S u m m a r y
||EagleCals EC#94 - Fokker Dr.I
|Contents and Media:
||Two decal sheets and
available online from Eagle Editions' website
||Sharp clear printing, good range
of schemes; plenty of stencil data.
||Slight confusion on some
Reviewed by Rob Baumgartner
is available online from
EagleCals' series of decals for Roden’s 1/32nd scale Fokker Dr.I
continues with the welcome appearance of Part 2. Like the release before
it, it comes as a single decal sheet but due to space restraints, two
subjects are presented.
There were no registration problems at all on my example and the
printing was surrounded by thin and minimal carrier film.
Stencil data for both aircraft is supplied which really is a necessity
in this scale.
Axial and Fokker logos are present as are serial numbers, works
numbers, datum lines, Flaechen-nummer and a weights table. These last
two items are not quite portrayed correctly however.
The weights table perpetuates a long standing error concerning the
bottom line. It should read “zulässiges Gesamtgewicht”. The other item,
which is seen beneath each wing, displays the wing “set” number. So that
there would be no confusion with the works number, “FL” was used as a
prefix. This is not evident on the rendition provided here.
All data was printed sharply with the works numbers correctly matching
the military serial number.
One of my personal favourites is Leutnant Hans Koerner’s Jasta 19
machine and my triplane will eventually be adorned in his markings.
The decals included not only the zigzag pattern for the sides but also
the one that sat atop the fuselage. The black stripes to complete the
Jasta 19 décor are also provided and these get placed over the
modeller’s yellow painted tailplane.
Note that his triplane has been photographed with the addition of an
Oigee telescopic sight which was mounted on a frame between the machine
guns. To help him aim with this device, he removed the gun butt padding
and substituted a centrally fitted pad to rest his chin against.
Koerner survived the war with 6 victories (some sources give 7) but
later lost his life in a motorcycle accident, ironically while
travelling to his aerodrome.
Inevitably, Manfred von Richthofen makes his debut with his last
EagleCals supply the serial number in a maroon colour to simulate the
red over painting of the black data. They also try to ease the builder’s
task by providing fuselages crosses that resemble the alterations made
from the Iron to Balkenkreuz.
Manfred’s 425/17 was seen in a couple of distinct states after the above
marking changes so modellers should study their reference material
Although this is the most famous of all his triplanes, he only scored
two victories in it. These were the last of his 80 and he was killed in
this aircraft the very next day.
Notwithstanding the small problem with data stencilling, this is a
good effort from EagleCals. The quality of printing is what we have come
to expect from this manufacturer and the decals will easily snuggle down
to give that “painted on” look.
Although clichéd, the “Red Baron” option will always be popular amongst
the masses. Koerner’s machine is a subject that doesn’t come up too
often in decal form and will be the one of choice for me.
Thanks to Judy at Eagle Editions for the information and
the preview images
EagleCals decals are
available from Eagle Editions
or Hobby Retailers including Squadron.com.