by Graham Hunter
Eduard's 1/48 scale Pfalz D.III Profipack is available online
Here is Eduard's 1/48 scale "Profipack" boxing of the Pfalz
This modes represents Max Holtzem’s Pfalz D.IIIa of Jasta 16b
with his famous comet markings. Holtzem used the comet as a
dedication to his mother, who he lost at age 9, on his aircraft.
Holtzem made several claims for downed aircraft but none of them
were confirmed. Prior to operational service Holtzem was a test
pilot for the Pfalz Flugzeug Werke.
His relationship with Pfalz did not end with WWI as he flew a
Pfalz D.XV barnstorming in Argentina, where he emigrated to after
the war. In 1928 He moved to the USA and became a test pilot for
Fokker and later a flight instructor and airport manager.
The following after-market items were used to complete my Pfalz:
Techmod 5 colour lozenge decals
Aeromaster Pfalz Part I Decal Sheet
Tom’s Modelworks Pfalz D.III photo
etch (PE) set
Copper State Models PE Nuts & Bolts
Eduard PE gauge set (for compass)
Wonder Wire (ceramic rigging wire)
detail added (Click thumbnail at right for larger images) -
sparkplug wires and carrier tube, convert kit cam/valve rockers
from Mercedes D.III to D.IIIa configuration, rocker arms, valve
springs, cam bolts, carburetor throttle linkage, carb nuts/bolts,
scratchbuilt air pressure pump, crankcase oil level window,
exhaust pipes made from brass tube-end drilled out and angle cut,
tach and gun synchronizer cables.
Inside fuselage detail added -
bulkhead behind cockpit, formers and engine bearers scratched,
access ports cut out and fuselage walls thinned with dremel,
control cables, boden and throttle cables, floor cut to correct
size, seat supports scratched, spring attachments for shoulder
straps scratched and micro-soldered to belts, PE instruments.
Under carriage detail added -
hollowed out tire valve access ports and added valve stem and
spokes, routed out top of axle airfoil and added brass rod axle
and top cover flap, bungee axle wraps, safety wires.
Machine gun detail added - lathed
muzzles, drilled out ammo feed breech, TMW’s PE barrel jackets &
sights, kit breech & PE details, scratched safety levers,
scratched ammo feed chutes & link/shell chutes.
Control surface detail added; cut away all controls and
repositioned, hinge detail, micro soldered brass tube to ends of
Wind radiator detail added - covered
with Bare Metal Foil aluminum, weathered with oil paints, water
pressure venturi drilled out, fixtures on water pressure airfoil
and pipes to engine.
Rigging anchor points (16 in total)
added using 0.35” plastic rod inserts that were domed (using
lathe) and drilled pilot (rigging wire pilot) hole.
Scratchbuilt flare holder from 0.005”
Both wings were sanded top and bottom to remove the exaggerated
rib detail of the kit (the only problem with Eduard kits) and the
under wing rib detail was scribed.
All construction aided with the use of a jig made on glass with
the Data File drawing and blocks of balsa wood.
Painting, Decals and Weathering
Painting was done mostly with acrylics. The silbregreu is a mix of
white, black and silver Ceramcoat, the airscrew is done with Testors
Acryl wood base coat and the laminated layers were brushed on using
Future was used as a base for decals and Testors Acryl satin
clear was used to seal everything.
All decals were applied using AeroSet and Sol. I extended the
wing rib lines on the Data File drawings to line up the rib tapes.
Weathering was done using oil paints prior to satin clear coat.
Windsock Data File #21 Pfalz D.IIIa
Flying Machine Press, Pfalz Aircraft
of World War I
British Capture Report of Pfalz D.III
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Created 20 April, 2002
04 June, 2007
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