarriage mounting strap, inspection hatches, wheel valve covers, control cranks with lines on, etc. All of the items are very useful, and will certainly enhance the finished model. Mask. One small sheet of Kabuki tape is provided, with pre cut wheel masks. These go on the hub, enabling you to brush paint the tyres and get a sharp dividing line. There are eight on the sheet to mask up both sides of all four wheels, with two per aircraft. Options. A total of nine options are offered, five for series 153s and a further four for series 253s. A and B are early 153’s with a propeller spinner, whilst all the rest have the spinnerless rounded ‘pug’ nose typical of the OEF 153/253. A. 153.11, flown by Oberleutnant Frank Linke-Crawford, Flik 41J, Aiello del Friuli, Italy, November 1917. B. 153.80, flown by Offizierstellvertreter Julius Arigi, Flik 55J, Pergine Valsugana, Italy, December 1917. C. 153.125, flown by Hauptman Lázsló Háry, Flik 42J, Pianzano, Italy, Spring 1918. D. 153.167, pilot unknown, Flik 2D, San Pietro in Campo, Italy, May 1918. E. 153.206, flown by Hauptmann Godwin Brumowski, CO of Flik 41J, Portobuffole, Italy, June 1918. F. 253.09, flown by Hauptmann Friedrich Navratil, CO of Flik 3J, Romagnano, Italy, July/August 1918. G. 253.12, flown by Oberleutenant in der Reserve Ludwig Hautzmayer, CO of Flik 61J, Ghirano, Italy, Summer 1918. H. 253.24, flown by Hauptmann Benno Fiala von Fernbrugg, CO of Flik 51J, Ghirano, September 1918. I. 253.117, flown by Oberleutnant in der Reserve Stefan Stec, Flik 3J, Romagnano, Italy, Summer 1918. Decals. the markings are slit across two sheets, one with all the black and white items such as the wing crosses & serial numbres, and a the other with all the coloured items for the personal markings. They are all beautifully printed, with sharp edges, good colours, and minimal carrier film. A mass of stencilling detail is also provided, which has its own page in the intruction booklet, to show where each individual item goes. Instrument dials and even propeller manufactures logos complete the sheets. One small gripe I have is the resealable bags used. When I extracted the decals from the bag and trying to keep the protective paper in place, the folded flap snapped back and the sticky strip attached itself to the decal sheet. Gently pulling it away resulted in slight damage to the large '5X' on the black and white sheet. Conclusion. This kit has been around for a few years now, but is still one of the very best 1:48 Great War models. I eagerly built a few when it first came out (see below), and found it to be an excellent model. The fit was faultless, and I do not remember there being any problems or pitfalls with it. I really like the look of the 153/253 with the rounded nose, it somehow makes the aircraft look more aggressive, and there some great colour schemes to go on it. These are not as obscure as might seem at first look, as RFC/RAF squadrons were posted Italy and took part in combat against these machines. Aces such as William Barker scoring the majority of his 50 victories on this front. Having two kits in the one box makes it slightly easier to choose which ones to do, and Eduard have done a good job in offering fairly simple schemes such as E and F, up to more complex ones like A and I, so something for everyone. This is a really lovely ‘Dual Combo’, with two superbly engineered kits covering some very interesting markings, plenty of etched details, masks, and super quality decals. Highly Recommended. Review sample courtesy of Footnote. Digging around in the completed models stash, I have this one, It is not from this release, but is the same plastic. It is from 'Albatros D. III OEFFAG 253,Kit No 8242' which I built a few years ago. A lovely little models and a very enjoyable build.
  2. Amodel is to release a 1/144th Grumman UF-1 Albatros kit - ref. 1424 Source: https://www.aviationmegastore.com/grumman-uf1-albatros-amdl14424-a-model-amdl1424-aircraft-scale-modelling/product/?action=prodinfo&art=79900 Box art V.P.
