The replica of Hans von Hippel "Blitz"
Albatros featured on the cover of the "Blue Max" board game. The
differences with a real Albatros are the engine, the guns "floating" in
the air, and the absence of the radiator in the top wing. The differences
with the illustration on the "Blue Max" cover are that in the last case
the wings are painted on lozenge camo, while here are black, and on close
inspection the tail is painted in a very dark green, while on the cover
is solid black. The other mistake is that probably the original finish
was not metallic alluminum but silver gray.
This was Hans Joachim von Hippel's second Albatros showing his personal marking. Though no visible in the photo, the ray decoration is symmetrical on the other side of the fuselage, forming a continuous figure. According to the "Blue Max" drawing, the wings are covered in 4 color fabric lozenge: pale blue, yellow, mauve and black
Another Albatros replica at
another undetermined US museum. The tail is green with red edging, the
characteristic marking of Jasta 5. This was the aircraft flown by Oberleutnant
Richard Flasher, commander of Jasta 5, when von Hippel joined the unit,
it was probably handed down to him. Von Hippel survived the loss of the
lower wing in this aircraft on 18 February 1918.
The replica is painted in a shiny aluminum finish, while the original had a more subdued silbergrau (silver grey) finish, just like that applied in factory to Pfalz DIII fighters.
(source:Albatros Aces of WWI by Norman Franks)
A replica of von Hippel's Albatros at some US museum, forgot wich. This aircraft is however, painted in the wrong colors. It has been determined that the lightning bolt was black, not red. The grey finish is about right, however.