J R Boye
Kit: Roden (1:72)
The Roden Dr.I is built to represent 504/17 as flown by Leutnant Rudolf Reinau of Jasta 19 in April of 1918. Jasta 19 triplanes carried the yellow tailplane with black bars along with a white cowling. The three white stripes wrapped around the fuselage were Reinau's personal marking. The streaked camouflage was applied using the "Streaky Gammon" article from Windsock Magazine (Vol.18, No.5). Photos were found in the Osprey "Air Aces" book. Decals on this model are a real mix from the spares collection. The wing crosses are early overlaid with late crosses from the Roden kit which are transparent enough to let the early ones show through to simulate over painting. The white cross backgrounds were over-painted with thinned olive. Fuselage crosses on white backgrounds were over-painted with thinned olive, and then the stripes (cut from white trim film) wrapped over everything. The tailplane is covered in yellow trim film under the black bars. The model is built completely out-of-the-box except for rigging which is colored "invisible" thread and stretched sprue. This model was a contestant in the Roll Models online contest in 2009.