  3. Albatros D.III OEFFAG Overtrees 1:48 Eduard (8241X) Albatros D.III OEFFAG 153 PE-Set 1:48 Eduard (8241-LEPT) Albatros D.III OEFFAG 253 PE-Set 1:48 Eduard (8242-LEPT) Plastic ‘Overtrees’. From time to time Eduard offer some of their kits as ‘Overtrees’ editions. These contain just the plastic parts for the particular model with no instructions or decals, and come in a plain white box. The idea is that with the multiple options for markings in most Eduard kits, you can use these overtrees to build another of the options provided in the original kit. Also, you can use them with aftermarket decals, as even if you don’t have the original kit, Eduard provide the instructions in pdf format on their website. This release offers all five plastic sprues from the OEFFAG 152 / 153 kits, and will enable you to build one or the other, with the options of ‘prop & spinner’ , ‘blunt’, or ‘snub’ noses, and internal or externally mounted machine guns. It is therefore compatible with any of Eduard’s previous OEFFAG releases and can be used with any of the optional decals within them., for example the recently reviewed 'Viribus Unitis Dual Combo reviewed here. which contains two kits and nine finishing options! Note that this overtree box contains one aircraft. It is beautifully moulded with fine and accurate detail, and builds up very nicely with no issues. It is certainly one of the best 1:48 biplane kits available. Often when you buy a new kit, it can be hard to decide which option to finish it in, and you can find yourself dithering between your two (or three!) favourite choices. These overtree releases are a great idea, and offer a cheap and effective way to get another set of sprues, and build all the options you want!# Etched sets. Should you want to add the set of etched items to your overtree kit, fear not for they are also available to accompany it. There is a set each for the OEFFAG 152 and the OEFFAG 253 with quite a lot of differences between them, so you may need to decide which one you are going to build before you order. Two frets are supplied in each, and like the overtree kit they do come with any instructions. In both sets the smaller fret is pre-painted and holds the instruments and seatbelts, but the seatbelts are quite different styles. The main frets are unpainted and share some common parts, but the 153 has a complete seat, ‘blunt’ nose plate, and undercarriage mounting strap. Both have parts for the engine, inspection covers, elevator control horns & wires, propeller hub, wheels, and several minor details. Conclusion. A great idea, these sets are only available direct from Eduards own website. Get them while you can, they are always popular and sell out rapidly. Review samples courtesy of
  4. L-39C Albatros Eduard 1/72 (7418) OOB except wing tubes, Vallejo acrylics,
  5. Trumpeter is to release in 2017-2018 new tool 1/48th Aero L-39 Albatros kits: - ref.05804 - Aero L-39C Albatros - ref.05805 - Aero L-39ZA Albatros Source: https://www.facebook.com/TrumpeterModel/photos/pcb.718760784949184/718760501615879/?type=3&theater V.P.
  6. L-39Z Albatros Update set, Seatbelts & Masks 1:48 Eduard for Trumpeter Kit These are sets for the new Trumpeter kit. Update Set (49920) This set has one brass fret & one nickel one. The coloured parts are primarily for the cockpit in the form of new instrument panels and side panels, There is also a new HUD, other cockpit parts, the insulated inside panels and rudder pedals. There are new parts for the ejector seats, but not belts in this set. For the airframe there are new landing gear wells, the inside parts for the airbrakes, and insides of the doors. There are new IFF antennas and vortex generators for the tail. For the engine exhaust there are some internal and external parts. There are a complete set of entry steps and some parts for the external stores. Finally there and canopy mirrors and some external antennas. Zoom Set (FE920) This is just the colour fret from the update set. Seatbelts (FE921) This set contains seatbelts, seat pads and ejection seat handles in the now familiar steel material. Masks (EX611) Supplied on yellow kabuki tape, these pre-cut masks supply you with a full set of masks for the glazing. In addition you get a set of hub/tyre masks for the wheels, allowing you to cut the demarcation perfectly with little effort. Tface Masks (EX612) Supplied on yellow kabuki tape, these pre-cut masks supply you with a full set of masks for the glazing (inside & out). In addition you get a set of hub/tyre masks for the wheels, allowing you to cut the demarcation perfectly with little effort. Review samples courtesy of
