Roden's 1/32 scale
Roden's 1/32 scale Albatros D.III is available online from
Here is my 1/32 scale Roden Albatros D.III
This aircraft represents the late model OAW-built D.III’s of Jasta 50
at Autremencourt in early 1918.
A picture of this aircraft can be seen on page 30 of The Windsock
datafile “Albatros Fighters”
The kit was built per the instructions except for the modifications
listed below. I painted the entire interior with oils to simulate the
wood grain. Once the two fuselage halves were closed up most of the
interior is hidden except for the cockpit.
The major modifications were to change the rudder to the rounded type
typical of the OAW airframes. The radiator was off set to the starboard
of the center of the upper wing.
Engine detail included adding ignition wiring and valve springs.
A combination of Tom’s Model Works and Eduard photo etched parts were
used to detail the access covers and machine gun jackets.
color lozenge decals were used for the upper and lower surfaces. The
upper decal was from the Roden Fokker D.VI kit and the lower was from
Battle Axe. I found the Battle Axe decals to be too thin and
transparent. BA recommends that an undercoat of gray paint be applied
before decaling otherwise any flaws in the paint would show through the
The aircraft number on the vertical stabilizer was printed on an ink
jet printer using Testor's decal paper.
Oil paints were used for the exterior wood fuselage and prop. The
personal marking around the fuselage aft the cockpit was painted on
using acrylics as are the squadron marking on the tail.
The turnbuckles were made of twisted .003 soft wire and the rigging is a
gray thread used for tying fishing fly’s.
Other than the above mentioned modifications the kit was built pretty
much box stock.
If you are a WWI modeler I can highly recommend this kit. I can’t
wait for a D.V
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Text Copyright © 2007 by Jerry Creager
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Last Updated 24 December, 2007
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