Roden's 1/48 scale
by Armin Sobotzik
Fokker D.VII F
Roden's 1/48 scale Fokker D.VII is available online from
Inspired by the picture of Hans Schultz’s plane (2455/18) in Squadron’s
“Fokker DVII in detail” I decided do build this late F-version in
colours of the famous Jasta 18.
The typical “old fashioned” box contents excellent formed and
detailed parts. There are no sprues overall, no sinkmarks, no oversized
structures. Roden has done a very professional job giving this kit a
touch of high-end quality.
Many thanks at this point to Rob Baumgartner for his excellent review
I discovered a suitable photo-eteched set from Part from Poland. It
was not very cheep (16,95 €) but it offers a nice mix of cockpit
details, fittings for struts and ailerons, machine guns and inner
Pre-painting all surfaces:
A bad surprise I got by proving the surfaces of fuselage and wing
parts. Your fingers feel something like rough plastic on modern
desk-tops. So I decided to give all surfaces of fuselage and wings a
coat of Mr. Surfacer 1000. Next day I “polished” this coat smoothly with
1200 sandpaper and much water. To give white coloured planes a touch
more brightness, I prefer to pre-paint all parts with Tamiya AS
For inner sidewalls of the cockpit I used small pieces of lozenge
decal of an older propagteam-set. The photo-eteched cockpit details of
Part seemed undersized. So I used the kit ones. But the instrument board
of Part looks very nice after painting.
The fuselage structure and control columns are painted gunship grey,
mixed with 20% white. Cockpit floor, steering handles and instrument
board are painted light brown and thinned artist oil „burnt sienna“ to
imitate wooden structure.
I decided to build the kit with closed engine covers. Fitting of
fuselage, wing halves, elevator, fin and rudders was good. Only a little
Tamiya Putty was needed for the engine cowling and wing tips. A little
more attention you should pay for correct position of lower wing. This
prevents difficulties when upper wing will be put on the struts. In a
sheet of thin clear plastic I “copied” the holes of the upper wing, then
I stabilized it by a small stick of wood. This clear upper wing copy
helps to find out the correct position of struts.
For steering wires I used 0,1 mm nylon string - painted black and
Tamiya flat white is used for the rear half of the plane. To get the
typical vermillion red of german WWI-planes I mixed some drops of black,
yellow and blue with Tamiya flat red. I’m sure it’s not the original
colour, but I like the result. I usually like a “fresh painted” view of
a plane – and so weathering is nearly not existing.
The decals of this Roden-kit are very thin and brittle. So it is
necessary to give all surfaces a clear and strong coat. For this step I
prefer Tamiya acrylic clear. It is drying very quick and You can begin
to apply decals after two hours. Cause of the brittle lozenge decals, I
fixed the edges round the wings carefully with a mix of microsol
“crystal clear” and water.
To imitate the different of metal and fabric parts of the plane, I
gave a thin cote of Humbrol satin color only on the fabric parts but not
on the engine cowling and struts.
Hecker & Goros “Werner Voss” is posing at the plane – a really nice
formed figure with outstanding details. The “Blue Max” can surely be
painted excellent by modellers with “hawkeyes” – but not by me.
I hope that you will enjoy the pics.
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by Armin Sobotzik
Page Created 31 October, 2006
21 February, 2007
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