  7. Oh well, I feel committed now even though a bit of initial research shows I may have picked a 'hard' kit albeit for a real 'looker' of a subject, the Albatros DVa. From Wiki, the Albatros D.V was a fighter aircraft used by the Luftstreitkräfte (Imperial German Air Service) during World War I and was the final development of the Albatros D.I family, and the last Albatros fighter to see operational service. Despite its well-known shortcomings and general obsolescence, approximately 900 D.V and 1,612 D.Va aircraft were built before production halted in early 1918. The D.Va continued in operational service until the end of the war. The D.V closely resembled the D.III and used the same 127 kW (170 hp) Mercedes D.IIIa engine. The most notable difference was a new, fully elliptical cross-section fuselage which was 32 kg (71 lb) lighter than the partially flat-sided fuselage of the earlier D.I through D.III designs. The prototype D.V retained the standard rudder of the Johannisthal-built D.III but production examples used the enlarged rudder featured on D.IIIs built by Ostdeutsche Albatros Werke (OAW).[2] The D.V also featured a larger spinner and ventral fin. The only significant difference between wings of the D.III and D.V was a revised routing of the aileron cables that placed them entirely within the upper wing. The D.V entered service in May 1917 and structural failures of the lower wing immediately occurred. Front line pilots were considerably dismayed and many preferred the older D.III; Manfred von Richthofen was particularly critical of the new aircraft. Albatros responded with the D.Va, which featured stronger wing spars, heavier wing ribs and a reinforced fuselage.[8] The modified D.Va was 23 kg (51 lb) heavier than the D.III but the structural problems were not entirely cured. Use of the high-compression 130 kW (180 hp) Mercedes D.IIIaü engine offset the increased weight of the D.Va.[9] The D.Va also reverted to the D.III aileron cable linkage, running outwards through the lower wing, then upwards to the ailerons to provide a more positive control response. To further strengthen the wing, the D.Va added a small diagonal brace connecting the forward interplane strut to the leading edge of the lower wing. Apparently, the kit more represents the DV so, there is a bit of additional bracing and control wires which can be added to better represent the DVa. (Plus, I have read that the kit may have detail issues with the spinner, prop blades and engine as well as having the standard no cockpit details). I'll also do rigging which is fairly simple on this aircraft. Lastly, producing a 'varnished spruce' finish on the fuselage and getting the right shade of 'mauve' for the camouflage could be challenging, or even character-building! Here is the kit then:
  8. This is a kit I built back in 2006. It's an Albatros D.V flown by Manfred von Richtofen with Jasta 11. He was shot down in this aircraft on July 6th, 1917 by an RFC 20 Sqn FE2. He crash-landed behind German lines near Werwicq in Belgium with a severe head wound. It's the old Airfix 1:72 kit (Aces edition) with Airwaves etched parts added. It was completely painted by brush with only the varnish being airbrushed. The markings were overpainted on the wings and the tail so I had to paint over the decals deliberately. The rigging is partial with some of the main wires being done and like that give the effect of being rigged. Thanks for looking and all comments are welcome. Miguel
  9. A sudden bout of insomnia has triggered me to start this build and thread. The Great War is unknown to me, when it comes to flying contraptions, but the sheer lunacy of taking off in these rackety things without parachutes has long horrored me. I will do my part in commemorating the madness, with Eduard’s Albatros D.V. Box shot below, it contains parts for two kits and a number of colourful options (it is difficult to say exactly how many, because the side of the box illustrates one plane more than the fine instruction booklet does, and I believe the decals are sufficient for that box-only scheme too - see instructions here: https://www.eduard.com/store/tag/Dual-combo/Albatros-D-V-DUAL-COMBO-1-72.html). My little 6-year old told me, very diplomatically, how good it would be if I built the plane with the dragon on it, so half the plastic is booked for already. For the second I’m inclined to go with the box art, finished in varnished natural wood. Contents below, plastic and PE and decal sheet. The plastic is rather hard and glossy compared to the Airfix stuff I’m used to -this is my first encounter with Eduard, and so far I’m pleased. I will build one out of the box (it is a splendid box!) but will add as much fidgetry to the second as I can. The red dragon will likely end up in my son’s collection - from time to time I find my models suddenly having a new nesting place - so that one will be the simple build, as it were. Here is a shot of the PE fret, plenty of cockpit and external detail for two models, plus spares for the most delicate pieces. As you can see I have started a bit: the aluminium box is for cartridges and sits right in front of the pilot. There is another PE fret with seat belts by the way. I am not sure if I can manage to finish both planes, I am a slow builder, but will try to get one completed at least.
