Reply to Frank Reaume

Dr. Larry J. Crabb (
Wed, 3 Jan 1996 12:45:04 -0600

Just returned from Dallas and found your letter:

>That's what I'm hoping. I also like the streamlined nose, which should
>produce a lot less drag, and make flight characteristics a bit better.

I'm not certain how much the 'streamlined nose' of the Pfalz D-IIIa
reduces 'drag,' since there is so much induced, parasite and form drag
inherent in ALL WW-I biplanes. This plane was nicknamed "The Shark"
because of its streamlined nose, but even though it looks sleek, it leaves
absolutely minimum space for installing a .40 -.46 sized engine in the
upright position. (And, I abhor inverted or other offset engine

>How does one find such kits, especially overseas? I used to manufacture
>the Northrop Gamma under the name, Aero Classics Mfg. Co.

Now, I need the address of Stephen Spratt (Airdrome Models) and Combat
Scale Models to follow-up.

>I still can't find the Jagstaffel of my Fokker D-VII or Albatros D-Va, but
>I'm hoping our newsgroup can help me.
>Well, why don't you post a description of the markings, etc to the group,
>and you might be surprised at what answers you receive.

Here goes: Fokker D-VII: All red (not dark red) including undersurfaces;
large Balkencross on vertical stab covers upper portion, as well as upper
and lower wing crosses; a light blue stripe is placed just behind the
cockpit, outlined in dark blue and wrapping itself around the fuselage in a
slanted manner, the lower border closest to the ennpenage; the numbers are:
Fok.D-VII F. 7795/18.
Albatros D-Va: 1) all grass-green ennpenage with red edging.; 2) silver
fuselage up to the upper wing cutout, then black to the cowl, which is red;
3) all under surfaces are sky-blue; 4) the center 1/3rd of upper wing is
sky-blue with outer 1/3rds olive grab; 2 red parallel bars running from
outer edges of cutout across the chord of the upper wing; 4) lower wing's
upper surface is olive drab; 5) small Maltese crosses on rear of fuselage
sides and large Maltese crosses on vertical stab, upper and lower wings; 5)
a black vertical stripe encircling the fuselage just behind the cockpit.
6) there is no Jagstaffel numerals or indications thereof. NOTE: this color
arrangement may not be 'kosher.' I copied it from the following 1/72 kit:
"Red Baron Flying Circus" #9025 (Made in Italy) ESCI. The kit contained 6
- 1/72 plastic WW-I models and I bought it at a hobby shop in 1978 or '79.

If anyone knows the Jagstaffels of either, or the numerals of the Albatros,
or the pilots, let me hear from you.