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Albatros D III #RL0118
Albatros D III
Military Aircraft

The German Albatros D-III was the third design in a progressive development of a successful line of fighters.  Its immediate predecessors, the Albatros D-I and D-II, had proven themselves superior to most Allied types, so the German Air Service had reason to be pleased with their new aircraft.  The Albatros D III's began arriving at front line aerodromes in January 1917 and for a year and a half were the predominant aircraft in the various German squadrons or jagstaffeln.  During this period of time, most of Germany's aces were flying the dependable D III, taking them on a daily basis into aerial battles against Allied aircraft.  The graceful lines of the Albatros D III were due to the molded plywood fuselage and advanced design of its wings and tail assembly.  The D III owed some of its performance characteristics to the French Nieuport 17 including its wing and strut arrangement which were incorporated into the Albatros design.  The Albatros D III was powered by a 160 horsepower Mercedes liquid cooled engine, which gave it a top speed of 109 mph.  The Albatros D III's armament consisted of two synchronized Spandau machine guns.  Once the Allies fielded their latest Spad's and S.E. 5s, however, the Albatros D IIIs became outclassed, although they remained in active service until the end of the war even though the German's themselves introduced the more capable Fokker D VII at about the same time.  This older Albatross D III scaled model was released by Revel in the early 1960s and includes the following features: 1) Authentic World War I era German Air Service markings; 2) Display base; 3) Molded in red colored plastic; 4) Seated pilot figure; 5) Simulated fabric covering; 6) Spinning propeller and 7) Illustrated assembly instructions.  The box is in poor condition.  Never started and 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions inventoried.    


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