About This File
ALBATROS D.V and D.Va Factory-new Johannisthal & OAW Skins / 1917 and 1918
Since several OFF-flyers had asked for generic skin templates which they could paint their
own emblems or decorations on to, I have made four such templates for the Albatros D.Va.
All four present the facory-new Albatros D.Va, freshly delivered.
I know that many of you are into weathering effects. Well, such effects can much easier be
added to a new plane, than to be removed. So please feel free to add as much weathering
and battle-wearing as you like.
While the D.V was only built by Albatros-Werke Johannisthal, the D.Va was also produced
at "Ostdeutsche Albatros-Werke" (OAW). I got a lot of help (see below) about the details of
these builds; the guys told me several differences between the two production lines.
Many may regard these as minor ones, and perhaps call us "nitpickers", but we wanted to
get it pretty close.
The differences I regarded here are these:
1. Albatros Johannisthal used salmon ribtape on the wings; OAW used light blue tape.
2. Crosses on fuselage sides were further back on Johannisthal planes than on OAW built ones.
3. The weight tables were different
4. Factory placards were placed under cockpit for OAW; on the nose onJohannisthal built ones.
5. Albatros-Logo looking in flight direction on the Johannisthal-, and rearwards on OAW-built ones.
Finally, there is proof that rudders were covered with upper dark Lozenge as well as light underside fabric. I didn't find any evidence so far for the OAW using the light, and Johannis- thal the dark fabric, but I wanted to present both versions and so I did it that way.
Although the work on these skins took me quite a long time, there surely are still many bits and details, which could be more correct, but I ask all nitpickers to overlook those, and still
enjoy the bird. These skins are made for your pleasure - and for your own paint shemes.
The helping hands, brains & eyes on this project were from:
elephant - nitpicking corrections and detail
Jim "JFM" Miller - help with detail pictures and some facts
Dave "Blowhard" Douglas - metal parts and wheel
Without your help I wouldn't have got so far - thank you guys!
I also wish to thank the OBD skinners for the countless skins with all
the historical details - you guys lured me into this hobby with your work.
HOW TO INSTALL A SKIN
Unzip the file(s) and move them into this folder:
[your sim] > campaigns > CampaignData > skins
You may change the Jasta number, but you must not - if you leave No. 1,
you would always find the skin faster in the briefing screen, where you
select a personal skin. Scroll below the historical ace skins, and mine
will be among the first skins.
You can, for your identification, change the names "Johannisthal" or "OAW"
into something personal, but keep the ending .dds - otherwise it won't work.