by: Stephen T. Lawson [ ]
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Though Hauptmann Oswald Boelcke had several of the new D.I types he sought out the improved D.II machines to fully equip his newborn Jasta 2. He liked the overall toughness of the fuselage but also its powerful Mercedes D.III 160hp inline engine.
The kitEduard's first Albatros D.II kits (#8080 & # 8081) are trailed by this fine issue #8082. Some of the D.II type had the Windhoff "ear" radiators and some had the Teeves & Braun inset in the top wing type. Since the kit profiles all have the ear radiators there are several parts that Eduard recommends you discard. The only real problems with this kit are the overly thick plastic struts and the vertical panel line on the nose (ahead of the vents) needs to be erased. Also some of the internal structures could be thinned down for a more scaled look.
The instructions are compiled in a 12 page soft paper booklet. The PE is discussed with the appropriate step raather than being in a separate section in the back of the booklet.
Plastic parts = 67 pieces.
Photoetch = 41 pieces.
Express masks included.
Decal optionsThere are markings for 4 aircraft:
A. Represents a machine flown by a former textile engineer, Ltn. des Res. Robert Dycke of Jasta 16(b) in 1917.
B. Was flown by Ltn. Wilhelm Leusch of Jasta 19 in April 1917at Les Mensil. (This pilot's Fokker D.VII of 1918 was modeled by Aeroscale member Mal Mayfield during the Fokker Royal build.)
C. Represents D.504/16 flown by Hauptmann Rudolf von Esebeck in Jasta 8.
D. Another Jasta 16(b) machine and the pilot is unknown. One has to wonder with the inverted horse-shoe, did this pilot's luck run out? (Note A & D were photographed together in the same line up.)
Albatros built 200 airframes and LVG built 75. These profiles all represent early Albatros buit examples.
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