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  1. Hello all! I wanted to share and to ask for some help regarding floats for albatros w.4. As i'm new to modeling (started last year just before wnw closed up) and new to 3d modeling i wanted to tackle albatros conversion to w.4 starting with floats. I have found few blueprints regarding dimensions, but can't find any detailed or clear photos of the floats. So any help is more than welcome! Here are few photos of current stage of bottom part of the float, are these detailes any good? Should i add something, or remove something? Thanks in advance!
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  3. Famous Airplanes (5010) Albatros D.III/D.V Aces’ Fighter Publisher: Kagero Written by: Tomasz J. Kowalski, Wojciech Fajga, Vitor Costa, Damien Majsak Available here from Kagero for € 18,75 Kagero has really made a name for itself in publishing high quality and affordable books for both modeller and aviation, armour or ship enthusiast. Some ranges are an almost must have when correcting of detailing your build. For instance the Top Drawings line for adding rivets and correcting panel lines. Or the Photosniper or 3D books for adding detail. Having said that, this book is from the Famous Airplanes range, which consists of 10 books at the time I’m writing this. Mostly ww1 subjects, but also two Japanese ww2 subjects. This range is clearly written and designed with the modeller in mind that wants to really grasp his subject and see how that translate into a quality build. The whole book is printed in two languages: Polish and English with the text side by side. This saves Kagero money on design and printing. You could compare this book to a Windsock publication, only of higher quality and more comprehensive. It’s a soft cover with a glued back and quality paper. I’ve said it before about Kagero books. They’re cheap and value for money. These days some high quality magazines can set you back almost 13 euro’s, so in my eyes 18,75 euro’s for this book is a bargain. Keep on reading to see whether you agree. The contents are built up as follows: - Albatros D.I – D.V History, construction development, combat usage - Albatros D.III 1/48 Eduard (build report) - Albatros D.V 1/32 Wingnut Wings (build report) - Albatros D.Va 1/32 Wingnut Wings (build report) Albatros D.I – D.V History, construction development, combat usage The left side of the text pages contain the English copy, with the right side reserved for Polish. 26 pages span the whole development of this sleek wooden fighter, with written personal experiences of test pilots and various pilots that became ace in the Albatros. Ofcourse attention is paid to the Albatros in Polish service too. The chapter covering the construction of the Albatros gives a valuable insight to the modeller in understanding what materials were used and how they were engineered. For example: The tailskid was made of ash and covered in canvas tape, ended in a steel pile show. It was fixed to the triangular stabilizing fin with an articulated joint and fixed with a rubber cord threaded through a fitted opening in the stabilizing fin. This gives the modeller an idea how to weather and paint the tailskid. The chapter ends in 2 pages of period technical drawings. Albatros D.III 1/48 Eduard Eduard has produced an impressive line of 48thscale ww1 models and for years dominated the ww1 aircraft modelling scene. I believe the kit built and described here originated from 1998. Whereas the first stages of this build don’t impress me too much, the work on the outer fuselage and wings is lovely. Modeller Vitor Costa shows what you can so using only a few ‘simple’ techniques to mask with ribtape and wood painting techniques. Albatros D.V 1/32 Wingnut Wings (build report) Wojciech Fajga builds the venerable Wingnut Wings Albatros D.V. This build is not about superdetailing an already great kit, but can be seen as a reference build for modellers trying their hands on woodgrain decals, adding rivets (or rather nails) to the wooden fuselage and doing some masking on a decaled fuselage. You sense trouble? You’re right. The modeller pulls of a large portion of wood grain decal. The things we have to deal with! Lovely extra details are added to the radiator louvres and engine. Also loving the homemade rigging turnbuckles. Albatros D.Va 1/32 Wingnut Wings Damian Majsak also does magic to a Wingnut Wings Albatros, but builds the D.Va version. We see some different techniques, followed by a diorama base complete with figures. A feast for the eye. This build focusses more on weathering, which seems right for a model on a dio base. Profiles The books ends with amazing colour profiles. We see the whole range: a German D.I, German D.II, Two Polish D.III’s, Three German D.III’s, Two German D.V’s and a German D.Va’s. Ofcourse the D.V’s are a great inspiration for Wingnut Wings builds. Here’s hoping WNW will try their hands on earlier versions of this plane too. Verdict