Here is the 1/48 Aviatik Berg D.I from Flashback. Markings are for
Franke Linke-Crawford as supplied in the kit.
The lozenge decals were a real challenge, reacting to none but the
strongest setting solution (Walther's Solvaset). These decals threatened
to crumble and flake off - much like the Roden lozenge decals.
The wheels were a bit of a stickler: Included in the kit are an optional
set of "wire" wheels, consisting of photoetched spokes and rubber O-Ring
tires. For the faint-hearted, a pair of plastic wheels with covered
spokes is also included. The only problem with the spoked wheels is that
the tires are too big for the spokes: I overcame this by scratchbuilding
a pair of "rims" from thin Evergreen strip, made round in a draftsman's
circle template. The spokes were then mounted on these and the tires
mounted on the rims. The completed wheels, while very fragile, made
convincing replicas of the real thing.
Rigging was accomplished using fine (0.2mm = .008") nickel wire from
Minimeca of Spain. This very fine though rigid wire comes in packets of
ten lengths, each ten inches long. I used four pieces to rig the whole
airplane, including mis-cuts. Just measure the length with a pair of
dividers, cut, and glue in place with white glue.
Early. Markings for Ltn. Carl
Degelow, Jasta 40, 1918.
This was the first 1/72 scale biplane kit I have built in over 10 years.
I learned to appreciate that working in this scale is much less
forgiving than, say, 1/48 scale, where slight errors in alignment and so
on are much less apparent. I also found handling the very small parts a
Decals are from the kit. These were very brittle, and required delicate
handling. I used Future throughout as a setting solution and sealer.
This is especially necessary with the rib tapes, as they fall off
Acrylic paints from Gunze, Model Master Acryl, and Citadel were used.
The slight weathering was accomplished with artist's oils. The rigging
is heat-stretched sprue."
This is the Eduard 1/48 scale kit done as 1370/18, apparently
occasionally flown by Werner Voss while he was with Jasta 10.
The model is built pretty much from the box. I filled the area around
the vertical tail to fuselage join to get a more gradual fairing in of
this area as shown in photos in the Windsock Datafile No. 7. The pipe
from the engine to the radiator is brass wire. The silbergrau finish is
a mixture of Floquil Grey Primer, white, and silver mixed in equal
portions. Floquil enamels were used for the rest of the paint job, as