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Finished: Albatros CIII 1/48 Erwin Böhme.

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I have the models stored for a long time.
The kit made by Special Hobby is a copy of the one made by Eduard but more beautiful... But it will be necessary to prepare the pieces with care.
Some eduard photoetched parts are directly molded onto the parts of the Hobby Kit.

Obviously it will be this one. With a dragon and a green crocodile (neither white nor gray).


Only 2 images (windsock datafiles)  showing the cockpit ...

This one, CIII or B II ?



On the floor (SH) I added the four boards (0.5x0.4mm).All the wood is painted with Mr Hobby's color (sail) and oil.


The reservoir is Eduard's.


The case, the throttle are in photoetched folded except the interupteur added.


The chair is modified by gluing strips of plastic in and sanding.


The steering wheel is made of metal wire, the pulley and the inside of the steering wheel come from the eduard photoetch.


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The opening of the cockpit is refined.


Both slots are missing.


I will try to refine the wall and cut them out but I think it will not work ...
Maybe by sticking a plate with the gills cut out ?



I used the plan of the Albatros BII (wingnutwings) to make my cockpit. I'm sure of nothing.

I replaced the black dials with white dials.


I added an oil pump in brass tube and below a tube with a faucet.


I should have glued the dashboard to the other half of the fuselage because the throttle cables must enter two holes on this  dashboard...

The box that carries the throttle is a little too low.


The leather armchair.


Of course it was too easy to put the gunner's seat under the hole ... I do not see what it's used for where Sp. Hobby put it.



I moved everything so that it was not below the chair armrest and the tingles in front of the dashboard holes.


The painting was damaged, obviously...


The gunner's seat was moved forward by 5 mm:


Now he can use it!




I tried to paint the dragon to see if it was easy. I painted it on the eduard fuselage. Oil paint on a matte varnish and a brown background.

The engine is almost finished. It is cut in the front and below to get into the plane at the right place.







with engine spark wires:

The wires are made of metal wire to make baits for "fly fishing". It's very fine.



The fuselage must be sanded to remove too thick details. Some are almost 1mm thick and are not beautiful.Il will redo them.




I sanded the traps that are on the nose of the plane. Eduard gives it in photoetching.
It is necessary to resize the opening of the bonnet (in black) so that the hoses of the engine leave in the good place.


Note that the closures of the hoods are very ugly ...

I made plastic wire around the opening of the hood.


I also sanded the bindings of the hoods to try to remake them. The pellets are a bit big (0.5mm) but I have nothing smaller. It will be necessary to add the spring on some.


I cut with the saw in the hood a slot for the synchronization system of the machine gun.


The rod and the hooks to carry the bombs are installed. We do not see them anymore or almost with the turret.


A rod is put in place, it leaves the controller  on the right side.


The fuselage is glued. A whole evening of work to get the engine in the right place. No studs to place the half fuselages.

The hole to get the bomb sight out is drilled in the floor and the fuselage.

The photo shows the location as well as the plan in the Aerophile..



No image of the bomb sight. Can be one like this, a "Goerz".





The turret is too simplified and exceeds too much of the fuselage.


So I filed down to try to have flanks more "bent".  I wanted a base like the picture, unfortunately the base of the turret is not circular so impossible to resize on a turn. I pasted a profile 0.5x0.5 underneath. The height of the turret is reduced to the scalpel.Not enough yet, the leather protection is in greenstuff.



The turret does not exceed the top of the fuselage.


I cut a very thin band to pack the wall of the turret. Then I cut it all around with a razor blade.


The interior must still be a little arranged..It remains to stick on the handles, the stuff that exceeds and to the slot in the front for the machine gun.


The bumps on the hood are added, pity they are not molded original.
Their shapes are difficult to apprehend on the photos of time.


At the bottom of the hood (on both sides) I engraved and dug the notch in which a tensioner (cable) will be fixed.
A dymo band pierced with a hole and cut out serves as a model to engrave the outline, then one digs with the scalpel.


The foot market is dug, a photo-cut will surround it. A tip, do it before closing the fuselage ...
The red engraving is deleted. The one in green added.

I found only a photo of the back of the fuselage where we could distinguish panels of different colors or possible brands of "rivets". Same for the flanks. There are really not many exploitable images.


A lot of putty and sanding but nothing insurmountable.

The shape of the fuselage nose is too sharp in my opinion. I sanded a little to make it more "square".



I redid fasteners for stretchers. Two on each side.


