Eduard's 1/48 scale
1/48 scale Pfalz D.III is available online from
Squadron for less than $10.00
This is the Eduard 1/48 scale Pfalz D.III kit built pretty much out
of the box.
It is my first fully rigged biplane model in a very long time and I made
a number of bonehead mistakes - hence, there are no close-ups. The next
time I do this, I will pre-drill the struts as I had done on the
mainplanes and fuselage. I relied on overlapping the monofilament
rigging over the struts which had rather messy results.
If you are going to build this kit, it is essential to check your
alignment continually. I found that the cabane struts were not aligned
to each other, one set being further forward than the other. This result
is that the wings are twisted relative to each other when viewed from
I had to do some fancy fiddling to get them to align. I must admit
this to be my mistake not Eduardís as I probably didnít ensure that the
fuselage halves were properly aligned due to the absence of locating
model was painted with my own mix of flat white and brilliant silver
enamel. This resulted in a soft grey finish that is close to what I
believe the real deal to be like.
After the paint was cured, I sprayed on several thin layers of
Floquil Crystal Coat which was rubbed with 8000 grit paper and polished
out after curing.
Floquil Flat was used for a final finish as it gives a velvety
The prop was painted in a series of layers. First, a yellow/red brown
was sprayed on followed by a thin wash of darker brown applied with a
stiff brush to simulate the wood grain. The darker laminations of wood
were then created with a thin mixture of dark red-brown acrylic, a fine
brush and a steady hand. The entire prop was then given a number of
coats of Floquil Crystal Coat stained with a golden yellow/brown. This
final coat reduced the contrast of the laminations a little bit more.
To me the Pfalz D.III is truly a beautiful airplane and showcases the
brilliant German design and construction which so many of us find so
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by Garfield Ingram
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24 December, 2007
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