This is the Roden 1/72nd kit, built out of the box except for
the decals. Those in the kit were very well printed but completely unusable
since they comletely disintegrated when put in water. So I used Almark decals
for the lozenge and crosses from various other sources (some of them were even
made with black and white decal stripes).
The painting scheme is per kit's instructions and represents an aircraft from
an "unknown Jasta, Autumn 1918. After the armistice the plane was sent
to France for flight trials.
The scheme is
that of Lt. Hans Besser, Jasta 12 in 1918. The kit is the Roden D.VII Early
(OAW). Paints are robiallac SMP for the blue and robiallac matt white. The blue
enamel fuselage was overpainted in blue (Tamya) tinted future to get the subdued
effect on the fuselage crosses. Purple and green on the u/c wing are humbrol
The photos look much better than the final result, as the problems I had with
the struts originated some wing misalignment. Anyway this one was just to see
how the kit would look like using the kit supplied decals, lozenge included.
The only decals I used that were not the kit's own were the rib tapes which
came from an almark sheet.
Fokker Dr.I - 1/72nd Revell kit. Used the treatise Steve Hustad wrote on correcting
the Revell kit. This was my first try at painting the famous Fokker streaked camouflage
and for it I used Tamya acrylic Olive Drab over a base coat of my cheap household
paint CDL. After the streaking was done I went again over it with a needle since
some streaks came out too wide and after this I used a sepia pastel pencil to
do some more streaking. I believe next time I'll try to do it only with the pastel
pencil or even try water colour pencils. A coat of future applied with a pencil
blended the thing together (the Future picked up some of the pastel dust and created
an even colouring which I find quite nice). The yellow is once again cheap supermarket
paint out of the bottle, and the underside turquoise is by Extracolor. Since I
deleted all traces of ribs on the underside I simulated rib tapes with a turquoise
water colour pencil, buffing the pencil lines with a stiff bristle brush until
I chieved a nice subdued effect. Decals are by Blue Rider, and Spandau's by duard.
Finished as Ltn. Rudolf Klimke's machine from Jasta 27, 1918.