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Hans von Hippel's D.Va

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history
The Albatros D.Va was an attempt at improving the D.III. Unfortunately the attempt was not successful despite the more powerful engine. The aircraft's increased weight and weak lower wing rendered it inferior to the Allies' contemporary aircraft. Despite its weaknesses, the D.V served for a relatively long time at the Front, and was the mount of many of Germany's Aces. Although it was replaced early in 1918 by the Fokker D.VII, it still served in front line units to the last day of the war.
the kit
Wingnut Wings' kit of the D.Va is widely recognised as the best kit of this aircraft in existence to date. Its execution is so precise that no paint should be allowed to foul the mating surfaces in order to prevent fit issues. An excellent model may be built right out of the box, and the addition of even a modicum of aftermarket parts results in a masterpiece.

The kit rewards careful painting, and when combined with careful masking yields the results shown here.
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About the Author

About Mike Taylor (modelguy2)
FROM: OHIO, UNITED STATES


Comments

Very decent build Mike!
DEC 20, 2013 - 07:41 PM
I like it! Just enough weathering and not too shiny.
DEC 21, 2013 - 09:21 AM
Painting, decaling, and weathering is simply 1st class. A very well built model. As usual, well done rigging just amazes me. Joel
DEC 22, 2013 - 03:24 AM
Hi Mike, Where did you find the turnbuckles? Thanks, Bill
DEC 22, 2013 - 09:41 AM
Gas Patch: http://www.gaspatchmodels.com/turnbuckles/ Thanks Guys, one thing though I did not use Pheon decals. The Lozenge is WNW's and the flash is painted. Mike T
DEC 22, 2013 - 10:33 AM
I've edited the article to correct that.
DEC 22, 2013 - 10:50 AM
Thank you ma'am
DEC 22, 2013 - 12:45 PM
Nice Work, always liked the scheme !
DEC 24, 2013 - 09:25 AM
Beautiful work all round. The "woodwork" and weathering are excellent, nice work Mike! Cheers, Lance
JAN 29, 2014 - 04:58 AM