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Fokker F.I “Voss”

By Neal “Crash & Burn” Izumi

Encore Fokker F.I “Voss”  in 1/32scale


Kit Data:
Manufacturer: Encore
Product Number: EC32003
Materials: Plastic, Resin, PE
MSRP: $69.99

Encore Fokker F.I “Voss”  in 1/32scale

Encore’s Fokker F.I is made up of plastic parts from Roden’s Dr.I, Eduard’s color photo-etched detail set, and new resin parts for the cowl, engine, upper fuselage deck, ailerons, horizontal stabilizers, and rudder

Encore Fokker F.I “Voss”  in 1/32scale

Encore Fokker F.I “Voss”  in 1/32scale

A resin figure of Werner Voss is also included, although I feel the resemblance is not really there. Nevertheless, it is always good to have a decent in-scale figure with any aircraft model.

Encore Fokker F.I “Voss”  in 1/32scale

A new decal sheet by Aeromaster covers the two F.Is that were combat tested by Voss and Richtofen. As an aside, Richtofen initially didn’t like the Fokker triplane, and turned it over to Kurt Wolff, who used it with success until his death in that particular machine.

Encore Fokker F.I “Voss”  in 1/32scale

Encore Fokker F.I “Voss”  in 1/32scale

Although the kit retails for around $70, I have to say that it is a remarkable deal considering that the original Roden kit sold for around $54. If you consider that the Eduard P/E set and resin bits would have cost well over $20, and that the addons address the original kit’s shortcomings, it is a sweet deal indeed. Specifically, corrections provided in the Encore version include the following:

Resin riveted cowling, which was the more common type seen on the Dr.I.

  • One-piece cylinder heads for the engine, which eliminates tedious clean-up of the cooling fins. - Resin upper fuselage deck with the missing oil filler cap, as well as the cap itself.
  • P/E machine gun jackets, an absolute requirement for a 1/32 scale WW I German plane.
  • P/E under fuselage access panel and stitching.
  • Color P/E instruments. (The Roden kit had no instruments or instrument decals.) - Resin horizontal tailplane which eliminates the curious sunken fuselage contour.
  • Aeromaster decals, which should perform better than the stiff and brittle Roden decals.

Encore Fokker F.I “Voss”  in 1/32scale

For those wishing to model a production Dr.I from this kit, the resin horizontal stab is the early type with the curved leading edge, which would need to be straightened out. Also, the original plastic ailerons would need to be used in lieu of the resin ones. Encore’s Fokker F.I would be the kit of choice if you want to build either the F.I or Dr.I in 1/32 scale. Highly recommended