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WnW Albatros D.V Manfred von Richtofen
ColinEdm
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Posted: Sunday, September 08, 2019 - 02:46 AM UTC
Well, we'll see if I bit off more than I can chew with this one, started on WnW's Albatros D.V...

A little bit intimidated by the rigging I'll have to do, but here goes! Decided to start on the engine first, decided to add a bit of detail, made valve springs out of fine copper wire.

Then spark plugs and wires, didn't have the gumption to do the wires to the magnetos though...


Painted up:


Starting on the fuselage interior and cockpit now.
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Posted: Monday, September 09, 2019 - 01:41 AM UTC
Small point....

the picture of Von R... shows an Alb.D-5. The Fokker D-5 was a bi-plane with a rotary engine.

THAT SAID...

What beautiful work you did on the engine! I am an engineman myself. really like what you did with the Mercedes. the valve springs stand out. Nice Job.

Captn Tommy
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Posted: Sunday, September 15, 2019 - 09:17 AM UTC
Thanks Tom! I learned something new, always good! Anyway, started on the interior wood grain and cockpit bits. laid down a layer of dark yellow cut with white, then dragged some burnt umber oil across it with a coarse brush for the grain then topped it off with a coat of Tamiya Clear Yellow, pretty happy with how it turned out. WNW assembly tolerances are crazy close, a lot of stuff just snaps into place, so I masked off all the assembly jopints with liquid mask before painting.



Lots of ejection pin marks but they won't really be visible once everything is buttoned up so I didn't bother filling them. Also went and bought some RB Productions harness to replace the kit harness which is very stiff even after anealling so kind of stuck until those get in. Guess I'll practise my laminated props in the meantime!
ColinEdm
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Posted: Sunday, September 29, 2019 - 05:33 AM UTC
Some more progress on the cockpit. Ended up using the kit harness with some modifications, the horizontal chest strap is way too narrow so I cut it out and replaced with some metal foil. The kit instrument decals are amazing, they fit perfectly into the recesses, in fact everything fits together beautifully. The hardest part was rigging the control cables from the stick and rudder pedals, I am using spider line for these. Almost ready to close up the fuselage.





ColinEdm
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Posted: Friday, October 11, 2019 - 03:57 AM UTC
A little bit of progress, closed up the fuselage and am working on the wood grain for the bare plywood section, a bit more and I can spray the clear yellow:


Also tackled the spandaus:


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Posted: Friday, October 11, 2019 - 04:49 AM UTC
Tremendous wood-grain effects. Keep up the great work!
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Posted: Friday, October 11, 2019 - 01:19 PM UTC
Hi Colin , lovely work so far on your Albbie




Terri
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Posted: Friday, October 11, 2019 - 02:05 PM UTC
Very Nice work!
ColinEdm
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Posted: Monday, October 14, 2019 - 04:05 AM UTC
Thanks all!
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Posted: Wednesday, October 16, 2019 - 06:17 AM UTC
Sir are you going to us the camo wings or the red wings.
Just curious...

I prefer the red wings... who says he couldn't have flown some patrols between painting sessions. Or photograph sessions.

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Posted: Wednesday, October 16, 2019 - 04:14 PM UTC
I was planning on doing the camo wings, red nose, green tail.
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Posted: Saturday, November 09, 2019 - 05:11 AM UTC
slowly moving forward on this, got the fuselage colours on, generally happy with how it turned out except for the fact that the sating coat is too shiny to my taste so I will probably hit it with some matte.



some detail painting to do then on to the wings.
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Posted: Saturday, November 09, 2019 - 10:35 AM UTC
Shot a matte coat on, looks much better:
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Posted: Saturday, November 09, 2019 - 09:35 PM UTC
Love your work. Looking forward to seeing more.
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Posted: Tuesday, November 19, 2019 - 04:50 AM UTC
have to laugh at the Italian looking fuselage.

the interior is fantastic!

I like the frames being a different shade of "vanish" as if from a different vendor to Albatros. even in this world a different vender can supply a zinc chromate primed part that is a different (darker/lighter) hue. this stands out on an unpainted primed aluminum bird.

outstanding

Captn Tommy
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Posted: Tuesday, November 19, 2019 - 03:30 PM UTC
In the words of one Bart Simpson: "Superb!"
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Posted: Friday, November 22, 2019 - 10:20 AM UTC
Thanks for the kind words! Work and life are conspiring to keep me away ftom the bench right now but hopefully with the Christmas break coming I can make some progress!
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Posted: Friday, January 03, 2020 - 02:52 PM UTC
As hoped, I was able to get in some bench time over Christmas break and was able to get the wings painted and tucked into the rigging which has been a source of night sweats for me...here's the mauve and green camo for the upper wings:


The shadow effect was achieved by masking off the ribs with 1mm masking tape and overspraying with a thinned out German grey. I started the rigging by drilling out the holes on the wings and setting the wires (spider line) in the upper wing:

I would put a drop of thin CA glue in the hole, dip the end of the spider line in accelerator and then stick it in the hole. Hold for a couple of seconds and nice and solid. Attach the upper wing , let it dry for a day or two then onto the rigging. It went easier than I thought it would, whew!




On to the propeller, got all 4 base coated so I can do some lamination practice. Also gotta stain all the rigging wires.
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Posted: Sunday, January 05, 2020 - 11:45 AM UTC
...aaaand my first attempt at a laminated wooden prop...might try again.
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Posted: Monday, January 06, 2020 - 09:23 PM UTC
Excellent progress Colin

keep working on that propeller, you'll get there!
ColinEdm
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Posted: Sunday, January 12, 2020 - 03:46 AM UTC
Thanks Russell! Assembly is complete, just some washes, touch-up and mild weathering to do now. Pretty happy with how it turned out considering it is my first attempt at a WWI subject, definitely room for improvement in several areas! Comments and constructive critcisms welcome!







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Posted: Sunday, January 12, 2020 - 06:35 AM UTC
Cracking job - great model and finish.
Gary
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Posted: Saturday, January 18, 2020 - 09:51 PM UTC
I've always wanted to expand into WW1 subjects and this is certainly motivation to do so, Colin!

Looking good!
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Posted: Sunday, February 16, 2020 - 11:31 AM UTC
Nice work!
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Posted: Monday, March 09, 2020 - 08:17 AM UTC
the shadowing/counter highlights on the wings are outstanding enough to appear outside, even in a room.

Captn Tommy