  10. Thanks for allowing Dylan and I to join this GB. We shall each be building one of the kits below, which being 1/48 scale should give me a fighting chance of seeing what I'm doing ! Ive never built a Glencoe kit before so if anyone has any advice regarding this kit / aircraft it would be most appreciated. Cheers Pat & Dylan (age 12)
  11. Evolution L-39 Albatros C/ZO (11121) 1:48 Eduard ProfiPACK The L-39 is a fast jet trainer that was designed and manufactured in Czechoslovakia (as was) as a direct replacement for the earlier L-29 Delfin. It has been a success in its roles, and has received a number of upgrades that have resulted in new designations, and since the dismantling of the Soviet Union, some have found their way into private hands throughout the west, and they are often seen at airshows. It first flew in 1971, and was hoped to become the standard trainer across the Union, and the in 1977 the ZA variant was flying, fitted with a cannon and four hard-points for mounting various weapons in the Light Attack role. With the Soviet Union gone, the orders began to dry up, and an updated L-159 was produced in partnership with Rockwell, using more up-to-date avionics. More recently, an L-39NG has begun development to begin deliveries of a thoroughly modern "Next Generation" of Albatros. The Kit This isn't a new tooling from Special Hobby, and was originally release before the new millennium under the MPM brand name. It has plastic parts, resin and Photo-Etch (PE) brass parts, so any shortcomings of the original moulds are replaced by these new parts. In the box you'll find just three sprues of mid-grey styrene, a separately bagged clear sprue, a bag of resin parts; from Eduard we get new decals, new colour photoetch, and masks. The cockpit is first up, with seats augmented by PE belts and ejection handles before being attached to the cockpit floor and hemmed in at the sides by side consoles, with rudder pedals and control columns in the usual places. The Instrument Panels can be built up as styrene only, or with the addition of a layered PE and acetate lamination, bringing more realism to the completed assembly, with the completed sections cemented to the cockpit sill part that encompasses the whole crew area. With the addition of the resin exhaust tube and pen-nib fairing to the rear (with engine detail at the end) the cockpit with separate rear bulkhead are then secured between the fuselage half's. The lower wing is full-span, while the upper wings are separate, and have alternative actuator fairings for a number of the decal options, which are provided in resin to be fitted after removing the standard moulded-in ones. All the gear bay doors are depicted closed as if on the ground, with only small inserts visible for attaching the gear later, which would make an in-flight model very easy to achieve. The wings are mated to the fuselage at the same time as the two-part engine intakes, which terminate at the blank wall of the fuselage, but with some careful painting you can fool the eye that you're looking down a gradually darkening tunnel. The elevators fit with a tab and slot method, perpendicular to the tail, so tape or blutak them in place while the glue is still wet. The clear parts include a pair of lights for the end of the integrated tip-tanks, and the canopy is supplied as a four-part arrangement for posing the canopy open, with some small PE parts added to increase realism. The windscreen and blast-shield between the seats are fixed, while the openers can be glued open or closed at your whim, or depending on how proud of the job you've made of the cockpit. A number of PE and styrene parts are added around the airframe, and the landing gear, which are built from styrene parts with attractive resin wheels are then installed in their sockets, with a captive door on the strut, which has made me scratch my head a bit, as it looks like the door etched into the wing. However after a little research, it seems the split door is to keep FOD out of the bay and folds inward when the captive door takes its place as it retracts. Two tiny PE doors are added to the nose gear wheel, which is built up in the same manner as the mains. A few optional PE and resin parts are then fitted depending on which decal option you have chosen, with captions assisting in your choice. Markings There are two new decal options from Eduard on a sheet printed by Cartograf. L-39C RA1039K, Privately owned by the Moscow Aero Jet club featuring the impressive Golden Dragon L-39ZO 831135, Hungarian Air Force, 2005 Featuring the Hungarian Flag in the tail, & a shark on the fuselage. Conclusion I for one am glad to see this kit on re-release. It's not a brand-new moulding, so take care during construction and exercise your modelling skills to produce an attractive model of the type. The new parts from Eduard help the kit out in a lot of ways. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  12. L-39 Albatros Update set, Seatbelts & Masks 1:48 Eduard for Eduard/MPM Kit The MPM kit has recently been re-released by Eduard and therefore some sets are now available for the kit. Update Set (48962) This set has one brass fret. You get cockpit details, seat head box details, exhaust details, undercarriage details, new vortex generators, entry steps. and pitot tubes. Seatbelts (FE918) This set contains seatbelts, seat pads and ejection seat handles in the now familiar steel material. Tface Masks (CX517) Supplied on yellow kabuki tape, these pre-cut masks supply you with a full set of masks for the glazing (inside & out). In addition you get a set of hub/tyre masks for the wheels, allowing you to cut the demarcation perfectly with little effort. Review samples courtesy of
  13. Finished Valom Albatros. This is my first build of a Valom kit, I don't think this is as good as the others available after studying parts, the kit engine was massively oversized like a church organ. Lots of adjustments had to be made. I will add this to a base but I want to learn static grass to make a good base.
