Kit: Flashback (1:48)
This is the Flashback kit in 1/48. For the Autumn Leaf effect, I opted for
Americal/Gryphon sheet # 91. It has enough to cover 2 complete D.I's. I undercoated
the decals with a glossy dark brown. It didn't affect the autumn leaf look and,
if the decals didn't fit perfectly, blended in the color.I was not able to find
a lot of photos of aircraft in Autumn Leaf colors, so I decided to do a "representative"
example, 38.53. I marked it with Flik 42J's red and white wheel covers. The
fin and rudder were left in clear doped linen on some D.I's, and since I didn't
have a photo of 38.53, decided to go with the contrast.For clear doped linen,
I used Model Masters "Modern Desert Sand". The brass around the radiator
was Model Masters "Brass" enamel.
Kit: Eduard (1:48)
This Pfalz was flown by Obl. Hans-Georg von der Marwitz while he was CO of Jasta 30. He ended the war with 15 victories. The Flying Diamond motif used by Jasta 30 really looks elegant combined with the lines of the Pfalz D.IIIa. I used a lot of decal material from an Aero Master Pfalz sheet to supplement the kit supplied decals to cover all of the areas on the tailplane and rudder that needed covering. I had to paint the edge of the tailplane and rudder black since the decal wouldn't cover completely. I would like to do at least one more Jasta 30 Pfalz, but I don't know if I have enough decals! I airbrushed Model Master's Aluminum Plate non buffing metalizer. Fly fishing thread was used for rigging.
This is the Flashback kit in 1/48. I decided to use the early camouflage scheme
of "sea green" with the brown, as opposed to the blue, naval hex lozenge. I
like the look of the all wood floats. Photos show that some of the early W.29's
kept the floats all wood with no lozenge on the top. Americal lozenge decals
(Americal/Gryphon Sheet # 14, Kriegsmarine Camouflage 1917-1918) were used for
the wings and top of the fuselage.
Kit: Special Hobby (1:48)
Naval Air Service, Altura.
This is the Special Hobby kit in 1/48. I used Model Master's Light Ivory for the cdl, Model Master's Gloss White and Guards Red for the wing bands, rudder and tailplane. The crown decal was from the Blue Max kit. The fuselage effect was done by using Modern Desert Sand from the spray can, followed by my sponge/smear technique using a dark yellow acrylic. Once the wood finish was done, I used a sponge to create the mottled effect with Model Master's Signalbraun. I left the bottom of the fuselage in natural wood, covered with Future. The engine was a tight fit, which necessitated a lot of cutting below the pistons.
Kit: Glencoe (1:48)
Ltn. Adam Barth
I used the Glencoe model with no major changes. Guns not used since they were
primarily buried in the original. I was real happy with the yellow color. I
used #4 Kodak Film Racing Yellow from Testors Nascar series. Covers great and
looks right to me. I always wondered why Barth used a dumbell as his insignia.
It must not have the same connotation in German as it does in modern English.
Kit: Aurora (1:48)
The Aurora kit in 1/48. It is not easy finding a Pfalz with a fuselage that
is not silver. The color scheme was suggested in the Datafile special on von
Richthofen's Flying Circus. I opted for red as opposed to black, just because
of the cool look it gives the plane.
Observer Obl. Neuburger/Pilot Kosmahl
Feldflieger Abteilung 22
This is the Eduard kit in 1/48. I used some of the Profi-pac parts, but
not all. The kit goes together without any problems. The markings are
questionable regarding the color of the fuselage band, but I like the
contrast of red and light blue.
Kit: Hi-Tech (1:48)
Jasta 32 (?)
This is the Hi-Tech kit in 1/48. I used Model Master Russian
Topside Blue combined with Russian Topside Green and Polly Scale
Panzer Red Brown. The colors matched the Datafile pretty close. I
used an artist's pen to color the birds' beaks. Rigging is fly
fishing thread. The landing gear is attached using copper tube
extensions which give a nice, strong connection.