Special Hobby 1/48 Albatros C.III
Includes resin and photo-etch
first Albatros C.III
aircraft began to show up at the front in December 1915 and were continuously
delivered to the end of the war.
They replaced the earlier Albatros C.Is and were a mix
of the best aspects of the Albatros B.III
and C.I types.
It’s combat life span started in December 1915 and tapered off by
the middle on 1917. After
this they were used as trainers right up to the armistice.
The aircraft was so popular as a trainer that even after
it was pulled from active duty over 1000 brand new airframes were built from mid
1917 to the armistice for training purposes only.
It was simple to build and maintain.
Some seven firms were licensed to manufacture the
who flew the aircraft liked it.
It handled nicely and responded to the controls well.
It trained many German pilots as a primary and secondary
It would also train observers in all the necessary skills needed to
survive and accomplish missions in the most deadly dimension of the First World
other countries used the Albatros C.III
after the war.
It saw further action in some of the civil wars that sprang up
with the power vacuum left by
Along with the Central Powers of
the type was used after the war by the Polish, Finnish, Bulgarian Latvian and
Lithuanian Air Forces.
I’ve also seen photos of C.IIIs with Russian, English
and French insignia.
love box art and Special Hobby always has box art that is suitable for framing.
The picture that greets you on the box of their new
is no exception.
you have had any experience with Special Hobby kits in the past, this kit will
Special Hobby kits are all multimedia and consist of the three
main media that modern models are made.
First is the resin and it is of excellent quality, no
bubbles or voids and no warped parts.
Second is the photo-etched.
This too is of the highest quality.
Thirdly is the injection molded plastic and I know of no
other limited run manufacturer that produces better plastic parts.
I would say that the kit is very similar or reminiscent
to some of Eduard’s kits of similar type.
gray plastic injected plastic, 3 tan resin, 2 plastic film wind screens, 90
photo-etched parts including 50 turnbuckles and decals for three different
I said earlier, the plastic parts look very nice, aside from some sink marks in
This problem will be fixed by photo-etch grills that will be
placed over the sink marks, and a little light flash (this too poses no real
problem since it can be easily cleaned up with an x-acto blade or a sanding
I would have to say that all in all the parts are top notch and will
give the model builder excellent detail inside and out.
fabric detail looks a little over done to me but really no more than any other
world war one kit.
photos-etch sheet gives you some nice touches like gun shrouds, seatbelts, bomb
chutes, turnbuckles and control horns, along with the afore mentioned radiator
resin parts are of the fuel tank and two different exhaust stacks.
Once again they are very nice and I can’t find any flaws
in these parts.
decal sheet is printed spot on and gives you all you need to build one of three
C.722/16, Kampfgeschwader IV, Kampfstaffel 20, Carignan Base, Western Front,
C.736/16, of an unidentified unit.
C.106/16, of an unidentified unit, Verdun, 1916.
instructions are very well done and quite adequate for their purpose.
They are clear and show the builder a straight forward
mode of construction starting from the cockpit all the way through rigging to
As an added touch they also give you an internet address to get
full color downloadable pictures.
for the shortcomings of the kit.
“You didn’t really think it would be all sunshine and
lollypops did you”.
on old aircraft like this, radiator plumbing was very prevalent.
The kit has no plumbing or any information on how to
build it yourself.
I know of very few Albatros C.IIIs that had a joined upper wing.
In fact I really know of only one or two that I can
positively identify as having a joined upper wing like the wing in the kit.
There may have been more that had the joined upper wing
but I just can’t find photographic evidence.
To correct this oversight the builder will have to
commit to some major surgery.
and last and I think this even more obvious an omission then the center section
of the top wing is the fact that the folks at Special Hobby didn’t include a
gravity fuel tank in the kit.
I know of at least four types of gravity fuel tanks that
were carried by the Albatros C.IIIs and this kit doesn’t have even an attempt at
The box art and even the three view drawings show a gravity fuel tank
and somehow it was forgotten in the kit.
Oh well it wont be the first time that I’ve had to build
these parts from scratch.
Since the older Eduard kit had all the same omissions I
guess that I can use my experience fixing the Eduard kit to fix this new Special
Oh did I tell you how this kit reminded me of the old Eduard kit.
if you haven’t guessed it yet the Albatros C.III
is one of my favorites.
This will be my third review of this aircraft type.
The first two were all in 1/72 scale.
They were the very nice Pegasus and the all resin and
also very nice CMK kit.
kit is in 1/48th scale and prior to
its release the best all around kit, in my opinion was the long out of
production Eduard kit.
The Eduard kit is still quite good and to be honest I
I don’t think that I’ll sell off any of my old Eduard Albatros C.III
I guess what I’m trying to say is that both kits are good.
The Special Hobby Albatros C.III
is better and best of all is that it is in production and can be had for a good
price at your local hobby store.
No need to go to an auction site.
can recommend this kit to any builder that wants to stretch their skills.
All in all this is another excellent kit from Special
kit is now in my to do pile and I cant wait to start it.
Datafile #13 Albatros C.III”
“Reconnaissance & Bomber Aircraft of the 1914-1918 War” Harleyford Publications
“Jane’s All the Worlds Aircraft 1919” (Jane’s Fighting Aircraft of World War I)
kit courtesy of Earls
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