The February 1942 issue of Flying Aces magazine contained a quadruplet of 3-view scale drawings of early airplanes: The German Fokker D.V Albatros fighter biplane, the American Army Air Force's Douglas O-31A observation monoplane, the Ryan Navy Seaplane, and Russian I-16 Mosca fighter low wing monoplane. Per Wikipedia, "The Albatros D.V was a fighter aircraft built by the Albatros Flugzeugwerke and used by the Luftstreitkräfte (Imperial German Air Service) during World War I. The D.V was the final development of the Albatros D.I family and the last Albatros fighter to see operational service. Despite its well-known shortcomings and general obsolescence, approximately 900 D.V and 1,612 D.Va aircraft were built before production halted in April 1918." Here is an official outline drawing of the Albatros. Oddly, the drawing in Flying Aces labels this as a Fokker D.III, which looks nothing like the D.V. (the D.III looks more like a Sopwith Camel)
Albatros D III Pursuit
Next to the Fokker D.7 the D.V Albatros was the most popular fighter-pursuit ship to be used during the latter part of World War 1. Employing plywood monococque construction in the fuselage and mounting a 175 h.p. Mercedes engine, the best the Albatros could do at top speed was 120 m.p.h. It cruised at 90. Twin synchronized Spandau machine guns were mounted on top of the fuselage cowl. Span of upper wing was 29 feet 8 inches. Lower wing, 28 feet 9 inches. Over all length was 24 feet. Suggested color scheme: White fuselage and wings, black crosses as shown, with red band around the tail, covering the front of the vertical fin. Struts should be clear hard wood, streamlined.
Posted October 26, 2019