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Albatros D.V Dual Combo
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by: Rowan Baylis [ MERLIN ]


Originally published on:
AeroScale

Eduard's excellent Albatros D.V has been released in a number of different guises since it first appeared a few years ago, and this month it makes a welcome return in the form of a limited edition Dual Combo kit. That means two complete models in one box, sharing a double-set of etched details and painting masks along with a spectacular new decal sheet.

Each of the two kits consists of:

53 x beige styrene parts
68 x etched steel parts

Less experienced modellers should note that the kit is perfectly buildable without using all the etched parts. In fact, the Albatros is rather a good option for newcomers to WW1 modelling in this scale; well designed with a good level of detail in the plastic parts and generally straightforward construction - even a WW1 newbie like myself was able to tackle it without much difficulty a few years ago (any problems being totally self-inflicted). Start adding the etched details and go to town on the rigging and you soon have a real showpiece model, as witnessed by some of the superb builds we've seen over the years.

Despite being a few years old now, the moulds are obviously in very good condition, with the crisp parts showing a smooth finish and basically not a trace of flash. Exterior detail consists of nicely engraved panel lines and raised details such as the top-wing radiator and the various louvres and strut-attachments on the fuselage. The wings are thin and perfectly straight with delicate trailing edges, while the fabric effect is quite subtly depicted - although you may wish to add rib-tapes from thin strips of decal for a more accurate appearance.

The Albatros includes a pilot figure (although the instruction indicate that it isn't to be used) - and this showed the only moulding flaw I found in the kit, with a large sink-mark in the torso.

The highlight of the new release for many is bound to be the quartet of colour schemes - and Eduard could hardly have chosen a more varied set to entice anyone to try a WW1 fighter:

a: Hauptmann Eduard Ritter von Schleich, Jasta 21, with a machine sporting a pale blue fuselage with green top decking and a Bavarian crest.
b. D.2164/17, Leutnant Karl Thom, Jasta 21, with a varnished wood fuselage.
c. Leutnant Hans Joachim von Hippel, Jasta 71, again with a varnished wood finish plus a red and white striped tail.
d. D.2065/17, Oberleutnant Richard Flaschar, Jasta 5, with a grey fuselage and green tail emblazoned with a wonderful red fire-breathing dragon.

The mix of painted vs. bare-wooden fuselages is a wise choice as it offers a variety of challenges to suit different tastes and skills, while the decals provided are excellent quality - thin and glossy and printed in perfect register on the review sample.

Conclusion
I've been promising to try my hand at another Eduard Albatros for a while and the Dual Combo makes an almost irresistible package. The only real problem will be deciding which of the decal options to plump for. Recommended for all modellers from intermediate level upwards.

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SUMMARY
Highs: Excellent plastic parts, plus a comprehensive set of etched details and a varied bag of colourful decal options.
Lows: A sink-mark in the pilot figure - but, to be fair, it's not intended for use in the kit.
Verdict: It all adds up to great package that should have a broad appeal to WW1 modellers.
Percentage Rating
90%
  Scale: 1:48
  Mfg. ID: 1124
  Suggested Retail: $49.95
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  PUBLISHED: Aug 12, 2007
  NATIONALITY: Germany
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 88.08%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 88.44%

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About Rowan Baylis (Merlin)
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I've been modelling for about 40 years, on and off. While I'm happy to build anything, my interests lie primarily in 1/48 scale aircraft. I mostly concentrate on WW2 subjects, although I'm also interested in WW1, Golden Age aviation and the early Jet Age - and have even been known to build the occas...

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Comments

G'day Dwayne, I lengthened the struts on my Albatros by curttng the kit parts at both ends of the bend radius of the strut (ie cutting the strut into 3 pieces), then splicing in two inserts using strip plastic. Whilst the glue was drying on the inserts, I re-set the angles to make sure that they still met up with the attachment points on the fuselage. Once the glue had dried, I cleaned up the inserts to match the contours of the rest of the strut. This is a relatively easy, but tedious, process - I think it is worth it however to avoid the overweight look. BC
AUG 20, 2007 - 07:46 PM
Hi Brad Thanks for the extra explanation - I'll try encorporating the mod on the model. I also bought some brass Strutz material recently, which Stephen suggests - I've not used it yet, so this'll be a good excuse to try. All the best Rowan
AUG 20, 2007 - 09:16 PM
Rowan, Let us know how it goes with the strutz, I think I'm ready to finally modify something in this scale. This will go along well with Stephens "Never say never again to PE machine guns" thread. Haya Dooin* Brad, Thanks for sharing your technique. Dwayne * New Yorkese
AUG 21, 2007 - 12:39 PM
Hey Rowan, How are things?
SEP 17, 2007 - 04:46 PM
Hi Stephen There's been no chance to do anything for a week or two. Once work's quietened down and I'm up-to-date with Aeroscale stuff, I should be able to do some modelling again. All the best Rowan
SEP 17, 2007 - 06:47 PM
Are you trying to say there are thing more important than modeling?
SEP 28, 2007 - 08:57 AM
Are you trying to say there are thing more important than modeling? [/quote] Hi Carl I presume that's a rhetorical question! Sometimes, with the best will in the world, life doesn't give us a choice what we concentrate on... All the best Rowan
SEP 28, 2007 - 09:09 AM
I don't have time for rhetorical questions. I am too busy building models
SEP 28, 2007 - 11:07 AM
Hi Carl It's alright for some!... All the best Rowan
SEP 28, 2007 - 07:52 PM
   

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