Volker Häusler's Central Powers Models

This aircraft - the Albatros D.XII - is one of my favourites; as far as I know, it was the lightest, most compact German fighter using a inline D III or BMW engine build. It actually received very favourable comments fom a number of pilots during the 2nd D type competition, being rated better than the Pfalz D.XII. However, with Albatros building the even better Fokker D.VII in licence, and with production of the Pfalz D.XII already ordered, it did not progress further .
With the exception of an Aeroclub engine and prop and wheels from the spares box, this model is scratch built. All major components were done using plastic sheet, with the wings done as I described in a recent mail to the list. Rigging is a mix of functional (to hold the wings up) rigging of the landing wires using fishing line and nonfunctional using copper wire for the rest.
The black and white photo is an experiment, where I used a photo of the model and a scan of a photo of a hangar to put the aircraft in a proper environment. Well, I still have to work on that one...
However, the hangar belongs to the Albatroswerke Johannistal. Albatros photographed it's prototypes quite often in front of this hangar.
The pilot comes from a Frog Fokker F VII (actually, it's a resin copy of that pilot).

Depicting the Albatros D.I flown by Prince Friedrich Karl of Prussia, built using the Classic Plane vac. I still like this kit better than the later resins or the Pegasus kit. I used Aeroclub wheels, engine and Spandaus for this one. Prop from a source I can't remember.
I called this scene "The Personal Marking", as it shows a mechanic painting just these (the skull & crossbones) on the Prince's machine, with the Prince and some prussian General (maybe a relative?) carefully watching. I choose this scene for a specific problem: It is known that the Prince's Albatros was painted green, but the extent of this is not known (photos indicate the wings were still in camouflage). I therefore showed the mechanic just finishing the skull marking, with a pot of green paint waiting near the table.
Note also this aircraft did not have the triangular water tank usually associated to D.I's in what I consider a field modification to improve forward visibility.
The figures come from Preiser, with the "General" with his "Pickelhaube" coming from the old Airfix set.
As this is a somewhat older model as well, I did not have access to the skull&crossbones decal, so I handpainted these.

This is the Warbirds (Rareplanes) vac kit of the Junkers D.I. I used some wheels and a prop from the spares box and some (Fotocut or Toms Modelworks) Spandau photoetch jackets. Everything else from the kit or from plastic sheet.
In order not to ruin the wonderful representation of the corrugated metal that the Warbirds vac has, I airbrushed all markings (actually, I did the markings before doing the camouflage). I choose the well known machine with the 2 color fuselage band. As it was maybe a Marine Jasta aircraft, I went for yellow (the Marine Jagdgeschwader color) and white bands - but it could obviously have been any other color as well.

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