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  1. Hi all, This is my recently finished Fokker Dr.I in the colours of August Raben's bird. The decals are Eagle Editions and the paint is MRP. Some use of Aviattic rib tape and fabric decals, as well as some Uschi wood decal. Guns are MASTER, and the prop is from a WNW Fokker D.VII kit. Used ammo chutes are also from the WNW Fokker D.VII kit. For this build, I used the Roden F.I kit, but used the parts for the production Triplane version. As well as some of the Encore PE extras, I also used stuff from the PART PE set, such as the ammo bins etc. Quite a lot of thinning of the upper cockpit deck and modification to comfortably use the new ammo bins. Watch out for this build in the next issue of Military Illustrated Modeller, available at all good newsagents and the online store!
  2. 1/32 Fokker D.VII “Early” Wingnut Wings Catalogue # 32067 Available from Wingnut Wings for $99 plus shipping The Fokker D.VII was a German World War I fighter aircraft designed by Reinhold Platz of the Fokker-Flugzeugwerke. Germany produced around 3,300 D.VII aircraft in the second half of 1918. In service with the Luftstreitkräfte, the D.VII quickly proved itself to be a formidable aircraft. The Armistice ending the war specifically required Germany to surrender all D.VIIs to the Allies. Surviving aircraft saw continued widespread service with many other countries in the years after World War I. The D.VII entered squadron service with Jasta 10 in early May 1918. When the Fokker D.VII appeared on the Western Front in April 1918, Allied pilots at first underestimated the new fighter because of its squarish, ungainly appearance, but quickly revised their view. The D.VII was also noted for its high manoeuvrability and ability to climb at high angles of attack, its remarkably docile stall, and its reluctance to spin. It could literally "hang on its prop" without stalling for brief periods of time, spraying enemy aircraft from below with machine gun fire. The D.VII also had problems. Several aircraft suffered rib failures and fabric shedding on the upper wing. Heat from the engine sometimes ignited phosphorus ammunition until cooling vents were installed in the engine cowling, and fuel tanks sometimes broke at the seams. Aircraft built by the Fokker factory at Schwerin were noted for their lower standard of workmanship and materials. Nevertheless, the D.VII proved to be a remarkably successful design, leading to the familiar aphorism that it could turn a mediocre pilot into a good one, and a good pilot into an ace. Manfred von Richthofen died days before the D.VII began to reach the Jagdstaffeln and never flew it in combat. Other pilots, including Erich Löwenhardt and Hermann Göring, quickly racked up victories and generally lauded the design. Aircraft availability was limited at first, but by July there were 407 in service. Larger numbers became available by August, when D.VIIs achieved 565 victories. The D.VII eventually equipped 46 Jagdstaffeln. When the war ended in November, 775 D.VII aircraft were in service. Armament was 2 × 7.92 mm (.312 in) LMG 08/15 "Spandau" machine guns, and the type was powered by either a Daimler-Mercedes D.IIIa/aü, or a BMW IIIa. Maximum speed was between 117mph and 124mph, dependent on powerplant. (Courtesy of Wikipedia) The kit For those that missed out on the four previous release versions of this kit, I suspect the release of Wingnut Wings’ Fokker D.VII (Fok) “Early” kit, will come as welcome news. Dare I say that I also suspect that for those that love this aircraft and bought the previous releases, this will also find a place in the stash. Well, the next time I expected to see the D.VII was in the fabled ‘Special Edition’ kits that have been mooted for some time, but I’m certainly not complaining about seeing another boxing of this beautiful kit. Wingnut Wings’ Fokker D.VII is already a proven kit in terms of engineering and fit, but seeing as the original kits were released 4 to 5 years ago, I’ll take a fresh look at the whole thing again, for the benefit of those who don’t know what this kit offers, and of course to highlight the differences between this and the original (Fok) release. I personally think that the D.VII was one of the prettiest and most aesthetically pleasing aircraft of The Great War, and Steve Anderson’s silver-lined box art captures its lines beautifully. The sides of the box show the FIVE schemes offered in this release with Ronny Bar’s exceptional profile artistry. Inside the box, there are EIGHT medium grey sprues and a single clear sprue, all individually bagged to prevent damage to the fragile parts contained therein. You like decals? Good, as there are FOUR large sheets with this release. A single photo-etch fret is included too. Lastly, a glossy, full colour instruction manual completes the ensemble. The Wingnut Wings release spiel is as thus: Very simple rigging 4 high quality Cartograf decal sheets including fitted ‘Fokker streaky camouflage’, 4 & 5 colour lozenge and markings for 5 early production aircraft 210 high quality injection moulded plastic parts including 19 parts exclusive to Fokker built aircraft (plastic parts are the same as 32011 Fokker D.VII (Fok)) 8 photo-etched metal detail parts Optional cowlings, propellers, low & mid height gun mounts, cockpit coamings, windscreens, low & high exhausts 180hp & 200hp Daimler-Mercedes engines Fine in scale rib tape detail Full rigging diagrams Sprue A As is typical with many WNW releases, this sprue tends to hold many of the smaller components from around the airframe. With the exception of the tubular cockpit sidewalls, you will find almost every other cockpit part moulded here, as well as the fuel tank and gauge, engine firewall, empty ammo bin, gun mounting cross member frames and ammunition feed bin. The latter parts to