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Hi all,As the build of the Fokker E.IV...

January 22, 2023 · in Aviation · · 11 · 0.9K

Hi all,
As the build of the Fokker E.IV 'Eindecker' is coming to a close, I've started the next build.
This build will be of Halberstadt Cl.II ‘Anni’ of Schlachtstaffel ‘Schlasta’ 27b (Battle Squadron), based at Villers-au-Tertre Aerodrome from late 1917.
Flown by Uffz. Fridoin Redenbach and the CO of the unit, Oblt. Sigmund Kreitmair.

Schutzstaffel ‘Schusta’ 27b (Protection Squadron) was formed in February 1917 and operated primarily as escorts to bombing or reconnaissance aircraft.
On April the 16th 1918, the unit was renamed Schlachtstaffel ‘Schlasta’ 27b (Battle Squadron) and was then engaged in ground attack missions.

Three colour profiles were created in 2012 by R.N.Pearson and were based on data from Duiven/Dan-San-Abbot and the ‘Schlachtflieger’ publication.
The first profile depicts the aircraft, which I believe was written off as non-repairable after crashing.

For the second and third colour profiles, there appears to be some conjecture as to the lozenge covering used and the colour of the 'devil cat' marking.
However 'Wingnut Wings' have a photograph of the crashed 'ANNI', which I assume is the subject of the second colour profile.

If so, then the third profile is the last iteration of this aircraft.
The third colour profile indicates this aircraft was an 'early' Halberstadt Cl.II, with the pilots machine gun mounted on the port (left) side of the cockpit coaming.
I chose the third and final colour profile for this model build, although I'll need to create decals or paint masks for the fuselage markings,


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11 responses

  1. Another superb entry, Mike!
    Looking to it!

  2. Miss seeing Dan-San’s knowledge and wisdom.

    Brian Riedel

  3. Great choice, Mike @sandbagger
    Beautiful scheme as well.

  4. Interesting and nice colour scheme Mike. I'm always happy to discover a new project from you.

  5. Hi all,
    The subject of this model has been changed, as there is no photographic or other evidence for this aircraft, apart from textual notes taken at the time and passed down through generations.


  6. Hi all,
    The fuselage is close to being closed up now.
    The engine is complete apart from some weathering and controls that will be fitted.
    The fuselage still needs the pilots machine gun to be fitted.


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  7. Hi all,
    The fuselage is now closed up.
    The instructions call for the front cabane struts and wing radiator pipe to be fitted before the fuselage panels.
    However, this leaves them exposed and likely to be broken or damaged during the subsequent build.
    Therefore I decide these could be fitted after the panels and later in the build.
    Both the pilots 'Spandau' and observers 'Parabellum' machine guns were modified to have 'Master' Brass barrels and cooling jackets.
    Somehow I managed to lose both of the landing gear bracing tubes.
    So I replaced them with brass tube, which will probably give the gear more strength anyway,


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  8. Hi all,
    The fuselage is ready for applying the 'Aviattic' stipple five colour lozenge effect decals (ATT32209).
    I also needed to create the 'Devils Cat' and 'ANNI' decals.
    These were copied from the colour profile into Paint Shop Pro 2019 software on my PC.
    The edges of each were cleaned and they were then test printed on paper and resized as necessary to match the model size.
    The markings were printed on my Canon IP7250 inkjet printer and on ‘MDP’ (Mr Decal Paper) Clear water slide decal paper.
    I printed extras as the clear decal paper is translucent and may show the underlying decal.
    If so I can double the decals to increase the colour density.
    The printed decals were given two light sealing coats of ‘Krylon’ Acryli-Quik sealer to seal in the ink and prevent bleeding of the colours when the decals are applied.


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  9. Hi all,
    I now have a photograph of the right side of this particular aircraft.
    It indicates that the black 'Devil Cat' was applied only on the fuselage left side.
    The right side had a Imp figure and a devil face.
    The quality of the photograph is not good so I've created decals as close as I can.
    The Imp was traced from the photograph and the devil face was the closest I could find (online clip art).


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  10. Hi all,
    The fuselage decals have now been applied.
    Just a few small tweaks then it's on to the weathering,


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  11. Hi all,
    Here's the completed shots of the Halberstadt Cl.II ‘Anni’ of Schlachtstaffel ‘Schlasta’ 27b (Battle Squadron), based at Villers-au-Tertre Aerodrome from late 1917. The pilot was Uffz. Fridoin Redenbach and the observer/gunner Oblt. R. Sigmund Kreitmair (Commanding Officer of the unit).

    Thanks for your comments and support for this build.
    As usual a fully detailed build log in Adobe PDF format, can be downloaded from the 'Logs' page on my site:

    Now to continue with the Hannover Cl.II build,

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