Central Powers Models
by Walter Gagawczuk

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Alb Oef

Kit: Blue Max (1:48)

This is the Oeffag Albatros D.III of Franz Graeser; 153.106, Flik 61J based at Motta di Livensa, March 1918. The wings are from Eduard, the radiator and the national markings (crosses) are from Glencoe, the owl was made with the help of schefczik.at, all the other parts are from the Blue Max kit.

Aviatik D.II

Kit: Karaya (1:48)

This is the Aviatik D II 39.01 in the version with the four-bladed airscrew (two airscrews put together), autumn 1917.

It is a resin kit of high quality (I did not know that a resin kit can have this kind of quality).

I build the model mainly oob with one amandement: I did not use the airscrew of the kit, but took two airscrews from my spare box (actually from the dual combo of the albatros D.V from Eduard), adjusted them a little bit, added a hub and made the version with the two airscrews that you can see at page 71 and 72 in the JaPo book of the Aviatik.

Hansa Brandenburg C I

Kit: HR Models (1:48)

The Hansa Brandenburg C.I was the workhorse of the k.u.k. Luftfahrttruppe.

Unfortunately for the pilots the skull on this machine did not have the intended effect. Both occupants of the 27.69 Zugführer Ladislaus Vazsko and Leutnant Fritz Schaffer died on 14 February 1917 when the plane crashed and was totally destroyed.

The kit is of medium quality, needs some supplementation and is not suitable for beginners.

Phönix D.I

Kit: Special Hobby (1:48)

A very fine kit.

It did not need long from the first glance of the peculiar 128.12 of Roman Schmidt in the fabulous JaPo book of the Phönix D.I-D.III and the decision to build one.

Phönix D.IIa 422.30

Kit: Special Hobby (1:48)

This is the Phönix D IIa, 422.30, Flik 14J, October/November 1918, Feltre Airfield, flown by Fw. Karl Teichmann. It is a fine kit of very good quality. There are just three small points to criticize: 1. The cockpit - it is different to the original; 2. The interplane struts - they are too short (apparently they are the same like in the kit of the Phönix D I); 3. The airscrew - it is not a Knoller-Jaray, it looks more like a Sigma - but who knows definitive which one is the correct?).

Ufag C.I

Kit: JR Models (1:48)

HR-Models means much work - - you have to modify many parts and to add several to get a decent model, but I like this UFAG in 1/48 (so what else could I do ;-)

References: Grosz/Haddow/Schiemer, Austro-Hungarian Army Aircraft of World War One; Hauke/Schroeder/Toetschinger, Die Flugzeuge der k.u.k. Luftfahrtruppe und Seeflieger 1914 – 1918; Schiemer, Die Albatros (Oeffag) Jagdflugezuge der k.u.k. Luftfahrtruppen; O.Connors, Markings and Camouflage of Austro – Hungarian Air Craft in World War I, Part 7, Cross & Cockade Vol.18 No.3 1987.

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