I’m a big fan of Kagero titles. Especially the ones’ written and designed with the modeller in mind. I don’t need a big bible full of black and white period photo’s. I need illustrated builds, colour profiles and step by step tutorials. This title (in this range: Famous Airplanes) provide just that. As said in the introduction, these books come cheap (€ 18,75) and are printed on quality paper. If I had to nitpick: the English felt a bit uneasy here and there. The English/polish text side by side never bothers me, but I guess that’s personal. If you’re into WW1 airplanes and have a stash of Wingnut Wings kits in the stash (you know who you are!), order one of these titles and get inspired to build one! Order here. A big thank you to Kagero for providing us with a sample. Jeroen Peters
  4. 1:32 Albatros B.II Wingnut Wings Catalogue # 32046 Available from Wingnut Wings for $119.00 with FREE worldwide delivery In the years before Ernst Heinkel became known for some of his more notorious products that his own company built for the Nazis, such as the He 115 and He 111, he worked for Albatros Fluzeugwerke in Berlin. The B.II was one of his very first own-designs, and first saw service in 1913, and despite various in-service changes, both minor and major, continued to see service until after the Armistice. Designed as a reconnaissance aircraft, the type was unusually in that the pilot sat in the rearmost crew position, seriously restricting his field of view. A second crew member sat up front, in his role as observer, and whilst the type was generally unarmed, a number of machines were fitted with field-modifications such as gun mounting ring. Under standard operational service, defence was by means of the crew’s own service revolvers. It has to be remembered that the B.II first saw service in a time when fighter aircraft didn’t exist, and it was common to either throw grenades at each other or take pot shots with personal a sidearm. With the advent of the fighter aircraft, the B.II was gradually removed from absolute frontline service in 1915 and was used as a trainer aircraft. Construction of the B.II was conventional, with timber being used almost in entirety, with the exception of the steel tube control surfaces and fin. The fuselage longerons were made from spruce, and the whole fuselage was sheathed in plywood, and the machine was powered by varying types of engine, namely a 100hp/120hp Daimler-Mercedes D.1/D.II, a 100hp Argus As.1 or 120hp As.II, and also a 110hp Benz Bz.II. This particular model is supplied with the Daimler-Mercedes option. Depending on factory or chronology, the B.II was fitted with either a fuselage or wing mounted radiator, various size/shape fins and rudders. As the war progressed and metals were becoming increasingly valued as crucial for the war effort, the internal tubular fuselage frame was replaced with wood, and the aircraft designated as B.IIa. Another variant of the B.II saw it fitted with floats and designated B.II-W (Wasser). The B.II also claimed its place in history as the first enemy aircraft to drop bombs on England. These were carried internally and manually dropped by the crew member. Sittingbourne and Faversham were the victims of this incursion, but no real damage or casualties were reported. The kit This particular kit was one of the traditional Christmas releases from WNW, and one where no one outside WNW had any idea existed. These are the best sort of Christmas surprises, and especially when they take the form of such a well known and familiar machine, to fans of WW1 aviation. Resplendent with an artwork showing a B.II taking a pot-shot at a passing B.E.2C. Steve Anderson’s depiction of early aviation combat is assured in this image, showing the elegance of both protagonists. I sure hope to see the B.E.2C following this at some stage. Again, the side of the box depicts the supplied schemes, with there being FIVE to choose from here. This kit has something a little special that we’ll look at later in the decals section. There are SIX individually bagged light grey sprues included in this release, as well as a single clear one. Decals are provided on TWO sheets, and a single PE fret is included. From Wingnut Wings: 156 high quality injection moulded plastic parts. Features early production side mounted Hazet radiators and steering wheel control column as well as optional 100hp or 120hp Daimler-Mercedes engines, propellers, exhaust manifolds and covered or uncovered wire wheels. Flugzeugpistole Luger Automatik armament and 12.5kg PuW or 20kg Carbonit bombs. 39 part highly detailed Daimler-Mercedes 100hp D.1 or 120hp D.II engine. 13 photo-etched metal detail parts including uncovered wire spoke wheels. 28 page fully illustrated instruction manual. 