  14. Special Hobby is to (re-)release (ex-MPM) a 1/48th Aero L-39C Albatros "NATO Trainer" kit - ref. SH48171 Hope this time with an injected canopy... Source: http://www.mpmkits.net/2015/07/l-39c-albatros-nato-trainer-148.html Box art V.P.
  15. L-39C Albatros Update sets & masks 1:48 Eduard for Trumpeter Kit Eduard now bring us an update set, seatbelts and two sets of masks for the new Trumpeter L-39C Update Set (49884) Inside there are two frets, one coloured nd one not. The coloured parts are mainly for the cockpit including new instrument panels, sides panels, and various levers. There is a new HUD, and new rudder pedals. There are new sides for inside the cockpit as well as various grills and vents. There are parts for the ejection seats and the cockpit floor. For the rest of the airframe there are parts for the intake, exhaust, landing gears legs, landing gear doors, speed brakes and canopy sils. There are new vortex generators for the tail and a guide to help fit them. New fold out entry steps are also provided. If the modeller only want the coloured cockpit etch then this is available as a zoom set. Full Set ZOOM Seat Belts (FE885) This contains a full set of seatbelts for the kits ejection seats. It also contains ejection seat handles and the seat base cushions. All in the newer Eduard flexible steel, in full colour. Masks (EX578 & EX579) Eduard provide two sets of masks. EX578 is the outside of the canopy and wheels, EX579 includes an extra set for the inside of the canopy if you are displaying it open. EX578 EX579 Review samples courtesy of
  16. LukGraph is preparing a 1/72nd Albatros C.III resin kit - ref. 72-04 Source: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1868889433425121&set=a.1464998240480911.1073741831.100009122475726&type=3&theater V.P.
  17. L-39Cs Pics taken at The Ukraine State Aviation Museum Zhulyany, Kiev. Pics thanks to Dave Haskell.
  18. jckspratt1

    WnW Green Tails have arrived!

    I realise that this is tantamount to teasing, but the WnW Albatros trio arrived at my doorstep at 10:00 this morning (I often work from home and got lucky). They were only posted two days ago! I'm glad I didn't bother paying twice as much for courier delivery! More to the point for those of you eagerly awaiting yours: very large box (about 36 x 52 x 9 cm), not as tightly packed as most WnW boxings, and all present and correct inside. That is: no shortcuts on quality as far as I can tell without tearing open bags.
  19. It took some time to finally take the pictures of the model that was 98% completed a long time ago. The only thing I`ve added is the beaching trolleys. And some under construction pics:
  20. Hi All, Thought I'd offer a few WIPs of my Wingnut Wings 1/32 Albatros DV that I wanted to present using their 'Wooden Wonders' decal sheet markings. Here the fuselage is together and Pheon Models beautiful lozenge decals have gone on with no problems with the help of a little Micro Set and my wife's hair dryer! The wings are now taped in readiness for some Tamiya Smoke to highlight the rib shadings. Now the fuselage will be prepared for my first plunge into Uschi Van Der Rosten's Woodgrain Decals, which have attracted me for a while. These decals are transparent, so I'll highlight and preshade the individual panels with Gunze Radome and Tamiya Desert Sand that will show through them. That's all for now. More soon. Thanks for looking.