be used with this release are the MID and LOW brackets and ammo feed bin. Please ensure you decide which aircraft you are building before you set out, as these small differences will mean the difference between accuracy and the unmentionable. Also, don’t confuse these similar parts, as there are ones also supplied for the HIGH mount, which aren’t applicable to this release. The cockpit itself is superbly appointed, with nicely detailed floor, pilot seat (with PE belts) and optional cushion, rear bulkhead with filigree canvas lacing detail, spark advance lever, fuel tank pressurising pump, control column and grip with throttle control, tachometer, and a compass/gimbal. Whilst two instrument boards are included, only one of the parts is suitable for the early D.VII. This is to be fitted with a Bosch magneto, and decals are supplied for the instruments themselves and the various signage on the panel. An optional altimeter is included with the only proviso that you don’t fit it on the right hand side when building option A, with the streaky Fokker finish. Other parts on this sprue include the inner and outer radiator panels (two other sets of parts included, but not for use here), lower engine cowl (common to all versions on this kit), empty belt chutes, optional Oigee gun sight, undercarriage struts and spreader bar (with moulded bungee detail), rudder, tailskid etc. Sprue B Here you will find the fuselage halves, moulded with beautifully subtle external details such as the control cable grommets. Externally, there isn’t much else to see, which is the nature of the aircraft. Due to the various permutations of engine cowl etc. the forward fuselage ends just before the first cowl plate (or in this case, the fabric panels that were a feature of the early machines). This sprue contains many fragile parts, such as the sidewalls cabane struts and engine bay frames. The very nature of these parts means that WNW has moulded small tags onto them which are used for mould pin ejection. This is a neat idea which means that the part itself isn’t impinged upon with ejector pin marks. Of course, you’ll need to snip all of these away and clean up the gate point, but the trade-off is a beautifully fine moulding. With the sidewalls, you will need to snip away the innermost forward stanchion. Some frames on other manufacturer-built airframes were shorter, and the kit parts cater to all versions. The cockpit frames are very fine and very detailed. As with many parts in this kit, I advise that you use a fine razor saw to remove them so that your cutters don’t cause distortion when you clip through the plastic. Other parts here include the lower cowling sump panel, radiator piping and two exhaust options. The only part not pertinent to this release is the oil tank. Sprue C The clear sprue. Not a lot here to talk about except to tell you that it offers two windscreen options with nicely defined frame lines, and the parts are perfectly clear. Sprue D (x2) Of course, you’ll find here the parts for which there are multiples of the same, such as the wheels, separate wheel hubs, axle captive nuts, outer inter-plane struts, ailerons, machine guns, control horns etc. Two Spandau options are given here. These are for the standard plastic guns, and one for a jacketless MG. Onto this will fit a rolled PE jacket for more authenticity. A plastic former is also included for you to roll your flat brass part around. The wheels are quite nice too. These are moulded with separate outer hubs, and within the main wheel hub, a little spoke detail is moulded, along with the nipple to inflate the tyre. Alas, this detail won’t be seen for this version of the D.VII, as the hubs have a fabric patch and not the actual opening. Aileron detail is negligible, as there was barely any rib detail to be seen on the real aircraft. Note that the ailerons aren’t handed either, meaning they are interchangeable. No worries about gluing the port to starboard etc. Sprue E ‘E’ is for engine. In this case, the early D.VII flew with either a Daimler-Mercedes 180 D.IIIa or 200hp D.IIIaü. There are a good number of parts not for use here, such as the Heine and Wolf propellers, plus a sump, rocker covers etc. Still, there are enough parts here to satisfy the ardent detail fanatic. The engine itself comprises around 25 parts, with options of course for the water-cooled intake manifold and plumbing, plus the flywheel. If you aren’t fitting the latter, you can add a generator. I would say check your references, but I don’t think that old cliché is useful when you’re dealing with an aircraft from around one century ago. An air pump is an option if you’re not fitting the water-cooled parts. Sprue F Only two parts here; the full span upper and lower wing panels for the upper wing. These are moulded sans ailerons, so you may pose these dynamically, should you wish. Surface detail really is excellent, with a highly realistic doped fabric appearance and rib caps/tape detail. Leading edges have finely moulded wing stacking pads, and strut locating points are clean. It would be worthwhile just drilling out the holes further for the control cable points, but remember, that the D.VII itself doesn’t have much in terms of rigging, which will doubtless please a lot of modellers. Wing trailing edges are very thin too, with light being visible if you hold them up to a lamp. This area also has a subtle scalloped finish, as would be the result of the doped fabric pulling on the wire trailing edge of the real aircraft. As the D.VII’s upper wing is relatively thick, WNW has included some locating points within the wing, that after gluing, should provide some nice reinforcement and prevent the wing from being squeezed and cracking any glued joint. Sprue H This is another sprue that’s common to all previous D.VII kit releases, and it contains a full-span lower wing