2 high quality Cartograf decal sheets including photo realistic 1/32 scale plywood fuselage panels and markings for 5 aircraft SPRUE A This is the main detail sprue for the B.II, and contains parts for many areas of the airframe, and noticeably the cockpit area. Whilst the cockpit module is actually built upon a floor that is to be found on Sprue H, it appears that the rest of the components for this highly detailed area, are to be found here. These consist of bulkheads, including one with integral cabane struts, plus cockpit sidewall frames, fuel tank, throttle/engine ignition panel, map board, TWO instrument board options, control wheel and column with torsion bar, fuel pressurising pump, rudder pedals, multipart pilot and observer seats (identical), and tachometer etc. A few minor parts are moulded on other sprues. In some respects, the cockpit on the B.II seams a simpler affair than a number of other WW1 types, but that is quite deceptive. Seatbelts (lap belts) are supplied as photo-etch parts. Notice that the observer upper deck/coaming is moulded here as a separate part, with some beautiful leather effect crumpling around the edges. You might be forgiven for thinking that this is simply a cockpit sprue, but please note the separate forward cabane strut too, tail skid, main gear claw brake, engine cowls with delicate fastener detail, wing struts with tiny moulded holes for rigging points, undercarriage V-struts and separate spreader bars, and also the locating points for the Hazet radiators. SPRUE B Here be wings. Both upper and lower panels for port and starboard. These are moulded with superb rib and fabric detail, with delicate cap strips and a very fine, scalloped trailing edge that represents the tension on the wire from the doping of the fabric. Please note that the strut locating points are shaped, so that it’s impossible to insert the incorrect strut. Little design details like this, mean a lot. It also has to be noted that there is an external insert to add to the connection point on both upper wings. This is because there is a deep channel moulded here that will accept the connecting rods that sit atop the gravity fuel tank between the cabane struts. It would have been difficult to mould those holes at that depth without resorting to slide moulding. SPRUE C Just two parts exist on the clear sprue. These are the curved forward windscreen and the internal cockpit fuel sight glass. Both parts are crystal clear, and the windscreen framing definition is excellent. SPRUE D For the first time, we can see spoked wheels included in a WNW release! These have had to be tackled in a different way than we are used to seeing with wheels, as they are moulded as halves. This is to accommodate the set of spokes that fit to each side of the hub. Purists will say that these are maybe not fine enough, but they still look exceptional to me. Remember that these have to support the weight of the model, but still retain a scale-like appearance. I think WNW managed to succeed with this. Note that you can even see the tire inflation nipple included! A set of wheels exist without spokes. These can be fitted with the optional fabric cover parts, or you can use the photo-etch spokes included in this release! Another first. The Hazet radiators are included here, plus associated water pipe plumbing. Note that a couple of radiator parts are not for use, and are presumably for a different method of mounting that we’ll see in a future release. Other parts here are the external bomb rack and their 12.5kg PuW bombs. As the manual indicates, these were only fitted from 1916 onwards. For a really agricultural experience, some 20kg Carbonit bombs are included. These are the type that were dropped by hand whilst over target! Date on these is 1914-16. SPRUE E As usual, E is for engine, and from this sprue, you can make either the 100 or 100hp Daimler-Mercedes variants. A project in itself, this contains a multipart sump/crank case with breather pipes and a two part cylinder row onto which water piping is supplied for the jacket cooling, and also TWO types of camshaft and rocker boxes, dependent on whether you will build the 100hp or 120hp version. There are TWO options for the cylinders themselves, again depending on which version of the engine that your model will use. Magneto detail, plus water pump, ignition conduits. All you really need to add are ignition wiring and maybe some Taurus sparkplugs for extra realism. SPRUE F With this, F, is for fuselage, and this is broken down into four separate parts. The external plywood skinning is superbly recreated, with fine panel lines, and what also appear to be rivets. These are actually the wood nail positions, which I imagine will have been driven just below the surface of the plywood. In that case, this would be a good representation of this feature. The forward engine area has beautifully recreated open louvre detail and access port/hinge detail. Wing and tail location slots are clean, and the metal fixing plates for the radiators are also moulded. The upper-rear fuselage section contains the coaming for the pilot position, in the same level of detail excellence as seen on the part on Sprue A. Note that the long