Wednesday, January 10, 2007

WWI Albatros DVa - 1

This is a 1/300 scale Albatros. Irregular Miniatures only produce one type of Albatros model so the only reason why I differentiate between them is for gaming purposes and also colour scheme. Pretty much all the Albatros types in WWI looked very similar and at this scale no one is going to care. The DVa is a slightly modified version of the DV and was virtually identical in all respects. This model is from Irregular Miniatures 6mm World War I Aircraft range and has the code GWP15. The model itself is only about 2.5cm (1 inch) in length.

It is painted in the colour scheme of an Albatros DV flown by Vfw Otto Konnecke of Jasta 5 in 1917. (source - Norman Franks, Albatros Aces of World War 1 - Osprey Aircraft of the Aces No. 53, 2001). Konnecke's personal insignia was a black and white chequerboard, edged in red. He is credited with 33 victories. Otto Konnecke survived the war and died in Germany on 25 January 1956.

The Albatros DVa was a single-seat fighter employed by the Germans in WWI from about the late summer of 1917 (the DVs a couple of months earlier). You can click on the image for a closer view.

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