panel with upper port and starboard panels, two upper cockpit deck options, the single-piece stabiliser and elevator. Wing and tail-plane detail is again superb and restrained, with positive strut positions where appropriate, and nice elevator hinge detail on the stabiliser. The elevator itself is, like the aileron in that detail is limited. Again, this is correct. You will also find two upper fuselage/cockpit decks here. Sprue I This is the last grey sprue and it contains the various permutations of cowl parts including both side and upper panels. This contains two different sets of side panels, a single nose cowl and three options for upper engine cowls. Other parts are included for these, but they aren’t applicable to this specific release. One set of side cowls will need to be modified if you are using the louvered option. This involves cutting out a hole for the low exhaust stack, and the removal of four forward louvres. Parts for the undercarriage wing are found here too, and this version doesn’t require you to cut and shorted them. With regards to the plastic, there really isn’t anything to fault anywhere on this kit. Seam lines are negligible, flash is pretty much non-existent, and ejector pin marks won’t hinder you. No sinkage etc. can be found anywhere. This model will be a joy to build from that perspective. Photo Etch The parts on this look identical to the previous D.VII releases, but the layout is different. This may be to incorporate the nameplate that is now a part of WNW releases. Either way, these parts are interchangeable with those of the previous releases. Here you will find the Spandau MG jackets, end caps and reticules, seatbelts and the MG flashguards. Quality is excellent, with parts being held in situ by small tags that will be easy to cut through. Decals As previously stated, there are FOUR large decal sheets here, printed by Cartograf. It’s great to see WNW add a Fokker streaking decal set when only one of the schemes actually calls for it all (with the exception a small fuselage piece on one other scheme. This is quite strange when you consider that they don’t include the black and white stripy decal for Bruno Loerzer’s machine. It’s very easy to mask off though, but they have included full side pattern decals in other releases. One sheet contains a full suite of streaking decal (with some sections not for use), and wheel hub outer edge decals. One sheet contains a set of 4-colour upper and lower wing lozenge, and another has 5-colour lozenge, but this time, the lower lozenge represents the coat of light blue paint that was applied. In a twist, the first scheme that employs the streaking decal, also includes the lighter lower wing lozenge applied to the UPPER surfaces! I can guarantee that if you have this finished model on your club stand, someone will tell you that you did it wrong! Probably my favourite scheme of them all, and they are all worth building. The remaining decal sheet contains all of the national markings, motifs, as well as some tail-plane lozenge and sections of lighter lozenge that fit within the cockpit area (for the non-streaky fuselages). More lozenge is included to wrap around the upper cockpit frame and some pieces for the rear bulkhead. Cockpit instrument and signage decals are included, as are a full set of stencils. All decals are glossily printed, thin and contain minimum carrier film. Colours are solid and authentic, and printing is in perfect register. The FIVE (actually six!) schemes are: Fokker D.VII, 262/18, Emil Thuy, Jasta 28w, mid-1918 (35 victories) Fokker D.VII, Rudolf Berthold, Jasta 15/JG2, mid-1918 (44 victories) Fokker D.VII, Max Kliefoth, Jasta 19, October 1918 (3 victories) (SCHEME C1) Fokker D.VII, Hugo Schäfer, Jasta 19, October 1918 (SCHEME C2) Fokker D.VII, Reinhold von Benz, Jasta 78b, August 1918 (1 victory) Fokker D.VII, Bruno Loerzer, Jasta 26/JGIII, November 1918 (44 victories) Schemes C1 and C2 are very similar with the exception of the nose, undercarriage and cabane strut colours, hence the inclusion of both options. Instruction Manual No one does these quite like WNW. This glossy A4 publication contains 26 pages, printed in full colour and begins with a parts map and colour references which are used throughout the construction process. The illustrations are in drawing style, and generally coloured in greyscale, but blue is used to highlight new parts addition, and yellow where PE parts are to be added. Full colour illustration is also supplied for key areas, such as the cockpit and engine, giving the modeller an immediate idea about how things should look once painted, despite the references being given throughout construction. Contemporary and period photographs are included, and the last pages are taken over by the excellent colour profile work of Ronny Bar, with some historical and scheme notation. Decal placement is easy to follow, as is the colour guide. Conclusion I'm more than sure that this new release will be more than welcome by WNW enthusiasts, and not least those that missed out on the previous four incarnations of this kit. The Fokker D.VII is packed full of just about every detail you could wish for, with maybe only a little wiring needed here and there. This really is a very comprehensive kit, and one that builds perfectly. Again, it's great to see a number of machine-specific options included here, and a total of four large decal sheets to create another series of beautiful examples of this important aircraft type. Price-wise, I don't think this can be beat. Building this model really is an adventure, and a thoroughly enjoyable one at that. Now, I wonder if we'll see any WNW separate decal sets for this release! Very highly recommended My sincere thanks to Wingnut Wings for the sample reviewed here. To purchase directly, click THIS link, or check your local distributor.
