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.

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