The Avro’s fake Green engine adds wonderful scalelike detail.
Dick Pettit’s 1/3-scale
Balsa USA Albatros
D.III is powered by a
DLE- 85 gas engine
swinging a 27 x 10
Xoar Axial propeller.
warping controls and is covered with Sig Koverall. A DLE- 55
gas engine, hidden nicely beneath the fake Green four-cylinder
engine, provides the power for this early aircraft. Keith made
all of the parts for this model, including
the functional landing gear and wheels.
The full-scale Avro Type D was built
by aviation pioneer A.V. Roe, and was
his first biplane design. It was easy
to fly and eventually sold to a naval
commander who had the airplane
converted to a floatplane. It became the first floatplane to take
off from British seawater.
Dick Pettit of Durham, North Carolina, is shown in the
photo below with his 1/3-scale Albatros D.III. Another great
Balsa USA design, it is powered by a DLE- 85 gas engine
swinging a 27 x 10 Xoar Axial propeller.
The full-scale Albatros was test-flown in 1916 and received
the largest German production contract to date: 400 aircraft.
Similar to the Nieuport 11, the Albatros is considered a
sesquiplane and not a biplane because the lower wing is less
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