  3. Hi all, Here she is. All finished. The resin Silver Wings 1/32 Fokker D.21. Started this kit on april 29 and finished today. So about 2,5 months. A joy to build. Great fit but challenging instructions. Take your time and you'll be fine. I added: • Master barrels turned brass gun barrels (2 sets). • Some minor details on the door (locks, hinge, etc..) That's it. Used Gunze paints all over and AK interactive panel washes. Also AK Interactive lense crystal clear and transparent red and green for the navigation lights. The aerial is EZ-line. Build log here: http://forum.largescalemodeller.com/topic/3688-silver-wings-132-fokker-d21/page-1 Cheers! Jeroen
  4. 1:32 Fokker D.XXI Silver Wings Catalogue # 32-017 Available from Aviation Mega Store for $149,95 or directly from Silver Wings Introduction Let me start this review by addressing the fact that: • I am dutch • My grandfather built the Fokker D.XXI before and during the war • I have a soft spot for this plane • My name is mentioned in the instruction booklet in this kit Taking the above into account, you might be inclined to think that I am somewhat biased and will praise it into the sky. Well… Maybe, but only if it deserves the credit. I never expected any company to tackle the Fokker D.XXI in large scale. Yes, we have seen it produced in 1/48 (Classic Airframes and Special Hobby) and in 1/72 scale (Kora, Special Hobby, Czech master and MPM), but for a large scale version we had to resort to the ID Models Vac form release. I’ve seen one or two built, but never had the guts to try my hands at one myself. Most of the above releases in smaller scale feature the Finnish version of the Fokker DXXI. License built planes that often feature ski’s, different wheels legs, canopy, etc… When I first discovered Silver Wings was planning this release I asked them to please consider the earlier dutch version, since it’s not getting the attention it deserves. Since it flew in dutch and german (beute) colours. Since it’s the original version, and thus the place to start. But more about this later… With that out of the way, let’s first discuss the subject at hand, since it’s not a well known or documented design. History The Fokker D.21 saw a bumpy start. Fokker made quite a name for himself during WWI with types like the D.VII, DR.I and E.III. Some of the best fighters around that dominated the skies above the trenches. After WWI Anthony Fokker left Schwerin, Germany and came back to the Netherlands. With the help of his family and a Coalmine Trading Company he re-started his Fokker company in 1919. His name was blemished through his work during WWI, but by focussing his efforts on civil aviation he managed to crawl back up. After rising to fame (in the Netherlands and America!) with the Fokker F.VII passenger plane he quickly tumbled down after one of his planes crashed, killing a famous football coach. Back to the fighter planes… As we all know, Fokker made quite a name for himself through the development of some rather groundbreaking designs. He wasn’t a great designer himself per se, but his clever business instinct made him good at attracting the right designers and spotting opportunities. But in the years after WWI Fokker struggled to find a market for his designs. Fokker believed in the potential of the mono wing design. He experimented with the Fokker D.14. A low-wing fighter that can be marked as the precursor of the D.21. He actually sold a number of these planes to Germany, which is remarkable, since Germany was not allowed an airforce after WWI. These german planes trained pilots on Russian soil in order to keep things ‘secret’. The crashing of one of these planes, threw Fokker back to experimenting with biplane designs. In 1934 the dutch indies army requested a new one-engined fighter. It had to have a fixed gear (to keep maintenance to a minimum) and be able to reach a speed of 410 km/hour. In 1934 aircraft design already saw all metal tube-less construction. Some of which were already in use in the dutch army (think of the Dornier Wal flying boat). Despite this, Fokker and the government preferred the older mixed construction. A tubular welded frame, covered with metal plating and other materials (fabric and wood). The reasons behind this are simple: • this method of construction made alterations in the design fairly simple • it also kept the use of large moulds and machinery to a minimum • and this made it easier for other countries to build the plane in license! • and last but not least, this type of construction made maintenance easier. Which was an important factor for the use in the colonies. Actually this type of construction was equal for the Hawker Hurricane. Other requirements included movable wing mounted guns! They should be able to sweep 10 degrees to the left and right. Quite a strange demand, since WWI proved the best way to line your target up, was to aim the nose of the plane. Fortunately this demand was dropped during the design stages. Numerous designs were proposed. Bi-plane, mono plane, inline engine, radial engine, open canopy, closed canopy, single seater, twin seater… The prototype that was eventually built in 1936 looked almost like it eventually did when going into production. It only featured a smaller rudder, a two bladed propeller and the wheel covers were left off. It did already have the 830 HP air cooled Bristol Mercury engine, which gave the plane a round and wide fuselage. A common result of a radial engine design. With a length of 8 meters and a span of 11 meters, it looked quite stubby and ungainly. Numerous test flights followed, resulting a a lot of small design changes. Including a larger rudder (to enhance handling when in spin) and different cockpit lay-out, spurred on by a French stunt pilot who worked for the French government. When the thread of war in the colonies rising and Japanese navy becoming a thread, the need for bombers became big, and the need for fighters smaller… This almost resulted in the cancellation of the order! Another bullet the D.21 dodged was when dutch competition (Koolhoven) announced a ground breaking mid engine super fast fighter. A lot of spin-doctoring, design alterations and politics was needed to address this problem, and in the end it worked… In the end a total of 148 (some say 147) were built and used by the Netherlands, Danmark, Finland, Spain and Germany. Surviving examples None. The closest you can get to a real dutch Fokker D.21, is visiting the new erected Nationaal Militair Museum (NMM in Soesterberg, Netherlands) where they have a very nice replica. Sadly in the new museum setup it is suspended from the ceiling in a rather dark gloomy room, which makes it difficult to photograph. It contains a lot of original D.21 parts, but sadly has the wrong legs, which are of Finnish design. Also the cockpit is not accurate, but it’s almost