Alberto Casirati's German Models

Fokker E.V: This is a 1989 scratchbuilt model in 1/72nd scale. The fuselage frame was built in stretched sprue, with stainless steel wire rigging. Tailplanes in 0,3 mm plasticard, front fuselage tope decking in 0,1 mm sheet styrene. Wing and axle wing were carved from solid balsa wood, later filled in with a mixture of gloss enamel and talcum powder. Guns form the Aeroclub catalogue, wheels and airscrew from Revell's Fokker D.VII. Engine cowling was heat moulded over a balsa wood male mould.

This 1/72nd scale model is completely scratchbuilt, with the exception of the engine, of the wheels and of the guns (which came from Aeroclub). No photo-etched parts were used. Materials used include plasticard, HSP and steel wire. Decals are from Americal-Gryphon. The metal panels finish was simulated by means of painting the panels Humbrol 56 and then adding the sworls in Humbrol 11 silver by means of a 00 brush.

The D.VII is based on the classic 1/72nd Revell kit of the D.VIIf. Fuselage interiors were scratchbuilt in plasticard and sprue, just as the engine, tailplanes and all struts. The nose was modified to represent the earlier D.VII variant (Mercedes engine). Decals come from Americal Gryphon.

Here are some pictures of my 1/72nd Albatros D.V model. It was based on the old Airfix kit. One of my favourite ways to enjoy WW1 modelling is to rework classic kits.

Scratchbuilt details included fuselage interiors, headrest, lower wing roots, ventral fin, tailskid, inspection panels, engine, spinner, wing radiator, struts and ribbing. Wings and tailplanes contours were modified. Airscrew, wheels, exhausts and the front part of the guns came from the Aeroclub catalogue. Rigging is, as usual, in 0.065 mm stainless steel wire. The model depicts one of Eduard Ritter von Schleich's machines.

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