Kit: Eduard (1:48)
Eduard's Profipack kit, finished as Robert Dycke's Jasta 16b
machine. A fine kit, the only real problems are the undersized
easily replaced. Though conventional wisdom maintains these early
machines had dark-stained fuselages, I believe mine is too dark, and
should in fact be a blond color like the Smithsonian's D.Va.
Kit: Aurora (1:48)
The diorama is another Aurora product, painstakingly corrected long before DML o
r Eduard appeared on the horizon. Handpainted lozenge again, and the machine gu
n jackets are railroad brass parts...pre-Fotocut, too!
Kit: DML (1:48)
The D.VII is DML's 1/48 kit, finished as Paul Aue's Jasta 10 machine. Beside ex
tra cockpit detail, extensive work was done to accurize the 160 hp Mercedes, ope
n the cowlings and add the internal structures, and convert to the early Fokker
configuration. Perhaps the toughest part was scratchbuilding the exhaust pipes!
I embraced the Albatros "Anthology"s interpretation of the streaky Fokker camouf
lage, and rebuilt the fin and rudder based on the plans in that publication. Th
at's Americal's four color lozenge on the wings.
The Fokker E.III is Eduard's kit, with a scratchbuilt interior and the view port
s opened up. Some additional details were added to the engine and machine gun,
but construction was pretty staightforward.
The machined aluminum cowling was replicated by underpainting the metal areas bl
ack, and adding the "riffles" with a fine brush in white. This was then overspr
ayed with a very thin coat of SNJ aluminum, which allowed the pattern to show th
rough the top coat.
Before anyone sneers, this is an Aurora Halberstadt CL.II, built in the
pre-Windsock era and that 5-color lozenge is hand painted using the old carbon
paper trick. I keep it around to remind me not to complain about how tedious
it is to decal an entire airframe!