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Albatros D.Va

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Here are some pictures of my latest completion, the recently released 1:32 scale Albatros DVa from Wingnuts Wings. The kit is built completely out of the box other than the rigging. The scheme does not come with the kit, though kit decals were used.

The model is painted to represent the mount of 17 victory ace Ltn Walter Böning of Jasta 76b (Bavarian), early 1918. He had the rear fuselage of this machine painted in the blue and white diamond pattern of the Bavarian Wappenschild coat of arms.

The wood grain was painted using oil paints and oversprays of clear yellow and orange. The diamond pattern was all hand masked.

With regards to the kit itself - I have never built a Wingnuts kit before, but I can certainly say that this is a stunning, comprehensive and well engineered model straight out of the box. There are some minor fit issues (i.e. getting all of those interior goodies in, for example), but these are very minor issues. The only other issue is the slightly bowed upper wing (which I may have "accidentally" straightened in some hot water). The decals are also excellent and respond well to decal setting solutions. The kit is indeed a real joy to build, and could easily be built by those with any level of experience. One nice extra would have been some lozenge decals, but I am sure these will come in future issues of the kit. I also would expect after market decal and detail set makers to start coming out with some goodies for this kit real soon.

Hope you like my build!
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About the Author

About Brad Cancian (BradCancian)
FROM: QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA

the 16 years or so since I began modelling, I have been mainly interested in aircraft modelling, and in recent years I have primarily been interested in modelling aircraft of the Great War 1914 -1918 period. My other modelling interests include 40s era aircraft. My modelling philosophy is "it's ok...


Comments

One of the most impressive efforts in the Aeroscale WNW Group Build. Another gem in your crown Brad! Model On! Here is his build thread.
MAY 07, 2010 - 11:20 PM
Don't know about anyone else, but if my models turned out 10% of Brad's i would be happy, he is a true master! and hope some of his expertise rub off on the rest of us.
MAY 08, 2010 - 09:18 PM
Its a beauty - no doubt about it - makes me want to do another Albatros Cheers/Jan
MAY 08, 2010 - 09:27 PM
I recently decided to move up a scale, to 1/32. One of the reasons for the decision was the advent of these Wing Nut WWI kits. Stunning build Brad, I particularly like the masking of the checks. I can't wait to get hold of one of these kits. I have tried to produce paint masks for lezenge fabric but I have been stumped as to how to make a viable product. With these models in 1/32 scale maybe it's time to re-visit this?
MAY 08, 2010 - 11:44 PM
Excellent build and feature Brad
MAY 09, 2010 - 02:31 AM
Brad I just wanted to let you know that your Albatros D.Va is freak'n awesome. I build armor and figures and produce resin figures for a living and heavily thinking about a new WWI line for these killer Wingnutwings kits. I have a few of these kit and must say that they are some of the best kits ever tooled. Would it be possible to receive some Hi-Res images from you of this great model? and would love to know how you masked off the checkered tail. Thanks and keep up the great work. Chris "Panzer" Mrosko
JUN 13, 2010 - 01:51 PM
A beautiful build indeed. Brad has a keen eye when it comes to scale realism.
JUN 14, 2010 - 06:37 AM
Truly an outstanding piece of work. The Engine work is especially noteworthy. Great Job Brad Mark
JUN 14, 2010 - 07:03 AM
Brad, what can one add to the previous? Your Artistry is always Impressive! RAGIII
JUN 14, 2010 - 02:53 PM
Thanks guys - you are all way too kind This really is a very nice kit...! Chris - check your e-mail my friend BC
JUN 15, 2010 - 12:18 AM