edges of the parts also have a beading that protrudes slightly. This represents the spruce longerons in between which the ply sheets fit. You will need to remove a little detail around the engine, if you utilise the high water pipe installation. Internally, there isn’t too much detail, but there are a number of moulded frame elements within the engine bay. It appears that ejector pin marks are kept away from all visible areas too. SPRUE H This last sprue contains the cockpit floor, ailerons, forward lower engine/fuselage cowl, gravity fuel tank, fin and rudder part and stabiliser and elevator parts. Note that the rudder and elevators are integrally moulded and if you wish to pose these dynamically, you would need to lightly score the joint and bend the surface gently. Surface detail on the control surfaces is stark and would not display internal elements through them, so WNW is correct in this depiction. Plastic summary I’ve never yet encountered any issue with WNW quality, with the exception of a couple of ejector pin marks on the odd previous release. This model has no such issues that I can see, with design being both intuitive and intelligent. Engineering isn’t overdone, and the moulding is of the highest quality, with no flaw to be seen. I can’t see any flash either, and seams are so negligible as not to be an issue. Photo Etch This includes a starboard wing walk panel, lap belts, and the spokes for the wheels. As these need to be formed into a dome shape, the circumference is split to allow that to happen. Separate rims are included to hide the split appearance of the spoke part. Etch quality is extremely high and connecting tabs are minimal. Decals TWO Cartograf printed sheets are included here. The first one has the various national marking versions, on both white backgrounds and printed separately. Where the marking overlies a control surface, separate decal parts are supplied, and these also include rigging point holes etc. This is a great way of aligning your decal precisely. A small number of stencils are printed on the first sheet, and also some curious looking dark brown strips. These are actually for the spruce longerons that run down the fuselage length. Sheet two shows some nice innovation by WNW. As well as a few further national markings, a complete set of wood grain decals! These are for both internal and external surfaces. As the B.II was mostly seen in a wooden finish, and because the shape of the subject allows it, WNW have included these photo-realistic decals. The carrier film on them is also barely existing beyond the border of these parts, meaning that fitting them should be easy. Note that decals are also included for the instrument board – both front and rear faces. The resulting finish should be quite extraordinary. I’m sure you’ll agree that these decals look quite amazing. If you want to make these look a little richer, as seen on some schemes, you can of course mist over a transparent colour, such as Tamiya Clear Orange. Also printed here are more stencils, instruments, data plates, and various hinge and cable point grommets/ferrules etc. Printing is first rate, with everything being nice and thin, and in perfect register. The schemes available are: Albatros B.II 210/13, Albatros built, 1915-1916. Albatros B.II, MAN built, April 1915. Albatros B.II 676/15, 1916. Albatros B.II 847/15, 1915-1916. Albatros B.II 1131/15, 1916. Instructions This is a beautiful, 28 page glossy affair with a history on the front, parts plan with colour codes supplied for Tamiya and Humbrol colours, and constructional sequences that are a joy to follow. These are drawn in greyscale, with blue ink used to denote new part additions. Colour references are supplied throughout, and these are interspersed with full colour illustrations what depict completed assemblies. Contemporary reference is supplied for the engine, and period photos are used throughout as reference. These extend to the scheme illustration areas in the rear of the manual. As is usual, Ronny Bar has done the profiles themselves, and they, as always, are excellent. A rigging diagram is also included. Conclusion A fantastic kit of a very beautiful aircraft, carried off with the sort of aplomb that only WNW can create with their releases. The inclusion of the wood decals is also a wonderful bonus, putting the ability to recreate this effect at the fingers of all modellers, and not just the more experienced. Detail is everything that we have come to expect from these releases, from the well-appointed crew positions and the engine, to the realistic fabric and rib detail, coupled with the spoke wheel options. Whilst the Hannover Cl.II and Roland C.II are probably my all-time favourites, I’m feeling they are starting to be usurped by this release. Top marks to WNW. You really need to treat yourself to one of these, right now! Very highly recommended My sincere thanks to Wingnut Wings for this review sample. To purchase directly, click THIS link.
