by Stephen Monroe
images by Robert Oehler
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This is the DML/Dragon
Fokker E.V (or D.VIII) in 1/48 scale. I built this model a few years ago,
but it has not been published anywhere so I thought I would share it.
This was my first experience
with a Dragon aircraft kit, so I approached it with some caution. I have
always heard that the engineering of their kits left a lot to be desired.
It was not the beast that I thought that it would be.
Any parasol wing fighter will be somewhat difficult to assemble, it is the
nature of any wing supported by struts. Dragon attempted to overcome the
weakness of the struts by supplying them in photo etch stainless steel.
While it does create a stronger structure, the flat nature of photo etched
metal does not look right for a subject that has three dimensions in real
life. That resulted in the major task of completing this model: creating a
correct cross section for the struts. I did this by putting down several
layers of Zap-A-Gap super glue, then sanding them to an airfoil shape.
A final coat of primer and
fine sanding brought them to the assembly stage. I am happy with the
result, but it takes awhile to get there.
The only other additions that I made were details - some cockpit wires and
the stacking nubs on the wing leading edge. I also filled and sanded all
of the panel lines on the wing surfaces.
The markings (including the lozenge pattern) are from the Koster vac-form
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Model and Text Copyright ©
2003 by Stephen Munroe
Images Copyright © 2003 by Robert Oehler
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17 March, 2004
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