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The Habsburg Empire Air Troops Part 2 - 1927
« on: September 25, 2018, 05:52:59 AM »


Habsburgerreich Luftfahrtruppen (Habsburg Empire air arm) Albatros X.





This fighter was the last in a long line of development started when Habsburgerreich Flugzeugfabrik AG (Haffag) built the original German design under license in 1917 which was improved upon over time.



The Haffag Albatros X entered service with the Habsburgerreich Luftfahrtruppen in 1927 and was powered by a Grf & Stift V-6 engine. It was armed with two 7.86 mm synchronized guns mounted on the upper decking.



The top wing was moved so it bisected the fuselage in an attempt to improve speed and visibility. While speed did increase, it was still difficult to see below during landing which caused many accidents for pilots new to the type.



Along with these design changes, in an incredibly far-sighted bit of modernization, the undercarriage was upgraded and featured the first spats ever used on a combat aircraft in the Habsburgerreich.



While the landing gear was indeed quite fearsome, these fighters would be forced to soldier on long after they should've been retired, relying ever more on the intimidation factor of their spats to keep the enemy at bay.



The last Albatros X was scrapped in the late 1930s after being replaced by more up-to-date types and none survive today.



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« Last Edit: September 25, 2018, 06:54:28 AM by Brian da Basher »

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Re: The Habsburg Empire Air Troops Part 2 - 1927
« Reply #1 on: September 25, 2018, 06:29:49 AM »
This all started with a bagged 1/72 Eduard Albatros D.V that I picked up for a couple of bucks at a fire sale a few years back. Since it's a bagged kit, there's no box art to speak of, but the paint guide is very colorful.



With typical Eduard fastidiousness, the instructions are nicely drawn and easy to follow.



If you follow these things, that is.

The kit itself is pretty simple but very well detailed for the scale.



To pull this build off, I was going to need some extra parts.



These were also from an Eduard Albatros V, but one that was a little pricier and came with more options.

One option I didn't have was leaving the front office empty so I got to work.



I added some seat belts made from kabuki tape as well as an instrument panel cut from card. This is the second W.W. I kit missing this critical piece of equipment and I'm worried they're going extinct or something. Here's how the 'pit looks all closed up. You can't see a lot of it but I think it would look empty without it.



The first modification I made was upgrading the engine. Fortunately, one swiped from a Chipmunk was a great fit.



That yawning chasm in front of the 'pit was covered with blister pack from disposable lighters.



Next I added those wings & ailerons you saw earlier and then spatted the landing gear with card.





It took me  a couple of days to get this far and then it was on to paint.



The old hairy stick was trotted out again and loaded with acrylics. The wings & tail feathers were done with Polly Scale Italian Gray and the fuselage in a color I got on sale, Model Masters Sloth Brown. Flat Black and Insignia Yellow were used for the rudder stripes.



The engine and spats were painted Model Masters Primer Gray and the struts, guns and exhausts were given a custom mix. Decals were all from spares and I dearly hope the Luftwaffe doesn't want their commandeered squadron badges back.



Before I forget, here's a couple of "money shots" (U.S. penny for scale).





I'm grateful to Seor Ysi for moderating this GB and the rest of you playing along or just taking a look.



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« Last Edit: September 25, 2018, 07:08:57 AM by Brian da Basher »

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Re: The Habsburg Empire Air Troops Part 2 - 1927
« Reply #2 on: September 25, 2018, 07:32:21 AM »
If you have not yet been promoted to Generalfeldmarschall of the Habsburg Empire Air Force, you should be Brian.

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« Last Edit: September 25, 2018, 08:12:52 PM by The Big Gimper »
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Re: The Habsburg Empire Air Troops Part 2 - 1927
« Reply #3 on: September 25, 2018, 07:54:46 AM »
Indeed looks transitioned to 1927ish aircraft.  Lowered wing, motor, spats, and colors do the job.  Nice strut wires too.  Have not tried that.

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Re: The Habsburg Empire Air Troops Part 2 - 1927
« Reply #4 on: September 25, 2018, 01:57:58 PM »
Love full wings united to fuselage and thin spats. :smiley: :smiley:

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Re: The Habsburg Empire Air Troops Part 2 - 1927
« Reply #5 on: September 25, 2018, 05:56:24 PM »
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Re: The Habsburg Empire Air Troops Part 2 - 1927
« Reply #6 on: September 26, 2018, 05:12:57 AM »
... the undercarriage was upgraded and featured the first spats ever used on a combat aircraft in the Habsburgerreich...

More than enough reason to model this subject. Nice!  :smiley:
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