Wingnut Wings 1/32 Albatros D.Va - Seefrontstaffel 1

By Nicolas Renoult

I started this about 2 years and a half ago, stopped and restarted it several times. I even stripped the whole fuselage and repainted it as I was not satisfied of my first try of the sponge camouflage (yes I had to redo the whole wood grain finish of the fuselage...).

But finally it's done, and I'm happy with it.

It's an Albatros-built Albatros D.Va of the Seefrontstaffel 1, flight by Lothar Weiland.

Indoor Photos

It's built mostly out-of-box except the very nice HGW Daimler radiator, Master brass Spandau barrels and sleeves, and a few details from Taurus in the engine (valves and rockers, sparkplugs...) and a few scratch built stuff.

The rigging was made with EZ Line and Gaspatch turnbuckles, with also a few microtubes cut to length.

Painting the laminated wood with a realistic way was the last challenge of the build and took me about a whole day. But i think it was worth it, and i will reuse this technique for sure.

It built smoothly as the fit is excellent, with no bad surprise. There is only one thing I always find scary with Wingnut Wings kits: the undercarriage is very soft, even a bit elastic. Recently I built a Nieuport 11 from Special Hobby, and the undercarriage is very stiff and looks strong, while the Wingnut Wings undercarriage struts of my Wingnut Wings models seems to be made of jello when even the slightest movement hit the model. Anyway, even soft and flexible, it seems to carry the weight of the model without any problem, so I think it's OK.

Outdoor Photos

Here is the link to the build thread in the forums:

© Nicolas Renoult 2016

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This article was published on Friday, July 29 2016; Last modified on Friday, March 03 2017