Lithuanian Air Force 1918-40

1. LVG C.VI
Serial no. 11100, Kaunas, 1921. Aircraft is painted in (from front) Green/ Brown/Green/Lilac/Brown/Green disruptive camouflage scheme on the fuselage and upper flying surfaces. Undersides are in Clear Doped Linen. Serial is White. National markings are White, outlined in Black.

2. Albatros B.IIa
Serial no. unknown, Kaunas, 1919. Fuselage is Varnished Plywood with Natural Metal forward panels, Wings, tail and wheel hubs are covered in Clear Doped Linen fabric. Fin and rudder are painted White, as is the fuselage design. The wing national markings have been painted over existing German markings, and these remain visible, the crosses on the upper wing having White outlines. The markings are also incomplete and lack the White Vytis, an omission that frequently occurred during 1919.

3. Dobi-1
Kaunas, 1922. The aircraft has a Varnished Plywood fuselage with a Natural Metal front cowling and footstep. Flying surfaces, wheel covers and main struts are Clear Doped Linen. Outer wing panels are in Plywood. The 'JD' (for 'Jurgis Dobkevicius') monogram on the rudder is Black. Inboard wing panels are covered in transparent material.

4. Dobi-2
Kaunas, 1925. The aircraft has a Varnished Plywood fuselage with a Natural Metal front cowling, footstep and inspection panels. Flying surfaces and wheel covers are Clear Doped Linen. Struts and fairings are Varnished Wood. Lithuanian national insignia are in White edged in Black.

5. Dobi-3
Kaunas, 1926. This aircraft has a Varnished Plywood fuselage with a Natural Metal front cowling. Flying surfaces and wheel covers are Clear Doped Linen. Struts are either Light Grey or Natural Metal. No other markings are carried.

6. Letov S.20L
Serial no. 54, 4th Eskadrile, Kaunas, 1927. All Lithuanian S.20Ls had extensive Natural Metal areas on the forward fuselage. The three tone camouflage scheme on this aircraft consists of (from front) Dark Green/Sand/Black Green/Sand/Black Green. National insignia is White with Black edging. Fuselage device consists of Black ring, White starburst and Red centre disc. Serial number is Black.

7. Lockeed Vega 5B 'Lituanica-II'
Serial number unknown, 1937, in Karo Aviacija service. Aircraft is White overall with Orange trim outlined in Black. 'LITUANICA-II' is Orange with Black outline. Lithuanian and USA flags are in full colour on the fin. Lockheed logo is Black. Propeller is Black. The Knights Cross is White with Black outline.

Background
The illustrations above are all taken from our Air Force Special No. 1 - The Lithuanian Air Force from 1918-1940. This 48 page A5 publication with full colour cover also includes two A5 decal sheets in 1/72 scale.

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