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« on: July 16, 2020, 04:59:42 AM »

It's been a while since I last build a balsa scale model, to be exact it's almost like close to 10 years ago.

Thanks to the Covid19 and the resultant lockdown, I started dabbling into the hobby again, and so comes my latest pistachio build of the Albatros DIII - one of my favourite WW1 Biplane apart from the SE5a, Nieuport 11 and the Sopwith Pup.

It's great to be back!

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« Reply #1 on: July 16, 2020, 05:03:34 AM »

I used the fuselage build on top another method to ensure they are either identical or close to it. Test fitted the stabilizer with the semi-completed fuselage.


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« Reply #2 on: July 16, 2020, 05:05:47 AM »

Weight as it is now.

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« Reply #3 on: July 16, 2020, 06:02:45 AM »

Hi hklam !   Excellent model,  thanks for posting the pics,  and welcome back to the hobby!   Smiley

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« Reply #4 on: July 16, 2020, 07:42:22 AM »

Welcome here!....I too was absent for about 15yr from the hobby. When unpacked my older stuff, I had can motors and nicad batteries. Now the tech is better and lighter!
My stash of plans were small...and thanks to this website plan service, I now have plans to keep building for the NEXT 100 yr
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« Reply #5 on: July 16, 2020, 11:50:34 PM »

Thanks Lastwoodsman and Kaintuck for the fine welcome and feedback.

Cut out the formers and did a little bit of micro drilling to lighten them last nite. Got a metal box for keeping the prepared parts before construction.


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« Reply #6 on: July 23, 2020, 03:55:16 AM »

Works on stringers and formers continued on the fuselage
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« Reply #7 on: July 23, 2020, 03:58:10 AM »

More pics of the progress.
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« Reply #8 on: July 23, 2020, 04:03:58 AM »

Did the nose stringers and centre prop, the cabanes, wing struts and undercarriage. Weighing in at 1.2g.


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« Reply #9 on: July 23, 2020, 05:53:02 AM »

My first thought was - that's a very big razor blade.  Looking forward to more building pictures.  Excellent work.
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« Reply #10 on: July 24, 2020, 02:39:49 AM »

Thanks Ralph for the compliments! It is indeed a very small scale model at 8" span and further complicated by the amount of added formers and stringers.

Here are pictures of the almost completed model. What's left is the wheels, the Mercedes engine and spandau guns.


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« Reply #11 on: July 24, 2020, 02:43:07 AM »

More pics before covering process.

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« Reply #12 on: July 24, 2020, 05:07:18 AM »

What a great little model. I’m always amazed that people can work so accurately and cleanly at such a small  scale. Keep the pics coming!
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« Reply #13 on: July 24, 2020, 06:48:43 AM »

Make me wanna build one too! Great job on them ribs and stringers.....
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« Reply #14 on: July 26, 2020, 09:22:52 PM »

Thanks Pete and Marc for the compliments. Pete, you have built some really fine models too!

While waiting and mooting on the covering materials between Condenser paper and Esaki tissue, I have taken some further photoshoots of the Albatros with its smaller diecast static model and also the Pistachio SE5a (also featured here in the forum - about 10 years old now) which I intend to finish-up together with the Albatros D3.


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« Reply #15 on: July 27, 2020, 12:52:36 AM »

I had to give up on a peanut build because I could just not build that small anymore.  Then you post these photos that just blow me away.  You have such fine detail in such a small scale.  It is just inspiring!
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« Reply #16 on: July 27, 2020, 05:04:42 AM »

You didn't lose any building skills during the time away from modelling. Very nice. What size sticks are you using - 0.8?

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« Reply #17 on: July 27, 2020, 05:15:40 AM »

I had to give up on a peanut build because I could just not build that small anymore.  Then you post these photos that just blow me away.  You have such fine detail in such a small scale.  It is just inspiring!

Thanks faif2d! Give-up on the "peanut" (pun intended) but not the peanut builds please  Grin


You didn't lose any building skills during the time away from modelling. Very nice. What size sticks are you using - 0.8?

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Hi John, thanks for the compliments. The tough part is always "getting started again", and once you've past that things will be easier and yeah, it's mostly 0.8mm or 1/32".

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« Reply #18 on: August 03, 2020, 03:19:50 AM »

Been busy with work lately, so just managed to do a bit on the Mercedes 160hp engine, what is left undone is the exhaust. Test-fitted on the front fuselage, its tiny!


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« Reply #19 on: August 03, 2020, 06:34:03 AM »

Like the other guys said: really nice work. And photography is good too. Look forward to the next pics
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« Reply #20 on: August 03, 2020, 10:22:47 AM »

Wow!  Your tiny Albatros is right up there with Monz and her flawless Fokker DVII!

If you fit machine guns complete with ammo chutes, that will pretty well do it.
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« Reply #21 on: August 03, 2020, 08:09:49 PM »

Good grief!!! Smiley What! no pistons!

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