Eduard, 1/72 scale
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||Eduard Kit No. 7021 - Albatros D.V
|Contents and Media:
||Plastic and photo etched parts for
two complete kits; markings for four aircraft
||USD$24.95 plus shipping online from Eduard
USD$22.46 available online from Squadron
||Two complete kits, a mass of photo
etched parts including coloured seatbelts and compass dial, crisp detail
on flawless plastic parts, generous decal sheet in perfect register.
||The smallest photo-etch parts will
test inexperienced modelers.
Reviewed by Rob Baumgartner
scale Albatros D.V Dual Combo is
available online from Squadron.com
One of the most aesthetically pleasing fighters of
World War One was the Albatros D.V. Its sleek lines make it a popular
subject amongst modellers and the myriad of colour
schemes are a bonus.
Eduard’s 1/72 scale release of
this aircraft was a welcome addition to their WWI range when it first
appeared. It was accurate, well moulded and easy to put together.
The latest incarnation of this
aeroplane sees it appear as a “Dual Combo”. What we get is two kits of
this famous fighter with all the goodies that were characteristic of the
This means photo-etched metal
parts and a mask set, the latter being used to protect the wheel covers
while airbrushing the tyres.
Two sprues of plastic are
supplied, each one containing complete parts for one aircraft. The
detail is excellent with no sink marks or ejection pins to interfere
with the final appearance.
Both fuselage halves have a
moulded on interior structure into which the builder can add whatever
detail they desire. Apart from the usual plastic seat, and control
column, Eduard supplies the rudder, compass mount, fuel/air control
panel, throttle, and cartridge belt container… all in photo-etch.
cap that off there are even coloured etched metal seatbelts to add.
The wings boast subtle rib
detail and very good trailing edges. For those wishing to animate their
model, the elevators and ailerons will need to be separated from their
main parts. Speaking of the latter, one should introduce the “washout”
that was very obvious at the tips of these control surfaces.
More photo-etch can be added at
this stage as the manufacturer provides detail for the machine guns
(including fretted jackets), wing walks, access panels, lifting rings,
radiator shutters, control horns and much, much more. Naturally the
builder need add only what they feel comfortable applying.
Although four different aircraft
are presented on the instruction sheet, another option is shown on the
side of the box top. This interloper isn’t found on the decal sheet
the thumbnails below to view larger images:
What we do get is the following:
- Albatros D.V, D.2092/17 flown by Walter
Boning of Jasta 76
marking was a black “B” on a white fuselage band. This in itself was
edged in black although one source suggests it could have been red.
Eduard has supplied both types. Boning ended the war with 17 victories.
- Albatros D.V, D.1148/17 flown by Hans Adam
of Jasta 6
This was the aircraft
that Adam crashed on 2 August 1917.
He was not hurt in this
incident but died in Albatros 5222/17 a few months later while in combat
with 45 and 29 Squadrons. Adam had 21 victories to his name.
- Albatros D.V, D.2065/17 flown by Richard
Flashar of Jasta 5
This popular subject is
depicted in what is believed to be the correct interpretation of the
serpent marking. It was also flown in combat by von Hippel who lost the
port lower wing when in combat on 18 February 1918.
- Albatros D.V flown by Olivier Frhr von
Beaulieu-Marconnay of Jasta 19.
“Bauli” formerly served
with the 4th Dragoon Regiment and thus has the combined 4D
“branding iron” insignia proudly painted on the fuselage side. At 20
years of age, he was the youngest recipient of the Pour le Merite. He
died of his wounds on 26 October 1918 after scoring 25 victories.
All items on the decal sheet were in perfect
register. The colours are opaque and the carrier film is very thin. For
those that don’t have a steady hand, Eduard supply the red Jasta 5
outline for the tail surfaces.
These “Combo” kits are great value for those
modelers wanting to add more than one highly detailed Albatros to their
The package contains all the elements needed to
achieve a first class result. There are high quality
mouldings, a range of exquisite etched metal parts and perfectly
presented decals, all of which combine to give a hassle free build.
Just don’t rush it…
Thanks to Eduard for the review
Review Text Copyright © 2007 by Rob Baumgartner
Page Created 30 October, 2007
Last updated 24 December, 2007
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