German aircraft
by Brad Cancian

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Albatros D.V

Kit: Eduard (1:72)

Here is the nice little Eduard 1/72 Albatros D.V, with additions to the cockpit and a few other details. The model is painted up in the markings of Jasta 77b. The lozenge is Eagle Strike, and the fuselage motif was hand painted.

Jager 1:48 Albatros C.X

Kit: Jager (1:48)

Here is the Jager 1:48 scale Albatros C.X. This is a limited run resin, white metal and photo etch kit (only 230 made), and has been out of production for a number of years. It is a little rough around the edges, and there were a number of details I had to add, but overall this was a rather enjoyable build. For progress pics, see here: She is painted up in the markings of CX9244/16 of Bayerische Flieger Abteilung 46, early 1917. The majority of paints are acrylics, and I tried to simulate the wood using oil paints. National markings were from the box, but the rest were from the spares box. Rigging is Aeroclub elastic with bob's buckles turnbuckles.

Albatros D.II

Kit: Eduard (1:48)

Here is the Eduard Albatros D.II built out of the box in the marking of Jasta 5. This aircraft was captured by the British in early 1917. Unfortunately this model was very badly damaged in a recent move (darn removalists!) - I still haven't the heart to try and repair her...

Albatros DVa

Kit: Wingnut Wings (1:32)

Here are some pictures of my build of the recently released 1:32 scale Albatros DVa from Wingnuts Wings. The kit is built completely out of the box other than the rigging. The scheme does not come with the kit, though kit decals were used. The model is painted to represent the mount of 17 victory ace Ltn Walter Boning of Jasta 76b (Bavarian), early 1918. He had the rear fuselage of this machine painted in the blue and white diamond pattern of the Bavarian Wappenschild coat of arms. The wood grain was painted using oil paints and oversprays of clear yellow and orange. The diamond pattern was all hand masked. With regards to the kit itself - I have never built a Wingnuts kit before, but I can certainly say that this is a stunning, comprehensive and well engineered model straight out of the box. There are some minor fit issues (i.e. getting all of those interior goodies in, for example), but these are very minor issues. The only other issue is the slightly bowed upper wing (which I may have "accidentally" straightened in some hot water). The decals are also excellent and respond well to decal setting solutions. The kit is indeed a real joy to build, and could easily be built by those with any level of experience. One nice extra would have been some lozenge decals, but I am sure these will come in future issues of the kit. I also would expect after market decal and detail set makers to start coming out with some goodies for this kit real soon.

Albatros W4

Kit: Eduard (1:48)

Here is the Eduard 1/48 Albatros W4 built out of the box, with the kit lozenge decals replaced with Americal Gryphon naval hex lozenge.

Fokker D.VII (OAW)

Kit: Roden (1:72)

Here is the Roden 1/72 Fokker D.VII buit out of the box with the exception of the decals. Rigging is stretched sprue from the kit. Decals are PD Decals with the Lozenge being Techmod. A somewhat difficult build!

Fokker D.VII (fok)

Kit: Roden (1:48)

Here is the Roden 1/48 Fokker D.VII (Fok early), with the Part of Poland photo etched set added. The aircraft was painted in the markings of Jasta 4. Lozenge decals are Eagle Strike.

Fokker D.VII (OAW)

Kit: Eduard (1:48)

Here is the Eduard Fokker D.VII (OAW) built out of the box with some minor additions, painted in the markings of Jasa 58. Lozenge is Eagle Strike.

Fokker V.23

Kit: Kitbash (1:48)

Here is my model of a Fokker V23, made from a combination of the Eduard Fokker D.VII and the wings from the Omega 1/48 Fkker V23 kit. Overall a very easy conversion that involved some surgery to the fuselage and some minor detailing. Unfortunately another one that didn't survive a recent move too well... sigh.

