Albatros DVa oz1976


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Albatros D5a - Scale biplane free flight rubber model. MAN, Feb 1945.

Quote: "Perhaps the best known of the Albatros scouts was the D-3 of 1916-17 and the later model D-5. The D-5 had a 225 hp water-cooled Mercedes engine and a speed of 140 mph was credited to it. This was remarkable speed for a fighter of that day and somewhat alleviated the plane's disadvantage of reduced maneuverability caused by its considerable weight. The operating ceiling was more than 18,000 ft and it could attain the first 10,000 ft of altitude in 13 minutes. Useful load of the craft was 517 pounds.

Most unique feature of the ship was the advanced aerodynamic and structural characteristics of the fuselage. Sleek and shaped like a fat cigar, the body was of three-ply wood construction. Except for the exposed cylinders of the engine, this presented clean, unbroken lines to the slipstream and undoubtedly contributed to the overall efficiency of the craft. Wing and empennage were of conventional wood and cloth construction. Wingspan was 29 ft 8 in, and length of the plane 24 ft.

Interest among model builders in these old planes has always been great so we take considerable pleasure in offering a trim little flying scale model of the famous Albatros D-5a of 1918. Proportions of the prototype make it ideally suited for reproduction in the form of a flying miniature. If carefully constructed from the plans and instructions presented here, the builder will find he has a model that is not only an excellent flyer but a picture when on display.

Conventional construction methods are employed throughout but be sure to follow the plans closely and read the written instructions. Balsa wood is preferable but white pine may be substituted if the lighter wood is not available. Colorless model airplane cement is used as adhesive to join the parts..."


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Albatros DVa  
by Earl Stahl
from Model Airplane News
February 1945 
18in span
Tags: Scale Rubber F/F Biplane Military Fighter
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Added some nice colour photos of his Albatros model, thanks to johnasmith.
SteveWMD - 13/02/2013
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