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  1. Fokker D.VII OAW 1:48 Eduard Weekend The Fokker D.VII first appeared over the western front in the late spring/early summer of 1918, as the Great War was entering its final phase leading up to the November Armistice. Much has been written about it, but it was an outstanding fighter often awarded the accolade of being the finest such machine produced by any side in the conflict. It is also well known that it was the only aircraft specifically named by the allies in the Armistice agreement; such was its fearsome reputation as a killer. The Eduard Fokker D.VII has been around since 2005, and released in all major versions (Fokker, Albatros, and O.A.W). Much of the basic kits are the same but Eduard provides different fuselages on a separate sprue depending upon the version. In fact they supply two complete fuselage halves per kit. Although building the same aircraft, Fokker, Albatros, and O.A.W. each had their own variations, most notably in the front cowling panels and exhaust pipe location. And even within manufacturer, these features could vary, hence Eduard very welcome decision to provide two fuselage types per manufacturer. This is a much appreciated touch, as it makes building much simpler and easier. I find it sometimes irritating with other manufactures where you have to attach so many inserts and panel per version, that it is hard to get a neat airframe with everything flush, so full marks to Eduard here. I built this one from the Royal class boxing a few years ago. This latest release is a ‘Weekend’ edition which gives you a basic kit without the etched brass fret or kabuki masks of the top of the range ‘Profipack’ or ‘Royal Class’ kits. The simplified box art shows Jasta 19’s Wilhelm Leusch’s well known ‘Dragon’ scheme, and a side profile of Franz Meyers attractive MFJ III scheme. Lifting the box lid reveals the four familiar sprues, all of which are still as sharply moulded as ever and show no sign of flash or sink marks. The only change I noticed was that the usual olive coloured plastic has been replaced with a medium grey colour on three of the four sprues. Sprues A and B hold the wings and tail surfaces, with nicely defined rib detail. Also present are some interior parts and the Mercedes DIIIa engine. A selection of 4 propellers are provided, covering Axial, Wolff, Heine, and Niendorf types. Sprue C holds all the delicate parts such as struts, seat mountings, control column, rudder pedals, compass etc. Also included is Eduard's clever 'stitching' insert that fits in a channel on the fuselage underside, to represent the stitched fabric seam found there. Plus it has the benefit of hiding the fuselage join. Sprue D offers the manufacturer specific fuselage halves, other boxings have the Fokker and Albatros versions, but here we have the O.A.W ones along with the appropriate radiator and exhaust pipe. The Meyer machine uses halves 1 and 2 (with the semi-circle cooling gills) while the Leusch version uses fuselages 3 and 4 (with the long cooling gills). Meyer fuselage; Leusch fuselage; All the fuselages beautifully represent the fabric covering over the steel tube skeleton. There are subtly defined 'facets' of each section down the sides, which really need to be seen close up to fully appreciate. Decals. Most previous ‘Weekend’ kits I have seen offer only one decal option, but unusually we have two here. A. Wilhem Leusch, Jasta 19, October 1918. B. Franz Meyer, MFJ III, 1918. The welcome surprise is that a full set of upper and lower lozenge decals are supplied, along with a full set of rib tapes to go over them, in both salmon pink and blue. Having built many of these kits in the last 10 years or so, I can offer a few pointers to ensure a happy build; It is important to line up all the internal bulkheads to fit in their recesses in the opposing fuselage half, as the engineering is to very fine tolerances. Common sense really, but double check before committing to glue. Prime and paint the wings in a base colour such as pale blue underneath, and medium green on top. The lozenge decals need a painted surface to ‘bite’ onto and adhere properly. Putting them on to bare plastic won’t work. Glue all four undercarriage struts into the axle wing, and let it set before attaching to the fuselage. You can check right after gluing that the top of each strut finds its mounting hole on the fuselage, then put it aside. Depending upon final colour scheme, if possible attach the forward strut assemblies to the assembled, but bare plastic fuselage. This will ensure a strong join, and if like the two schemes here, won’t interfere with painting the final colours. Lozenge fabric colours are a minefield to wander in to, it seems everybody has a different opinion. I have a preference for toning my models down, just lightly. To this end I usually give lozenged surfaces a very light coat of thinned Tamiya ‘Smoke’, in one or two passes from my airbrush. I like the harmonised and blended look it gives, reducing the harshness of what can otherwise appear as a stark finish. It is however a matter of personal taste, and I offer it here as an opinion rather than a criticism. Conclusion. Eduards Fokker D.VII is one of the best 1/48 Great War aircraft kits ever produced. It assembles accurately and easily, and perfectly captures the look of the original machine. There is hardly any rigging (a cross brace in the undercarriage, and a few simple control cables), which further adds to its appeal for those who are put off by it. Stretched sprue will easily deal with this, and even a total absence is not very noticeable. It is in fact one of my all time favourite kits and subjects, and over the years I have purchased at least one of every release of it, from single kits, through Dual Combos, up to the beautiful ‘Royal Class’ edition. There are so many attractive colour schemes for the D.VII, many of them offered in the Eduard kits and even more can be found on aftermarket sheets. Very highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of Also available is a Wheel mask set
  2. Wingnut Wings is to release in May 2017 a 1/32nd Fokker D.VII (Fok) early kit - ref. 32067 Source: http://forum.ww1aircraftmodels.com/index.php?topic=8095.0 V.P.
