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Eduard 1/48 Albatros D.Va

January 12, 2021 · in Aviation · · 14 · 2K

D.Va flown by Lt Paul Baumer. Jasta 5 Bolstrancourt Jan 1918. Used Print Scale decals for the flower. Never again. Shriveled up before even leaving the back paper. Otherwise an enjoyable build. Thanks for looking.

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  1. And the Albatros is here, Paul!
    Excellent model, looking really flashy at those colors: I love it!
    Lt Paul Baumer looks nice and confident!

  2. Nice work.

    There's an interesting story about Paul Baumer, which fills in a literary mystery. It was told to me way back in college by a 20th Century Lit professor, who was old when I knew him and got the story when he was quite young.

    Paul Baumer was a dental student before the war, and became a dentist after the war, continuing to fly. He was universally known by all as "incredibly decent." He was killed in the summer of 1927, when his airplane crashed while putting on an aerobatics display in an airshow in Copenhagen.

    Among his many friends was a fellow World War I serviceman and writer, who had just finished writing the war novel he would become universally known for when he learned his good friend had died. He went through the manuscript, and changed the name of his main character to memorialize his friend.

    And that is how the protagonist/hero of "All Quiet On The Western Front" came to be named Paul Baumer, as Erich Maria Remarque told my old professor when they met in New York City in the 30s when my professor was a student in awe of the best selling novel. It's not something widely known because no one else ever asked the author that question.

  3. Excellent build, Paul.
    Details and paintwork is really awesome.
    I do like your bi-plane builds a lot.
    From the images I would say that the Edelweiss doesn't look that bad.

  4. Great build, and a very colorful aircraft!

  5. 🙂 ... Greetings ... 🙂 :
    Looking way deep into this magnificent build, one can't help but just be transported to the WW1 times. Those colors and markings make the journey all the worth, not to mention those airplanes. Beautiful build Paul, thank you for sharing these images ... and most of all ... for the passage thru time.

  6. One of my favorite D.V schemes! Nice job on the wood grain effect!

  7. Paul, yours is a beautiful build. Looks good with the figure and beside the Fokker.

    I had the same problem with Print Scale decals for a Ki-84 and had to do a lot of touch up with paint and use another manufacturer's decals elsewhere. The sheet instructions said the decals were printed by Microscale. I emailed Print Scale and they said no one else had complained about this problem.

    I looked at the remaining decals close up, and it looked like the final clear top coat was not applied. Don't know if this was a mistake by Microscale, or if the specification from Print Scale didn't call for a top coat.

    Anyhow, you did a really good job getting the decal down and finishing the build.

  8. A wonderful scheme - lovely work Paul great to see.

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