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Old 31 March 2004, 07:02 AM   #1
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It appears from photos on the bottom of page 21 in the "Windsock Data File Special: Albatross DIII" that Voss's plane has a top wing with an offset radiator. This is evident in the picture above it as well. This is in direct contrast with the centralk radiator in the Aces and Aeroplane book. Also, the picture second from bottom shows a camoflauge scheme and tonality conistent with the lilac and green scheme. Any comments??
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Old 31 March 2004, 07:49 AM   #2
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Greetings DJ; There were two type of centralized radiators from the various companies. Noticeably there are those with centralized plumbing attachments and there are others with offset plumbing attachments. Those with the offset tend to make one think that the entire radiator is offset. Later radiator versions were offset but it is apparant that their plumbing attachments were also located in the opposite front corners from the earlier versions. From my limited experience I have noted that the offset plumbing appears on the D.7xx/17 series. Dan San Abbott will know more of course.
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Old 31 March 2004, 07:55 AM   #3
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Look closely and compare pictures. It appears to be a different set up. Also, most central radiators regardless of type, have an "over the top" entry into the engine. Again compare the photos. Thanks for your input!
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Old 31 March 2004, 11:30 AM   #4
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Werner Voss's Alb.D.III was in the seril range of D1910-2036/16 this confirmed by a photograph in "Werner Voss" by Dennis Hylands, Albatros Prioductions Ltd, 1986, page 7 photograph shows the foot step with the rounded top this was only used on Alb.D.III machines in the serial number range of D.1910 to D.2036/16. This serial range also had the central radiator. The central position was changed to the off-set to the right with serial number D.2099/16.
All the Alb.D.III machine in tis order, serial D.1910 to D.2099/16 had the upper surfaces painted in a three(3) color scheme of pale green, dark green and rust brown. The under sufaces was sky blue. The struts, cowlings, spinner, louvers, access doors and fittings were paint a light grey. The fuselages were shellacked and varnished and were a straw yellow color.
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Old 31 March 2004, 11:46 AM   #5
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Initially that was true! But it appears the plane got a replacement wing. GVW, You did color and Markings for that book, do you know or can you find the time and place of those photos? I was just chatting with DSA and we are dying to know!
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The Albatros D.III that Ltn. Werner Voss has in the photos with his family has wings of a machine with the relocated radiator of serial numbers in greater than Alb.D.III 2099/16. Yet the fuselage has the round top on the foot step which is in a serial number range of D.1910/16 to D.2036/16. The only plausible answer is the upper wing or the set of wings have been replaced. This is very interesting!

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A very basic question here. I presume when we are talking about replacement wings there were spares available and no just taken off of a junked aircraft, although that would have happened too. Haven't read much about replacement wing procedure in the publications, although the subject comes up alot.
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