Roberto Anderwill's Models

Oeffag Albatros D.III series 253 - No. A-63
The model is based on the vacform fuselage conversion by Blue Rider. I scratchbuilt all the interiors, except for the resin seat. The underwing roots attachments were heavily modified to achieve the correct shape. I added the underwing from the Revell D.III kit, which were reduced in thickness. The fin/rudder complex comes from Blue Rider kit, while tail surfaces are again from Revell's D.III. Wheels and undercarriage legs come from Esci's D.III, heavily modified, with the axle wing "stolen" from an Airfix D.V. The "puzzle" continued, with wing struts from the box of Roden D.I (yes, they are in the sprue!) reduced in length by about 1 mm. Main wing comes from Roden D.V, with the appropriate central section included in the box. Finally, engine, exhausts, front end of cowling and propeller are those of Oeffag D.III by Pegasus!
I desired to reproduce a post-war D.III, and the little decal sheet included in an old "Insignia" magazine issue was perfect. After a coat of MisterKit Acrylic white paint, I applied the black squares on fuselage. I was lucky enogh to find an alternative chequered sheet, no. 433 by Tauro Models, whose squares are exactly the size I required. The complex sworl camouflage of wings and tailplane is perfectly reproduced by Blue Rider in sheet no. BR234, although they are too thick and with poor adhesive power. I applied them with the help of a mix of water and white glue. Finally, I applied the black crosses on wings and rudder and covered them with the white circles contained in the Insignia's sheet.
For the diorama, the tree came from a box of Christmas decorations and the civilians are from Preiser.
The original plane was the mount of Austrian pilot Karl Keiszar, during Graz Air Display in October 1920. Unfortunately, the aircraft crashed during its performance, killing Keiszar.
Many thanks to my friend Alberto Casirati, who took all the pictures!

Ansaldo S.V.A. 5
This model is based on the Pegasus 1/72nd scale kit. All flying surfaces are reduced in thickness and the cockpit is scratchbuilt. All struts are from Contrail lengths. The wood finish is obtained by means of decal sheet TF-27 "Light Wood Grain" from Superscale, washed with two layers of Humbrol 9 Tan. I added the yellow border to the kit's decal for the fuselage sides and obtained the serials from transfers.
S.V.A. 5 no.6843 was assigned to the Malpensa Flying School in 1918 and was flown by Sgt. Giovanni Trotti. It retained the insignia of 4th Squadron of 2nd Group on fuselage sides.

Hansa Brandenburg W.29
Based on the 1/72nd scale MPM kit, interiors were mostly scratchbuilt, with the help of the etched-brass parts contained in the kit. Flying surfaces were thinned down and the complex structure between fuselage, wing and floats was scratchbuilt by means of Contrail lengths. Engine and pilot's guns are from Aeroclub, while the observer's gun is a mix between Part etched-brass and Roden's Parabellum. I used Mister Kit acrylics for finishing. Hexagons comes from the kit' decal sheet, and were applied with the help of some coats of Gunze Sangyo's Mister Mark.
W.29 2516 was the mount of Ltn. A.R.Haase and Ltn. der Reserve R.Bertram of the Borkum Seeflugstation, 1918. I placed the model on a Fleischmann HO flat railway-car, reproducing the system of transport used in the Zeebrugge Seeflugstation

Fokker D.VIII
This model was built straight from the box, amd comes form the Roden 1/72nd scale kit, with Part etched-brass interiors and spoked wheels. The front cockpit decking was scratchbuilt, as the original machine had no guns. Italians civil codes were obtained from transfer sheets.
I-ELIA was Fokker D.VIII 249/18 (w/n 2890). It was one of the three D.VIIIs which reached Italy after WW1. It was registered in October 1923 to Compagnia Nazionale Aeronautica based at Rome's Centocelle airfield. It was later bought by Antonio Amantea of Montecelio ,in July 1927, and then by Raffaele Ascenzi, in June 1928.


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