The bane of the A.E.G. G.III
was its unreliable Mercedes D.IV long-crankshaft engine, so when the improved D.IVa became available, it was soon deployed in the AEG G.IV
. The G.IV was used for both day and night bombing. Though it lacked the lifting power and range of its Gotha
contemporaries, its welded-steel fuselage was robust and it saw wide usage. Though its bomb load was lighter than its competitors, it was easier to fly and to land.
A few G.IVs were given a wider wingspan and were known as the A.E.G. G.IVb of 1917. The G.IV served on the Eastern and Western Fronts, Macedonia and -- starting in late 1917 -- night attacks on Italian cities.
This plane comes in both 1:144 and 1:285/6mm/1:288 scales.
For more details and gaming information, see https://linen.miraheze.org/wiki/A.E.G._G.IV