RODEN


1/48 RODEN Fokker D. VII Alb (early)


Review by David Harvey


Review Type
First Look
Scale:
1/48
Price:
$24? from NKR
Contents and Media:
104 parts in grey plastic, 4 decal options
Advantages:
Disadvantages:
Recommendation:
Highly Recommended

 

Introduction

The Fokker D. VII Alb (early) is represented here in 1/48 th scale from Roden. This is not the first of the type and we can only hope that more are to follow as there are at least three different versions currently available. The kit consists of six sprues with multiple sheets of decals. There are a few extra parts not required for this kit supplied so you get some extra stuff for your parts box eg two propellers and an engine.

Instruction sheet

The instruction sheet is eight pages long of which there are two of painting guides, one of history and four of construction diagrams. There is no rigging for this aircraft so it will be a good start for entry into WWI modelling. Roden also supplies a history of the type in three languages as well as some perfromance data. The paint numbers supplied on the instructions are once again Humbrol (my favourite) so they are readily available in Australia. There is a problem with the paint guide in the construction of the kit, it doesn't tell you what colour the interior is supposed to be. I am going for Humbrol Linen as the colour as it sounds about right.

Contents

The kit comes in the usual Roden box with instructions and decals sealed separately from the parts. The parts are of the same grey plastic as the Curtiss H-16 and once again they suffer from a bit of flash. The flash on this kit is not as bad as the Curtiss H-16 but is still there in small quantities that will need a few minutes of cleaning up.

As with the other Roden Biplanes I have seen, there is the ejection post marks in the cockpit area that will require filling and cleaning up. They could be difficult to clean up without destroying some of the detail in the cockpit. But if destroyed it should be easy to fix/replace it with some plastic tube.

The kit construction starts with the engine that only consists of nine parts. This should build up quite nice and one of the options allows you to show it in it's full glory as the engine louvers are left off. The louvers being left off is the only option in this kit, this was done on the original due to the bad habit of the engine overheating and catching fire.

The cockpit looks reasonably correct and has a number of small parts that will detail out quite nicely and paint up well. The rest of the aircraft should build up well and as there is no rigging it should only be the struts that cause any problems. I would suggest that a jig is made to assist with the holding of the wings in place whilst the struts are positioned. I would also recommend that the lozenge decals supplied for the wings are put on before the wings are put together.

Decals

There are four different aircraft able to be modelled in this kit, they are:

  • Fokker D. VII (Alb) early w/n unknown, flown by Ltn August Hartmann, Jasta 30, July 1918;
  • Fokker D. VII (Alb) early, Jasta 43, pilot unknown, July 1918;
  • Fokker D. VII (Alb) early, w/n unknown, Ltn R.F. Jakobs, Jasta 43, mid 1918; and
  • Fokker D. VII (Alb) early, w/n unknown, Ltn Carl Degelow, Jasta 40 CO, mid 1918.

The kit also comes with Lozenge camouflage for the upper and lower wings. The lozenge comes in both the blue version and the purple version. You receive eight sections of Lozenge for both top and botom of the wings. There are also quite a number of ribbon tapes for placing over the ribs as per the original.

The different paint schemes for the aircraft are very colourful and look quite good.

Summary

This kit is brought down by the small amount of flash and ejector marks on the cockpit parts that would require cleaning up. The upside is that it is a very nice kit with fine detail that will make a very colourful addition to your collection. The parts are well moulded and look like it would go together easily.

I would not recommend this kit for a beginner but I think that it is within the ability of a modeller who has a few kits under their belts, not just an expert.

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Construction

I started to build the model prior to handing the review to Graham, here are a few things I have noticed so far:

a. The plastic is just the right hardness to cause you to get overexcited and slip with the knife when cleaning up.

b. The mould marks are very fine and can be cleaned up with the edge of your knife. But they are also on a large number of parts so be careful and check all parts.

c. The wings go together easily but beware of the trailing edges. The front of the wings will only require a swipe with wet and dry but the trailing edges are a bit trickier.

d. The tail plane is very tight to put together, it seems to be a fraction short across the span.

Thats all for now.

 

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