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Albatros (Oeffag) D.III (Midkiff)

This Oeffag D.III is from the excellent Rockytop Models kit of Mike Midkiff’s design. Mike has since released a short kit available through his website, Ozark Model Aviation. I started this model in a flurry for the “Austro-Hungarian Planes of WWI” cookup on Small Flying Arts. I experimented a little on the covering. The green tissue is so-called “domestic” tissue and the swirls or “sworls” were done with a q-tip and some acrylic craft paint. I think the effect worked really well. The rudder stripes are black sharpie marker on white Esaki. The wheel covers and crosses are sharpie and printer paper. I was not happy with the fuse covering. I found a hi-res picture of wood-grain online, printed it on white Esaki, then sprayed the back of the tissue with white rattle can paint. I think I just scaled it a little too large and that ruined the effect I was going for.

I got the D.III mostly finished except for the cabane and undercarriage, and details. Then I moved a couple times and the model stayed boxed up for awhile.

I’ve been messing around lately with drawing up some patterns for Austro-Hungarian printed “sworl” camo and got really excited about the possibilities- I am a sucker for flashy color schemes. I decided to pull out the  D.III and re-cover it with my test sworl tissue. I misaligned the tissue on the lower wings but other than that, I think it looks pretty freakin’ amazing.



4 Comments leave one →
  1. Ralph Kuenz permalink
    March 26, 2011 3:30 am

    Great stuff! Spent a couple of hours looking at plans. love it!

  2. March 26, 2011 9:38 pm

    Thanks, Ralph!

  3. dmar836 permalink
    July 4, 2011 3:31 pm

    Any updates on these builds?

    • July 5, 2011 1:50 pm

      No updates on anything posted here (they’re all works in progress over a several year period!) but I am building something new and will throw some pics up soon. Hopefully I’ll finish something this time and get it flying…

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