  3. Fokker D.VII (Alb) 1:32 Wingnut Wings. The Fokker D.VII was the most succesful German single seat fighter of the Great war. Such was the demand for it that not only was it built by Fokker, but also Ostdeutsche Albatros Werke and Albatros, hence the suffix (Fok), (OAW) and (Alb) often used to denote the manufacturer of a particular airframe. In fact Albatros produced more D.VII's tha Fokker themselves, and to a better standard of quality. One of the things I like about aviation modelling is not just the aircrfat themselves, but also the people who maintained and flew them. The Great War is full of personalities, and Carl Degelow is a shining example. He was a 30 victory ace, and the last winner of the 'Pour le Merit', commonly known as the Blue Max. By all accounts he was a chivalrous 'knight of the air', and served with honour and distinction. I can thoroughly reccommend the book 'Black Fokker leader' written by Degelow and translated/edited by Peter Kilduff. Degelow survived the war, and was later jailed for a few days for refusing to give the Nazi salute! He served in the Luftwaffe in World War 2, and died in Hamburg in 1970. The Wingnut Wings kit is superb, I have now built all 3 (the Fokker, OAW, & Albatros versions), and throughly enjoyed all of them. Original review of all 3 here Hers is the latest, Carl Degelows 'White Stag' ; With cowling panels fitted; Cowling panels detached; Read the book, build the model! [edit for a late addition] All 3 Wingnut Wings together. Left to Right, Willi Gabriels (Fok), 'Sieben Schwaben' (OAW), and Carl Degelow (Alb). Not easy to photograph together![/edit] Thanks for looking, John
  4. Fokker D.VII OAW Mask set Eduard 1:48 Recently released to accompany the 'Weekend' kit is a set of wheel masks. The should actually fit any of Eduards D.VIIs. Cut on a small square of kabuki tape, they will make short work of masking off the ‘hubs’ and simplifying the task of painting the tyres. Just remember that WW1 tyres were never black, but ranged from dark grey up to a pinkish white. Review sample courtesy of
  5. Fokker D.VII (OAW) Seven Swabians 1:32 Wingnut Wings Got a week off work so plenty of time to pull a 'big' build out of the stash and make a decent start. I've been itching to do the Wingnut Wings Fokker D.VII (OAW) for a while now, but had a massive problem in that I could not decide on which colour scheme to finish it in. It is a problem in a good way, because there are so many really attractive ones to choose from. For sure I want to do 3 OAW versions, Franz Buchner's and Willhelm Leusch's...... ...and the 'Seven Swabians' from Wingnut Wings own 'aftermarket' decal sets. I knew that if I chose just 1 of these schemes and stared the kit, I would regret not choosing one of the other 2! I solved this problem by dipping my hands deep into my pockets and ordering 2 more of the OAW kits. 'A modellers got to do what a modellers got to do' and I can't get enough of Fokker D.VII's. Anyway, good progress has been made, and this week has reminded me why I enjoy Wingnut Wings kits so much. This has been pure modelling pleasure, such a beautifully engineered kit. All this is out of the box, apart from the stretched sprue bracing wires & control runs, plus the ignition leads on the engine from black and yellow twisted thread soaked in white glue. Cockpit & engine bay; Daimler-Mercedes 200hp D.IIIau engine; Engine & Prop in place; In one fuslage half. Note the 'faded interior' side of the external lozenge fabric. Although this aircraft has a painted pale grey fuselage, it was delivered in lozenge fabric which was the overpainted on the outside. Wings will be covered with lozenge decals, but I have undercoated these with sutable base colours. A painted finish is essential to give the decals something to bite on to. The 3 builders of the D.VII (Fokker, Albatros, & OAW) all had their own distinctive cowling panels. I've prepared the OAW specific ones, and airbushed the insides with Citadel 'Runefang steel'. Next stage is to zip up the fuselage. Thanks for looking, John
  6. Fokker D.VII(F) 1:32 Wingnut Wings The latest release from Wingnut Wings continues their theme of the superlative Fokker D.VII series, covering the D.VII(F). This was the designation given to those aircraft fitted with the BMW IIIa engine, often referred to as the 'high altitude' engine. Supplies of the BMW engine were strained towards the end of the war so most went directly to the Fokker factory, where those aircraft fitted with them were given the (F) suffix. Albatros and OAW also received a limited number but no such identification was given to their D.VII's. Fokker D.VII(F)'s were the most coveted of fighters amongst the German aircrews as it was the hottest of the hottest aircraft, with most seeming to have gone to JG.1 'Richthofen' Ernst Udet, Herman Goering, Georg von Hantelmann and Bruno Loerzer being amongst the most prominent aces to receive them. The Wingnut Wings kits