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Old 08-11-2017, 02:56 PM   #1
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Default Albatros aircraft relic

As we all probably know, genuine WWI German aviation relics are rare and very sought after. Most that I've seen for sale have been obvious fakes apart from the very few with rock solid provenience and incredibly high price tags.

This one seemed genuine to me though so I took a gamble and bought it.

It arrived and after studying it very closely and doing a lot of research, I felt confident that it was genuine. However, I wanted a second opinion so sent an email to the Australian War Memorial in Canberra because they have an original Albatros D.Va and have been restoring it over a number of years. If anyone could authenticate something like this, I felt certain they could.

After an anxious wait, I received a reply stating that, in their opinion, it is a genuine relic from a WW1 Albatros.

Here are some pics. The whole piece including the frame and the period French publication used as a backing just screams genuine to me. It's not a large piece but believe me, I'm thrilled to have found it.
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Old 08-11-2017, 03:01 PM   #2
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It's obviously burnt which would suggest it was shot down.

Not sure where exactly this piece would have been on the aircraft, fuselage or vertical stabilizer. Could have been either.
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Old 08-11-2017, 03:06 PM   #3
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It's of typical German construction, i.e. a laminate of 3 layers of plywood with a yellow shellac coating and then lacquer on top.
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Old 08-11-2017, 03:08 PM   #4
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Back of the frame.
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Old 08-11-2017, 03:13 PM   #5
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Few more shots.
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Old 08-12-2017, 11:27 AM   #6
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Awesome!
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Wonderfull item.
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Old 08-12-2017, 10:43 PM   #8
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Just wondering, since I know nothing about relic airplane parts. Is it odd that it burned all the way around? But the number is centered and intact? I have forgotten most of my French, so I can't make out the text.
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Old 08-12-2017, 11:17 PM   #9
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I would not judge the authenticity by the frame or the frame backing.

I think the key here is to identify where the part is from on the aircraft. The clue to help you would be the numbers.

The numbers seem to have been placed on the rear stabilizer. The number should be the aircraft registration number, it might even be traceable.



http://www.airteamimages.com/albatro...srch_reg=D7343

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It's a really neat piece.. I hope it does prove to be the real deal.

I know nothing about ww1 aviation items but it was movies like the "Blue Max"
and stories of The Red Baron that got me interested in ww1. From building
model biplane kits to Snoopy vs The Red Baron. I was interested from a
young age.
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Just wondering, since I know nothing about relic airplane parts. Is it odd that it burned all the way around? But the number is centered and intact? I have forgotten most of my French, so I can't make out the text.

It's only part of the serial number. Usually it's 4 digits plus the year of manufacture. In this case /17 so 1917.

Mostly they were painted on the vertical stabilizer but I've seen them in various different places and in various sizes and styles.

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It's a really neat piece.. I hope it does prove to be the real deal.

I know nothing about ww1 aviation items but it was movies like the "Blue Max"
and stories of The Red Baron that got me interested in ww1. From building
model biplane kits to Snoopy vs The Red Baron. I was interested from a
young age.
The Blue Max is one of my favorite movies and I actually own a piece of fabric from one of the Fokker Dr.1 replicas that featured in it.
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The story of the replica is fascinating, it was stolen twice I believe then lost for years and finally discovered again.
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Interesting thread
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Interesting thread
I agree
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