impossible to find out exactly what is not accurate, since the sources for this area are scarce… A nice walkaround can be found here. Another interesting piece of history can be found at the Crash 40-45 museum in Aalsmeerderbrug (close to Schiphol). About 8 minutes from my house. During the invasion in may 1940 a D.21 (code number 229) escorted two Fokker T-V bombers. Pilot Koos Roos encountered three Me-110’s. They opened fire and Roos’ D.21 got hit. He decides to bail out and releases his canopy. It flies off and hits one Me-110 right in the engine. It breaks off with a smoking engine. He decides to stay in his plane and manages to shoot down the second Me-110 with his FN guns. He hides in the clouds and when he comes out he realises he’s right behind yet another Me-110, which he also manages to shoot down. In the end he bites it when a last Me-110 hits his plane. Roos’ is heavily wounded and becomes unconscious. During the dive of his crashing plane he is thrown out of his cockpit and he regains consciousness during his fall. He survives. Gets decorated and dies in 1956 in a helicopter crash… The remains of his plane were found in 1993 in Nieuwkoop. The engine and large parts of the cockpit were reconstructed in the museum and are the last surviving remains of the dutch D.21. Here are some photo's I took yesterday: There is also one D.21 to be seen in the finnish museum in Tikkakoski, but as you may have guessed that is a finnish license built example, so not really relevant to this review. During the war the germans took one or two D.21’s and placed them on display in Berlin, but that got bombed out in 1942, leaving nothing but ashes. Finally on to the model! Silver Wings has been operating in the niche market since 2009. Interbellum bi-planes, mostly in 1/32 scale deserve their focus. Fighters that mostly became obsolete with the outbreak of the war. And even though this last statement doesn’t 100% apply to the D.21, I guess Silver Wings was the most legible company to tackle the subject. Exotic is their trademark. Just look at their Fiat Falco, Siskin or FW44. The quality of their kits is very consistent and very buildable. Even for people with less resin experience under their belt. As said in the introduction I was hoping they would do the original early dutch D.21, since it gives the modeller the option to build it in german captured colours or with the early dutch triangle or later three colour roundel. Common believe is that the germans just barged into Holland and encountered no resistance at all, when in fact these little Fokkers gave them quite a fight. The box is small and displays a new design and Silver Wings’ new logo. A black base which I personally like more than the previous soft yellow and light blue. The first impression you get when opening the top is: Hey! They cleaned up all the resin for me! Almost no large casting blocks to saw off and no flash is present. Since I have their Hawker Hart kit, I was already familiar with this level of quality. The kit consists of: 160 parts cast in resin (including 8 clear resin parts for the canopy and lenses, light covers). 40 photo-etch parts Film for the instruments and decals to build three different schemes. Length & wingspan: 256 x 343 (mm) Fuselage The two halves need almost no clean-up. Very restrained surface detail (panel lines) that I might deepen a little in order for the wash to grip on. The insides feature two locating pins that fit snuggly in the other half. Dry fitting shows a seamless fit that requires no filler. Detail on the inside of the cockpit halves is present too, but most of the detail will be attached to the fuselage framing. Having seen the artisanal way Silver Wings produce the master for this model, this testifies of their craftsmanship. They actually build the whole fuselage from layers of greencard and sand that down to shape. Since the wingroots are integral to the fuselage this is quite a feat. If I didn’t know better I’d say this was mastered in 3D software. Here's a pic of the fuselage during mastering: Wings These are solid and rather heavy. Luckily Silver Wings added steel tubing in them that protrudes a couple of mm to fit in a pre cast hole in the wing root. A total of 2 resin locating pins and one steel tube make for a proper fit and alignment. The leading edge needs some sanding and clean-up but nothing too much. Ailerons and flaps are separate, so you can pose them up or down. Note: The D.21 flaps had only two positions: fully up, or fully down. The wings have no rivets, because the real D.21 had wings that were covered in fabric and wood. The only fasteners were seen in the gun-bay hatches and along the wingroot, that was covered in Duraluminium. If you look at wartime photo’s (especially that of a crashed No. 229 you’ll see some nice paint-chipping. Aluminium dope appears beneath the paint, which is not strange, since this was often used to protect the fabric / wooden underlayer from UV-radiation. Just take a look at this crashed (well bad landing) of serial number 229: Ailerons, Flaps, tail As with the main wings the tail planes feature locating pins that line up nicely. The elevators have restrained texture and should look convincing under some paint. The flaps are made up from large resin planes. As said in the introduction: the Fokker D21 only had 2 flap positions: all the way up, or all down. The rudder comes as one separate piece. All these parts show no flaws and need almost no cleanup. A dry-fit shows a good line-up and fit. Fuselage framing and prop blades Two large side frames make up the base for the cockpit. This is always a bit of a tedious choir. Again: cleanup is hardly necessary. Just make sure to line all the parts up and measure twice before using any glue. The amount of parts that make up the frame construction is limited, so you should be fine. The framing carries the footboards, radio, seat, oil tank and instrument panel. The prop blades are elegant and sleek. These were all metal. My recent visit to the museum showed the tri colored striping on the edges to be only on the outside (front side). So check your references. Clear parts With resin kits there’s always a challenge in tackling the canopy. What’s the best way to go? Vac? Clear resin? Vac can be difficult to deal with. Is fragile and can be difficult to glue since there’s hardly any mating surface. Resin is often too thick and can have imperfections. In this case we have clear resin. No imperfections and the thickness is not too bad. Four parts make up the cockpit glazing. Windshield. Rear. And to middle sections, of which the left sides can be posed in the open position. Also in this bag are two landing light lenses and lense covers. Engine Cowling The front cowling ring and rear cowling come separate and fit nice into eachother. These two parts are cast really thin, which makes