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Fokker D.VII

Elite Wet Transfers



1/48 Scale





S u m m a r y

Catalogue Number: Elite wet transfers #4819  Fokker D.VII
Scale: 1/48 scale
Contents and Media: One wet transfer sheet and instructions
Price: Around USD$10.00 from model retailers worldwide
Review Type: Preview
Advantages: No resultant carrier film, well researched subject choices, “bonus” decal items.
Recommendation: Highly Recommended

Reviewed by Rob Baumgartner

vailable online from Squadron.com


F i r s t   L o o k


It is pleasing that this manufacturer has stuck with the “wet transfer” idea as this has proven to give excellent results. The idea is that the modeler applies the “decal” in the usual way and when dry, peels off the thick protective film. Those that shuddered when seeing what appears to be a product with very thick carrier film need not worry.

The result is an image that looks painted on with the complete absence of any carrier film. For those not used to this idea, FCM supply five spare images for you to practice with!

The sheet provides six options catering for variants from two of the three manufacturers for this aircraft.
The stated references used are the Albatros Publications series on the D.VII so there can be no complaints about the source material.

The instruction sheet suggests using the Revell, Dragon or Roden kits. As they are all slightly different in dimensions, careful testing with the option you choose is necessary before final application.

A check of the fuselage motifs suggests that they will fit correctly on the Roden fuselage. As for the crosses, the underside ones fit perfectly on this kit but those on the top wing are a little short. Naturally the appropriate kit items can be used instead.

Other pieces found on the sheet include Axial prop logos, various instrument faces; both Albatros and Fokker style instrument panels and stencil data.

The instructions mention “wingspan application”. Note that this refers to the whole wing being covered in lozenge, not the method of application.



Marking Options


1. Fokker D.VII (Albatros built), Oblt. Robert von Greim, Jasta 34b

Although stated in the instructions as white, there should be an element of silver in the staffel colour that is applied to the rear fuselage.

Robert von Greim scored at least 25 victories and survived to lead Fliegerkorps V during WWII. He later committed suicide.

2. Fokker D.VII (OAW built), Ltn. Ernst Riedel, Jasta 19

Riedel joined Jasta 19 in May 1918 but was unable to score any victories. He lost his life on 16 August 1918 test flying Fokker EV 107/18.

3. Fokker D.VII (OAW built), Oblt. Hasso von Wedel, Jasta 24

Modellers should note that this is a BMW powered machine. The instructions suggest 4-colour lozenge but 5-colour is more likely.

Wedel became an ace with his five victories and later went on to fly fighters in WWII. He flew in the Battle of Britain as a member of the JG3 but was shot down on 15 September 1940 by Pilot Officer R H Holland of 92 Squadron.

4. Fokker D.VII (Albatros built), Ltn. Frodien, Jasta 40

This is certainly an original choice in this scale. Not much is known about the man other than he joined Jasta 40 on 15 June 1918. There he remained until the end of the war.

Although the instruction says grey, photos suggest that the forward fuselage struts were more likely black


5. Fokker D.VII (Albatros built), Carl Degelow, Jasta 40

This is a popular subject amongst modelers. It also is finished in 5-colour lozenge rather than the quoted 4-colour. Note that this machine may also have had black forward fuselage struts as seen in photos of other Jasta 40 D.VII aircraft.

Degalow scored 30 victories, the last 26 with this Jasta. He was also the last airman to receive the Pour le Merite or “Blue Max”. After serving in the Luftwaffe in WWII, he died in Hamburg on 9 November 1970.

6. Fokker D.VII (OAW built), Ltn.d.R. Arthur Merz, Jasta 28

Merz only scored one victory and that was a Bréguet on 15 August 1918. He was severely wounded not long after and died on the 27th of that same month.

This aircraft carried a white datum line on the starboard side, which the builder can easily make from white decal strip.




This is another interesting sheet with a nice variety of markings. It compliments FCM’s previous release very well and allows the modeler a wide choose of subjects from the different D.VII manufacturers.

The method of applying the transfers will be new to most and should not scare off the builder. The results are worthwhile and FCM should be commended for going down this path.

Highly Recommended.

Thanks to Felipe from FCM for the review sample

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This Page Created on 26 December, 2003
Last updated 26 December, 2003

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