German Aircraft Model Images
by Lance Krieg

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Dycke's Albatros D.II

Kit: Eduard (1:48)

Eduard's Profipack kit, finished as Robert Dycke's Jasta 16b LVG-built machine. A fine kit, the only real problems are the undersized wheels, easily replaced. Though conventional wisdom maintains these early machines had dark-stained fuselages, I believe mine is too dark, and should in fact be a blond color like the Smithsonian's D.Va.

Fokker E.V Diorama

Kit: Aurora (1:48)

The diorama is another Aurora product, painstakingly corrected long before DML o r Eduard appeared on the horizon. Handpainted lozenge again, and the machine gu n jackets are railroad brass parts...pre-Fotocut, too!

Aue's Fokker D.VII

Kit: DML (1:48)

The D.VII is DML's 1/48 kit, finished as Paul Aue's Jasta 10 machine. Beside ex tra cockpit detail, extensive work was done to accurize the 160 hp Mercedes, ope n the cowlings and add the internal structures, and convert to the early Fokker configuration. Perhaps the toughest part was scratchbuilding the exhaust pipes!

I embraced the Albatros "Anthology"s interpretation of the streaky Fokker camouf lage, and rebuilt the fin and rudder based on the plans in that publication. Th at's Americal's four color lozenge on the wings.

Fokker E.III

Kit: Eduard (1:48)

The Fokker E.III is Eduard's kit, with a scratchbuilt interior and the view port s opened up. Some additional details were added to the engine and machine gun, but construction was pretty staightforward.

The machined aluminum cowling was replicated by underpainting the metal areas bl ack, and adding the "riffles" with a fine brush in white. This was then overspr ayed with a very thin coat of SNJ aluminum, which allowed the pattern to show th rough the top coat.

Halberstadt CL.II

Kit: Aurora (1:48)

Before anyone sneers, this is an Aurora Halberstadt CL.II, built in the pre-Windsock era and that 5-color lozenge is hand painted using the old carbon paper trick. I keep it around to remind me not to complain about how tedious it is to decal an entire airframe!

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