Kit: Eduard (1:48)
It is april 2007, so a good timing to do MvR's Albatros DIII in which he
shot dwon quit some opponents exaclty 90 years ago. It's Eduard's 1/48 scale
older issue. Machine guns are from Karaya and wheels are taken from Eduard's
Fokker DVII (Alb.). Its is not completely finished on these pic's. Prop.
decals have to be applied. Decals in kit were bit dissapointing, might do
Albatros DVa 1/48 flown by Ernst Udet during the winter of 1917/1918.
Kit: Revell (1:48)
I work as a jobtrainer with autistic youngsters at Leo Kannerhuis
institution Oosterbeek, Holland. Besides being a jobtrainer I also run a
modelclub. Little more then a year ago a youngster finished a Fokker DVII
from SMER in Dutch markings. I added a photo of this on The Aerodrome. Some
really nice reactions I got on this. Firstly from Paul Thompson, who's a
good friend of mine now, and secondly from a person from the Dutch
foundation Early Birds. In reaction to this Dutch Fokker DVII he invited the
youngster to come over and take place in the cockpit of their Fokker DVII
replica. Well it turned out that all other youngsters of the club were
invited and all five of them were allowed to take place in the cockpit of
the DVII. (I also took place, which was a first class experience:--)).
Anyway, when we returned the youngsters were very enthusiastic about the
Fokker DVII. So I suggested to them that we were all going to build one
together! Also as a learning experience for them to increase their modelling
skills. I choosed to do Revell's 1/48 example. But there was only one kit
left at my LHS. Luckily Paul Thompson had half a dozen of them lying around,
so he donated three of them. That was enough, cause three youngsters decided
to join. I made them extra enthusiastic by showing them the dogfight scene
from "Hell's Angels". Although the movie is almost 80 years old, it is still
Paul's donated examples were originally from Monogram (although I know of
course that the mould originates from Aurora). They needed some extra
attention cause they all had warped upper wings.
They build was done simultaneously, step by step on my directions. Luckily I
have some Fokker DVII's from Eduard on my stash. I took the Lozenge from
these kits and some decal options for two DVII's. From these I made Josef
Raesch version myself (one with red and white fuselage), and one youngster
did the Friedrich Jacobs version (black fuselage with moon on it). One
youngster did the Dutch version, decals from Dutch Decal and the Jasta 15 is
from the Revell kit.
Of course the Revell kit is quit outdated, I think it still turns into a
DVII, which is nice to look at. Only the propellor is far too oversized (as
well are the machine guns). The propellors are also from the Eduard kits,
since this company offers a great surplus with each kit.
Well all youngsters liked buidling these DVII's but found it hard to build a
biplane. Especially when the upper wing had to be applied a lot of help was
needed from me. The models are now exhibited in a cabinet placed in the main
building. Oh yes, the figures are partly from Aurora and Eduard...
Eduard's Fokker Dr. 1 "Der Rote Kampflieger. Also built OOB, and totally
Kit: Gavia (1:48)
Kit: Ediard (1:48)
Four color Lozenge by Eagle Strike. It's a JASTA 58 machine, flyer unkown.
Kit: Roden (1:48)
Roden's Gotha GIV Kagohl 3 1/72. Also used PE parts from Poland. I considered
this hardest kit I built. Very hard fit.
Roden's 1/48 scale Junkers d1. It's been built OOB, very nice kit,
went together really easy.