Oeffag s.153 & s.253
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||Roden 1/72 scale Albatros D.III
Oeffag s.153 (early) Kit Ro 024
Roden 1/72 scale Albatros D.III Oeffag s.253 Kit Ro 026
|Contents and Media:
||Over 65 grey plastic parts; markings
for many options in each kit
||Well researched subjects,
variety of markings, good value for money
||Decals out of
Reviewed by Robert Baumgartner
Roden comes one step closer to completing their
Albatros family with the release of two more aircraft from the
Both kits share exactly the same sprues and as a result, the spares box
gets topped up once again.
Considering the use they have had so far, the moulds
hold up very well with only a little flash being present on the larger
parts. The sprues for these boxings are A, C, E, F, and W. Due to the
loose packaging, a couple of pieces from the engine had broken off but
surprisingly, the struts survived.
As expected with multi-version sprues, the
instructions show which parts are applicable to which version, with the
scalpel being called upon to remove details that don’t apply.
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Inside the fuselage halves, there is
some structural detail for the cockpit as well as a shelf for the engine
to be seated on. Other supplied basics consist of a seat, rudder, and
control column. Detailers can have fun here by adding pumps, magneto,
switches, instruments etc.
The wings retain their delicate look with thin
trailing edges and realistic cross section. Both surfaces exhibit subtle
rib detail and experience shows that the assembly of the three-piece wing
is not a major issue. There is a blemish on the undersurface radiator,
which will require some attention.
Careful thought is needed when removing the delicate
parts from their attachment points. The struts are beautifully thin and
can easily break during cleanup. This is from experience!
After removal of the forward cowling, judicious
reworking with the scalpel is needed to restore the lower lip.
Those who own an early printing of the Albatros
Production Datafile #19 will notice that the plans are printed with an
incorrect tailskid fin. The increased area version shown on the rear cover
profiles is correct. Thankfully, Roden have given the modeller the right
If you are careful, the tail plane, fin, and top wing
should not prove troublesome during assembly.
Three different propellers are provided, including
the oddly shaped Jaray, so there is even more opportunity to vary the
schemes that one can build.
The majority of the 253 series adopted scalloped
trailing edges to the ailerons and elevator and these are provided on
sprues E and F. The modeller cuts away the existing ailerons on the top
wing and replaces them with parts 8E and 9E. Thoughtfully, Roden supply
these with some lovely washout at the tips.
A scalloped tail plane is supplied as part F17 but
the instructions incorrectly say to use the unscalloped 1C.
The 225 hp Austro-Daimler engine was used in this
version and covered with the more symmetrical upper cowl and blunted nose.
These are supplied as well as an accurate engine bonnet, which was used by
Five different machines can be made from the decal
sheet. My example was slightly out of register, meaning that the national
markings would have to be sought elsewhere. Close inspection revealed that
the white was crazed and care will thus be needed on application. A nice
touch is the inclusion of the Oeffag trademark and stenciling information.
Albatros D.III (OEF) 253.30 Flik 56J - Flown by Karl Zavodsky, this
machine is depicted as seen in August 1918.
Albatros D.III (OEF) 253.08 Flik 3J - Flown by Oberleutnant Stefan
Stec. He later went on to join the Polish air service.
Albatros D.III (OEF) 253.04 Flik 3J - Flown by Oblt. Franz Peter,
Albatros D.III (OEF) 253.06 Flik 3J - Flown by Oblt. Friedrich
Navratil, August 1918.
Albatros D.III (OEF) 253.24 Flik 51J - Flown by Benno Bialia,
This kit is less labour intensive to build, as the
correct ailerons are already in place. The “standard” nose profile is
completed using parts 16F and 3A. Experience has shown that careful
trimming, and dry fitting, will allow the parts to mate with only a touch
of filler needed. Care is still required so as not to loose the detail
around the nose area when the inevitable sanding begins.
Do you want options? Well you got options - 22 in fact!
The huge decal sheet is printed very clearly but did
suffer from registration problems.
