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Albatros D.V

I built this Albatros D.V several years ago. It was from a Aerowerkes (formerly DPC Models) lasercut kit. Roughly 18″ span if I remember correctly. I DO remember that this was the last model I built mostly with superglue. Building the stab, I spilled a significant amount of glue, tried to wipe it up with kleenex (only thing handy) and got the burning skin sensation surprise of my life! I got very lucky and was able to eventually clean the burning mass of superglue and tissue off my index finger. I promptly ordered a tube of ambroid…

I think this was my first completed model that was actually airworthy. I knew zero about trimming back then. Took it to the field and let ‘r rip! Wrong. Crash. My DPC D.V was written off on its forst sortie.

DPC says he will be bringing back some old kits soon and I hope this is one of them. Keep your eye on his kits page.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Ron Teichert permalink
    March 24, 2011 8:17 pm

    Looks real nice!
    I also hope the Aerowerks (DPC) kit become available.

  2. Ralph Kuenz permalink
    March 26, 2011 3:43 am

    Very nice work. I’ve built the old Guillow 18″ DVa (all red) and the Golden Age version (Red dragon on the fuse). The Guillow was a “Hangar Queen” and never flew, the G.A. flew pretty well.
    I must try printing tissue on my inkjet. I printed a “Sweet Kiss” in lavender on an older injet but messed it up putting it on the model. I think you’d have to give it a light coat of Krylon to fix it before using the tissue. Best regards. Ralph Kuenz

  3. March 26, 2011 10:18 pm

    Thanks, guys. Inkjet printing does take some trial and error. Epson printers that use durabrite ink are the best for tissue printing in my opinion. Durabrite ink does not run when shrinking with water or alcohol. Before I had an Epson printer, I had to use steam for shrinking printed tissue.

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