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Fokker F.I/DR.I. By Ray Rimmel with Richard Alexander Volume one Anthology Series Available at http://www.windsockdatafilespecials.co.uk/ The new Windsock book is a most expecting one by Ray Rimmel, with an extra collaboration of Richard Alexander, former Wingnut Wings General Manager. Dedicated entirely to Fokker DrI, it has been directly think for the new Meng Fokker Dr.I 1:32 and 1:24 scale. Yes, both of these were to be release by Wingnut Wings before it went down. Thankfully, Meng pick them up and release them to the market. As you can see in the cover, this is the volume I so more is to come in the future, probably with a full construction of 1:24 Meng Fokker Dr.I and with new fantastic pictures and profiles. Speaking of cover, in this case it is a digital composite from Jerry Boucher with Ray Rimmel models, representing Rittmeister Manfred Von Richthofen flying his newly-painted DR. I 425/17 in a dogfight with a British SE5 in March 1918. Let`s see what do you get with this book. So there`s several parts: 1:32 and 1:24 F.I/Dr.I kit reviews from Andreas to Meng. Detailed painting notes from Richard Alexander with a model paint comparison chart. The pre-production Triplanes with archive photos and Ray Rimell's highly detailed build log of the Meng F.I in Voss' colours-all supported by Juanita Franzi's multi-view artwork. How the original WNW kits were designed-a unique Q & A with Richard Alexander. Colour close-up images of Mikael Carlson's superb airworthy Dr.I replica. Authentic diorama incorporating the Roden Dr.I with a railway transport wagon. Fully detailed build log of the Meng Dr.I finished as von Richthofen's iconic red-painted DR.I 425/17 by Ray Rimell with fabric analysis and colour profile. Detailed and authentic all-new 1:32 scale colour profiles of 10 early production aircraft by Ronny Bar-all supported by reference photos and Meng modelling notes. Gallery of archive portrait and close-up photos chosen with modellers in mind. Appendices with bibliography, manufacturers' web links. With 73 pages on gloss paper of which at first glance has the typical structure and winner receipt of the previous datafiles but with almost the double of pages of a normal datafile. In the opening (back of the cover), as usual, a fantastic profile by unique and unmistakable Ronny Bar. The particularly profile is from Fokker F.1 103/17, flown the famous Werner Voss. After the foreword (Richard Alexander) and author introductions, the opening chapter is about modelling Foker DR.I history. All, or almost all existent or pre-existent models are reference here. Then the first “tecnichal” article on this book and a very interesting one to all modelers: “Streaking to the finish line” by Richard Alexander where talks extensively about the colors of the Fokker Dr.I, in the various operational moments. Its "new" appreciation is with the appropriate historical justification. Richard also doesn't escape the supreme controversy: the unique cowling of the Fokker F.1 103/17 – Werner Voss plane – yellow or grey?? Well you will need to got this book to know which Richard thought is. To end this article, a fantastic and very useful model paint conversion chart for Fokker Dr I is given by Richard Alexander. Next, the reader get a F.1 Pre-Production folio, a very interesting reading and several pictures of the three pre-productions examples: F.I 101/17, F.I 102/17 and F.I 103/17. Then the author takes us to a full build 1:32 Meng Fokker DRI representing the F.I 103/17 with some after markets included from Fokker Nutz, Master and HGW. All steps are cover with a full text explanation and several pictures of the ongoing build with close-ups and real pictures in detail to help the modeler out with location and specially, with detail. On the final part of this building, the new Hangar from Aviattic was built and I must say that, after seeing it, in a pre-production phase, it`s an fantastic addiction to a WWI diorama. Not a cheap hangar but a fantastic one. The next chapter is “Recreating a Legend”. It´s an exclusive interview with Richard Alexander, the first one after Wingnut Wings closure. I have had the pleasure to interview Richard in the past, while he was WnW General Manager and it`s was a blast to talk to him, back then, about wingnut wings and how Wingnut Wings fans got me that chance. After that I have had a better yet, a personal meet in Telford and the opportunity to “work” in WnW stand in Telford and its was crazy. I can call Richard a friend now and it was amazing to meet him. I even got, thanks to him a picture with PJ with a Wingnut Wings T-shirt. Back to this interview, the major subject is, of course, the work that was made to turn the Fokker DR. I reality and a dream come true to many WWI modellers. The "under the skin" chapter has some great pictures of an undress Fokker DRI Next, one of my favourite parts: Ronny Bar Profiles!! And several ones, eight to be more precise, and all with a picture or two of the real aircraft. All the profiles are from Ronny Bar. Now, the reader is bring back to modelling with Ray Rimmel upgrading a 1:32 Roden Fokker DRI with several scratch building, and display in the top of a railway wagon. The article is to be concluded in the second volume) A marvelous modeling article comes next: Fokker DR.I 425/17. Ray immerse in building this iconic plane from the Mengnut Fokker Dr.I, and as many, we assume that it could be straight from the box… ahhh, looks like not, and if you want be totally accurate, you will have to get this book!! The next article contains several amazing pictures with more the 100 years and in very very good condition with tons of history and details. Finally, two appendix are given with tons of information with productions changes and recommended reading. Conclusion: A fantastic book for historians and for modeler, with great pics with amazing quality and very inspirational. If you have a Fokker DR.I in your stash or you want to get a Fokker DR.I (the new Meng one or Roden ones) this book is a must have. If you`re not a WWI modeler but a WWI lover/liker, this is a must have!! Worth every penny. Very Highly recommend. My sincere thanks to Ray Rimmel and Windsock for the opportunity and the review sample.
