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    Thanks Rob! Do you think there was something I could have done a bit better?

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    Hey Cole, I would suggest hitting it with a dull coat. It might be the photos, but it looks a little shiny from here. Other, it loos pretty good to me!

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    Thanks for the reply Herr Oberst! I actually hit it with a gloss coat thinking that would make it look better - thus the shininess. Is it usually better to go with a dull coat in your opinion?

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    I will normally apply a gloss coat after painting, but before adding he decals. This helps to blend the decals in with the model a little more. Once all that is good and dry, I hit with a dull coat. Real combat planes are always dull (except the WWII US planes after they had air superiority, then they were not painted at all). When you are flying around trying to shoot someone down... or not get shot down your self, the last thing you want is the sun reflecting off your shiny plane

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oberst Hajj View Post
    I will normally apply a gloss coat after painting, but before adding he decals. This helps to blend the decals in with the model a little more. Once all that is good and dry, I hit with a dull coat. Real combat planes are always dull (except the WWII US planes after they had air superiority, then they were not painted at all). When you are flying around trying to shoot someone down... or not get shot down your self, the last thing you want is the sun reflecting off your shiny plane
    Lol, so true. Looks like I've done everything you reccomended but the final dull coat. I think I have a spray that might do the trick. I'll upload new photos when it's finished. Thanks again!

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    Just a couple of points to look out for. The transition on the leading edge of the wings. It is always something that is noticeable. Then a few spots where you have a bit missing from the red stripes. This can be dodged in by hand to cover the gap. Do not try to get an even edge. Just fill in the worst.Peoples eyes will do the rest at that scale. The most noticeable bit is on the tail. With painting these planes,it is not the mistakes, believe me we still all make them, it is knowing how to fudge the mistake so that it blends in that is the real skill.
    Remember, practice does not make perfect, but it can help to deceive the eye.
    Rob.
    "Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you're scared to death."

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    Thanks for the advice Rob! I'll begin the improvements today.

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    Im very impressed you managed that by hand! I cheat and air brush in the stripes so getting what you did by hand and brush is excellent.

    As Oberst Hajj said, zero gloss! These arecraft wings were pretty much translucent as well so they absorbed light. rather than giving the plane a gloss finish to blend in decal but a decal fixing agent such as Vallejo, it will hide the lines and also slightly thin the decal and allow it to form around the contours of the model better.

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    opps, one more thing..... as for filling in the gaps I would actually mask again and use layers of slightly thinner paint so it blends. For the Wing leading edge mask the length of the wing and run a line of white paint to tidy up the edge.

    As Rob mentioned red and white combination are a very unforgiving colour to work with as they both highlight every little thing.

    Apart from that top notch effort sir! +1

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    Well gentlemen, I took some advice from all of you and touched up my model this afternoon. Here is the final product:
    Albatross D.III flown by Obltn. Josef Loeser, CO of Jasta 39 from 4 December 1917 - 4 February 1918. Two aerial victories.








  11. #111

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    Now that sir is beautiful

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    Wow, what a looker!

    You're a brave man attempting diagonal stripes like that.

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    Hey thanks Kev! I've liked Josef Loeser's paint scheme ever since I first laid eyes on it while flying in Rise of Flight. My brothers and I have taken to calling it "the candy-cane plane"; appropriate I guess with Christmas just around the corner lol.

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    That is a cracking job Cole.
    You could enter an aircraft of that ilk in the next painting comp.
    Rob.
    "Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you're scared to death."

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    Quote Originally Posted by HotleadColdfeet View Post
    Well gentlemen, I took some advice from all of you and touched up my model this afternoon. Here is the final product:
    Albatross D.III flown by Obltn. Josef Loeser, CO of Jasta 39 from 4 December 1917 - 4 February 1918. Two aerial victories.

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    If you haven't seen it on other threads, this card may be of interest to you, Cole:

    Albatros D.III Jasta 39 - ObLt Joseph Loeser
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    Mike
    "Flying is learning to throw yourself at the ground and miss" Douglas Adams
    "Wings of Glory won't skin your elbows and knees while practicing." OldGuy59

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    Thanks so much for the advice and kind words guys! Both are sincerely appreciated.

    @Oldguy59: I can't believe you found a card for Josef Loeser! That is exactly what I need - thank you!!

