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1/32 Jasta 5 Albatros DV decals from Pheon Models
01/09/11 at 11:12:21
 
FIRST LOOK Review

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These three sets extend Pheon’s earlier coverage of Albatros D.V/D.Va markings with a further fifteen markings focussing on the aircraft of the elite unit, Jasta 5. All Pheon’s 1/32 Albatros D.V/D.Va decals are designed for the excellent Wingnut Wings kit.

Jasta 5 was one of the highest scoring German fighter units with a total score of approximately 260 victories (only Jasta 11 and Jasta 2 Boelcke scored more). The unit is also interesting for the modeller due to the very colourful personal markings in use from about July 1917 onwards, comprehensively documented by an official photographer. The Jasta 5 unit marking was a green tail with red edging.

Pheon decals are printed by Fantasy Printshop in the UK. Quality is excellent, register is perfect and they lay down beautifully. Use of Micro Set softening solution is not recommended (or required).

Pheon have based these Jasta 5 decal designs principally on the extensive research by Dr Glenn Merrill which was published in a two volume Datafile Special by Albatros Publications (and is still in print). I can thoroughly recommend these two Datafiles, a very readable and well illustrated work.

#32016 Ltn Wolf  £12.75

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Wolf’s Albatros is one of the most strikingly marked aircraft to be found anywhere, but relatively little is known of the pilot and as far as is known, there are no individual photos of the aircraft.

Pheon have elected to mirror the orientation of the blue and white diamonds on each fuselage side with a consequent break in the pattern along the fuselage centre line. As the fuselage tapers continuously, a ‘wrap around’ orientation would have been very difficult (impossible?) to achieve without the diamonds becoming much smaller towards the tail.

The diamonds are set out in multiple pieces for easier application and a detailed guide is provided with step by step instructions. A number of individual blue diamonds are also included should any ‘patching’ be required.

I really liked the two heraldic figures: the lion is typical of the Bavarian coat of arms and Pheon have exercised some artistic license to interpret the wolf in a similar style (as opposed to the rather crude figure in the Datafile). These are beautifully executed with base colours printed separately from the fine black outline, which is to be laid over the top. Red edging decals for the tailplane are included.

This set is stunning and will show off the Wingnut Wings kit to full advantage.

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Re: 1/32 Jasta 5 Albatros DV decals from Pheon Models
Reply #1 - 01/09/11 at 11:19:09
 
#32017 “Lozenge” Selection £11.00

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The seven options provided in this set are:
* Josef Mai’s ‘bone’ Albatros which was fitted temporarily with experimental Siemens-Schukert rapid-firing machine guns (along with one of Rumey’s wound ribbon D.V’s).
* Wilhem Gurke’s white star on red fuselage
* Martin Klein’s red and yellow comet on grey fuselage
* Two different ‘Blitz’ machines belonging to Hans von Hippel (possibly the second and last of four?)
* Jupp Kremer’s three white chevrons on unpainted ply
* Rudolf Matthaei white edged black rectangle on grey fuselage

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Obviously these will all require lozenge decals to be purchased separately. Pheon have lozenge decals currently in development and they are due to be released soon.

#32021 “Mauve/Green” Selection £12.75

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Seven markings options mauve and green camouflaged wings:
* Rath’s possibly incomplete shield outlined in green marks on grey fuselage
* Fritz Oppenhorst’s red outlined heart on unpainted ply fuselage
* Niesen’s black hammers on white shield with black bar
* Wilhem Lehman’s edelweiss on red fuselage (not to be confused with Paul Baumer’s similarly marked D.V.
* Diagonal Iron Cross ribbon on grey fuselage
* An early mount of Fritz Rumey (prior to the African Head machine) with a propeller on a white circle
* Hans von Hippel’s third 'Blitz' machine

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National markings are not included as those included in the kit are excellent. The separate set of red tail trim shown is also included in 32021 (and available separately as 32017a at £2.00 for those who wish to build more than one model from either set).

Pheon have indicated that all these plus some other Jasta 5 subjects will be made available in 72nd and 48th scales in the next couple of months.
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Re: 1/32 Jasta 5 Albatros DV decals from Pheon Models
Reply #2 - 01/09/11 at 11:24:29
 
Full Colour Decal Placement Guides
The marking options are featured in full colour on A4 sized sheets of glossy photo paper showing decal placements (side profiles and top views). The Jasta 5 green colour on the review sheets has come out rather more ‘teal’ coloured than the green from the Datafile. Notwithstanding this minor point, the artwork is very nicely done.

Conclusion
All the markings in these sets offer colourful and interesting alternatives to set your Albatros apart. The set for Ltn Wolf is particularly stunning. Highly recommended.

Post and Packing Charges
To Europe:
£3.60 for 1st class which takes (on average) 3 work days
£2.52 for 2nd class which  takes (on average) 7 work days

To the Rest of World except for Mexico & Brazil:
£4.95 for 1st class which takes (on average) 7 work days      
£2.70 for 2nd class which  takes (on average) 12 work days

Mexico and Brazil:
1st class which takes (on average) 7 work days
£11.00 for order value incl. P&P up to £45.00
£13.00 for order value incl. P&P up to £110.00

Ordering
Available only directly from Pheon Models by email:
pheon.models@hotmail.co.uk

Pheon’s latest price list/catalogue is available here:
http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=34793

Thanks to Pheon Models for providing the items for review
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