me believe the Bristol Mercury VIII engine is made to size J. Fellow member Cees recently arranged a spring for one of the rocker arms of a Bristol Mercury cylinder head for me. A nice addition to my build. This has nothing to do with the review at hand of course… Engine core: Have a seat: Radio: Oil tank: Landing gear, engine base, cockpit parts This bag contains all the parts needed for the main fixed gear. The streamlined wheel housing has locating lugs and lugs that hold the wheel. The shape of the gear is typical for the early DXXI-2 dutch version, and as I said before, I’m glad Silver Wings looked beyond the existing dutch replica, which has the wrong shape Finnish gear. Also in cluded in this bag is the cockpit floor and radio. Make sure to check whether your D21 carried one! Since only 1 out of 3 carried a radio, since they flew in sorties of 3 planes. Signals from the radio plane to the two wingmen was done through hand signals. Engine cilinders A total of 9. Well cast and detailed. Just a little cleanup needed to made the cooling ribs run smooth all the way around. Prop shaft: Tail wheel: Oil cooler: Prop base: Rudder pedals: Cockpit controls: Small bits and bobs.. And then we have one small bag with a few recognizable parts. Rear wheel. Prop shaft. Oil cooler intake. Exhausts. Etc… One part in particular deserves praise, which is the intake. Just look at the way it almost seems completely hollow! Really cool… Photo-etch fret Here we have the instrument panel, seatbelts, gunsight parts, flap details and footsteps. Information on the D21’s cockpit / instrument panel is scarce. There is one nice detailed photo of the prototype, but the layout was altered for the production machine. A dutch guy named Daan Kaasjager studied the D21’s cockpit in order to make a virtual one for Microsoft’s Flight Simulator. I collected some images of his work since I believe he did an accurate job. Along with the photo etch you’ll find the typical piece of film that makes the instruments. Detail here is as sharp and minute as you can find in the hobby. Don’t forget to paint the read of the instrument facings white in order for the detail to show The seatbelts are nicely done but I always prefer HGW paper/fabric because of the way they can be wrinkled. I just need to check which come close enough in shape because I’m pretty sure these haven’t been done (yet). Bare in mind this is just my personal preference. Daan Kaasjager's Virtual cockpit: Instruction booklet In just a few steps the whole models comes together. The booklet sure makes it look simple! I especially like the full color profiles with all side views (and the fact I am thanked on the first page Schemes / Decals Decals are provided for three different schemes. Two dutch and one captured german: • Fokker D.XXI “214" - Dutch Air Force - 1-II-1 LvR (1e JaVa), De Kooy, Autumn 1938 • Fokker D.XXI “212" – Dutch Air Force - 1–V-2 LvR (1e JaVa), Ypenburg, Summer 1940 • Fokker D.XXI “15" - Luftwaffe - ex 1e JaVa "Witte Muizen", Summer 1940 You might wonder why one dutch scheme shows an orange triangle and one shows a red, white and blue roundel with an orange dot in the middle. Actually all dutch planes started out with orange discs until 1921. Then they were replaced with the red, white and blue roundels. After some incidents in 1939 between the Luftwaffe and dutch airforce caused by confusion it was decided to change the roundels for the orange triangle with black trim. After WWII the orange triangle was abandoned again. Another thing you might find confusing is the mixed use of D.XXI and D.21. Both are correct. The D.21 just happened to be built right on the transition between the numeral uses. The official serial plate on the plane however states: D.XXI. Reference The books I have on the subject are by my knowledge the majority that is written on the subject and most complete. There are some older offerings, but these aren’t really worth the trouble. • The most complete title is by Peter de Jong, published by Violaero. Fokker D.21, Fokkers last one-engined fighter. It is written in dutch, and has English captions too. ISBN: 978-90-8616-099-0 • A smaller publishing, dealing with the operational history is written by Frits Gerdessen and Luuk Boerman. Published by Dutch Profile. Fokker D.XXI, history. Camouflage and markings. A good title to guide you along your build. • Another title by Peter de Jong is published in France (!!) by Lela Presse. This book is older than the Violaero publishing and the only reason it was published in France, is because he wasn’t able to find a dutch publisher interested at that time. Le Fokker D.21, Collection Profils Avions No.9 ISBN: 2-914017-26-X Other available decals on the market in 1/32 by Dutch Decal: Verdict All in all this is very well researched kit with a great fit and engineering. Quality control is high. The name of Cor Oostveen and the fact he receives special thanks in the booklet is a good sign as he is an authority on the subject. Shape and detail all appear to be spot on. Mistakes that appear on the only replica in the Netherlands are not simply taken over. The only minor question marks I have are in the cooling jackets of the guns. These have round holes, whereas I believe they were rounded oblong. Here's a pic posted by LSM member Beychevelle of the real deal: And here are the kit's guns: And here's his solution: Another question I have is with the shade of orange on the decal sheet. It feels to be al little bit too dark. There are aftermarket 1/32 sheets available by Flevo Decals and Dutch Decals and I will need to get a hold one of those in order to check. Other than these small points it’s a great kit that does justice to this bold little fighter that fought a real Goliath in the first days of the war. I can’t wait to start building… I would rate this kit a 8,5 out of a 10. VERY highly recommended if you are into dutch aviation. VERY highly recommended if you are into exotic subjects. My sincere thanks to Silver Wings for this review sample and the sheer fact they decided to tckle the subject! To purchase directly, click THIS link. Jeroen Peters
  5. Well ADHD got me again, so sue me, this makes kit # 29 in progress. Have started building Wingnut's Fok. D.VII (OAW) with the goal of having it done no later than April 25th. The large local contest on the 26th has the WWI theme and I plan to take all of my completed wingnuts kits to display. This one will be the Sieben Schwabben (7 Swabians), available on this wingnuts decal sheet. Lozenge decals will be Aviattic and I can tell you, boy do they look beautiful on the paper. Progress so far: lots of thin strips of masking tape and preshading of some fuselage parts. Wings are painted now in Tmaiys XF-57 Buff. Ailerons will be a slightly different shade to vary up the finished look of the fabric once the decals are on.
