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Eduard's New Fokker DR.I in 1/48th scale

By Val "the Nutcase" Bueno

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Eduard New Fokker DR.I in 1/48scale

 

Die Rote Flieger (The Red Flyer) When I first saw that Eduard was releasing a new mold Fokker Dr.I, I shouted for joy (much to the consternation of my co-workers). Now everyone knows that 1/48th scale is not my scale, 1/72nd scale is and Eduard has already done the Dr.I in that scale, so why was I so happy? It was the dog.

Eduard New Fokker DR.I in 1/48scale

In the initial boxing of this kit, Eduard will include a 1/48th scale resin figure of Moritz, Richthofen's faithful dog, Manfred and his younger brother, Lothar von Richthofen, as well. Other items filling this rather hefty box include two photoetched sets (one for the Dr.I and one for the Albatross D.V, painting masks in that now famous yellow Tamiya tape, color portraits of the two brothers (taken from well published photos), full color instructions, two decal sheets, the Eduard Albatros D.V kit and a miniature Pour L e Me' rite badge. At $79, this kit isn't cheap, but I think well worth it. The Albatros is Eduard's previously released kit, so I won't review it. But the Dr.I! That kit is astounding!

Eduard New Fokker DR.I in 1/48scale

Eduard New Fokker DR.I in 1/48scale

The kit is molded in Eduard's usual earthy brown colored plastic. The parts are molded crisply with a few instances of flash here and there, nothing a few moments with a knife or a sanding stick cannot cure. While the kit break down is conventional enough of all Dr.I kits, let's look at all the little things that set this kit apart. The cockpit is well detailed with separate framework to be applied to the fuselage sides. The rear fabric bulkhead even has the stitches holding the fabric to the frame

Eduard New Fokker DR.I in 1/48scale

Cool! Tiny bits and pieces abound for the control column, the compass, the guns, throttle and seatbelts. The seat has a separate cushion and support brackets. The two Spandau guns come in two flavors, with and without molded on cooling jackets. PE cooling jackets are supplied for you if you chose this route. (And who isn't?) There are a few ejector pin marks on the inside of the fuselage, but these are located in areas that will be hidden after construction. The metal decking forward of the cockpit opening is a separate part from the middle wing and has individual fuel and oil filler caps. The wings are very well detailed. This is the first time I have seen molded in rib tapes! Not only that, but there are stitches molded into the tape! Cripes! On the leading edges of the wings, Eduard has included the stacking pads used to keep the wing leading edges off of the ground when stacked during manufacture or repair. Now that's definitely something I have not seen before. When I first took the parts out of the re-sealable plastic bag, I noticed a long curved strip along one side of the sprues. This part fits into a molded channel on the underside of the model and contains the fuselage stitching! I know I have been sprinkling this review with tons of exclamation marks, but that is how enthusiastic I am about how good this kit is!

Eduard New Fokker DR.I in 1/48scale

The instructions feature full color four-views of the six markings available, five for Manfred and one for Lothar. The first marking option is for the F.I version of the triplane that von Richthofen evaluated in September 1917. Optional parts (horizontal stabilizers, ailerons, and lower fuselage PE) are included for the F.1. Whew! This kit has got to be the best kit of the Fokker Dr.I on the market today. If anyone makes a better one, I don't know of it. Of course the really dedicated Fokker Dr.I enthusiast out there will find things to nitpick about this kit and that's OK. The more I hear about what Eduard forgot, the further I can take the accuracy of this model. It just really nice that Eduard has done most of the work for me!

Eduard New Fokker DR.I in 1/48scale

Eduard New Fokker DR.I in 1/48scale

Eduard New Fokker DR.I in 1/48scale

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