For the sake of completeness I will list them:
Albatros D.III (OEF) 153.30 Flik 55J - Although belonging to
Obt.i.d.R. Karl Prinzig von Herwalt, the plane was crashed by Oblt. Hans
Leiner on 15th May 1918.
Albatros D.III (OEF) 153.95 Flik 2D - Zgsf. Josef Poschl flew this
aircraft to down an Italian SPAD on the 3rd May 1918. At this
time the machine had the Unit marking of black painted wheel discs.
Albatros D.III (OEF) 153.16 Flik 41J - Flown by Frank Linke-Crawford,
it is interesting that Roden depict the falcon colour as red when it is
accepted that the similarly marked L-C 153.11 machine carried a black
D.III (OEF) 153.15 Flik 55J - Less controversial is this aircraft flown by
Julius Arigi in September 1917. He scored one victory in this machine.
Albatros D.III (OEF) 153.80 Flik 55J - Another Arigi aircraft and one in
which he scored his 23rd, 24th, and 25th
Albatros D.III (OEF) 153.29 Flik 51J - Flown by Fw. Istvan Frejes, the
wolfs head was only added later when the aircraft was transferred to the
Campoformida air school. There it was flown by Oblt. Othmar Wolftan.
Albatros D.III (OEF) 153.58 Flik 42J - Flown by Friedrich Hefty, 1917.
Albatros D.III (OEF) 153.24 -Flown by Hans Fischer, winter 1917.
D.III (OEF) 153.87 Flik 55J - Flown by Josef Kiss, he scored at least two
victories in 153.87.
D.III (OEF) 153.54 Flik 41J - Flown by Oblt. Rudolf von Szepessy-Sokoll,
D.III (OEF) 153.47 Flik 55J - Flown by Josef Kiss, this aircraft is
usually portrayed with a blue fuselage under belly. Kiss scored at least
three victories in this machine.
D.III (OEF) 153.100 Flik 55J - Flown by Zgsf. Alois Lehmann, Fw. Alfons
Behounek and Kpl. Bohumil Munzar 1918.
D.III (OEF) 153.110 Flik 61J - Both Otto Schrimpl, and Franz Graser scored
victories in this aircraft. Leo Wild eventually crashed the aircraft on 21st
July 1918, and died in the accident.
D.III (OEF) 153.27 Flik 55J - Flown by Georg Kenzian for at least two
victories, Roden depict the pennant as red and white. Blue and white are
the more accepted colours, which also match Kenzian’s old engineers’unit,
Pionier Bataillon Nr.2
D.III (OEF) 153.45 Flik 41J - No collection would be complete without an
aircraft flown by Godwin Brumowski, the top-scoring ace of the
Austro-Hungarian Empire. Eight victories were scored in this machine.
D.III (OEF) 153.45 Flik 41J - Another Brumowski machine, but one he only
mainly flew between February-March 1918.
D.III (OEF) 153.06 Flik 41J - Brumowski’s first victory in an Albatros
fighter (15th confirmed overall) was scored in this machine on
19th August 1917. The next day, this machine was used for his
Albatros D.III (OEF) 153.11 Flik 41J - The second of the featured
Linke-Crawford machines but the first to wear the falcon. Again Roden go
against convention with the falcon and depict it in red. Five victories
were confirmed in this aircraft.
D.III (OEF) 153.12 Flik 41J - Both Karl Kaszala and Kurt Gruber flew this
aircraft. Note that this plane has been photographed with an
unsynchronized Schwarzlose machine mounted on the port side. This was
angled so as to fire outside the propeller arc.
D.III (OEF) 153.17 Flik 55J - Two victories were scored on the 15th
November 1917 by Kiss in 153.17
Albatros D.III (OEF) 153.93 Flik 41J - Flown by Oblt. Gustav von
Albatros D.III (OEF) 153.52 Flik 41J - Another of Brumowski’s macabre
marked aircraft, he scored his 28th and 29th
victories in it.
These are two more inspired
releases from Roden, who show the modeller that colourfully marked
Albatros fighters were not just flown by the German Air Service.
Well researched and
produced, these kits offer great value for money.
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