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ROD-012 1/72 Albatros D.lII German WW1 fighter model kit

Roden ROD-012 1/72 Albatros D.lII German WW1 fighter model kit
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ROD-012 1/72 Albatros D.lII German WW1 fighter model kit

Roden 1/72 Albatros D.lII German WW1 fighter model kit. Pic.1
Roden 1/72 Albatros D.lII German WW1 fighter model kit. Pic.1

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Roden 1/72 Albatros D.lII German WW1 fighter model kit. Pic.2

The appearance of the Albatros D.III was closely influenced by the latest French designs, in particular Nieuport. Of course, Nieuport fighters were not true biplanes but sesquiplanes (l e 1 1/2 wings). The lower wing was built around a single spar, and the chord of the lower wing was narrower in comparison with the upper wing. Robert Thelen and the Albatros designers completely rebuilt the wing cellule; all others elements of the Albatros D.II (fuselage, tail unit, undercarriage) were still in place. Only the mterplane struts received a new configuration: parallel struts were replaced by V-struts.
Some aspects of performance, like maneuverability and climb, increased, but speed was unchanged, The power of the Mercedes D.Ill a engine was now rated at 160 h.p, but this was not enough. Teeves & Braun replaced Wmdhoff side radiators, retained on many D.lls, with an installation on the wing.
The first mass production aircraft reached the Front in December 1916, and were greeted with enthusiasm by many pilots. But very soon many of the aircraft crashed: the lower wing had a tendency to collapse in excessive maneuvers. Even Manfred von Richthofen almost fell victim to this fault on January 24th 1917, but he was fortunate enough to effect a humed forced landing. He changed his Albatros for a Halberstadt D.ll, but one month later he again returned to the cockpit of the Albatros. Despite the problem with the lower wing, the Albatros D.III was still the best German fighter in the first half of 1917 and supenor to any Allied fighter. Bloody April of 1917, when Great Bntam lost 151 aircraft on Western Front (Germany lost 30), led the Allies to seek an adequate answer to the Albatros D.lll.
Production of the Albatros D III increased from month to month: in March 1917 137 were in service at the Front, 327 in May, and 446 in November of the same year. The parent plant of Albatros Flugzeugwerke, situated in Johanmstahl, built 500 fighters of this type, and the branch factory OAW in Schneidemuhl built an additional 840 aircraft. The OAW fighters were distinguished from the original D.lll by the rounded edge of the rudder. Even when the more modem Albatros D.V appeared, production of the D.III was not stopped; many D.Ills were still in service until the last days of the war.
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 Bntish S.E.5 and French Spad S.VII immediately made it obsolete. But at the end of 1918, when the Fokker D.VII dominated in the sky, many Albatros D.llls were still defending the air space of Germany.

Performances Albatros D.lII (Albatros D.lll OAW)
Wmgspan upper - 9,5 m
Length - 7,33 m
Take-off weight - 908,0 (896,0) kg
Speed, max - 165 km/h
Time of 1000m altitude reaching 2min 30sec
Endurance - about 2 hours
Engine - 1x160 hp Mercedes Dill Machine guns 2xLMG 08/15 Spandau