Just spotted, that Meng announced an 1/32 Fokker DR.I. The kit seem to have options for a F.1, a DR.I early or late. It's new tooling and includes some PE. http://www.meng-model.com/en/contents/59/290.html Cheers Rob
Legends of Aviation in 3D #1 (99001) Fokker Dr.I (The aces’ aircraft) Publisher: Kagero Written by: Marek Rys and Tomasz J. Kowalski Available here from Kagero for € 30,00 After being blown away with the Kagero Fokker D.VII 3D book, here’s one that exceeds my previous enthusiasm. With the Fokker D.VII book being number 2 in this title’s range, I’m surprised I haven’t seen this book before. Maybe it just took longer to finish and publish. What I do know is that this title is 10 euro’s higher in prize than the D.VII title. Has a hard cover, instead of the soft cover D.VII book, a higher page count en some additional goodies. Introduction With this review looking at this book through the eyes of a large scale modeller, we will absorb the reference material in order to enhance the available kits on the market. This being the Encore models Fokker F.1 and Roden Dr.I kit. A pretty good but basic platform to start detailing. Some after market sets are available for these kits. Photo etch by Part from Poland and Eduard for instance. But also Cutting Edge resin for the cowling and control surfaces. Great decals are offered by Cutting Edge and EagleCals. Add some Master barrels, HGW harness, Wooden prop and you’re good to go! You might notice I haven’t mentioned the HobbyCraft kit, which I indeed won’t do. I know a lot of ww1 modelers are waiting for Wingnut Wings to treat us to their version of this subject, which I’m sure is only a matter of time. The Fokker Dr.I became most famous by one of it’s pilots: Manfred von Richthofen, who used it to score 19 victories and in which he was subsequently killed in on April 21st 1918. The plane wasquite revolutionairy in design and construction, so it’s fair that this title starts with… How the Legend was Born Spurred on and inspired by the Sopwith Triplane (that outflew the great german Albatros planes) Fokker started work on the german equivalent in co-operation with Hugo Junkers. The three wings caused the Triplanes to have a higher climb rate, being more manoeuvrable and not to lose altitude in tight turns. Fokker took their D.V biplane and (in short) added a wing. This chapter covers the prototypes that led to the ultimate Dr.I. Some great photo’s that I haven’t encountered before. Including the 5-wing Fokker V.8. Dreideckers in Combat Some great background and photo reference from the Jasta’s that flew this plane. I’m glad this book doesn’t linger too long here, since there are already numerous titles that cover operational history in depth. And the same goes for… The Aircraft Construction Reading this chapter is useful to understand what this book is all about. Getting to understand how this plane goes together and from what materials give you some grasp of the amazing 3D renderings on the following pages. Painting schemes and markings We all know the controversy surrounding WW1 colors used on aircraft. Unlike WW2 planes almost every Jasta used their own set of colors. These are described in this chapter which creates some order in the seemingly color explosion chaos of the Jasta’s. At page 38 the colour pages make their appearance showing some really cool and weathered color profiles. The Fokker Dr.I in 3D At page 38 the real fun starts. A very accurate and detailed 3D model is rendered from all sides. The amount of polygons must be staggering. Especially when the fabric is taken off a few pages further on. Stitchings, turn-buckles, bolts… it’s all there. When painting your model you need to know the construction inside the fuselage and wings in order to create the right shading, and these renderings give you just that… and more. At page 57 the renderings become close-ups. Spandau guns, fuel filler plywood texture. Jaw dropping stuff. The renderings showing the pulleys inside the wings for the control cables give you an idea of how things operate. The renderings of the Oberursel R.II engine at page 72 are a treat. Ignitions wires and attachment to the fuselage were quite the eye-openers for me. It just goes on and on. The Spandau guns receive some extra attention and show detail that not even LSM Umlaufmotor will be able to re-produce (consider this a challenge!). If you need some inspiration for a good scheme. Go down to page 110. Multiple views of the all black Josef Jacobs’ machine are shown. Inspirational stuff. At page 123 Manfred’s red mount is shown, followed by Werner Voss’ Fokker F.1 from Jasta 10. In the front cover of the book you’ll find some 3D glasses and at page 132 you’ll ‘see’ why. 8 full page 3D prints that come to life when viewed through these glasses. You’ll have to see this to believe this. When you’re a WW1 aircraft nutt you’ll go wild. I promise. Verdict This book is the holy grail of construction and painting guides if there ever was one on this subject. Too bad Wingnut Wings haven’t felt the urge to dive into this subject yet, but then again: Encore models and Roden have already done a good job at theirs. The 3D renderings are of the highest quality and leave (almost) nothing to the imagination. I can only hope these series are the success they deserve to be so we’ll be treated to even more. Can’t wait to see what’s next… Very very highly recommended and you know what? I'm just going to rate this book a fat 10 out of 10. My sincere thanks to Kagero Publishing for the review sample. To order direct, go here. Jeroen Peters