The new D.III kept the D.II's fuselage, tail unit and undercarriage, but its wing construction had undergone development. The D.III (Oeffag) series 53 prototype first flew in February 1917, and in June the first aircraft reached the Front. In comparison with the Hansa Brandenburg D.I, the new fighters were superior in all main aspects of performance (climb, maneuverability); moreover, many pilots regarded the D.III as absolutely safe. Rate of climb was even slightly superior to the German D.III. Armament was upped to two machine guns and a new engine installed. In all, 45 D.III (Oeffag) series 53 aircraft were built. All of these fighters were dispersed between Front-line and training units.
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Skill Level: 3
- Molded in grey
- Includes decals for twelve versions:
1. w/n 153.140, Flik 51J, March-July 1918; Zgsf. Eugen Bonsch (16 victories in total; 6 with this aircraft).
2. w/n 153.137, Flik 41J, January 1918; Torrestella airfield; flown by fw. Josef Novak.
3. w/n 153.125, Flik 42J, March 1918; Pinzano airfield; flown by Hptm. Laszlo Hary, Flik C.O.
4. w/n 153.209, Flik 41J, June 1918; Portobuffole airfield; flown by Godwin Brumowski, Flik C.O. (35 aerial victories in total, last four with this aircraft).
5. w/n 153.209, Flik 61J, February-March 1918; flown by Oblt.i.d.R. Ernst Strohschneider, Flik C.O. (15 victories, two-with 153.119).
6. w/n 153.167, Flik 2D, Spring 1918; pilot unknown; San Pietro in Campo airfield.
7. w/n 153.186 (probably), Flik 55J, April 1918, Pergine, Offstv. Jozsef Kiss.
8. w/n 153.198, Flik 3J, July 1918; Romagnano airfield, flown by Oblt. Friedrich Miroslav Navratil (10 victories).
9. w/n 153.199, Flik 3J, Romagnano airfield; August 1918, flown by Stfw. Otto Forster.
10. w/n 153.173, Flik 3J, August 1918; Romagnano airfield; flown by Lt.i.d.R. Stanislav Maria Tomicki von Tomice.
11. w/n 153.246, Flik 3J, July 1918; Romagnano airfield; flown by Stfw. Otto Forster.
12. w/n 153.151, Flik 9J, May 1918; Romagnano airfield; flown by Lajos Telessy (4 victories)
- Illustrated instructions with full paint guide and decal placement guide
*Cement is recommended for polystyrene plastic*
Dark Ad Grey Gloss
Matte Aircraft Blue
Matte Grass Green
Matte Mid Green
Matte Marine Green
Matte Natural Wood
Matte US Dark Green