While other contemporary types had truss frames covered with linen, the Albatros D.I had a streamlined plywood construction (so-called "semi-monocoque"), which managed to be simple and strong at the same time. The powerful specification of the machine was completed by two synchronized Spandau machine guns, hidden under the smooth lines of the top panels. The appearance of the Albatros D.I at the end of the summer of 1916 was a nasty surprise for the British and it was clear that their de Havilland DH2 had immediately lost its advantage. The active service of the Albatros D.I was quite short, because already at the end of 1916 it was being supplanted by the more modern Albatros D.II. However, some of the machines from the 50 produced in total survived to the last year of the Great War as training planes.
Please see the paint guide below for the manufacturer’s recommended colors. Roden recommends Model Master paints for this kit, and you can find the full line by clicking here.
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Skill Level: 3
- Molded in high quality plastic
- Illustrated instructions
- Includes decals for four versions:
- Albatros D.I (D.426/16), Lt. Gunter, Jasta 2, Western Front, Bertincourt, Autumn 1916.
- Albatros D.I (D.435/16), Lt. Spitzhoff, Jasta 5, Western Front, Autumn 1916.
- Albatros D.I (D.390/16), Lt. O. Hone, Jasta 2, Western Front, Bertincourt, Autumn, 1916.
- Albatros D.I (w/n unknown), flown by Rittmeister Prince Friedrich Carl von Preussent, Fl.Abt(A)258, Western Front, March 1917.
*Cement is recommended for polystyrene plastic*
Matte Slate Grey
Matte US Tan
Matte Light Green
Matte Pale Blue
Matte Natural Wood
Matte US Dark Green