Choroszy Modelbud 1/72 Aviatik (Berg) D.II

By Grzegorz Mazurowski

The Plane

Austro-Hungarian Aviatik D.II, although produced in two short series and used operationally by some frontline units in 1918, it was of rather experimental construction. Intended to be a faster, pursuit version of the successful Austro-Hungarian Aviatik (Berg) D.I scout, it had virtually unchanged fuselage with completely different wings. The top wing was slightly shortened and its chord was increased. The lower wing had similar chord to the top wing, but its length was reduced very radically, almost to half of the length of the D.I version. The lower wing was cantilever, and the top wing was typical "parasol" type - was attached to the fuselage with two cabane struts and two pairs of wing struts coming from the bottom of fuselage to the wings. the plane proved to be really fast (217 km p/h, 15 km faster than fastest contemporary Austro-Hungarian airplane, Albatros (Oeffag) D.III series 253), but the vibrations appearing in the higher speeds made the operational flying (especially aiming the guns and making reconnaissance photos) almost impossible.

The Kit

Typically for Choroszy Modelbud, this is very high quality resin kit. Packed in characteristic white-and-blue box with colour plane profile on the top, kit includes resin parts, decal sheet (common to all Choroszy Aviatik-Berg kits), 8-pages English instruction booklet with "exploded" drawings showing the assembly process, technical data, painting and marking scheme and nice 4-view plans of the airplane. Resin parts are additionally carefully packed in small zip-bags, biggest one contains wings and tailplanes, second the fuselage halves, third all the smaller details and finally the smallest bag contains engine, propeller and radiator.

Moulding of the resin parts is very sharp and detailed. Fuselage halves have thin walls with nice interior and exterior details, wings are properly thin, with sharp trailing edges and correct wash-out of the ailerons. Tail control surfaces (both vertical and horizontal) are separated from the fins, and even provided with control horns! Smaller details are also very nice. I'm really impressed especially with the engine, bulkhead behind pilot's seat and tiny details visible on the Schwarzlose machine guns. Also undercarriage legs have good details on the joint with the axle, feature often forgotten by model designers.

Decals are also first-class, although purists can complain on font used for serial numbers - Austro-Hungarians used slightly different one.

Conclusion

Very good kit of the interesting airplane. Not easiest to build, as all the resin kits (you have to use not-very-forgiving CA glue or long curing resin glue), but wing assembly will be easier than in "standard" biplane, as the lower wing is cantilever and rigging is minimal. Also Choroszy provided the kit with useful pins and location holes for majority of the parts - feature not very common in typical resin kits.

Very highly recommended!

Thanks to Choroszy Modelbud for review kit!

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