Czech Master Resin
1/72 Albatros C.III

By Bill Johnson

History

The Albatros C.III armed, biplane scout was introduced into service by the German Army’s Fliegertruppe late in 1915 as a replacement for the Albatros C.I. This two-place plane served wherever the Germans fought in the Great War, from Palestine, over the Western Front and on into the snowy forests of the Eastern Front. It was only superceded at the fronts in April of 1917 when its place was taken by the more powerful “Second Generation” C-Types. Despite being replaced at the various fronts it was kept in production enjoying great popularity as a training aircraft. The best information available to me shows that about 2,270 Albatros C.IIIs were completed by war’s end. About 65% of this number was used as trainers.

My information shows that the type flew using one of two similar six-cylinder, water-cooled, inline engines, the 160hp Mercedes D III or the 150hp Benz BZ III. The wingspan was 37’ 6”, length was 25’ 6” and height, to the top of the fuel tank with the plane trestled into a flying attitude, was 10’ 3”. Construction was fairly typical for the time; the fuselage being constructed around four main longerons stiffened in sheer with plywood skin. Sheet aluminum cowled the engine. The wings were of wooden ribs over wooden spars with fabric covering. The empennage was of welded small-diameter steel tubing covered with fabric. The fabric surfaces were finished with clear dope over the linen fabric. The fuselage color could vary from being clear-varnished plywood to clear varnish over a reddish stain or being painted gray, brown or dark green.

The Kit

The kit is packed in a white, end-opening, card stock box with a very nice color profile of an Albatros C.III in the markings of Kampfgeschwader IV, Staffel 20 in 1916.

The instructions are on four A4 size sheets printed on both sides. The first sheet is divided into four sequential isometric drawings showing assembly of the parts with the recommended color for each part noted. These drawing sheets all have page numbers, which I frankly find confusing, as they are not in sequence. The last sheet, which should be number 10, is not numbered; it presents a 1/72 scale five-view of the aircraft.

 

 

The 40 parts comprising the kit are all well cast in a cream colored resin. There is no need for filling any voids or bubbles on any of the parts because there are none. Most of the parts had a bit of casting flash, which is typical of resin kits, but will clean up very well. The review kit was missing three parts: the fin/rudder, the scarff ring and the fuel tank. Several of the small resin struts were broken in packing. The missing gravity feed fuel tank is, correctly, shown above the top wing in the kit’s five-view and in the color/markings drawings but is not shown on the assembly drawings. This tank is well shown in many of the illustrations in the Datafile for this type. A tank can easily be carved from a block of wood or plastic and the broken struts are easily replaced with material found on the workbench of any competent modeler.

Three sheets of the instructions show four-view drawings of the aircraft in five different markings schemes. These provide information on color and decal location. The decal sheet was printed by Mini Print Decal (MPD) and is beautifully done. It even includes tiny Albatros logos for the rudder

Conclusion

After seeing the quality and workmanship of the kit parts and comparing them with the Datafile drawings, I feel that this is a fine kit that begs to be built. However, I feel that more care should be expended in assembling the kit parts in the factory for packaging to assure they all “Get into the Box.”

Thanks to Czech Master Resin for providing the review kit. At the time of writing I was unable to determine the kit’s price.

Reference

- The only reference available to me was Windsock Datafile 13 on the Albatros C.III by Peter M. Grosz and it’s all that you really need .

 

 

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