  6. Hi gyus, I'm in! There are not many Albs build and I already made Udet's red D.VIIF, so this time I will try Alb, it will be this beauty I will try to reproduce this scene from Harbers crash and create a little diorama with pilot and witnesses - farmer and shocked goat looking together at this unlucky bird I already had a farmer chosen: http://www.mbltd.info/3588.htm but I'm sure, I will change head to Hornet one, second one from this set is absolutely excellent: ...and I also have a goat!!! I hope goats didn't change so much between WW1 and WW2 Still looking for appropriate standing pilot with resignated look on his face. I will start as planned in second half of August. Cheers guys Zdenko
  7. Hello, here is my finished FOKKER D.VII flown by Ernst Udet 1918. My first Wingnut Wings kit and 100% not the last one Hope that you like it.....
  8. From the horses mouth; the 1/32 Fokker DXXI will be available in 1 or 2 months time. Yessss Cees
  9. RobinS

    Fokker DVII Book

    Guys Deciding to do the Fokker DVII build, I thought I might like to do a little extra work making sure it looks as authentic as possible Whats a good Reference book for the DVII? Any ideas Robin
  10. Hi Guys, Diving right in with the Fokker E.IV! I've enjoyed building the Fokker E.III soo much, this was a no brainer. I love the worn effect on the cowling of Lt. Müller's plane, so that's what I'll be doing. Here's a link to Hans Müller's page on the Aerodrome forum: http://www.theaerodrome.com/aces/germany/muller1.php In addition I will use the amazing resin Taurus engine, HGW seat belts and LMG08 (not LMG08/15) after market barrels. And off course a wooden Doug Craner prop! Cheers, Jeroen
  11. This is the one I'll build, from the Wingnut Wing kit "The Duellists. This is the only markings option: Besides this profile I can't share anything yet as the GB only starts the day after tomorrow! I already have some cockpit parts snipped off the sprues, but nothing is glued yet! See you all in a day or two!
  12. One of my favorite planes... Strong, diverse, rugged and diverse in versions and scheme's. I bummed this kit of Jim (thnx buddy!) and Cees dropped off (as usual) some great reference books. At first I wanted to do one in Dutch markings of the LVA. Number 266 (as can be seen in our militairy aviation museum - see walkaround posted by Erik) or number 265 (as can be seen at the hangar of 'Early Birds' in Lelystad). Both of these planes are in a two colour scheme. Green and blue. Linky to 'Early Birds' BUT... then Cees gave me something that changed everything and made me decide to do the scheme below. More later. Yesterday I visited the 'Early Birds' hangar at Lelystad airport. It's a collection of mostly WW1 planes. Most of them are replica's but with many original parts. Their Fokker DVII features an original Mercedes DIIIa engine, prop, radiator, fuel tank, etc... As soon as a hole and dent in the wing are fixed, it should be able to fly again. They also have a Sopwith Pup, Fokker DR1, Camel and amazing Nieuport 28 on display. Cheers, Jeroen
  13. Guys and gals, Francisco has chosen to kick off the first ever WNWF GB with the amazing Eindecker kits. I'm throwing my hat into the ring and building one of the very latest that I've just reviewed HERE. I'll build: Fokker E.IV, 161/16, Lt. Müller, Kest 6, April 1917 SCHEME CHANGED....see notes further down. My motive? You can hardly see those cowl swirls
  14. 1:32 Fokker E.I / E.III / E.IV Resin Cowlings Manufacturer: Aviattic Available directly from www.aviattic.co.uk Everyone agrees that Wingnut Wings kits are top of the range when it comes to details. But lately we’ve seen a huge increase in aftermarket and scratch added detailing on Large Scale Modeller. Aviattic offers us more colour true Lozenge decals with added printed fabric texture. Quite an improvement over the Wingnut Wings decals to be honest. With these decals and other aftermarket sets (like Gaspatch’s anemometer and turnbuckles, Master Barrels guns, real wooden props and real spoked metal wheels) you can really go to town on these kits. Just when we thought we had seen it all, Taurus hit us with their amazing resin engines. About 130 parts make up just one engine. About as much as the entire Fokker E.III kit!! So imagine the disappointment when I heard from Jeroen Veen that this masterpiece would not fit my WNW plastic cowling… Not knowing what Aviattic was up to, I shortened every cilinder to make it fit. Quite an operation and not something you want to do to such an expensive AM part. The same day I finished decreasing the engine’s diameter, I spotted these resin cowlings on Facebook. Not having spotted any inaccuracies in WNW’s cowlings I asked Aviattic if by any chance these were made to accommodate the Taurus engine…. „Yes”. What’s in the bag? A sturdy block of grey resin that gladly has some flexible characteristics. Attached to the rear, undersides and with a thin strip on the top. The first things that strikes is how thin the resin is. Scale thickness. And that’s exactly what you need to make the Taurus Oberursel engine fit, since it is also true to scale! This can be best seen when keeping the resin to the light. My samples featured nu bubbles, cracked or flash whatsoever. Do you only need this if you have the Taurus engine? No. The plastic IM WNW cowlings is too thick and this is quite visible when looking at your model from an angle. These cowlings add the same realism like the PE Spandau cooling jackets. Also the cowlings have moulded on mounting bands which are fairly simplified on the WNW kit. HGW includes these as PE in their update sets. Some nice modeling on the master maker Ron Kootje! Construction To saw the delicate cowlings from their casting blocks you’ll need a micro saw. Since the top attachment is located in quite a visible area you’ll need to be careful here and polish behind you when done Conclusion Nice! Another way to enhance the realism on your WW1 fighter. And at the price of 4,75 pounds per cowling quite worth it. I’ll definately use a set on my current Fokker E.IV build. Highly recommended Thanks to Richard from Aviattic for the review samples!! You can order your set directly here: Aviattic Jeroen Peters Large Scale Modeller
  15. I have been wanting to build one of these for a while now so... why not add another project on to the wip list! Cockpit is pretty much done.. Just have to do the rigging and control lines and the fuse can be closed up.. To speed things up I will will be just building straight from the box!
