TOP GUN FAVORITE MARK CHAPMAN'S 1/3-SCALE ALBATROS D.VA
Model Airplane News|February 2021
When I told Model Airplane News executive editor Debra Cleghorn that I was attending the Top Gun Scale Invitational for the first time, she asked me if I would interview the pilot of one of my favorite planes at the event. As a WW I fan (and a Balsa USA builder), I chose Mark Chapman’s beautifully detailed 1/3-scale Balsa USA Albatros D.Va, flown by Marvin Alvarez in Team Scale.
HUGH RYDER

Hugh Ryder: Your Albatros D.Va is a beautiful model, what is the history behind the full-scale Albatros?

Mark Chapman: The Albatros D.Va was manufactured by the Albatros Company. It was built in their factory by boat builders and cabinet makers because the bulkheads and the outer skins were all birch, like a boat.

HR: What about the model?

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