Albatros D.V and D.Va Decals
Wingnut Wings is now offering decal sheets for markings that go far beyond those included in their growing line of WW I aircraft kits. The decals are packaged in zip-lock sleeves along with a comprehensive full color 4-page instruction booklet that includes application instructions, aircraft profiles, top and bottom wing plan views, historical information and period photos of each of the aircraft covered by the decal sheets. These sets exhibit the same high level of quality as do all of the kits marketed by Wingnut Wings.
Set 30011 provides markings for five Albatros D.V fighters from Jasta 18. Some of them require upper and under wing lozenge patterns (and rib tape) that Wingnut Wings sells separately.
The markings are for:
A) Albatros D.V 2117/17 flown by Oliver Beaulieu-Marconnay, Jasta 18 in late 1917 (who was credited with 25 victories)
B) Albatros D.V 4594/17 flown by Paul Strähle, Jasta 18 from 1917-1918 (credited with 15 victories)
C) Albatros D.V (b/n unknown) ‘Horseshoe & Clover’, Jasta 18, 1917-1918
D) Albatros D.V (b/n unknown) flown by Kurt Monnington?, Jasta 15 & 18 between 1917 and 1918 (credited with 8 victories)
E) Albatros D.V (b/n unknown) flown by Josef Veltjens, Jasta 18 in early 1918 (credited with 35 victories)
Set 30016 provides markings for five Albatros D.Va fighters flown by ‘The Bavarians’. Some of them also require upper and under wing lozenge patterns (and rib tape) that Wingnut Wings sells separately.
The markings are for:
A) Albatros D.Va 5765/17 flown by Walter Böning, Jasta 76b in early 1918 (who was credited with 17 victories)
B) Albatros D.Va (b/n unknown) flown by Hans Böhning, Jasta 76b in December 1917 (also credited with 17 victories)
C) Albatros D.Va (b/n unknown) flown by Walter Böning, Jasta 76b and Karl Hopf in 1918
D) Albatros D.Va OAW 6633/17 flown by Michael Sigmann, Jasta 78b between April-August 1918
E) Albatros D.Va (b/n unknown) flown by Eduard Ritter von Schleich, JG8b in March 1918 (credited with 35 victories)
The decals in both sets are manufactured for Wingnut Wings by Cartograf. Like other decals from this Italian manufacturer, they are accurately registered and printed in vibrant opaque colors on thin film (with minimal carrier film surrounding the printed images). The photos below show the amount of decals provided on the sheets in these sets. All major aircraft markings, cockpit instrument faces, various data plates, propeller emblems and miscellaneous fuselage marking are included. Experience has shown Cartograf decals respond well to most decal setting solutions (that are applied in moderation and blotted carefully with a soft cloth or Q-tip). However, Wingnut Wings recommends using a hair dryer to get the decals to conform to the surface rather than using a setting solution. Something worth considering.
I recommend these decal sets to anyone who has 1/32 Albatros D.V or D.Va kits that are just begging to be finished in some unique markings not previously available.
My thanks to Wingnut Wings and IPMS/USA for the opportunity to review these impressive decal sets.