Sunday, February 7, 2010

Albatros D.V Builds: Part 5

After six weeks, I'm feeling...relieved. Sometimes, in the middle of a big project, I often think to myself, am I going to finish this? Well, I'm happy to say that 8 Albatros D.Vs are now "table-ready" for games of Canvas Eagles.

Let's start with an inspirational shot of Flashar letting another British flier wriggle away.

The final table shot. Here, landing gear is on, as well as the tail skids and propellers. All planes have been given a matt clear coat to finalize the finish. Now, all they need are pilots (oh, and rigging...but let's be real...I won't rig my game planes 'til I go insane in about 10 years).

Speaking of they have been cut down to fit in the cockpits, primed and inked.

And here they are painted...pretty simple leather paint schemes.

Green Tails! The fliers of Jasta 5 were known as the green tails. Here are the five builds, representing planes from July 1917 through to March 1918. See part 1 of these build notes to get short bios of the various pilots.

Two planes from Jasta 12. I'm quite fond of the unit paint scheme. Very simple and sharp.

Finally, the single build from Jasta 79b. This is definitely my favorite of the eight.

A few times over the past six weeks, I felt myself getting bogged down in details; spending too much time on inconsequential areas. My mantra became, "Don't make them good...make them good enough." Examples? Neckel's Jasta 12 aircraft. The wings are lozenge covered. As such, I decalled over the location holes for the struts. The holes were very small, so in most cases I had to guess where to drill out the guide holes. For the right wing strut lower hole, I guessed wrong. This resulted in a wonky, badly angled interplane strut, which I realized after gluing and upper wing attachment. I wanted to tear the upper wing off, take the strut out and re-drill the location hole and patch the first hole. But this would have diverted building time and be a momentum-killer. The strut was "good enough"...heck, the wing was on, right? I left it.

However, on the whole, I have to say I'm very happy with the results. And happier that I can now move onto a new project.

Next up...a platoon of 28mm 101st Airborne troops for a WWII Carentan scenario.

'Til next time!


  1. Nice stuff and the pilots are great!

  2. Superb!

    They put my feeble efforts to shame!

    Nice work :O)

  3. "Good enough"!! Kevin, I've lost a great deal of respect for you. Next you are going to tell me you put on huge gobs of epoxy to assemble the landing gear...

    No, wait. That's my planes. :D

    Can't wait to fly these babies. When's the next game? D.Va vs. SE5a anyone?

  4. The model of the Bavarian Jasta 78 is just absolutely drop dead gorgeous. Inspirational stuff.

  5. Hi Kevin
    I just fund your blog in this weekend and I must say: You are doing some great work.

    I have one question regarding this post: Where do you get the pilots from?


  6. Reese,
    Welcome aboard! The pilots are from a boxed set called "Pilots of the First World War" from a Ukrainian company which I believe was called DDS. The product number from the box was DDS72003.

  7. Hi Kevin

    Thanks for your reply. ;-)