Roden's 1/72 scale Albatros D.I
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||Kit No. 01
|Contents and Media:
||Approx. 73 grey plastic parts;
markings for five options
||Finely detailed parts, five
interesting decal options.
||Loose packaging of parts.
Reviewed by Robert Baumgartner
Here we have the first release of the Albatros series of fighters from
Roden. It is packaged in the usual soft “end opening” box, and displays an
evocative picture of the machine flown by Prince Friedrich Carl of
Prussia. Roden have supplied the 1/72nd scale modeller with a steady
stream of kits over the last few years and thankfully it doesn’t look like
letting up just yet. Judging by the kit number, this one had been planned
for a while!
The box contains five sprues of light gray coloured plastic. They are
labeled as A, B, C, D and Z. The superb latter sprue we have seen before
in Roden’s Fokker D.VII kits. All parts are fully molded and the minor
flash is easily eradicated with a swipe of “wet and dry” paper. A decal
sheet for five aircraft and a twelve-page instruction sheet complete the
It is obvious from the engineering of the kit that many more variants
are planned. Packaging has again taken its toll with a couple of pieces
broken due to the sprues being allowed to fight each other in a common
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All major outlines closely match Ian Stair’s plans in the Albatros
Fighters Datafile Special published by Albatros Productions.
The fuselage though, appears to have lost a little weight in the depth
department, this occurring behind the cockpit. The bottom of the rudder
could do with a quick swipe of the emery board to round the corner a bit
more and the tires are a bit undernourished when compared to photos. The
wing struts are a little longer than needed so take this into account when
positioning the top wing with the fuselage struts.
These are made up of three pieces for the upper wing and one piece for
each of the lower wings. The upper centre section is separate to allow
other versions of the Albatros fighter to be modelled in later releases.
Trailing edges on these parts are wonderfully thin and the rib detail
subtle. The ailerons are well defined and even include the link that
attaches to the operating wire. A certain 1/48th scale manufacturer missed
All struts are amazingly thin, as we have come to expect from Roden, so
care is needed when removing from the sprue.
Again we see the incorporation of features to allow a multitude of
variants to be built. Multiple steps and access hatches are moulded into
the fuselage halves and the modeller merely removes those that do not
apply. These halves have fine structural detail on the inner surfaces with
no corresponding sink marks on the outside. The forward fuselage decking
is separate, again to take future releases into account. A one-piece nose
ring needs to be added to the front of the aircraft and this part exhibits
a very sharp leading edge. This should look good with the smaller diameter
Basic cockpit items are supplied such as seat, rudder and control
column. Sprue Z supplies the engine and machine guns as well as donating
similar leftovers to the spares box. Items to be seen on the forthcoming
D.II and D.III series can also be saved such as rudder, axle, wheels and
Two types of propeller and exhaust are present as well as some nice
Windhoff radiators. The latter needing some sink-marks filled.
The decal sheet is well printed although this example was slightly out
Five schemes are catered for as follows:
Albatros D.I, flown by Rittmeister Prince
Friedrich Carl of Prussia. Lieutenant Pickthorn of 32 Squadron RFC
forced him down while flying a DH2. Despite the aircraft being quoted as
light green, it is more probable that this related to the fuselage only
and that the wings were still camouflaged in the usual dark green, red
brown combination. From photos, it also appears that this machine did
not have the standard triangular water tank, but had a cylindrical type
mounted in front of the engine. The fuselage is very, very light in
colour so chose your green carefully.
Albatros D.I serial 391/16, flown by Lt.
Buttner of Jasta 2, 1916
Albatros D.I serial 390/16, flown by Lt.
Hone of Jasta 2, 1916
Albatros D.I serial 426/16, flown by Lt.
Gunter of Jasta 2, 1916
Albatros D.I serial 426/16, flown by Offz.
Leopold Reimann, Jasta2, 1916
The colour schemes given in the instructions for options b, c, d, and e,
all have areas of camouflage that will raise some eyebrows, especially the
wings of options d and e.
This is a very comprehensive kit with all the finesse we
have become accustomed to judging by Roden’s latest releases. Fine
trailing edges, near scale struts and well-detailed parts are all pleasing
aspects of this kit.
A later build will determine the success or otherwise of
the three piece upper wing and fuselage profile. With this first release,
we can only hope that the Roden Albatros family expands!
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