S u m m a r y
||48-012 - Fokker D.VII Part 1
|Contents and Media:
||Each set includes 1 x A5
sized decal sheet; 1 x smaller sheet with national markings; 1 x full colour double-sided A-4 instruction
||USD$12.50 from model
||Refreshing subjects, quality
printing, dials, logos and stencil data included.
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by Rob Baumgartner
With their latest release, Lifelike Decals turn their attention
to the colourful world of the Fokker D.VII.
This Japanese company are usually associated with World War II
subjects but it seems that Eduard’s recent releases have proved
irresistible. Obviously Roden’s family of this famous fighter are
also recommended and the decals will fit both products with little
if any modification.
Four options are presented and this reviewer can only remember
Büchner’s aircraft having been done before. Kudos to Lifelike Decals
for their originality!
Two sheets are supplied and these are up to Microscale’s usual very
high standards. The carrier film is as thin as can be and the
registration on my example was perfect. There is ample stencil as
well. This covers serial numbers, weight tables, handling
instructions, manufacturer’s logos, and even instrument faces.
The instruction sheet is lavish with full colour images and a
comprehensive discussion on each subject. An impressive list of
references completes the package.
D.VII (O.A.W. built)
flown by Lt. Wilhelm Leusch of Jasta 19, October 1918.
This beautifully adorned aircraft was used by Leusch before
finally finding its way into French hands. The Units yellow and blue
fuselage makes a striking backdrop and photos in private hands show
that the port aileron came from another aircraft.
It is believed Leusch scored the last of his 5 victories in this
machine. There was a sixth but the war ended before this could be
confirmed. A gliding accident brought about his death on 14 August
Fokker D.VII (early Fokker built)
flown by unknown pilot of Jasta 16b, June/July 1918.
The distinctive black and white tail markings attribute this
aircraft to Jasta 16b but unfortunately the pilot’s details are
The checked fuselage band is in the Bavarian colours of blue and
white and do not appear to extend to the bottom of the fuselage.
Hence this area is not supplied on the decal sheet.
Eagle eyed modellers will note that this machine can be seen fitted
with a telescopic sight above the machine guns.
Fokker D.VII (O.A.W. built)
flown by Lt. Franz Büchner of Jasta 13, October 1918.
At first it seems strange that this aircraft should be repeated
here, especially as it is an option in Eduard’s packaging of their
OAW kit. Closer inspection reveals the answer.
The version Lifelike Decals gives is different from the option in
the Eduard release. On this sheet, the “lion’s head” is larger and
Büchner’s Saxony band of green and white checks is also narrower and
includes a portion to go under the fuselage, something the kit’s
release did not.
Fortunately the erroneous green and white stripes on the tail are
not replicated here.
Büchner scored a total of 40 victories by wars end but died at the
hands of his countrymen during the post-war revolution. He was only
Fokker D.VII (O.A.W. built) s/n 6351/18
possibly flown by a pilot of Jasta 32b, November 1918.
This aircraft was photographed after the war in a hanger at Trier
airfield. As Jasta 32 had moved there a few days before the
armistice, it is speculated that this machine could have belonged to
The white stripes are all supplied as decals, including the portion
under the fuselage. Those on the upper wing are also catered for and
being in one piece, care must taken to ensure its safe application.
Those for the fuselage are sensibly divided up into four sections.
Every now and then a product comes along that oozes quality. This is
such an item. It is seen in the level of research as well as the
It’s great to see subjects that have hitherto not been covered
before and the fact that this is only Part 1 is mouth-watering to
say the least.
Thanks to Keishiro Nagao of Lifelike Decals for the
Decals are available by email at
Katsushika, Tokyo 125-0061, Japan