Kit: Smer (1:44)
A quick build of the SMER kit. I wanted to use the Blue Rider "20th
Anniversary" decals. They are a little small, since the kit is listed as
1/44 scale. I like the look of the white and yellow fuselage. The streaking
is done by using a wire brush dipped in unmixed Model Master Sable Brown
Metallic. The undercoat is Poly Scale Dirty White. The cowl and fuselage is
done in Pactra Racing Finish Sprint White. It is designed for r/c cars and
dries flat on plastic ...just the look I wanted. The turquoise is from
Mister Kit and, when thinned with Future, went on easy and dried hard.
Kit: DML (1:48)
Ltn. Josef Jacobs
This is the DML kit in 1/48. The kit is pretty easy to put together. The decals
show some yellowing where the white should be. A few days taped to a window
(some space between the window and the decal) and the white quickly returns.
Vzfw. Wilhelm Hippert
This is the DML kit in 1/48. I have had this kit hanging around for
a long time and finally decided to build it when I found a great
set of decals from AeroMaster. They are made to fit the DML kit
only. I tried to match them up with the new Roden kit and they
wouldn't work. The checkered effect is accomplished by painting the
fuselage gloss white and then placing the 6 black checked decal
sheets on the 2 sides, top, underneath and on the top and bottom
tailplane. Since this was an early Fokker, I had to add the
starboard engine cowling and cut out a hole for the exhaust.
Kit: Revell (1:72)
Fokker D-VII (OAW)
This is the Revell kit in 1/72. The lozenge decals are from Almark, if I remember
correctly. The 7 Swabians decal is from PD decals. The first decals, without
a lot of the line demarcation is done in artists pens. After it is on the fuselage,
a second decal containing a lot of lines for the clothing, etc. is applied over
it. I tried to copy the brown/gray scheme used by the Smithsonian on the D-VII
at the Air and Space Museum.
Kit: Monogram (1:48)
Leutnant Georg von Hantelmann
This is the Monogram kit in 1/48. Americals were used for the lozenge. The
"Death's Head" decal came with the kit and was applied to his aircraft in honor
of his previous Hussar's cavalry regiment.
Kit: Revell-Monogram (1:48)
Fokker D-VII (OAW)
Ltn. Ernst Riedel
This is the Revell-Monogram kit in 1/48. I did it primarily to try out the
Eagle Strike Lozenge. The decals are easy to use, don't tear and settle down
nicely. The rib tapes are a thing of beauty. The shield was from an Americal
sheet for non-Fokker D-VII's. The yellow nose is probably a little too light,
since it doesn't allow for the contrast that exists on the photo of the plane.
The only modification I made was to cut down the fuselage panels around the
engine to match the photo.
Ltn. August Hartman
Another Revel-Monogram kit in 1/48. I liked the color scheme and the witch
decal looks great. There is some question about whether the fuselage front and
tailplane should be gold-yellow or orange. Jasta 30 used a black bordered orange
diamond on their Pfalz aircraft. I figured there was probably a can or two of
orange paint sitting around somewhere that they used. Lozenge decals are Pegasus
4 color lozenge. Other than slightly cutting away the fuselage cowling, no significant
This is the Revel kit in 1/72. The lozenge is from Eagle Strike. The fuselage
band was supplied by a list member after my original one shattered. I had wanted
to do a complete lozenge Fokker, and this scale seemed best. Built this one
after the fire while I was in temporary housing.
Obltn. Hans Joachim Buddecke
Turkish Air Service
The Revell kit in 1/72. No interior to speak of. The kit came packaged
as part of a 3-pack with the Morane and Camel. The Turkish markings came as
a pleasant surprise. The overall red-brown is kind of boring. Next time
maybe I'll use gray or green.
Kit: Aurora (1:48)
Lt. Stefan Bastyr
This is the Aurora Kit in 1/48. A slot in the fuselage had to be filling with
gap filling super glue. I botched up the decals a little bit, but the overall
result looks like "The Flying Razor." I had lots of help on the markings
on this one from various list members. The lozenge decal is from Eagle Strike.