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Albatros D.III

Biplane Fighter

German Iron Cross
Luftstreitkräfte
Arras, France
"Bloody April" 1917

ESCI ERTL

This model added to kgwings.com on September 26, 1997
Albatros D.III - ESCI ERTL 1:72 scale model
Designed for the German Air Service to counter the appearance of the Nieuport Allied fighter, the Albatros D.III held an unparalleled superiority in the air during the Spring and Summer of 1917.
Albatros D.III - ESCI ERTL 1:72 scale model
Manfred von Richthofen ("The Red Baron"), Eric Lowenhardt, Kurt Wolfe, and Karl Emil Schaeffer significantly increased their kills flying the D.III.
Albatros D.III - ESCI ERTL 1:72 scale model
The D.III was powered by an in-line 160 horsepower Mercedes, giving a top speed of 105 mph (175 km/h). The armament consisted of two LMG 08/15 machine guns in 7.92 mm caliber, synchronized to fire through the airscrew.
Albatros D.III - ESCI ERTL 1:72 scale model
Other than the stretched sprue riggings, the kit is straight from the box. The paintscheme was applied according to the kit instructions.
Albatros D.III - ESCI ERTL 1:72 scale model
This was a quick build with no real problems. A beginner should enjoy the simple construction, while a professional will see many areas to add details and improvements.



Esci Ertl kit 9021 Albatros D III
ESCI ERTL
Kit:  ESCI #9021
1:72 scale
Scale: 1/72
Decals: Stock
After Market Parts: None
Customizations: Stretched sprue riggings, rudder was cut and positioned.
Cost: I paid $4 (US) for this kit at Squadron Scalefest in 1996. An extremely good value for this price.
Comments: This kit was easy to assemble. Painting was a little complicated due to the six color paint scheme but worth the effort. Decals adhered very well considering their age.

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