In-Box Review
Albatros C.III
Albatros C.III Collectors Series
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by: Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]

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Aurora (K&B)
Albatros C.III
Kit 142 (Kit 1142)

Albatros C.III
Built by Albatros Flugzeugwerke, the Albatros C.III was a German two-seat general-purpose biplane of World War I. Fielded in 1915 the C.III was a refined version of the successful Albatros C.I. Considered the best of the companyís C-types, more C.III aircraft were produced than any other Albatros C. The German Fliegertruppe found it quite versatile and employed it in many roles such as observation, photo-reconnaissance, light-bombing and bomber escort. It was produced until the Armistices and widely used as a trainer.

It was a popular aircraft with rugged construction and viceless handling. The power plant was either a 110 kW (150 hp) Benz Bz. III or a 120 kW (160 hp) Mercedes D.III inline engine.
A C.III was defended from the rear cockpit by the observer with a 7.92 mm (.312 in) Parabellum MG14 machine gun. Some C.III aircraft were given offensive firepower with a forward-firing 7.92 mm (.312 in) LMG 08/15 machine gun using with interrupter gear. When called upon as a bomber, C.IIIís could attack with up to 90 kg (200 lb) of bombs. [1] These were held in a basic internal bomb bay.

Aurora ďFamous FightersĒ Series
Aurora released their first six World War I aircraft in 1956, and added six more in 1957. Three of those were two-seaters. The next year debuted two 'monster' WW1 kits, the Gotha and the DH-10. [2] Six more were released through 1964, one of the latter being the subject of this review, the Albatros C-III.

In 1973, Aurora entered into a marketing arrangement with K&B, a California manufacturer of flying models, and produced the series of K&B 'Collectors series' These models were produced by Aurora but distributed by K&B and featured a large, squarish white box with some impressive artwork and (be still my heart!) a vacuformed diorama base for displaying the model! Note that the K&B kits numbers were merely the original Aurora kit numbers prefixed by a '1'. [3]

Aurora / K&B Albatros C.III
This aerial yeoman contains 41 parts molded in tan and black. K&B square box editions have a vacuform display base.

Simplified surface detail is molded. The fit is pretty good! The molding is respectable yet has its flaws: light ejector marks, seam lines, and some flash. The crewmembers are a bit rounded although Aurora sculpted them with decent detail. Some pieces are fairly to-scale although this model is considered toy-like by today's standards.

The worst aspect is the molded raised markings. K&B cleaned these off several of the kits they issued but missed this one.

The detail is simplified. There is no interior detail inside the fuselage halves. The scarf ring is bulky and the Parabellum MG14 machine gun is basic. There is no textured to simulate fabric.

This model has a barrel to represent the forward-firing LMG 08/15 machine gun.

painting, decals, instructions
The instructions are simple and nicely illustrated. No rigging diagram is included.

No painting direction is included. Albatros C.IIIís wore a variety of finishes, from simply doped fabric to elaborate camouflage and markings. This model features the work-a-day plain linen. It does not offer information on other choices.

The decals are over 30 years old and show it. The national insignia are the early style No unit information is provided.

Another trip down classic memory lane. It certainly requires quite a bit of work to correct deficiencies. Move slowly and deliberately. There are many examples of well-built Aurora C.IIIís on line, so you can make a decent model from it. Of course, consider the work and cost involved when comparing it to modern C.IIIís, such as the Special Hobby model reviewed here on Aeroscale (Link below).

Please remember, when contacting retailers or manufacturers, to mention that you saw their products highlighted here - on AEROSCALE.

Thanks to for permission to use the box art for this review!

[1] Wikipedia

[2], [3] Bill Shatzer, Aurora Kits, World War 1 Modeling Informational Files,

Click here for additional images for this review.

Highs: Basic detail. The fit is pretty good.
Lows: Light ejector marks, seam lines, and some flash. The crewmembers are a bit rounded. Molded raised markings.
Verdict: You can make a decent model with time and effort.
Percentage Rating
  Scale: 1:48
  Mfg. ID: 1142
  Suggested Retail: varies
  Related Link: Special Hobby Albatros C.III
  PUBLISHED: May 16, 2011

About Frederick Boucher (JPTRR)

I'm a professional pilot with a degree in art. My first model was an AMT semi dump truck. Then Monogram's Lunar Lander right after the lunar landing. Next, Revell's 1/32 Bf-109G...cried havoc and released the dogs of modeling! My interests--if built before 1900, or after 1955, then I proba...

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Hi JP, The D.VIII was one of the original six released 1956! Your memory is sharp--the Tripehound was released in 1963. Here's a bunch of pix of the Tripe: Click here. So, who wants to see the Aurora F.2B "Brisfit" reviewed?
MAY 21, 2011 - 01:23 PM
A breach in protocol I know, but I double dog dare you!!. . .(from Christmas Story)
MAY 21, 2011 - 05:28 PM
Now, there's a thought......................perhaps a "theme" for a future group build? A blast from the past subject line where those who have an older generation kit challenge their skills with an effort to bring it up to today's standards. I realise this might restrict entries a little but from what I've read here I believe the majority of participants have some older brooms in their closets that might never reach the production floor. The Rules of Engagement wouldn't be too difficult; the Host could be the final arbiter on whether a particular kit qualifies. I'd even be willing to donate a stash treasure or two to help out the cause. Cheers, Lance
MAY 22, 2011 - 01:55 AM
Hmmm sounds like an interesting GB.
MAY 22, 2011 - 08:11 AM
I would like to see that. I would also be game to participate in a blast from the past group build. Best Mark
MAY 24, 2011 - 05:37 AM
Here's a bit of fun on this subject matter: I also remember I showed a few pic's of my built Aurora DH 4 on this website, but I 'm not able to find 'm . Cheers, Nico
MAY 27, 2011 - 02:43 AM
Here you go Nico! Click here.
MAY 27, 2011 - 08:06 AM
Thanks but nope, That's a Bristol Fighter I built myself, also a Dutch variant but an Eduard kit. As said I also must have opened a thread about this built: Many cheers, Nico
MAY 30, 2011 - 08:06 PM
A very interesting review, though I have some news about that "Basic Detail". I use to know a gentleman who worked for Aurora in the fifties, he mentioned the WWI models were done from the best data possible. Later I worked in Westport Connecticut, and at lunch would visit the offices of Model Airplane News, (still in business, now in Weston, CT.) They had a number of artist/engineers in the 1940s-1950s create "Master Drawings". In the 1980s they gathered many of these into two volumes of scale drawings. Many are dead ringers for the Aurora kits (especially the F2B and the DH-4) with the same minor flaws. I was lucky enough to be allowed to look into their archives and bought some copies of the Gotha (another ringer for the Aurora kit) and the Jenny. So remember the time period we are talking about, Basic in the Fifties was all we had. Enjoy Captn Tommy
MAY 31, 2011 - 07:47 AM

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