A shot of surfacing with the airbrush and a layer of paint that will serve as a background for the oil painting.




The panels are painted separately but without drying between each panel (too long). I use a piece of tape to limit the start of the panel. The paint is burnt sienna.



The lower wing.

It's not too transparent I think.


I have too much beige paint and the cross has almost disappeared.

On the pictures of the plane the central plate seems absent as well as the tank on the wing. We see the sky through the wing ...

In addition there is a tank under the wing that I had not seen:


As on this BII ?


If anyone has any details about his form, I will be very happy ...



That's it, it's dry and varnished.

The covers are painted in light green XF76 (if not gray).



I tried to paint white oil paint to make the dragon and the crocodile ... it does not work, the white is not opaque.

It will be decals...



I have no picture of gunner's cockpit, only this plan:




On the plan (p14) there is a small dotted rectangle noted "CASIER". It is at the level of the bombshell on the right of the fuselage. This could indicate the position of the ammunition locker.

I think the gunner was standing too.

P21 Windsockdatafile, the gunner is standing (He breaks for the photographer. The plane is on the ground).


The crocodile in white is made with a stencil.


It is then varnished and the fine lines are painted with oil paint.

I tried (and I made a mistake by cutting the stencil that's why it's upside down ...):








The dragon is finished:


It remains to remake the varnish that was damaged under the belly during sanding.


The crocodile has been modified with large scales under the belly. The hind legs (only one here) I put them a bit like everyone more or less random because there is no picture to my knowledge ...



Well ... that's not the best idea I had.
I have all varnish gloss with AK varnish to be able to correct errors more easily. Alas the varnish reacts badly to the solvent, and the white becomes ... gray.

I had a layer of Klir that actually resists solvent better but is not indestructible. I repeated several times each stroke and the Klir was therefore damaged (at the level of the crest and scales of the belly) where the black drips. It is much more difficult than expected. There is no landmark in the all-white crocodile to place the scales and all the folds. Some are therefore misplaced.
Cracks have appeared in the varnish, we do not see them with the naked eye but the solvent takes the opportunity to get in and everything is gray. I think it's the thick-layer AK varnish that was not dry enough to support the Klir.






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For the tail I more or less invented the area with the scales in circumflex accents, we distinguish them perhaps or vaguely in the photos.
Ditto for the webbed leg at the back. Not sure it's there or even there is one.

There remains the tooth to redo with white paint, white spots of the crest, the tongue, etc. etc.

The guy who painted this crocodile in 1916 was drawing very well. The scales and the different plates follow very well the shape of the body and their rounded shapes give a volume to the body. It is effective and very successful I think (we must look at the original ... of course).




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When I look at the mouth of the crocodile I do not understand why the commissure goes down so oddly.


She would be more "conventional" like that.


So I propose a more "colorful" alternative for those who like red.

Of course, this is pure speculation.  

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The dragon is finished or almost.

With errors as it should be.

The back of the wing should go down much lower (the files used for animals are drafts   Dragon- Croco  )

 The chest is a little disproportionate and the leg misplaced. The ridge on the head is a little high, etc.
By working with a magnifying glass, I tend not to pay attention to the proportions and orientation of the details in relation to the whole. The scales of the neck are not well oriented.



The tail is partly out of "my artistic license" ... On the pictures have hardly seen any detail.








A compass (Boussole in french).




I scraped the varnish with a fiber pen and at the tip of the blade and I messed up the fuselage with oil paint.
Some hatches and grilles that direct the bombs out of the cockpit were stuck.




A new tank was made from the pictures in the WNW P24 Albatross BII (457/16)  and the Albatros C1 P23 Windsock. Be careful, there are many sizes (I think).
Large ones that go from the front of the wing to the back, small ones that stop at 2/3.
Obviously I was wrong.




I made a template for a big one. Note that I was also wrong in cutting the round (bottom) that must be the other way ... I used the template provided by Eduard to hold the wings during their assembly to draw the sides of the tank template.

I made a template for a big one. Note that I was also wrong in cutting the round (bottom) that must be the other way ... I used the template provided by Eduard to hold the wings during their assembly to draw the sides of the tank template.

The tank is 23.5mm long.



Inside I glued the two discs (8mm diameter) separated by 4mm. They give the shape of the front of the tank.


The length and height of the set have been resized to match the photos.
The welds are made of stretched plastic glued to tamiya glue.
The two square rods at the front are 1.5mm wide.
Below the large nut will receive the hose that will power the engine.




