German Models
by Steve Hedworth

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Fokker D.II

Kit: Revell kit bash (1:72)

Conversion using the EIII kit. Fuselage was cut down and rear undersurfaces reshaped. Wings made from card. This is the early slab sided version. Most of the early Fokker D types retained the wing warping system used on the Eindekkers. In consequence they were less manoeuvrable than the Allied fighters such as the DH2 and Nieuport fighters. The D.II and D.III were powered by rotary engines and were considered better than the in lined D.I and D.IV. Close to 300 rotary machines were built and they served in small numbers as escorts from the summer of 1916. When the Jastas were formed Fokker D types served until better machines became available. They served longer with the Kestas home defence units and in the Balkans.


Fokker E.III

Kit: Revell (1:72)

Now superceded by issues from Eduard and Airfix most of us will have built the Revell version. The aircraft with the black tail is OOB except for the modified decals. The other is a later build and has had the fuselage lengthened by a scale foot as the kit part is short. Since then I have discovered that many EIIIís were up engined earlier models and there is considerable variance in the dimensions. So when the earlier build was refreshed the fuselage remained unaltered. The main instrument of the Fokker Scourge the E types began with the E1 and EII which entered service during the summer of 1915. The first aircraft to be fitted with a synchronized machine gun which could fire between the propeller blades it started to take a significant toll on Allied aircraft hence the Scourge. Sixty five were built but the EIII was the most numerous version with over 200 built. Most served with the German air service but small numbers were used by the Austro Hungarians. Others served in the Balkans and Middle East. By Autumn 1916 the Fokker E types had been phased out of front line service on the Western Front. On the Eastern Front examples served well into 1917. The last active EIII aircraft were retired by the Turks in early 1918 and by the Austro Hungarian Navy in March 1918.


Fokker D.II

Kit: Classic Plane (1:72)

An early vac form which lay untouched for many years. There were no strut material and the cowling, skid, engine, elevators and rudder were not the best. I would not have bothered with it but for the fact that several Fokker Eindekker conversions had left me with injection replacements for said parts. The vac form wings sized up ok and although the rear fuselage was short moulded it was repairable with plastic card and filler. I used the complete EIII engine / bulkhead set up, added a seat for the pilot before closing up. The rudder was enlarged slightly with card. The mg, elevators and tail skid were from the EIII. Struts were Contrail as were the main undercarriage legs. Cabanes and rear legs were rod and the paint scheme is a late 1916 version. Transfers were Almark and it represents a generic aircraft serving anywhere between the Western, Eastern or Balkan Fronts circa 1916-17.


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