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by Graham Rainey

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Kurt Student's Albatros D.II

Kit: Eduard (1:48)

Eduard standard 48 scale Albatros DII straight OOB. Decals from the Kagero book decal set "kaiser's Eagles" Kurt Student's Albatros DII.


Prince Friedrich Karl of Prussia

Kit: Eduard (1:48)

This is the Eduard 48 scale Albatros DII kit converted to DI. Scratch built replacement struts. PE gun jackets, although the aircraft has regularly been described as being all green I did this with standard camouflage on wings and tailplane. All hand painted, "invisible" mending thread rigging. Humbrol enamels, satin varnish mixed with white spirits.


Strobel's Albatros D.III

Kit: Eduard (1:48)

This is my version of Ltn Strobel's Albatros DIII. Using an early edition of Eduard's 48 scale Albatros DIII, extra PE is added for detail. A/G decals, hand painted scheme, I thought it important to represent the scratched out zeros of the fuselage somehow, I feel i've achieved that. I realised after the fact however that the tail decoration was off with the absence of the blue demarcation line around the rudder and fin but too late and my painting skills aren't that good. Rigging Merlin thread again and hand painted. You will notice I rather like Jasta 5 colour schemes. I hope to eventually have the entire line up from july 1917 in 48 scale.


Albatros D.II Jasta 23b unknown pilot

Kit: Eduard (1:48)

1/48 scale Eduard Albatros DIII OAW kit built OOB. I had this kit lying around for awhile. I just decided to go with the kit suggested colour scheme. I just liked the idea of a WW1 vintage aircraft in "proper" camouflage... Even if it's not accurate I like it. Humbrol enamels, hand painted.


Jasta 5 Walter Reichenbach

Kit: Eduard (1:48)

Description: 48 scale eduard Albatros DIII OOB with some extra PE details. Scheme taken from Jasta 5 datafile special by G K Merrill. Decals donated by Mike Muth (thanks!). Humbrol enamels, hand painted.


Jasta 2 Werner Voss Albatros DIII

Kit: Eduard (1:48)

Eduard 48 scale Albatros DIII. PE gun jackets, kit/decals OOB. "Invisible" mending thread rigging. Humbrol enamels, hand painted.


Albatros D.II Unknown Hussar

Kit: Eduard (1:48)

Straight OOB 48 scale Eduard late model Albatros DII. PE gun jackets. I just liked the scheme so went with it. Hand painted humbrol enamels.


Braunschwieg Albatros DV jasta 5

Kit: Eduard (1:48)

As per my Baumer DV this again is another Jasta 5 subject. An Eduard weekend edition 48 scale Albatros DV again with the addtion of PE details. Decals are A/G again provided as per my Baumer model with a little detail added in to give definition to the rearing stallion on the red shield. Rigging is Merlin invisible thread, Paint scheme is as per the illustration and description provided in the Jasta 5 Windsock datafile special by G K Merrill.

"This Albatros bore a regional coat of arms, the rearing stallion of Braunschwieg: Rot, ein steigendes silbernes RoB." (i don't have the German double s character, sorry!)


Title: Jasta 79b Ltn Hans Bohning

Kit: Eduard (1:48)

Description: Eduard 48 scale Albatros DVa kit OOB, Eduard Lozenge (again lovely faded quality). I loved this colour scheme the minute I clapped eyes on it, I love the blues. Humbrol enamels, hand painted.


Paul Baumer's Albatros D.V

Kit: Eduard (1:48)

This is my build of Paul Baumer's Jasta 5 Albatros DV, It's a build up of the 48 scale Eduard weekend edition Albatros DV with the addition of some PE details, Radiator shutter, mirror, Aileron actuators etc. Decals are A/G as supplied to me by Michael Vice and Mike Muth. Rigging is Merlin brand black 'invisible thread'. All paint are Humbrol enamels, hand brushed, basically because I can't afford an airbrush, so if there are imperfections in the paint finish that is why. After about 4 coats of Johnson's Klear to seal everything in the model is finished off with a couple of coats of Humbrol satin varnish diluted with cheap white spirit, I just like the nice finish that gives.


Hannover CLIIIa

Kit: Eduard (1:48)

Early Eduard 48 scale multimedia kit. OOB with extra strut material for tailplanes. "Invisible" mending thread rigging. Kit decals used with some techmod for tail area, fuselage lozenges hand painted. Humbrol enamels. Finished off with humbrol satin varnish thinned with white spirits.


Junkers DI

Kit: Blue Max (1:48)

Description: 48 scale Blue Max kit built straight OOB. Made a right pig's ear of decal application, silvering all over the place and decals breaking, i was ready to tear me hair out. Humbrol enamels, handpainted.


Carl Degelow's Jasta 7 Pfalz DIIIa

Kit: Eduard (1:48)

Eduard non profi 48 scale Pfalz DIIIa, Not much added except fuel lines and rigging. Humbrol enamels hand painted finished off with humbrol satin thinned down with white spirit gives (in my opinion) a nice matt finish.

I chose all black using the picture of Carl Degelow's crash whilst flying with Jasta 7 from the Osprey book "Pfalz scout aces of World war 1"and the profile included, the same picture is included in Carl Degelow's biography by Peter Kilduff. It may not be 100% accurate but I like the way it has turned out. 'none blacker'


LFG Roland DVIb Jasta 23b

Kit: Blue Max (1:48)

This is the 48 scale Blue Max kit pretty much OOB. PE seat belts, control surfaces offset. lozenge by Eduard, which i think has a wonderful faded quality. I love the shape of this aircraft and the clinker built fuselage.


Roland C.II

Kit: Eduard (1:48)

Eduard 48 scale profipack Roland CII. Straight outta the box, decals as supplied nothing out of the ordinary done to it. handpainted.


Roland C.II

Kit: Eduard (1:48)

Eduard standard 48 scale Roland CII. Straight OOB, with the exception of the addition of Roland badges under the wings plus a weight table.


LFG Roland DII

Kit: Hitech (1:48)

Description: Ex-works LFG Roland DII constructed from the Hitech kit. Nice little aircraft, if a little of an odd shape. Pretty much OOB. with control rods added, kit prop replaced. Little bit of surgery undertaken to get that exhaust stack to fit in right. Humbrol enamels, hand painted.


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