Still to paint, green or metal, or gray?

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Special Hobby and Eduard have planned to fix the landing gear under the plane while it must be fixed on the flanks.


So I extended  legs a bit and gave a fairer shape.They stay a little too thick.




I still have to make the plates that are between the flanks and the legs of the landing gear...



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I stuck all the landing gear masts but there was still a lot of gap to fill. It has been filled with pieces of plastic sheets.



The tank is glued:


The upper plane is fixed without too much trouble except at the level of the mats of cabin. The notches in the hoods are not deep enough and are not well oriented. It had to be re-cut a lot with sandpaper.

The feet of mats do not have the good form. It should be thinner and there is a bell from where stretchers go. It is visible in the photos but I did not have the courage.




The hood machine gun is put in place.


The wooden feet are painted on the wings, the color is without guarantee. Note the hole in the fuselage at the lower wing spar. I had to redo all the tenons of the lower wings which yielded under the weight. I made the holes in the fuselage a bit too big ... It will be necessary to close them


The hoses coming and going from the radiator are glued. The one below the radiator is 0.5mm plastic, the other 0.5mm copper wire.




The windshield is that of the kit. It must be re-cut at both ends a little and round it. The shape is good for once.

The radiator is glued directly against the wing. Then the 4 masts that hold it (stretched plastic about 0.7mm).


The photoetched grid is too wide. It's nice, you have to remove a single (or two I know more) row of this grid.




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This is beautiful work Louis. The dragon and crocodile especially! I admire your courage at even attempting to hand paint them, let alone succeeding so well!



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Gorgeous work Louis, your builds are always worth following.


Impressed of Mars 👽

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Thank you !!!


Legs ... but


PiotrM sent me a clear picture of the dragon where we see the beginning ... of a hind leg.

In any case, I see her.



Obviously for its shape ...

We also see what is in front of the windshield and I did not see the blurry photo at my disposal.

We see it well here too. Their role is described in the text.



"A handle (P) to arm the machine gun and the other connected to a hammer to hit the metal piece that carries the weapon."


Thank you PIOTR !!!



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The Dragon with two hind legs:


Of course it can also be other things, fins ... scales, other stuff.

please give me some ideas, something else or new pictures.


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Very nice work! The wood effect is splendid! :)



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There are so many things to admire about this build. I love the wood effects, the creatures and the dedication to every detail. It looks wonderful already and I’m looking forward to seeing your progress with it.




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Thank you !!!



Completed !
Finally !!!

I painted paws to my dragon. They are probably a little big and the black line too thick. Their shape is inspired by the front legs.




The small planes at the front are painted on a piece of transparent decal. As a model for me, a DH2 side crocodile and a RE8 on the other. Note that the position of the air vents is not correct when compared with photos and decoration.



- The springs that close the hood are made with a bulb filament. It is not seen...
- On the radiator, the "thing" to do.
- The mechanism that synchronizes the propeller and the hood machine gun is redone.
- The hose connecting the tank to the engine is copper.
- The brake is equipped with cables, a front, a behind. The train rests on bungees, it is nylon 0.2mm. Normally they are packaged in a protective cook as on the B II.
- At the level of the articulation of the wing of the dragon, it is necessary to add the circular trapdoor.
- The wheels are sanded to be less thick.


The support of the signal flares is made with a piece of plastic and aluminum food tray.

The turret is arranged: two handles, a support for the machine gun. The one provided in the Eduard kit is too long. I cut it in half.
I put two mirrors, one on each side.
The controller and the rod in front of the windshield are to be added too.


The machine gun is resin and comes from Eduard. Very beautiful but a pity that it lacks the support. It is difficult to hold and fix in front of the ammunition drum.

If you fix it like mine on both sides, check that the turret is still in its place.

The crutch is Eduard's. Very fragile, it must touch the fuselage, otherwise the fins touch the ground ... This is the case at home where the support of the aircraft.
I do not see how to do without disassembling the fins, so it will remain perched like that.





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Fantastic paint work and great assembling!

It's a superb model!!!:clap::worthy::clap::worthy::clap::worthy::clap::worthy::clap::worthy::clap::worthy:


Have you ever considered building this?

Fly manufactures a nice kit in 1/48th.

Decals aren't so good, but with your painting hability I'd give it a thought!!!


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What a phenomenal achievement 👏



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Incredible! You should really make a "ready for inspection" thread because some folks are obviously missing this... It's art and craft and engineering all in one!



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