Roden's 1/32 scale
Roden's 1/32 scale Albatros D.III is available online from
Here is the Roden 1/32 Albatros D.III kit, built with the addition of
the Eduard etched fret designed specifically for this kit, as well as
decals by Spada.
The kit is painted in the markings of Ltn Werner Voss, Jasta 5, June
Construction was relatively straight forward, although there were a
few fit issues - primarily the fit of the upper decking around the
cockpit, and the fit of the lower wings to the fuselage – however there
is no fit issues that can’t be handled without a little patience.
There was also a large number of sink marks that needed filling. I
made a number of scratchbuilt additions to the basic kit, primarily in
the interior, cockpit, guns and engine, as well as refining a few of the
The kit represents an early production Albatros D.III with the centrally
mounted upper wing radiator, but the markings I wanted to model had the
later offset wing radiator – luckily Eduard supplies a radiator in its
fret making relocation easy.
The top wing proved trouble free to fit, however care is needed as the
struts are a very realistic scale thickness and can be fragile. Rigging
was done using EzLine elastic, stretched between twisted wire
turnbuckles manufactured by “Bob’s Buckles”.
The kit was painted with Gunze acrylics, and oil paints were used to
replicate the wood grain fuselage and propeller. The Spada decals are
extremely thin but very nice to use.
In summary, this is certainly the best Albatros in 1/32 on the market
and was quite an enjoyable build!
Spada decals may be found at:
Bob’s Buckles may be found at:
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