Czech Master Resin, 1/72 scale
S u m m a r y
|CMR Kit# 5016 - Albatros C.III
|Contents and Media:
|Over 40 resin parts are supplied,
along with a generous decal sheet.
USD$45.00 available online from Squadron
£16.38 available online from Hannants
and specialist hobby outlets worldwide
|Well cast details, excellent match
to reputable drawings, “in register” decal sheet, superb rendition of
flying surfaces with sharp trailing edges and realistic rib detail.
|Delicate wing struts.
by Rob Baumgartner
CMR's 1/72 scale Albatros C.III is available online
The C.III was probably the best known of the Albatros two-seaters and
struggled on to the Armistice despite having first seen service in 1915.
It truly was an all-purpose machine, having been used for
reconnaissance, observation, training, and even light bombing duties.
CMR released a kit of this aircraft many moons ago but thankfully have
seen fit to update it in this latest boxing.
Over 40 resin parts are supplied, along with a generous decal sheet. The
packaging is very good which sees various components sealed in their own
section of a secure plastic bag. This helps to minimize damage and
nothing in my example was broken.
Click the thumbnails below
to view larger images:
Albatros Productions Datafile #13 contains a set of general
arrangement drawings specifically on this aircraft and was used to
determine the accuracy of the kit. The outline of both major and minor
components matched exceedingly well.
A modicum of cockpit and observer fittings is provided so this is where
the detailer can really go to town. Some interior structural details
wouldn’t go amiss either as the two openings allow plenty of space for
the eye to roam.
The casting of the smaller items is first-class with fine detail and
near scale thickness parts. This latter point will deter many from using
the delicate wing struts as strength may be an issue.
No problems though as there are after market items that are designed to
replace the above. Brass “Strutz” and shaped extruded plastic rod are
two products that come to mind. The brave may even want to carve their
own out of cocktail sticks or a similar material…it’s not as hard as it
Flying surfaces can make or break a kit and those supplied here pass
with flying colours. The trailing edges are very thin and the
representation of the ribs is superb. A couple of air bubbles found
their way onto the leading edges and these will need some minor filling.
Five subjects are presented on the decal sheet which is sharply
printed and in perfect register. The carrier film has been kept to an
absolute minimum and the density of colour looks good.
Three of the options are for German machines, these being C.106/16,
C.722/16 (Kampfgeschwader IV, Staffel 20), and C.736/16. The other two
come from the Turkish Air Service and the Latvian Naval Aviation
This is a worthy re-release from CMR and one that will please WWI
The kit will require some patience to assemble due to the layout of the
original machine but nothing out of the ordinary.
The modeler must be aware that there were differences between individual
machines. This being due to the seven different manufacturers, as well
as the parent company, that all had a hand in building the C.III.
CMR’s result is a well executed kit of a famous WWI “workhorse”, and
would make a worthy subject for any modeler with experience in resin
Thanks to CMR for the review sample
CMR Models are available
online from Hannants in the UK,
Squadron in the USA
NKR Models in Australia and
quality specialist model retailers worldwide.
Review Copyright © 2007 by Rob Baumgartner
This Page Created on 02 September, 2007
Last updated 24 December, 2007
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