Building the Lloyd C.V

Special Hobby 1/48 scale

by  Walter Silva © 2008 Modeler Site

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The Lloyd CV was an Austro-Hungarian design that flew in the later part of the War. This particular model represents a machine delivered in September 1917, with the Autumn Leaf mottle camouflage. It was one of nicest aircraft of WWI from the aesthetic point of view, very interesting plane with its 1,2 mm thickness plywood covering the wings which gave excellent aerodynamics.


In the field it was discovered that if the wing was damaged in flight, the ply had a tendency to peel off in the slipstream and it was not easy to fix. To add to this, the ground crews were not told just how to repair such damage. So, even slightly damaged wings were send back to rear depots for exchange. To add to this, the wing had a tendency to sweat on the inside which would cause the inside plywood to warp or even delaminate and this was not detectable.

While it was praised for its speed and manoeuvrability it was considered to be a handful by even experienced pilots. It mostly served as a spotter aircraft for artillery but was also used as a photo reconnaissance aircraft, light bomber and advanced trainer.

This kit has been built almost completely out of the Special Hobby 1/48 box, The instructions look very nice, they appear to be well made, don’t seem to leave anything out and include a clear rigging diagram as well. The kit is well molded, comprising many resin parts, a fret of photo etched parts, and a piece of film to build all the neat looking instruments. It’s easy to build, just only the struts don't have correct length.

Model builders will always appreciate Austro Hungarian army aircraft kit releases.


I started with the cockpit according to instructions, painting the parts in wood color including the interior panels of the fuselage halves. I used the same technique explained in my article of the 1/48 Eduard Nieuport 16

To paint the interior wood color. I used a technique that consists of applying a base coat of beige enamel, Model Master Sand 33531 or similar, it’s important to use enamel as base and let it drying very well. Next, I applied a wood dye color (used to enhance the color of woods) with a brush , there are different wood dyes colors such as Dark Oak, Light Oak, Mahogany, etc, so I had to choose one to match the one I wanted to simulate. Next, the tint was drybrushed trying to simulate the “streaks”. It’s not so easy, the more you practice, the better your results will be. Finally, and once I had the wanted wood tone, I applied several varnish layers, ending with a Gunze semi gloss varnish one.

Seat belts for the cockpit and observer’s seats came from the Eduard set: Seatbelts-German WWI 48302, and I added cables to the control column.

Next step was to assemble and paint the engine, I used Humbrol Metal Cote 27002 and Tamiiya Semi Gloss Black X-18.

Once all the cockpit and engine parts were ready and glued in place, I joined both fuselage halves without difficulties.

The upper wing had to be split into two parts since the kit provides it in one piece.

I deepened the opening of the tires valves and added a small piece of wire to imitate a wheel spoke. Then, the center was painted with Masterkit Clear Doped Linen- Austro Hungary acrylic colours to match the wheel fabric covering and the tire in grey medium the typical color of these WWI aircraft, then, I applied the type B Cross decal and finally, Gunze gloss varnish.

Painting and decals

The version I chose represents the Lloyd C.V 46.04 which was used for testing in Aspern during summer of 1917. The plane is interesting with its plywood covered wings.

Among the three versions the kit offers, this is the only one that has the B Camouflage pattern called “Autumn Leaf Mottle” mottled in different colors (Mustard Yellow, Medium Green and Terra Cotta) This type of camouflage typical of the Austro- Hungarian aircraft and this is one of the features that makes them look so showy.

I started to paint the rudder, the aileron, the elevators and wings ailerons using Clear Doped Linen- Austro Hungary WWI acrylic colors from Masterkit.


Then, I painted the fuselage and wings wood colour following the technique above mentioned.

Next, I masked the fuselage to paint with Blaugrau- Austro Hungary WWI acrylic colors from Masterkit.


The propeller was painted wood and the propeller spinner, cabane struts and the landing gear struts were painted Masterkit Blaugrau.

Now it was time to paint the "Autumm Leaf Mottle" camouflage applied to the upper surfaces of the wing, fuselage and elevators excepting the lower wing upper surface that was left natural wood.

I used a technique that consists of placing a small piece of sponge on the end of a brush (in this case I used one piece for each color) and I went over the surface splotching the following Humbrol colors: Matt Pale Yellow 81, Satin Mid Green 131 and Matt Rust 113.

Then, I applied several layers of gloss varnish to the fuselage and wings to protect the dye used to achieve the wood color and as base for the decals.

The weathering was made with watercolors airbrushed with very thinned brown acrylic paint.

Final Details

Before gluing the upper wing, I attached the engine exhaust tubes, radiator with pipes and the cabane struts, being careful to check their size to ensure a proper wing and struts alignment, this was why I had to shorten some of them. First I glued the lower wing and then the upper one with CA.


The tail skid was painted wood color and Misterkit Blaugrau.

Then I glued the propeller, wheels, rudder and ailerons. According to references pictures, the version I chose had no gun.

Finally, I placed the reinforcement rigging using the most smallest diameter of steel wire available which was previously heated to make it look less bright.

The final gloss finish was a Gunze varnish layer.


One of the biggest challenges the modeler has to face when building WWI models, is to simulate real wood, so I definitively say that constructing this model was a real but very rewarding challenge since I had to simulate real wood on most of its surfaces and also the Autumm Leaf Mottle B pattern.. I was pleasantly surprised as it was not hard and the detail was right out of the box with minor difficulties. Highly recommended!



• Austro-Hungarian Army Aircraft of World War One, Flying Machines Press
• WWI Aero Feb’92
• Cross and Cockade International Journal Vol.18 Nº3
• Air Aces of the Austro-Hungarian Empire 1914-18 by Dr. M. O’Connor, Champlin Fighter Museum Press, USA, 1996.
• Austro-Hungarian Air Aces Part 4 by Dr. M. O’Connor, Scale Models, March 1982, UK.
• Austro-Hungarian Aces of World War 1, Osprey Aircraft of the Aces 46
• Jane’s Fighting Aircraft of World War One, Jane’s Publishing

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