Kit: Roden (1:72)
This is the Roden Albatros W4 (early) version. According to the
instruction sheet only three were built. This is w/n # 747, which was the
first prototype built.
Lead foil seatbelts and a fuel pressure pump were added to the interior.
Ethicon stainless was used fo all the rigging. The horizontal stabilizer's
control horns were replaced with .020 evergreen strip stock, and the
stabilizer was re-positioned. The radiator center sections were filed down a
bit, and fine screen was added to cover the sink mark. The fuselage was
painted with a "home brew" of clear brown over panels of wood and Afrika
brown. The woodgraining was drawn on with Berol water color pencils.
The wing rib "effect" was achieved with pastel chalk. All other
enhancement was achieved with an oil paint wash. National markings are a mix
of Americal Gryphon, and kit decals. Total time spent on building this model
was approx. 25 hours.
Kit: Eduard (1:72)
The Rosemont conversion kit was used on this model. The conversion parts were
molded flawlessly and were a joy to work with. The kit itself is the Eduard Alb
DV, probably the best DV on the market at this time. The lozenge is Eagle Strike
as are the rib tapes. It was appled over a coat of Future....no paint was used.
The only additions to the kit were control horns on the horizontal, a fuel pressure
pump, and lead foil seatbelts. Highly recommended conversion.
This is the Roden W4 (late version). Basically the same plane as
early version with the exception of an upper wing radiator, different
floats, and lower wing ailerons.
The usual things were added to the cockpit such as seatbelts and a
pressure pump. The interior was also woodgrained using the "Laskodi"
The lower wings were "pinned" with a .022 guitar string. The
and radiator lines were scratched, as were the horizontal
control horns. The horizontal stabilizer was cut off and
Americal Gryphon Naval lozenge was used in lieu of the kit decals.
national markings and serial numbers are from the kit.The entire
model was flat
coated after assembly to reflect the effects of salt spray on the
oil paint "wash" was used to bring out details, and the model was
.006 Ethicon stainless.
Special thanks to Dave Rhuling for the naval lozenge,and to Pedro
and Marcio Campos for their encouragement and support.
Kit: Meikraft (1:72)
Meikraft Albatros C.III. Aero Master woodgrain decal was used for the fuselage.
Rigging is .010 surgical wire.
This is the Roden Albatros D.I. Built OOB with lead foil seatbelts added, and
rigged with Ethicon stainless. A mixture of kit and Americal Gryphon decals were
used. I "woodgrained" the fuselage with the Bob Laskodi method. (Thanks
Bob) This model represents Hone's mount according to the instruction sheet. The
windscreen is scratched from clear acetate. Model is painted with Model Master
and Tamiya paints. An oil paint wash was used for enhancing details.
This is the Roden Albatros DI. The usual things were added to the interior...fule
pressure pump...seatbelts...instrument bar w/ instrument.
Paints used are all Model Master. Colors are rust, RLM 82, and RLM 76, insignia
white, insignia blue, insignia red, wood, steel, anthracite gray, and panzer interior
buff. Decals are AeroMaster.
I have been looking at this picture for over forty years. It was part of my father's
WW1 collection of photographs purchased for fifty cents each from a Canadian company
in the fifties. I felt compelled to try to duplicate this photo into a model....don't
ask me why.
Thanks to Ken Henderson for the technical help and information.
This is the Roden Albatros DII. Several additions were made to the basic kit including
fuel pressure pump, seatbelts, an instrument bar, and a rear view mirror, which
is pictured in the data file on this particular a/c. The model is fully rigged
with Ethicon stainless steel, and woodgrained employing the "Laskodi"
method. All decals are from the kit, and had to reaction at all to any setting
This is the Roden Albatros DIII. Added features are a fuel pressure pump in the
cockpit, seatbelts, and an instrument bar. The model is fully rigged with Ethicon
stainless steel, and painted according to the instructions. The "Laskodi"
method of woodgraining was used for the fuselage.
Built with added seatbelts, shoulder harness, fuel pressure pump aileron
actuators radiator coolant lines and horizontal control horns. All rigging is
The model represents the mount of Oliver Frhr Von
Beaulieu-Marconay of Jasta 15. All decals are from the kit.
These decals are from an FMC sheet given to me by Dan Hartz.
Construction took 5 days for 2 models, and is model #40 for the year 2008.
The model represents the mount of Otto Kissenberth of Jasta 16B.
All decals are from the kit.
These decals are from an FMC sheet given to me by Dan Hartz.
Construction took 5 days for 2 models, and is model #41 for the year 2008.
This is the Eduard Albatros DVa, constructed as a DV. Photo etch bits and pieces
from the Eduard interior set were added to this model. The woodgrain finish is
the first I have ever attempted. Following Bob Laskodi's tips, it was accomplished
without any problems. The model was painted in accordance with the instructions.
Rigged with .005 stainless steel, and painted with Model Master and Tamiya paint.
This is the Roden W4,
and having built nine other Roden Albatrii, this was just another day at the office.
The build was straight forward, and with the exception of the cabane struts and
floats, this is basically another Alb.DII.The float struts were broken in my kit,
so I replaced them with .035 evergreen rod.
Other than that, the build is OOB. I rigged the model with Ethicon stainless,
and accentuated some details with Windsor Newton oil paint. The kit decals were
used only for the w/n, the fuselage and rudder. All other national markings are
Americal Gryphon. Lead foil seatbelts were added. The Windhoff radiators were
easily fixed by adding fine screen after filing most of the center sink mark away.
The model was painted wood, a mix of sand and panzer interior buff, RLM 02, and
insignia white. All paints used were Model Master enamels. For the"woodgrain"
effect, a Derwent water color pencil was used. I experimented with a "clear"
brown for the interior.
This is the Eduard Albatros D.V, built as Hpt. Eduard Ritter Von Schleich's mount.
He was the C.O. of Jasta 21.
The Eduard kit is probably the best 1/72 DV available at the moment. However several
items were scratch-built, and added to "accurize" the model further.
The horizontal stabilizer control horns and top wing aileron actuators were scratched
fromEvergreen stock. A fuel pressurizing pump, radiator lines, lead foil seatbelts,
an instrument bar, better m/gs (Roden) and a rear view mirror were all added.
The mirror was a personal touch used by Von Schleich, and verified by a photo
in the Profile Book # 9. The model is fully rigged with Ethicon stainless steel.
Fuselage was "woodgrained" with Derwent Water color pencils used in
conjunction with the "Laskodi" system. The star logo was hand painted
using Burnt Sienna and Burnt Umber oils. The fuselage panel lines were enhanced
using an oil paint wash. Micro Scale National insignias were used in lieu of the
kit decals. The Bavarian lion (which was Von Schleich's personal marking) came
from the Roden DVII kit. The model was painted using Model Master, Tamiya, and
Windsor Newton oil paints.
This is the Roden Albatros DV/DVa kit. This represents Franz Schlieff's
mount from Jasta 56 according to the instruction sheet.
I added seatbelts made from lead foil. All paints are Model Master, and
rigging is Ethicon stainless. Decals are all kit supplied, and as usual, had
no reaction to any setting solution. I repositioned the horizontal
stabilizer, and replaced the control horns with .020 evergreen plastic.
Construction took about one week.