  16. Hi Everybody. This is the build review of the Wingnutwings Fokker D.VII F. As this is my first WW I and WNW kit, and as I'm not really into this kind of planes, I have to apologize to this kind of job for the specialists. I will build it Out Of The Box, just made the rigging as it's put in the instructions. I want to made this build review as I would like to see all, with "how too" and "how I do this". So, enough Blabla.... Page four of the instruction start with the cockpit: Here are the parts used in the first row: Start with the floor.I painted a base coat of Tamiya XF-59, through my Infinity Airbrush, as this is the base for the wood "color" When the pain is dry (a few minutes) I took my oil pains. From Left to right: Titanium White - Yellow Ochre - Burnt Sienna - Burnt umber I use two brushes, one old fin pointed and a flat one: With the fine pointed brush, I put some "drops" of paint, randomly. Using the large brush, I "painted" the dots in the length of the floor. I then start again changing the size and pattern of the dots. And here is the result. I know there are a lot of manners to simulate wood (decals from Ushi, etc...) but I like doing it "the old fashion way" I then let the oil paint dry for a day or two. When dry, i painted a coat of Tamiya Clear X-22 With the airbrush. Let it dry for at least one day. To simulate the metal shields, where the pilot feet stay, I decide to use a piece of domestic aluminum foil. It is glued with liquitape. I burnish a piece of foil using a cotton stick. I also use a wooden stick to burnish the foil in the recesses. The excess of foil is cut with a new N°11 blade following the curves on the Floor. I then put a little wash of Dark Wash from Mig to give a little more "life" to the floor. And there it is, first part part of this fantastic kit is done. Hope you enjoy reading and looking. If the explanations are boring, tell me, I will make it shorter. Comments, questions, etc, are always welcome. Cheers, Jamme
  17. Hi all, finally finished the Fokker E.III in Max Immellmann's 'colors'. Since he was awarded the Blue Max medal, I placed a replica of the Pour le Merite on the base. I have added HGW seatbelts. A wooden prop (by Douglas Craner). Bob's Buckles and EZ line. Now, on with the DH.9a! Cheers, Jeroen
  18. Hi guys, Looking at Wingnutwing's instructions for their E.III I get a bit confused. Are the cables to warp the wing only attached to the control stick at the underside by the moving bracket on the U/C framing? Or also from the upper side at the pulley? See the front/rear schematic to see what I mean; in this case if warping is only induced at the bottom side of the wing and the opposing wingtip is pulled up because the top wires slip over the pulley by the tug of the downward warping wing:
  19. The Fokker D.VII at the Militaire Luchtvaart Museum in Soesterberg, the Netherlands. I have heard it was an original German D.VII that was shipped to the USA after WW I and was civilian owned afterwards. Supposedly it was acquired by the Museum and refurbished in the colors of the Luchtvaart Afdeeling (old Dutch spelling)of ca. 1920. I have this from hearsay, so please don't take my word for it... enjoy, I hope the photos prove themselves of use for your WnW D.VII projects! The pictures were taken by Jeroen Peters with my Nikon
  20. Hey all, This was one of my latest builds, First one to be completed with an airbrush, first WWI-aircraft and first one to get a diorama base. It was build in three days (excluding the diorama), the idea around this whole build was, no excuses, just finish it. It was build using the 1/48 Revell kit, which actually contains an Eduard mold. In the kit were decals for the Fokker Dr. I flown by Manfred von Richthofen, who should not be unknown with most of you guys. He flew various aircraft, as the Albatros D.V. and various Fokker Dr. I's and scored a total of 80 victories. The Revell kit states that he had flown 9 different Dr. I's and that this one was the one flown on the fatal flight where he was shot down by ground forces deep inside enemy territory on the 21st of April 1918. He was buried by english troops given full military honors. Enough about history, here are the pic's. The Dio is supposed to be a muddy airfield during late 1917/begin 1918. Enjoy! With regards, Ninetalis.
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