11124 Eduard Viribus Unitis Albatross D.III Dual Combo Limited Edition 1:48 Scale

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Viribus Unitis Albatross D.III Dual Combo Limited Edition 1:48 Scale

11124 - Eduard

Limited Edition kit of Austro-Hungarian fighter aircraft Albatros D.III OEFFAG 153 and 253 in 1/48 scale.

The Dual Combo style kit offers one 153 Series and one 253 Series aircraft.

The Albatros D.1 was the first of the series of single seat fighters that were developed up to the D.Va, featuring a semi monocoque wooden fuselage and equal span, equal chord upper & lower wings. By lowering the top wing and moving it slightly forward to improve visibility, the aircraft was re-designated the D.II. Impressed by the performance of the French Nieuport  fighters with their sesquiplane layout (lower wing smaller than upper wing), new wings were developed by Albatros, with the aircraft now becoming the D.III.  Later on, a new more rounded fuselage was designed and fitted with the new wings, becoming the Albatros D.V and D.Va. However, there was a major flaw with the lower wings on the D.III and D.V/DVa’s in that they only has a single spar. This made them weak and prone to shedding the lower wings during stressful manoeuvres.

The Austro-Hungarian air force was in desperate need of modern equipment and so applied a number of changes, utilising the excellent Austro-Daimler 180hp engine, Schwarzlose machine guns, and most importantly, strengthened double spar lower wings.

Three main versions were produced with two of them - Series 153 and 253 reproduced for this kit.

Series 153. Improved 200 hp Austro-Daimler engine fitted.  From Aircraft 112 to 281 a shorter more rounded nose was fitted, which increased the top speed and gave the aircraft its more familiar look.

Series 253. Improved 225 hp Austro-Daimler engine fitted. The most noticeable change was that most were built with the guns on top of the fuselage rather than enclosed inside it.

The box artwork features two well known aces, Godwin Brumowski in his all red 153, and Friedrich Navratil following behind in a 253. As a ‘Dual Combo’ release, the large box contains two of all sprues, a sheet of  masks, and four etched frets.  The instructions are in colour with a sprue map, assembly sequence, rigging diagram, and nine different colour schemes, covering series 53, 153, and 253 machines.

Kit Contents:

  • plastic parts: Eduard
  • No. of decal options: 9
  • decals: Eduard
  • PE parts: yes, color
  • painting mask: yes
  • resin parts: no

    Kit does NOT include glue or paint.

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