  21. Wingnut Wings new kit will be a 1/32nd Albatros D.V/D.Va "Jasta 5" - ref. 32701 Source: http://www.wingnutwings.com/ww/66DF289AC58A4F6229762BE994496520 V.P.
  22. Albatros D.III Eduard 1:48 Weekend edition The line of Albatros 'D' fighters began in 1916 with the D.1, which represented a great step forward in German fighter design. It featured a streamlined semi monocoque plywood fuselage and synchronised twin Spandau machine guns. Quickly revised into the D.II variant, with the top wing lowered to improve visibility from the cockpit. Both featured wide chord wings of similar planform. The next revision was the D.III, which was influenced by the highly manoeuvrable Nieuport 11 French fighter, with it's sesquiplane wings. The fuselage was pretty much the same as the D.II, but the lower wing was of much reduced chord and noticeably much smaller than the top wing, which were connected with 'V' struts. Although this arrangement provided the desired increase in manoeuvrability, the lower wing was fitted with only a single spar. This was not really substantial enough and remained a weak point right through to the later D.V. The aircraft had a frightening tendency to shed it's lower wings under heavy loadings such as in a dive. Another problem was the radiator mounted centrally in the top wing, connected to the engine by pipework. One bullet hole could release a stream of scalding water into the pilots face, so it was offset to the right on later production variants, and many were converted in the field. However the aircraft was the mainstay of the German air force throughout 1917, largely contributing to 'Bloody April' of that year when their allied opponents suffered dreadful losses. The Kit. Eduards kit has been released before in various boxings and it is nice to see it available once again. The mouldings remain as crisp as ever and show no signs of wear, although the plastic has been changed from Eduard's old style sandy/olive colour to the more usual grey. Two sprues contain all the plastic parts, but as this is a 'Weekend' version no etch is supplied. A nice touch is that Eduard provide two complete upper wings, one with the central radiator, the other with it offset. The two colour schemes in this release both require the central version. Also on the sprues is an optional OAW style fin and rudder, but again this is not required here For a small model, and impressive amount of interior detail is provided, covering just about every item that was fitted in the real thing. The lack of etch means that no seat belts are there, but a set is provided on the decal sheet. Likewise the twin Spandau's are solid items without the etched jackets. This is not a problem if you have any of Eduard's separately available generic sets, or there is a specific set for this aircraft (Cat no FE793). Alternatively there is a Profipack version of the kit which also contains it. The Mercedes D.IIIa engine is a little beauty, simple but accurate, and provides the basis for superdetailers to go to work on. Tucked inside the close fitting cowlings I suspect most modellers will be happy as is, unless you decide to model the Richthofen version with cowlings off, as shown in the painting guide. Note that the instructions do not mention removing these, and they are moulded integrally with fuselage. But anyway, it would be perfectly valid to build Richthofen's version with them on. The only suggestion I would make concerns the wheels. On my first kits built some 10-15 years ago, I felt that they look a little on the small side. Comparing them with the wheels in Eduard's Albatros D.Va kit shows the difference. Aftermarket wheels have been available, or if you happen to have any Eduard's Fokker D.VII kits, they come with 2 sets of wheels so you can make use of the spare ones. It may require some simple mods to the valve covers (or not), depending upon which ones you use, and which D.III you are making. It's up to you, but I include a comparison of my model of Herman Frommherz's 'Blau Maus' with the kit wheels, and Voss's 'Red Heart' where I substituted some Fokker D.VII wheels. Options A.) Leutnant Werner Voss, Jasta 2, Proville, France. May 1917 B. Rittmeister Manfred von Richthofen, Jasta 11, Harelbeke, Belgium. June 1917. Decals are clear and sharp with good colours. They look like Eduard's own production, which have always been excellent in use. Fine details are provided, such as instruments, serial numbers that were stencilled on struts & undercarriage legs, and some very nice little Albatros logos for the rudder. Having built several of these over the years I can confirm that it goes together very well, with precise fit and no real problems. The lower wings require care in fitting, as each side is separate and has a pair of little lugs that fit into corresponding holes in the fuselage. If you have got a few biplane builds under your belt, this one should present no problems and makes into a little gem of a model. I built a previous release of the same kit about 12 years ago; Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  23. 