The prototype of the future Albatros D.III rose into the air for the first time at the end of August 1916. It featured more rounded wing tips, had new V-shaped inter-wing struts and a wing-mounted radiator. What with its good handling, its speed and its graceful appearance, the D.III was an advance on all other contemporary German planes, and by the end of the year the first production Albatros D.IIIs arrived at the fighter units. In April 1917 the Albatros D.III gained the majority of the 150 victories achieved by the Germans in the air - this period has become notorious in the history of the Great War as 'Bloody April'. Never had the aircraft of the Allied nations incurred such heavy losses during such a short period of time. Even after the appearance of the later, improved, Albatros D.V, D.III manufacture was not stopped, because certain characteristics remained superior even to its successor. At its peak presence at the front, in October 1917, a total of 446 of the Albatros D.III were in the service of the German Air Force.
Please see the paint guide below for the manufacturer’s recommended colors. Roden recommends Humbrol 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 seven versions:
- Albatros D.III, w/n unconfirmed, flown by Lt. Lothar von Richthofen, Jasta 11, Brayelles, France, Spring 1917.
- Albatros D.III, w/n unconfirmed, flown by Lt. Manfred von Richthofen, Jasta 11, Roucourt, France, April 1917.
- Albatros D.III, w/n unconfirmed, Lt. Bruno Loerzer, Jasta 26, Western Front, Summer 1917.
- Albatros D.III, w/n 2096/16, flown by Lt. Friedrich-Wilhelm Wichard, Jasta 24, captured by French in April 1917.
- Albatros D.III, w/n unconfirmed, Lt. Karl Allmenroeder (30 victories), Jasta 11, Western Front, June 1917.
- Albatros D.III, w/n unconfirmed, Lt. Joachim von Bertrab, Jasta 30, Phalempin, Western Front, Spring 1917.
- Albatros D.III, w/n unconfirmed, Oblt. Rudolf Berthold, Jasta 14 CO, Malvel, France, April 1917.
*Cement is recommended for polystyrene plastic*
Matte Slate Grey
Matte US Tan
Matte Light Green
Matte WWI Purple
Matte Pale Blue
Matte Natural Wood
Matte US Dark Green