The first mass-production aircraft reached the Front in December 1916, butvery soon many of the aircraft crashed: the lower wing had a tendency to collapse in excessive maneuvers. Despite the problem, the Albatros D.III was still the best German fighter in the first half of 1917 and superior to any Allied fighter. The Albatros D.III did not only serve on the Western Front. Many fighters were sent to the Italian Front and Palestine. The warmer climate of Palestine required better engine cooling, and as a result, one more radiator was installed on the wing. But the Albatros D.III was not as successful in this theater as in France. The first half of 1917 was the "star time" for the Albatros D.III. The introduction of the British S.E.5 and French Spad S.7 immediately made it obsolete. But at the end of 1918, when the Fokker D.VII dominated in the sky, many Albatros D.IIIs were still defending the air space of Germany.
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.
Skill Level: 3
- Molded in grey
- Includes decals for several versions
- Full instructions, paint and decal placement guides
*Cement is recommended for polystyrene plastic*
Matte Slate Grey
Matte US Dark Green
Matte Natural Wood
Matte WWI Purple
Matte US Tan
Matte Light Green
Matte Pale Blue