Albatros Flugzeugwerke GmbH were responsible for some of the most graceful and effective fighters of the Great War. Their twin gun, semi-monocoque plywood Albatros D.1 arrived at the front in September 1916 and achieved instant air superiority over its main opposition of Nieuport 11 and DH.2 fighters. Followed immediately buy the slightly improved D.II and in December by the much improved D.III with its V strutted sesqiplane wing, greatly influenced by the successful Nieuport fighters. The D.III was more maneuverable than the D.II and its single spar lower half wing afforded greater visibility for the pilot but was also the cause of numerous, and usually fatal, structural failures. Despite much effort this problem was never fully resolved. Nevertheless the D.III remained in production well into late 1917. The D.V retained the wings of the D.III with a redesigned fuselage completely oval in section. It was arguably the best looking of all the Albatros designs but it inherited the lower wing structural problems of the D.III and turned out not to be any real improvement over it performance wise. The D.V and D.Va were produced in greater numbers than any previous German fighter of the war and was only surpassed later by the Fokker D.VII.
The D.Va's specifications as follows;
Max speed 106mph
Total number built D.Va 1662 (D.V 900) from August 1917 to early 1918
Armament two 7.92mm Spandau machine guns.
This kit was in the second batch of kits released by WNW around 2010.
Other variants were released about four years later. This kit has the
most rigging of any of the WNW kits I have a so may end up being one of
the last that I will build.
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