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Eagle Strike #48159
Flying Circus Part III (Albatros)
|Contents and Media:
||Double-sided full colour
letter-sized instructions plus notes sheet; decal sheet
USD$10.00 available online from Eagle Strike Productions'
||Good attention to detail,
perfect register, thin carrier film, generous number of
Reviewed by Rob Baumgartner
Eagle Strike Productions' Flying Circus Pt.III is available online
It was not too long ago that I bought yet another Albatros
Productions publication and marvelled at the photographs contained
therein. Some of the schemes worn by those Albatros fighter aircraft
were fascinating and now thanks to Eagle Strike, they can be
replicated in 1/48th scale.
The decal sheet has been cleverly designed so that a choice of seven
aircraft is available to the builder. These markings have been sized
for the Eduard Albatros D.III, which is clearly the best presently
The wings in this selection of aircraft are finished in a variety of
ways. Some are covered with 5-colour lozenge while others have been
painted in a two or three colour camouflage scheme, the latter
option having pale blue under surfaces. Colours chosen for the
3-colour pattern are light green, dark green and red brown. The
two-colour option is a dark green with either red brown or lilac in
Aircraft 1 – Albatros D.III of Ltn. Rudolf Hohberg, Fl.Abt.(A)263,
is a very unusual scheme to be seen on an Albatros D.III. The
upper surfaces, including the fuselage, appear to be finished in
the three-colour pattern with the lower surface pale blue
travelling well up the aircraft’s side.
There is a large colourful quartered square on the fuselage side
that was painted to symbolize the Prussian Observer’s badge.
Despite being a D.III, note that this machine carried a brace
from the strut to the lower wing. A prelude of things to come…
Aircraft 2 – Albatros D.III (OAW) 2380/17 of Ltn. Heinrich Arntzen,
Jasta 50, 1917.
As with Hohberg’s aircraft above, Arntzen’s mount also wears
a representation of the Prussian Observer’s badge. Five-colour
fabric is seen on the wings and the black and white Jasta
markings adorn the tailplane.
Arntzen scored 11 victories, 5 of them with Jasta 50. He liked
to go after balloons and got at least four until he was wounded
on 27 May 1918.
Modellers should ignore the larger tail skid fin shown on the
instructions for this and four of the next five options. It was
not applicable to these aircraft but was introduced on the D.V.
Aircraft 3 – Albatros D.III (OAW) of MFJ III, 1917.
Marine Feld Jasta aircraft often sport colourful markings and
this one is no exception. As well as wearing yellow and black
décor, the fuselage has had its brightness reduced with the
application of a green and brown mottle. The wings are said to
be finished in the three-colour camouflage.
It is interesting to note that at some stage of its life, this
aircraft was fitted with a rectangular access hatch above the
starboard lower wing. The purpose of which can only be guessed
Aircraft 4 – Albatros D.III (OAW) 5127/17 of Offstv. Hermann Habich,
Jasta 49, 1917.
Checks were popular with aircraft of many nations and here we
see them applied to Habich’s mount. The wings are finished in
5-colour lozenge as is the tailplane and rudder.
Habich made it as an ace and finished with 7 victories. He was
also one of many pilots that went on to join the Luftwaffe in
World War 2.
Aircraft 5 – Albatros D.III (OAW) of MFJ III (sic), 1917.
This striking machine saw a crowned eagle painted on the
fuselage, the top half of which is sprayed in green.
Although not mentioned in the instructions, this was Ltn.
Wilhelm Papenmeyer’s aircraft. He was with Jasta Boelcke at the
time, hence the white tail, and never served with the indicated
MFJ III. He scored 4 victories but lost his life flying a Fokker
Interestingly the instructions credit this machine with a yellow
spinner and a tail devoid of any national marking.
Aircraft 6 – Albatros D.III (OAW) of Ltn. Josef Rohe, MFJ I, 1917
Rohe’s aircraft is believed to have had the tri-colour wings
and pale blue under surfaces. The varnished ply fuselage has
been toned down with a mottle of green and brown.
The unit colour of yellow has been applied to both the nose
and wheel covers, and the white fuselage band is edged in red.
Hede was an abbreviation of Hedwig and Rohe chose to have this
name on both sides of his Albatros fighter. Fortunately Eagle
Strike has noticed this and provides them on the decal sheet.
The instructions are correct in that they depict this decal at
different heights on each side of the fuselage.
Aircraft 7 – Albatros D.III (OAW), 1917
The skull and crossbones were a popular marking in the German
Air service and here is another example of an aircraft
emblazoned with it.
The wings in this case are thought to have been one of the
Once again we see attention to detail as even the repair patch
(painted as a British roundel) and Albatros serial numbers are
supplied as decals for the wheel covers.
Naturally lozenge is not included so the modeller will have to
source this elsewhere. Eagle Strike produce a version of their own
and this is catalogued as sheets #48017 and #48018 for the
The supplied decals were in perfect register and the printing was as
sharp as ever. The carrier film is very thin and the mere smell of
decal setting solution will make these hug closely to the model’s
Other welcome items on the sheet include the Albatros logos and
propeller markings. There are enough for four aircraft so the spares
box can also benefit.
This certainly is a comprehensive sheet. Eagle Strike is to be
commended in taking careful note of their references and
transferring the markings into print.
It’s not often that this many subjects make it onto a single decal
sheet. I for one will be taking advantage of that.
Thanks to Eagle Strike Productions
for the review sample.
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