This is the 1/72 Roden Albatros D.III
There's been a lot of comment on the fit in this area so I thought I'
couple of in progress shots before the photos of the finished model.
I started building the model at work during the "close-down" days
Christmas and New Year without the magnifier I desperately need to
I'm doing, so I made a little extra work for myself through gouging
the Roden plastic for which Roden were blameless!
I am now committed to building this as Bruno Loerzer's machine.
This is a photo of the aircraft fuselage and empennage with the
masking removed but no touchup or correction of edges done. Both colours are
Humbrol, painted within two hours of each other and masked with Tamiya tape,
removed about 30 minutes after the black coat. I wouldn't recommend doing
this in a cold place, but paint dries pretty sharpish in sub-tropical
Three photos of the almost completed model. In fact, I thought it was
finished until I photographed it and noticed the windscreen was missing.
This is a very nice kit. It demands carefull attention to cleanup, as the
fit around the forward cockpit decking is critical and will cause trouble if
not done properly, but seems quite accurate and captures the look of the
aircraft quite well with one exception.
I found the kit cabane struts to be too long, and was forced to modify both
them and the interplane struts to reduce the interplane gap to something
closer to correct. That done - I'm pleased with the result on a model
finished in around six weeks, which is roughly six months faster than I
The attached photo is in response to a thread some time back about showing
off details of models as we build them. If you'd like to put this on your
web site in my area under "Details" or something - please do.
These are mostly scratchbuilt control columns for the Eduard Albatros D.V /
D.Va kit. There are subtle and not so subtle differences between the two
because of the way the aileron controls work. The grips are out of the kit
with the handles fattened up with white glue (and painted in one stick). The
rest is plastic and brass rod, aluminium foil, disks punched from plastic
card and fragments of card. The pictures will appear about 3 times life size
on mosts screens I'd guess - the control column is actually 13mm tall, about
half of one inch.
The column on the left is for an Albatros D.Va, that on the right for an
Albatros D.V - though the rod behind the wheel has yet to be trimmed to
length, and will be the same as the one on the D.Va. Yet to be added -
Bowden cables for the two triggers and throttle.
Here are the now painted and almost ready to install sticks for comparison
to the part completed ones. The D.Va stick still lacks one trigger cable,
and the D.V stick requires shortening to the correct length.
The detail is a little crude, but since they have been installed in the now
closed fuselage it is virtually impossible to see most of it anyway. Since
no human eye will see it, i have heard this called "Detailing for God"
This is the 1:48 Flashback kit of the Aviatik Berg D.I Series 138
I built it more or less straight from the box for a paying customer, so
there were no changes except slight offsets of the controls and control
surfaces, a few minor detail additions in the cockpit, and some "bungee
Aside from the necessity of thinning the cockpit interior aft of the seat to
near transparency to allow the rear bulkhead to fit, the model went together
easily and even the struts just clicked into place without any trimming at
Painted overall with Humbrol, the leaf camouflage was done with a "natural"
sponge. Weathering was done with watercolour pencils and chalk pastels and
is "light" as requested by the owner.
It looks rather dodgy, but if you view the photos at nearer real size for
this diminutive 1:72 scale model of a small aircraft, it looks rather nice.
Unfortunately the effect of seeing the streaky finish through the white
overpaint is barely visible in the photos because it adds a lot to how the
This is a largely out of box build of the Eduard NON profipack kit. I've
replaced the engine and compass using those from the Roden kit, used Tom's
Modelworks Spandau jackets and produced my own serial number and crosses to
suit. Aside from that the rudder is slightly offset and the elevator has
been cut and posed downwards.
It represents Ltn Has Weiss Jasta 11 machine
Kit: Revell (1:72)
This is the Revell new mould 1/72 scale Fokker Dr.1, built straight from the
box with the
exception only of etched gun barrels and lead foil seat belts. It's
accompanied by a very
slightly modified DDS "Pilots of WW1" figure, which was intended by the
represent Ernst Udet, but in this case represents an unidentified pilot in a
added to show the small size of Fokkers triplane
A couple more photos from my collection, perhaps mildy appropriate to
the PD Decals thread which has come and gone in the 4 days I was absent
from my PC.
The model is the DML D.VII, modified to mid production OAW using the
existing photos of the Seven Swabians machine. Cowl and tail are
chocolate brown (not well captured by my photo unfortunately), gun deck
is OAW hand painted green/mauve polygon. Cockpit highly detailed
including painted reversed loz, new structure etc, exterior is per kit
except the conversion to OAW, offsetting of control surfaces and carved
Decals from the PD Decals 1/48 set.
Scans, as previously, by Graham Steel, also of the list
This is the Roden 1/48 Fokker D.VII (Late Fokker built) I've decided to
build and paint it as the aircraft of Erich Loewenhardt according to Roden's
instructions, despite a few minor disagreements with Greg van Wyngarten's
profile in the Osprey book. I don't believe there's any evidence to
disprove either theory, and this way I didn't need to modify the kit
Only one external change has been made - the port expended ammo chute has
been carved from the shapeless block provided by Roden.
I'm using a matt paint because I want to do the final paintwork with artists
oils, in the same fashion as I'd use on a figure model (if I could still see
them!) - a base coat of enamel, overpainted with shaded and blended oils.
I'll mask the position of the fuselage cross slightly raggedly, so that with
some luck the finish will appear to have been painted around it neatly at
first but not perfectly.
With the cross decal in position, I'll weather the whole fuselage and maybe
pick out the underlying structure with pastel or pencil or paint. Since I
have Humbrol enamel over lacquer it may be possible to imitate worn away
paint by rubbing a selected area with a thinner moistened cotton bud (q-tip)
- and so on.
Ideas, good or bad, practical or right out of fantasy land, and comments on
the build so far will be welcome, including any constructive criticism.
I'm doing this to try out a few different ideas but they need not all be my
For the sake of completing the in progress build I thought I'd better send
some photos to add to my gallery on the website
This is the DML Fokker D.VIII - 1/48 this time
This is out of the box, as defined for a contest entry last year. The
struts are thickened to oval section with repeated coats of paint, the
cowl edges have been thinned (and it was done in such a way as to
replicate the Fokker cowl the best I could manage without breaking the
rules) I have also replicated the dimpling of the wing ply surfaces
using paint techniques, though this is hardly visible in the photo.
MPM 1/72 Hansa Brandenburg W.29 for which I described my build on list in
Model is out of the box excepting added cockpit detail, replaced struts, offset
controls and correction of the wing gullwing section. I used kit decals except
the numbers which were made using a xerox copier onto decal film.
IIRC when the model was photographed I wasn't
finished since the footsteps on the leading float struts hadn't been reinstated
This is the Pegasus 1/72 Halberstadt Cl.II
I used the kit supplied markings, but offset control surfaces, added a
better radiator header, scratchbuilt all struts, replaced the Spandau
with an Eduard one and added interior detail. I used Aeromaster 5 colour
loz which was given to me, and wish I'd taken the time to replace the
rather ordinary Parabellum and gun ring with scratchbuilt ones. But I'm
not ordinarilly a 1/72 builder and it's not likely to inspire me to
corrections after the fact.