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    Albatros DIII: Ernest Udet; Jasta 15 Jan 1917, shortly before taking off and engaging on its one-on-one famous duel with Guynemer

    Repaint: good grain effect with burnt-sienna and raw-umber (1-1) oil-based colors applied over white base
    Decals: home-printed
    Pilot: reviresco

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    Just love seeing the custom paints. Very nice work and thanks for sharing. Happy New Year!

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    Fantastic work, as always. Love the Loeser & Udet!

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    Lt. Karl Schafer's Albatros D.III.

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    Lt. Kurt Wolff's Albatros D.III

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    Lt. Karl Allmenroder's Albatros D.III

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    Very smart looking aircraft as i mentioned in your other thread Mark.
    Rob.
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    Very nice Mark, like all three but I like Schaefers most.

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    Wow Mark! Those look absolutely gorgeous! I say, well done old boy! (Gasp, I'm starting to sound British! )

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    A repaint od Albatross DIII:

    Albatross DIII – Joachim von Bertrab Jasta 30
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    Stay tuned
    Carlo

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    Hello Carlo, that looks good... but I think you have the personal insignia on backwards. I'm pretty sure that the "comet" should have the star in front on both sides.

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    Yes I'm afraid you are right Keith.
    Rob.
    "Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you're scared to death."

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    Oohps...
    Immediatly I'll correct the direction of the comet!

    Thanks a lot
    Carlo

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    Albatros D.III of Lt. Günther Schuster, Jasta 17, June 1917
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    Albatros D.III of Offz.Stv. Friedrich Altemeier, Jasta 24, Summer 1917
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  34. #134

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    Very nice Alex. All these great Albatros DIIIs are inspiring. I can't wait to find the time to do some myself.

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    Another masterful bit of work Alex.
    With all the aircraft you have posted recently i feel a bit of cred id due.
    Rob.
    "Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you're scared to death."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teaticket View Post
    Very nice Alex. All these great Albatros DIIIs are inspiring. I can't wait to find the time to do some myself.
    DITTO!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flying Officer Kyte View Post
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    With all the aircraft you have posted recently i feel a bit of cred id due.
    ...
    I'm pretty sure my workrate will drop over the next months.
    Right now, I'm riding the wave of beginners enthusiasm.

    Cheers
    Alex

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    I like the way the colours on the top and bottom wing swap over. Nice work Alex, it looks fantastic.

    Ian

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    Here is a Shapeways DIII, Constantin Krefft of Jasta 11

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    Another Shapeways DIII, George Simon, Jasta 11

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    And another Shapeways DIII, Karl Emil Schafer, Jasta 11.

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    Nice looking kites, Peter. Like the Schafer, especially.

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    Super paint work, Peter!

    I especially like the wood effect - something I have yet to attempt.

    Heads up - REP incoming!

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    Some great looking aircraft, Peter, and an excellent rendition of the plywood fuselage.
    How did you do it?

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    Sweet looking birds, Peter!
    The woodwork is just stunnning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schlonz View Post
    Some great looking aircraft, Peter, and an excellent rendition of the plywood fuselage.
    How did you do it?
    Thanks. The woodwork isn't that difficult to do. I first paint the fuselage with a tan/yellow. The tough part is the fine lines for the plywood seams.
    Last is a brown wash. I do that with a small stiff fan brush. I run the brush over the wood as the wash is drying. If the surface is smooth you can get some subtle grain lines.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Teaticket View Post
    I first paint the fuselage with a tan/yellow. The tough part is the fine lines for the plywood seams.
    Last is a brown wash. I do that with a small stiff fan brush. I run the brush over the wood as the wash is drying. If the surface is smooth you can get
    some subtle grain lines.
    There's a technique I never thought of. Thanks for the tip!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teaticket View Post
    Thanks. The woodwork isn't that difficult to do. I first paint the fuselage with a tan/yellow. The tough part is the fine lines for the plywood seams.
    Last is a brown wash. I do that with a small stiff fan brush. I run the brush over the wood as the wash is drying. If the surface is smooth you can get some subtle grain lines.
    Thanks for the info.
    I was thinking about a brown wash, too, but I was afraid the dark pigments would settle in the sometimes grainy surface of the Shapeways models,
    producing a kind of dirt effect instead of a grain effect. Maybe I'll give it a try next time.
    Do you do the seams with a brown pencil or with a fine brush?

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