Kit: Scratchbuilt/Conversion (1:72)
Fokker DVI: This model was made using the fuselage from the 1/72nd Airfix Dr1
and the wings from the 1/72nd Revell D.VII. Colours and markings taken from
Fighters 1914-19 by K.Munson. Built in late 1960s.
Kit: Revell (1:72)
Fokker DrI: Markings of Lt von Stapenhorst, Jasta 11, captured 3/1/1918. The
Fokker streaky finish was built up as described in Munson, using drybrushed
green on a linen basecoat. This was then overbrushed with thinners to soften
the hard edges, then with diluted Games Workshop brown wash to simulate the
dark linseed oil varnish. I think I overdid the varnish.
Last of the three, the Fokker D.VII of Carl Degelow, Jasta 40. Back to the 5-colour lozenge pattern for this one. The stag logo came from a Roden Pfalz D.III kit, so it's a bit larger than it should be. The wing stripe is white decal.
I got carried away doing the nose jobs on the other two and so continued to do this one as well, before I realised the kit is OK for Degelow's machine. Nobody at a show has commented.
This model came about when I was given some WW1 Revell kits and thought I could do a colourful Fokker for my club theme for this year (2010). Lots of schemes to choose from, but I couldn't find a scheme I liked, until I found this one by chance. It's a post-war scheme used on a training aircraft, so I suppose it makes a counterpoint to my last model, the pre-war Bristol Scout A. My son is interested in Finnish history, so he provided the decals.
The model is basically out-of-the-box, apart from the skids to replace the wheels, and a seat instead of the pilot.
Kit: Airfix + Revell (1:72)
I did my own drawing based on one tiny Fokker drawing and two pictures off the internet to get the wing shape.
The wingspan came from the Fokker Typen table.
The parts were left-overs from my Fokker V.8 build.
The Airfix Fokker Dr.I fuselage was built up to fill the cutouts for the Dr.I middle and lower wings. I used an Aeroclub Le Rhone engine, even though I thinned down the inside of the cowling I still had to file down the engine to fit. The front cooling holes were drilled through and chamfered on the inside with a ball-head dental burr. The prop came from a Roden Fokker F.I kit.
I made a rudimentary cockpit interior, and added some strip at the fuselage rear to boost the depth of the fuselage before putting a scratch-built tailplane on.
The undercarriage legs came from the Dr.I, it appears in the photos that there was no aerofoil on the axle so a simple axle with spreader bar was made.
The wings came from a Revell Fokker D.VII top wing with the rib detail sanded off and shaped to my drawing. The trailing edge was sanded straight, then strip added to extend the chord. Aileron lines were filled and new ones scribed.
The finish is overall linen, streaked with MisterKit Fokker Olive, an Olive cowling, wheels and undercarriage, the under surfaces are Fokker Turquoise.
The first of three quick builds trying out one of the Aviattic 72nd scale decal sheets. I bought sheet 72019, which has two 4-colour and two 5-colour sets with lozenge tapes. This kit is based on Fredrich Fredrichs machine of Jasta 10, from info on the Wingnut Wings website.
I realised the kit nose panels are wrong for most D.VIIs, so I scraped most of the louvres off and refinished the rear nose panel as streaked linen. The engine was plated over, and the notch in the cowling filled.
I put in a seat taken from a Toko 1 1/2 strutter, but nothing else was added in the cockpit.
The streaked areas are a base coat of buff, streaked with green, then brushed over with brown wash diluted in Future.
The decal sheet is a generic 72nd scale sheet, so there are a few tweaks for the Revell kit. I had to adjust the slope of the ailerons, and trim off the wingtips which were a bit over length. The chord is a little narrow, but the decal is very tough and can be stretched to fit by careful 'easing' with the thumbs after it first settles down.
The second D.VII, this time using 4-colour lozenge. I was intending to do Max Holtzem's aircraft but I couldn't find his shooting star logo, so it's a generic Jasta 16b aircraft.
Again I put in a seat taken from a Toko 1 1/2 strutter, a blanking panel was fitted behind the seat, covered in lozenge decal and the insides of the cockpit covered in reverse lozenge. At this scale it's hardly noticable. The nose was modified the same as the Jasta 10 machine.
Kit: Eduard (1:72)
Having done the V17 I got the E.V out of the stash. There's a lot more brass in this kit than I've ever used before but it handles easily and I no trouble with it, even rolling the gun jackets was trouble-free. I didn't use any of the control horns. The only downside is that the undercarriage is very flimsy, so I don't think it will survive many trips to model shows.
The kit decals were binned and replaced with Aviattic 4 colour factory fresh on the fuselage, axle wing and the insides of the wheels. The axle wing is ply skinned , and maybe should be painted Olive overall, but it looks nice in lozenge. I chose the fresh finish as the E.V was in service for such a short time.
The wing colours were chosen after a lot of time reading threads on the aerodrome forums and slightly less time mixing and choosing my colours. In the end I used
green: ModelColour 70967 Olive mixed with a Games Workshop unlabelled mid green
brown: Xtracrylics XA1002 RAF Dark Earth
violet: Citadel Imperial Purple with a touch of pale blue
blue: MisterKit Gotha Blue.
This model came about from a bag of Fokker Dr.I and D.VII bits. There is one known picture of this machine, outline dimensions in a Fokker table of aircraft, and a 3-view drawing from WW1 Aero, which I modified according to what I could see in the photo. From the shadows on the struts I decided the forward top wing was longer than the rear, so I made the rear span the same as a Dr.I, and split the wing around the cockpit.The fuselage is made from the front of the D.VII and the rear of the Dr.I, with a simple scratch-built cockpit. The exhaust pipes are copper wire.
Descriptions of the V8 say a lot of V6 ( an earlier experimental triplane) components were used, the V6 had scaled-up Dr.I wings so the span and chord were greater than that on the Dr.I. The V8 wings were lesser span than the V6 so they may have been different again, however, my wings are Dr.I wing chord.
The white finish? The photo shows it very pale, the fuselage cross has no visible white border, and I can't see ribs in the wings so I don't think it was CDL.