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Fokker C.VIII W, scratch, 1/48


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Dear members,

 

Fokker designed and build quite a number of floatplanes for the Royal Dutch Navy (MLD).

 

One of them was the Fokker C.VII W, developed from a landplane version :the C.VIII, which did not made it in service of the LVA. (Dutch Army Air Corps)

 

Several years ago I build this model, but somehow it had some issues. I had difficulties to get the

floats lined up, I found out later, that the fuselage was short ( bad drawings) and later on, the covering of the wing was detorating, which I had noticed before with other models.

 

So I had to do some restoring, the wing was removed, cleaned and recovered with the well known aluminium tape.

At last I had some good drawings with the correct length of the fuselage. I discovered that only the section behind the cockpits needed lengthening.

 

I made some new and better struts for the floats, carefully lining up everything. And finally I made some beaching dollies.

 

I found also a nice video, where there are several types exercising.

 

http://in.beeldengeluid.nl/kanaal/1636-fokker/3880-oefening-van-de-nederlandse-marinevliegers

 

 

I hope you enjoy the model and show you one of the lesser known Fokkers.

 

With kind regards

JohnHaa

 

 

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A beautiful plane and model John! This strut maze is impressive. I'm still trying to find out how you make these great scratch models, and so many. I believe you have a clandestine source of rare model kits somewhere in the Dutch wilderness.

Cheers, Michael

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Another absolute stunner John - beautiful in every possible way! That strut work is a work of art, both on the original and particularly on your model. Love the finish and detailing - the neat little Dollies finish it all off nicely.

 

Interesting little video on your link too - can't imaging a display these days with a submarine diving and resurfacing - and dropping a torpedo.

 

Cheers

 

Malcolm

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Folks, thank you very much for your comments ! 

 

That strut work was a challenge indeed.   It took a lot of patience;  slowly working strut by strut. Most difficult was to make both sides the same height and length.

 

For Michael, I wish a had some secret supply store or factory ...!!! 🤣🤣  I'm afraid, in my overregulated small country, that would not be possible...:-)

Well I am an old guy, building models all his life,  I was about 10 (1960) that I started with a plastic bagged Airfix Soptwith Camel in 1/72. I still have the label ....

 

And Malcolm glad you liked the video, I still wonder about the quality of the filming in those times.

 

With greetings,

JohnHaa

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