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Reviewed by Robert Baumgartner
Roden's 1/72 scale
Albatros D.V/Va is available online from Squadron.com
Roden complete the collection of Albatros fighters with the final
version in the family, the D.V/Va.
The box contains three sprues in the familiar light grey plastic. Sprues E
and Z we have seen before, with sprue G being the one that gives us the
parts for this adaptation.
The wings have retained their sharp trailing edges and lovely thin cross
section. The ailerons come molded with levers as well as the
Although coming in three pieces, the construction of the top wing
doesn’t pose a problem. Just line up the leading edge against a steel rule
and apply glue. Filler will easily hide any minor imperfections.
Sprue Z holds the well-detailed engines and machine guns. There are spares
of each and frequent buyers of Roden’s other kits should have a good
supply by now.
The new rounded fuselage halves needed for the D.V/Va are found on sprue
G. Each half is in one piece, unlike previous Albatros versions, so a more
trouble free assembly is assured. Outline accuracy is spot on when
compared to Ian Stair’s drawings in the Albatros Datafile Special. A minor
detail error is that the rearmost inspection hatch on the starboard side
of the engine area should not be there. This was a mistake made in the
early editions of Stair’s plans in the Datafile but was corrected in later
reprints. This hatch in the kit can be easily sanded off. Those that have
the original printing of the Datafile Special should also note that that
the forward hatches on both sides were drawn too low. Luckily Roden did
not copy this error.
An insert to match the lower wings to the new fuselage is also here.
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Other essential items contained on this new sprue include exhaust
pipes, headrest, 2 types of propeller, wheels, and all struts. These
latter items are superbly molded and must be close to scale thickness. The
trade off is fragility so care is needed when cleaning up these parts.
Thankfully Roden have molded the V strut complete with the support
brace. This makes for easier assembly and the modeller merely cuts it off
if it isn’t required for the subject they are modeling. Note that although
the kits options quote both the D.V and D.Va, no distinction is made in
the instructions regarding the brace.
The kit provides markings for seven aircraft on a decal sheet with
perfect colour registration.
The carrier film is nice and thin with the overall finish still being
I) Albatros D.V flown by Oblt. Hermann Goering
of Jasta 27.
Goering's victory claims will always be contentious but 22 seems to be
the accepted total. Fourteen were scored with Jasta 27 but it is not known
how many were in this aircraft.
II) Albatros D.V 1177/17.
One of Rittmeister von Richthofen’s many Albatros fighters, 1177/17 was
thought to be completely overpainted in red. Sadly there is no information
to confirm if this included the wings. It is believed that Manfred scored
4 victories in this machine between 24 June and 2 July 1917
III) Albatros D.Va flown by Franz Schleiff of
Having scored his first victories with FA300, Schleiff moved to Jasta
41 and then took command of Jasta 56 on 9 January 1918. Three days after
his 12th and final victory, a tracer bullet damaged his left hand so
severely that it had to be amputated.
IV) Albatros D.V D.1119/17.
Oblt. Ernst Frieherr von Althaus, the CO of Jasta 10, flew this
machine, which came from the first production batch.
It wears an improvised headrest, which photos show is slightly
different from that in the kit. The fuselage markings could stand for the
Morse code letters “HA”. This representing the nickname “Hussar Althaus”
that the pilot acquired when serving with the 1st regiment of the 18th
V) Albatros D.Va (sic)
1060/17 was possibly flown by Eduard Dostler who went on to command
Jasta 6 in June 1917. As indicated by the serial number, this aircraft was
a D.V from the first production batch and not a D.Va as shown in the
instructions. As a result, the “V” strut brace should be removed. Photos
verify this. Of course if you find a photo were the brace was added later
VI) Albatros D.Va flow by Josef Mai of Jasta 5.
This was one of two machines received by Jasta 5 that was armed with
Siemens machine guns. The other being flown by Vzfw. Fritz Rumey. It is no
coincidence that both were marked with a bone, which clearly had some
Modelers should note that there was a modification to the cartridge
chute on the starboard side as a result of the different guns.
VII) Albatros D.V 4693/17 flown by Manfred von
Richthofen of Jasta 11.
Two victories were scored in this machine, the 62nd over a DH5 on the
23rd November and the 63rd against a SE5a on the 30th November 1917.
As expected, this is another fine release from Roden.
Assembly should be easier than the other variants due to the one-piece
fuselage halves. The decal options are a mixture of the usual suspects,
with some pleasing original examples that are not often provided for.
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