Roland D.II

Kit: Hi Tech (1:48)

Many moons ago back in 2005, my first proper WWI build was the Hi-Tech Roland D.II 'Haifisch' ('shark').This is a rather obscure type that was derived from a fighter version of the more famous Roland C.II 'Whalfisch' ('whale') reconnaissance aircraft. There were a few modifications required to an otherwise ok kit (not a great kit, but a good basis). Well since 2005, I have had 4 moves of house, and alas, some moves ago, my little Roland took a beating or three (plus at one stage it had a book tip onto it, an accident on my girlfriend’s behalf), to the point where at the end of my most recent move last September, the little Roland looked rather sad. have always liked the odd yet sleek lines of the Roland D.II, so I decided to put her out of her misery and do some repair work. Indeed I decided a bit of a facelift was needed as well, given that my skills have improved a little since my first biplane build. So I decided a re-paint and a clean up was in order. First step was to remove the old paint, which I did using methylated spirits, as the model was originally painted mainly using acrylics.The wing attachments and other details were cleaned up, and in some cases, enhanced / replaced. There are essentially two standard schemes for the Roland D.II. The first is the all over green and brown, with light blue undersides, in which my original build was done. This scheme had minor variations between Roland and Pfalz built machines. Though the Windsock datafile on the D.II doesn’t specifically describe the second scheme, it does include the odd picture of some D.IIs with green and brown wings, and overall light blue fuselages and wing undersides. This scheme seems to be restricted to some of the parent company built D.IIs. I thought this would make an interesting scheme, so on my merry way I went. The paints were all custom mixed acrylics, with all shading done after the base colours were down. Decals came from the spares box – I had to be careful which ones I chose as the Roland build machines had very characteristically “fat” fuselage and tail crosses. Roland D.IIs only served at the front for a very short time in early / mid 1917, so there were not many garish or colourful personal markings applied to these aircraft. As I could not find a picture of any personal markings associated with this type of scheme, I left the scheme essentially stock.

Roland C.II

Kit: Eduard (1:48)

Here is the Eduard Roland C.II 'Whalfisch' straight out of the box, decals and all. The fish scale motif took a few sessions of microsol to settle! Rigging is elastic. A great easy kit to build.

1/32 Roden Albatros D.III

Kit: Roden+Eduard+Spada (1:32)

Here is the Roden 1/32 scale Albatros D.III built on consignment for a friend. Additional wiring and details were added to the cockpit and interior, as well as the addition of the Eduard photoetched set for this model and Spada decals. Otherwise built out of the box. The aircraft is painted in the markings of Werner Voss when flying with Jasta 2 in early/mid 1917. The figure is Model Cellar painted by Stephen Lawson.

Eduard 1/48 Albatros D.III

Kit: Eduard (1:48)

Here is the Eduard 1-48 Albatros D.III built with the addition of rocker arm springs and wiring to the engine, and replacement wheels, otherwise built out of the box. The model is painted in the markings of a Jasta 49 aircraft.

1/48 Eduard Albatros DV

Kit: Eduard (1:48)

Here is the Eduard 1/48 Albatros D.V. Additions included details to the engine and cockpit, and the addition of a fuel tank behind the engine. The kits undercarriage legs were also extended. The aircraft was painted in the markings of D.2236/17 of Jasta 3, flown by Ltn Weber. The “Lulu” marking was hand painted.

1/48 Roden Junkers D.I

Kit: Roden (1:48)

Here is the Roden Junkers D.I with a few minor modifications to the cockpit including added internal bracing, Eduard gauges and seat belts, rigging and etched spandau jackets, otherwise out of box, including decals.

1/48 Eduard Pfalz D.IIIa

Kit: Eduard (1:48)

This is the 1/48 Eduard Pfalz D.III built almost out of the box in the markings of Ltn Müller of Jasta 18, mid 1918 based on the profile from Osprey’s “Pfalz Aces” book. Only additions were gun cables in the cockpit and the addition of bungee cords to the undercarriage.

1/32 Roden Fokker F.I

Kit: Roden + PART (1:32)

Here is the Roden 1/32 Fokker F.I, built on consignment for a friend, with the addition of the PART of Poland photoetched set for this aircraft. The aircraft is painted in the markings of Werner Voss of Jasta 10, September 1917.

1/48 Fokker D.III

Kit: Special Hobby (1:48)

Here is my conversion of the Special Hpbby 1:48 Fokker D.II to a Fokker D.III. Modifications included combining two Eduard 7-cylinder rotaries to make the 14-cylinder twin row rotary of the Fokker D.III, and extending a cowling from the Eduard 1:48 Fokker E.III kit to make the proper cowling for the D.III. The wing tips were re-shaped to be more correct, the fuselage was re-skinned (the kit fuselage is flat sided), and a new undercarriage was constructed. The kit rudder was too small so this was replaced with a scratch built items, as was the kit tail skid. There was also numerous other small modifications done. The model was painted in the markings of a machine from Kesta 4, late 1916. Full build is here:

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