  5. http://www.wingnutwings.com/ww/product?productid=3112 So what do you think guys, is this the before mentioned DFW or something absolutely new? Maybe Albatros C.III, C.I? Dave surely knows, but will not tell even under hard interrogation or torture
  6. Here's a couple of the pics I had previously loaded when I initially started the build. I had built more, when my previously mentioned heart surgery put this on hold. I'll get some pics of where I'm at now as soon as I can. This is the kit Mercedes DIII engine with Taurus timing gear, intake nuts and HGW plug wires attached, prior to painting. Here's the right side control panel, after I modified it to creat switches. I used model railroad screws with a bent brass rod glued into the center to simulate the switch. Same panel after initial paint. I realized later that the top switch is actually a guage, so I've since replaced it. Resin seat, cushion, exhaust and intake manifolds. Here's the kit seat on the left, and the resin seat on the right. I really liked the cushion detail. And finally, a word to the wise. When bringing your plans for a building to work in order to tweak them, don't leave them where your co-workers can access them! Otherwise, you end up with a nifty sign and pilot drawn in.....
  7. 1:32 Jasta 5 Albatros D.V Lt. Wolf (2nd Edition) Pheon Decals Catalogue # 32016 Available from Pheon Decals Use website contact detail for further info As the included manual will tell you, there isn't very much known about Lt. Wolf. Even his Christian name is lost to history. He seems to have popped briefly in the history of Jasta 5, with his 2 victories recorded, then he disappears as mysteriously as he appeared, leaving only the legacy of his highly decorated aircraft as a testimony to his life. The aircraft scheme is also subject to a little supposition too, as we have the aircraft shown only in a Jasta line-up, and some verbal testimony to certain aspects of its appearance. Not a great lot to go on, but a scheme which really couldn't be ignored nonetheless. Yes, you read that title correctly. SECOND edition. The original, and much sought after release of this rather beautiful, and to me, the most beautiful Albatros scheme, is now finally available again. This set as I infer, concentrates on a single Albatros flown by Lt. Wolf. If recreating the wooden fuselage of the Albatros is a little daunting to you, then this set could be just what you're after. The fuselage on this aircraft is entirely resplendent in beautiful Bavarian blue and white diamonds, with a dark green tail and a doped silver/grey centre fuselage panel. More on that soon. This decal set is packaged into a large A4 ziplock wallet, as with all Pheon releases, and unlike regular multi-aircraft sets, this doesn't contain a cover sheet as it's not really required. Inside we have two glossy A4 laser printed sheets, and instruction manual, and an A5-size decal sheet. Looking at the first colour sheet, you gain a real sense of just how beautiful this aircraft was. Another way of describing it would be 'striking'. As well as the aforementioned blue and white diamonds and silver-grey panel, a golden yellow band wrapped around the fuselage at this juncture, both fore and aft of this panel. The dark, emerald green tail was trimmed with red, and this trim also existed as the border between the rear diamond pattern and the tail itself. Forward engine cowls, wheel hubs and struts were also painted in silver-grey, whilst the spinner was painted red, providing a beautiful contrast to the scheme, and a little affinity to the tail trim colour. Lower wings were light blue with 'W' on each lower wing panel, inboard of the cross marking, and the upper wings were in a mauve and green camouflage pattern. No lozenge to be seen on this machine. Pheon have gone to great pains when it comes to breaking down this diamond scheme so that a mere mortal can apply it in decal form. I can almost imagine Rowan spitting feathers with his first attempts as he was perfecting the panel shapes. Thankfully his pain has paid off and we can already see a number of beautifully finished Wolf Albatros aircraft on the internet. Pop to the