Kit: Eduard (1:72)
Box stock Eduard 1/72nd Albatros DVa. Since it was box stock I chose to do a
generic scheme, factory fresh, not even mud on the tires. This is a great kit
and I look forward to the profiPACK version.
Kit: Meikraft (1:72)
Several years ago, I saw the Dornier DI and wanted to build one, in 1/72
scale. After searching vendor's tables, I found the Meikraft kit. What you see
is that kit with much TLC plus a scratchbuilt engine and interior. I used
information sent from a friend in Atlanta for reference. The decals are
American Gryphon that I bought even longer ago. The propeller is carved from
Mahogany. The Spandaus are Paragons breeches with Eduard photo etch for the
rest, great combination! Building was fun and the model took third in class at
the Columbus IPMS National.
Kit: Revell (1:72)
Revell Fokker D.VII kit. The wings were cut from the top wing. This was
started this in the late 70's and finished it in 1998.
Revell's 1/72 kit of the Fokker DVII built to practice using 20 thousand
brass rod for struts, making engine panels and louvers from scratch, cutting
rib tapes from solid sheet and weathering with oils. Corrected the top wing's
erroneous dihedral. Scheme came from 1973 IPMS/UK magazine. Flown by Lt.
Hans Schultz Jasta 18, shot down June 1918. The red may be too bright, but it
really looks great!
This is a conversion of the Eduard kit in 1/72. The changes were made after
studying pictures of the prototype, counting ribs and then cutting off pieces
of the Eduard kit until the rib count was correct ( the Eduard kit has the
correct number of ribs for the production version). The top and middle wing
plus the fuselage were shortened. The horizontal stab and elevator was
changed. New cabane struts were made and the big problem was getting the top
wing to line up with only those two struts. The bracing wire is 5 thousand
music wire which added much to stability. Too much work for the end result!
Not a very colorful model and very small! I would not have flown this plane!
Kit: Toko (1:72)
Toko 1/72nd Hansa Brandenburg D.I. "I worked real hard to get all the defects
out of this and still missed a major "ripple" under the fuselage, that I
couldn't have corrected anyway. Took third and I'm very happy. To be as plain
as this scheme is, it looks great. I built a new whatist on the radiator and
corrected the dimples in the gun. The rod struts are 5 to brass rod blackened
in RR solution. Very delicate but strong! The instrument faces were painted
with a special paint brush with only three hairs!"