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1/48 Eduard Albatros D.III - Ltn Gustav Nernst, Jasta 30, April 1918


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Hello everyone,

 

Here is my latest completion, the Eduard 1/48 Albatros D.III, built for the current Eduard WW1 group build over on Facebook.

 

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This kit traces its lineage back to the late 1990s, and still remains an excellent base model for further improvements. I made a few modifications, including correcting / re-scribing the nose panels, adding details to the kit engine and interior, adding a scratch built fuel tank, replacing the kit gun barrels and muzzles with MASTER metal items, adding nails to the fuselage, adding the aileron control arms to the upper wing, and replacing the undersized kit wheels, amongst other minor additions from various Eduard etched sets for the base kit. Rigging was done with elastic and utilising “Bob’s Buckles” metal turnbuckles.

 

I painted the model in the markings of Ltn Gustav Nernst, Jasta 30, April 1917.

 

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All markings were sprayed using home made masks, and the serial number was also a home made decal. Paints were all SMS Acrylic Lacquers (my new favourite paint), with the fuselage plywood effect and propeller done with oil paints. Weathering was kept relatively light, given the somewhat short service life of these aircraft.

 

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And some progress shots:

 

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For my build log, please see here –

 

https://forum.ww1aircraftmodels.com/index.php?topic=13996.0

 

Feedback, comments, and suggestions for improvements are always welcome and encouraged!

 

Many thanks for looking!

 

Brad

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Thanks all,

 

Biggles - good question regarding hours; it took around 2 and a half months, probably close to 30-40 hours, at a guess?

 

Super surprising and super proud moment (and pardon my shameless post) - as a conclusion, this one took out first place in the group build! I am very thrilled!

 

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Thanks again to all for your kind words as I worked though this one!

 

Cheers,

 

BC

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