1:32 WNW Albatros D.Va Pheon 'Jasta 17' Decals Jagdstaffel 17 was formed in October 1916, and went on to produce many well known aces before the Great War ended in November 1918. Pheon decals produced a fabulous sheet in 2015 depicting many of their aircarft Reviewed here. I resolved at the time to build aone of them, and promptly ordered an Albatros from Wingnut Wings. Work got underway, but the project suffered delays due to work commitmnets, and work was only resumed on it a couple on months ago. I was torn between Hubertus Rudno-Rudzinski's 'Gisi' and Rudolph von Esebecks checkerboard marked D.Va. Von Esebeck won! If I can obtain another Albatros kit I will do another. At least the Roden D.III is still available, so Julius Buckler's 'Mops' may well be joining this one at some stage. Studying the photograph of this machine at the front of the Osprey Jasta 17 book showed what looks like a flare pistol port under the cockpit opening, and in front of the wappen shield. These were often fitted as a field modification, so I scratched on up from plasticard and tube. It then made sense to fit a rack of flares to the outher side of the cocpit opening. I went for a slightly darker coloured fuselage to provide more contrast with the yellow squares. The fuselage is covered with individual panels of Uschi van der Rosten woodgrain decals, which give a fantastic finish. Pheon's deacls performed flawlessly and that big checekerboard went on in 1 piece and fitted perfectly, joining precisely on the underside. Rigging is with Maxima Chameleon fishing line and stretched cotton bud turnbuckles. I found the book written by the CO, Julius Buckler, for only £3 on Amazon! Thanks for looking, John
  24. Hello! Here's another one of my model. Assembly was simple . Еhe problems were only with the gap between the wing and the fuselage and with cockpit There were some improvements. 1 Added to the resin ejection seat 2 Pitot tubes 3 Added resin missiles. 4 Oter small things/ I used MR color paints. Weathering- salt dots, oil dots, pigments and washes.
  25. Making a plywood fuselage on plastic! Albatros D.Va (OAW) 1:32 Wingnut Wings Wingnut Wings released this kit last summer, as the third in their line of Albatros kits. A review can be found Here Having built the WNW Albatros D.V before, I want to try to improve my build technique on this one. The main thing I noticed on my first build was that all the interior components were a tight fit, and closing the fuselage around it was a bit of a struggle. The tolerances are so tight on these kits that any paint on mating surfaces will reduce the accuracy of the fit. With that in mind I took the simple step of lining all the bulkhead locations inside the fuselage halves with thin strips of Tamiya tape, before spraying with Halfords primer. The woodwork was done with a sprayed coat of Tamiya 'Deck tan', followed by a coat of Johnsons Kleer. The wood grain was done with Griffin Alkyd tube oils paints. Blends of mostly Raw Sienna with a dash or 2 of Burnt Umber and/or Light Red. I mix them 'on the fly' in an old Pringles lid.I shade at a time is done, they only take a bout 4 hours to dry so there is none of this 'waiting 1 week' for the tube oils to dry. I then redid the stringers in Deck tan, and went over them with near Raw Sienna. The idea was to create a series of different looking wood effects. One done, the tapes were pulled out of the bulkhead locations. All the bulkheads were scraped on their mating surfaces, and they all fitted like a dream. The fuselage closes up nicely around them with no pressure needed. Main components ready for assembly; Other interior fittings; The fuselage just pressed together in a 'dry' fit. The seam is virtually non existent, and the best I have yet achieved. I'll be masking off the bulkhead loactaions on all future builds, it has made a big difference! I'm going to include a couple of MDC's 'Wings Cockpit' resin figures, the 'Groundcrew man assisting Pilot' These are beautifully cast, but need priming and painting. Test filling the pilot revealed that he will have to go in before the fuselage halves are glued. And he will hide most of my interior painting and detailing. Oh well! The ground crew man sits astride the fuselage, helping the pilot secure his straps and flying helmet' Test fit; Finally, I am going to try Uschi van Der Rosten's Woodgrain decals on the fuselage. Thanks for looking John
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