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WORLD WAR 1 AIRCRAFT IN 1/48th SCALE 

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ALBATROS D.III (OEF) 153.95 of FLIK 2D by George Grasse

 

GLENCOE 1/48th SCALE PLASTIC KIT #GL5102

This profile is taken from Albatros D.II & D.III Oeffag by Mgr. Petr Aharon Tesar, color profile by Ing. Thomas Poaruba, JaPo Publications, Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic, 1998.  The caption reads “An escort plane of Flik 2D, Oeffag D.III 153.95, Pianzano, November 1917.  The camouflage off upper and lateral surfaces consisted of dark green mottles dabbed on linen and plywood.  Metal sheets on the nose were painted with the same colour.  The individual marking of the plane consisted of slant black-and-white stripes and the name "Ritta" on both sides of the fuselage.  The Flik marking were the black wheel covers.

 

UNDER CONSTRUCTION PHOTO #1

ALBATROS OEFFAG AIRCRAFT ARE TYPICALLY FINISHED IN WHAT'S KNOW AS "NATURAL FINISH".  THE FABRIC IS CLEAR DOPED LINEN (CDL) AND THE WOOD PARTS ARE VARNISHED PLYWOOD.  

 

UNDER CONSTRUCTION PHOTO #2

FUSELAGE PLYWOOD WAS ACHIEVED BY USING FIVE DIFFERENT COLORED PENCIL COLORS ALL MAINTAINED WITH FINE, SHARP TIPS.  THE FINISH WAS HAND RUBBED THEN OVER-SPRAYED WITH A SEMI GLOSS POLYURETHANE.

 

UNDER CONSTRUCTION PHOTO #3

THE RETURN RADIATOR LINE, WINDSCREEN, GUN SIGHTS, MINOR STENCILING AND DECALS, ALL NEED TO BE INSTALLED.  THE AIRFOIL SECTION ON THE LANDING GEAR AXLE WAS FORMED FROM SHEET LEAD.  LANDING GEAR STRUTS ARE BRASS "STRUTZS" SOLDERED TOGETHER TO MAKE A FIRM SUPPORT STRUCTURE FOR THE MODEL.   ALL OF THE SMALL PANELS AND ACCESS DOORS WERE MADE FROM SHEET LEAD AND PAINTED WITH VALLEJO NATURAL STEEL.  ENGINE PANELS AND ALL STRUTS WERE PAINTED MISTER KIT AUSTRO-HUNGARIAN MKAH05 ALBATROS DARK GREEN.

 

UNDER CONSTRUCTION PHOTO #4

FAINT PENCIL LINES HAVE BEEN DRAWN ON THE FUSELAGE SIDE FOR THE ALTERNATING BLACK AND WHITE STRIPES AS SHOWN IN THE ART PROFILE ABOVE.  THE NAME "RITTA" WILL APPEAR ON BOTH SIDES OF THE FUSELAGE PER THE ART PROFILE AND PHOTOS.

 

UNDER CONSTRUCTION PHOTO #5

AT THIS STAGE ALL OF THE WIRING IS COMPLETED AND WORK ON THE UPPER SURFACE MOTTLING HAS BEGUN.  MOTTLING WILL PROCEED ALONG THE UPPER SECTION OF THE FUSELAGE INCLUDING THE VERTICAL FIN.  LOWER WINGS NEXT FOLLOWED BY THE UPPER WINGS.  MOTTLING COLOR IS MISTER KIT AUSTRO-HUNGARIAN MKAH05 ALBATROS DARK GREEN.

 

FINISHED PHOTO #1

FOR AN OLD GLENCOE PLASTIC KIT, NOT BAD.  I BASED THE FINAL CAMOUFLAGE AND MARKING SCHEME ON DALIBOR FEUEREISI'S COLOR PROFILE SHOWN AT THE TOP OF THIS PAGE.  MY VERSION OF THE MOTTLING IS MORE RANDOM AND HAPHAZARED AS WAS PROBABLY THE CASE FOR UNIT LEVEL APPLICATIONS.  THIS VERSION IS CONFIRMED BY THE CRASH PHOTO'S OF "RITTA" FROM Tesař's Albatros D.II & D.II Oeffag CITED BELOW.  FLIK 2D HAD BLACK WHEEL COVERS AND "RITTA" APPEARS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE FUSELAGE. 

 

FINISHED PHOTO #2

LEFT FRONT QUARTER VIEW SHOWING ENGINE DETAIL, WIRING, AND PLYWOOD FINISHED FUSELAGE SKIN.  MOST D.III (OEF) AIRCRAFT OF THIS SERIES HAD THE PROPELLER SPINNER REMOVED DUE TO FREQUENT IN-FLIGHT ACCIDENTS WERE THE SPINNER DISENGAGED, SOMETIMES DISINTEGRATED AND SEVERELY DAMAGED THE WIRING, STRUTS, AND WING FABRIC WITH FATAL RESULTS.  THE 253 SERIES WAS MANUFACTURED WITH AN AERODYNAMIC ROUNDED NOSE.

 

FINISHED PHOTO #3

TOP VIEW OF "RITTA" SHOWING THE CLOSE SPONGE OR RAG MOTTLED UPPER SURFACE OF THE WINGS, FUSELAGE, AND TAILPLANE.  APPLICATION OF CAMOUFLAGE OCCURRED LATER FOR THE AUSTRIANS THAN FOR THE GERMANS, BOTH BEING DEVELOPED EVENTUALLY INTO ART FORM FROM THEIR HUMBLE BEGINNINGS AT THE UNIT LEVEL.

 

FINISHED PHOTO #4

THIS IS "RITTA" FLIPPED OVER TO SHOW THE CLEAN LOOKING CDL FINISH OF THE UNDER SURFACES.

 

FINISHED PHOTO #5

LEFT REAR QUARTER VIEW OF "RITTA".  PROPELLER WAS HAND-PAINTED BUT COULD JUST AS WELL HAVE BEEN HAND-LAMINATED OR FINISHED WITH COLORED PENCILS.  THE AUSTRIAN ALBATROS D.III (OEF) WAS A MORE REFINED AND MUCH IMPROVED VERSION OF THE GERMAN ALBATROS D.III AND SERVED UP TO THE VERY END.  THE DECALS FOR "RITTA" WERE MADE USING MICRO-MARK DECAL SHEETS; THE SERIAL NUMBERS CAME FROM AN OLD FORMACAL SHEET; THE BLACK AND WHITE PERSONAL MARKING WAS HAND-PAINTED; THE CROSSES ARE FROM THE GLENCOE KIT.

 

 

References:

Albatros D.II & D.II Oeffag, Mgr. Petr Aharon Tesař, color drawings by Ing. Tomáš Poruba, scale drawings by Mgr. Petr A. Tesař, published by JaPo, Hradec Králové, Czech Republic, 2003.

Albatros D.III (OEF), Windsock Datafile 19, P. M. Grosz, color drawings and "Colours and Markings" section by Ray Rimmel, scale drawings by Ian R. Stair, published by Albatros Publications Ltd, Berkhamsted, UK, 2000.

Austro-Hungarian Army Aircraft of World War One, Peter M. Grosz, George Haddow, and Peter Schiemer, scale drawings by George Haddow, published by Flying Machines Press, Boulder, Colorado, 2002.

Albatros Fighters in Action, by John F. Conners, illustrated by Don Geer, published by Squadron/Signal Publications, Carrollton, Texas, 1981.

German and Austrian Aviation of World War I, by Hugh W. Cowin, published by Osprey Publishing, Oxford, UK, 2000.

 

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