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Posted: Thursday, April 05, 2007 - 06:23 PM UTC


Dusted off for Easter, here''s a look back at my first real effort at building a WW1 aircraft - Gerhard Hubrich''s Albatros D.Va modified slightly from the Eduard 1/48 scale kit and finished with Eagle Strike decals.

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Posted: Thursday, April 05, 2007 - 07:48 PM UTC
An oldie but a goodie!
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Posted: Thursday, April 05, 2007 - 08:30 PM UTC
Really nice one Rowan,
and a Happy Easter everyone on the wing side of things.
Well, Happy Easter to those that celebrate Easter.
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Posted: Thursday, April 05, 2007 - 10:22 PM UTC
Excellent, Rowan!
The paint job on the fuselage is simply astonishing! Is it airbrushed or handpainted? If I had to guess I'd say its handpainted... Anyway, I'd like to know more about how you achieved that special look on the fuselage
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Posted: Thursday, April 05, 2007 - 10:38 PM UTC
Very nice Rowan. I really like the contrast between colors. Your weathering looks just right, not too much or too little. Your photography is right there too, great job, Wingman out.
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Posted: Friday, April 06, 2007 - 02:39 AM UTC
Hi guys

Thank you all for the very kind words on a build that certainly "had its moments"... largely due to a dismally failed attempt to get to grips with using oils for a wood-grain finish!

Goran, the fuselage is painted with watercolours over an enamel base for the basic wood finish (although it's hardly visible in these pictures) and then stippled with a small brush to try to mimic the camouflage applied to the original aircraft.

Thank you all again,

Rowan
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Posted: Friday, April 06, 2007 - 05:20 AM UTC
Here is the original machine. Albatros D.Va 5815/17 of a Marine Feld Jasta. Flgmt. Gerhard Hubrich arrived at Marine Feld Jasta IV on 1 Sept. 1918 and served til EOW.
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Posted: Friday, April 06, 2007 - 05:32 AM UTC

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Really nice one Rowan,
and a Happy Easter everyone on the wing side of things.
Well, Happy Easter to those that celebrate Easter.



Happy Easter from a mile above sea level!
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Posted: Sunday, April 08, 2007 - 02:49 PM UTC
Excellent finish! I wish I could do something nearly as beautiful...

Tho you, Rowan, are a modeler and I'm just a pathetic kit assembler, we do have something in common. We both put the aviators control handle wrong way around!

I've done it with all my Eduard 1/48 Albatros builds so far! Recently I saw one very well made Jasta 5 Albie build in a Finnish model show with the same mistake!

I wonder what makes us do it. Eduard's instructions are quite clear with it, so we can't blame them.

Anyway, happy Easter for everyone!

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Posted: Sunday, April 08, 2007 - 02:58 PM UTC


A wondrful eggzample of craftsmanship. Though I think that the demensons are eggzagerated.
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Posted: Saturday, April 14, 2007 - 01:46 AM UTC
Thanks for the kind words everyone!

You've all been far more generous than my WWI Beginner's effort deserves!


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... we do have something in common. We both put the aviators control handle wrong way around!



LOL! Mike - I knew I had a lot to learn about building bi-planes (doing the rigging better, for starters...), but that's a classic!

I've found a couple of old construction of what I did in the "office" - there are probably a few more howlers in there too, but the only way I'll learn for the future is to show what I did and follow the advice of those in the know, so here goes:





Many thanks and all the best

Rowan
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Posted: Saturday, April 14, 2007 - 05:28 AM UTC
Greetings Rowan,

This truely a fine bit of construction aside from the control yoke the only piece really out of place is the circular pivot wheel. It was only seen on the D.V types not the D.Va.

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Posted: Saturday, April 14, 2007 - 01:40 PM UTC
Hi Stephen

Many thanks for the extra info. I've got more Albatroses in the stash - I'll make sure I get the grips the right way up in future.

All the best

Rowan