Wingnut Wings site and take a look on there too. At this point, I do need to tell you that this set is designed ONLY for the WNW kit, due to the complex panel shapes. The second laser-printed sheet shows the scheme in a broken down format, and explains exactly how the various panels must be placed. These diamond panels are not placed edge to edge either. You line them up with the starting datum points, and then a central panel is placed equidistantly between them. The gaps between are filled with single strips of diamond. These diamond panels are blue printed on clear, meaning you need a gloss white background onto which you assemble the pattern. This sheet clearly shows the sequence you MUST under undertake in order to successfully fit the various panels. The diamond section just in front of the tail section is supplied as one part per side, and there is a cut out position into which you will apply the fuselage crosses. These panels of course will line up on the centre-lines of the fuselage. By some accounts, the wolf emblem on the starboard side of the fuselage, was done in a different, rougher style to the Royal lion crest on the port side. This isn't confirmed, nor is there any evidence to really support the theory. As a result, Pheon have supplied this in the same style as the lion crest, which looks quite superb. These specific decals are printed as the main body colours, with a fine black lined overlay which will give the various elements their edges. The red and yellow/gold trim lines are also supplied in decal format. As for that decal sheet, is does look daunting when you first look at it, but when you tie this into the instruction sheet, it is straightforward. Printed by Fantasy Printshop, the decals are thin, contain minimal carrier film, and very importantly, are in perfect register. The only national markings supplied are the fuselage crosses, as the kit ones will do perfectly for the remainder. Various edge trimmings etc are easily identifiable with the colour sheet. Pheon's instruction manual is again a hive of information, with the origins of German fighter units being explained, as well as the creation of Jasta 5, and the colours used for their machines. Two passages on Wolf and his machine are also supplied, as well as some brief notes on decal application, and information of the reference used for the production of this set. Conclusion I've been waiting a long time for this one, and I'm certainly not disappointed. I have a sort of affinity with all things Bavarian, possibly due to many misspent hours in Munich beer halls, and I find the lure of the Bavarian colours on an aircraft, just a little too much to resist. This one has to be the ultimate for folks like me. You'll need to ensure a flawless gloss white surface onto which to apply the main pattern, and that will be your biggest challenge. I actually think the decals should be a breeze to apply, and any compound curves there are should be quite simple to overcome with Fantasy Printshop decals. I've had excellent success with getting them to conform, even without setting solutions (which I don't recommend on these multi-part patterns). Simply the most beautiful Albatros ever, and perhaps even the most attractive bird to take to the skies in the Great War. Very highly recommended Our sincere thanks to Pheon Decals for this review sample. To purchase directly, click THIS link. James H
  8. lawman56

    paint finish

    Question for those who may know, I'm getting ready to paint the wings and fuselage, (once the weather co-operates), of my D.v Albatros, and was wondering what type finish it would have. Gloss, Matte, something in between? Reference photos aren't easy for me to distinguish from, and not having access to any replica or museum aircraft of that era, I was hoping someone here might know. The markings I'm planning to use are of Otto Kissenberth, Jasta 16b. Since this is my first WWI aircraft, I'm not really familiar with how they were painted. If I'd picked something that was varneshed wood, it would be so much easier, but I've never been known to do the easy thing... Thanks, Joe
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