have been reviewed on Britmodeller previously, so it was with some interest that this latest release was received. Most of the contents are common with the sprues in the Fokker D.VII(Fok) boxing, but there is a complete new sprue covering the BMW IIIa engine, and typically for Wingnuts, a new sprue for appropriate engine cowlings. I have built and modified a number of 1:48 Eduard D.VII's often having to cut out my own cooling gills on the cowling parts, as these were often field modifications. No need to do that here, Wingnuts have moulded them all for you as extra parts. Interestingly one set of them are greyed out on the sprue map, so there may yet be more releases to come. Having already built the D.VII(Fok) boxing I can confirm that it is well up to the high standard set by Wingnut Wings. The instruction booklet is a complete reference document in itself with clear assembly drawings, and a particular favourite of mine, drawings of completed sub assemblies so you can see how each section should look after assembly. Add to this colour photographs of various details of full sized machines and you have instructions that have never been bettered by any other manufacturer. Sprue A contains most of the interior fittings and other small parts. Sprue B has the fuselage halves and interior tubular framework, along with the beautifully moulded three way struts for the forward wing mounts. Sprue C hold the two optional windscreens. Sprue E is for the BMW IIIa engine with a choice of Heine or Axial propellers. Attached to its is Sprue G with the optional cowlings with extra cooling gills. Detail of the upper crankcase. Sprue F holds the upper wing. Sprue H has the tailplane and lower wings. Sprue I has other cowling elements and the axle wing. Finally there is a photo etched sheet with seat belts and machine gun jackets. As usual there are five beautiful marking options offered in the kit, the choice of which is agonisingly difficult as they are all so nice. A. F 460/18, Eric Just, Jasta 11, August 1918. B. F 501/18 Red'W', Jasta 26, November 1918. C. F 4253/18, Ernst Udet, Jasta 4, September 1918. (An interesting aside, Captain Eric 'Winkle' Brown, the famous test pilot, had his first experience of flying by being taken up in a Bucker Jungmann by Enst Udet in the 1936). D. F 4330/18 Egon Koepsch?, Jasta 4, August 1918. E. Unknown, Karl Boelle, Jasta 2, November 1918. The kit contains a full set of 4 colour lozenge decal for all the options, note how faded lozenge is supplied for the interior of the cockpit. [Edit] There is also a supplementary decal sheet avaialable with five more options.Reviewed here [/Edit] Conclusion. This is another superb release by Wingnut Wings that has everything you could wish for to create a stunning model. They are not kits to be rushed, and why would you want to? Each stage builds up into satisfying sub assemblies that come together to create an exceptional whole. Detail from my earlier build of the Fokker D.VII(Fok) Yes the fuselages can be a tight fit to put together because there is so much in them, but take care and align everything and it will all work out. The bugbear of struts and wings is all taken care of, such is the precision of these mouldings that it is an absolute doddle. Its World War 1 modelling made easy for the average modeller, especially with the D.VII as there is almost no rigging. Highly Recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  7. Just before Christmas 2012 Wingnut Wings released their long awaited Fokker D.VII kits in 1:32 scale in three versions. All three are beautiful kits reviewed here. I started one as soon as possible, deciding to go with the Fokker built version (Other boxings are for the OAW and Albatros built versions) mainly because it featured the Fokker 'streaky green' brush painted finish as decals, and I wanted to see how they would look. I chose Willi Gabriels machine on the basis that it was colourful, and because Gabriel was an interesting character. He rapidly started scoring kills when posted to Jasta 11, but his maverick lack of discipline style saw him infuriate his CO, Hermann Goering, who had him kicked off front line flying. Anyway, back to the kit. It was a total pleasure to build, but everything needs to be done carefully. Fit is of the highest standard and the instrctions very clear so you must follow them to the letter. There is a build log here. The model is fully rigged, the D.VII was designed to do away with rigging wires between the wings, so the only wires are between the undercarraiage, and on the control surfaces. Enough of the talk, on with the photos; Thanks for looking, John
  8. Howdy Gang! We have a question about Rudy Stark's D.VII. What decal to use on the front cylinder? 73 or 74? We are also interested in knowing if Rudy's engine had the generator. Follow the group build on the Face Book. Search for Fokker Village. That's us!
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