Hi all,As the build of the Fokker E.IV...
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,
3 additional images. Click to enlarge.