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Der Rote Kampfflieger- Fokker Dr.1 - 1/48 - Part 1

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Norton Wood

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Perhaps the most famous German Ace of the Great War, Manfred Von Richthofen, or as we all know him The Red Barron! 

 

The aim is to do his Fokker dr.1 Tri-plane, in the well known Red colour scheme but there's a difficulty with painting the Red Baron's aircraft...Which one do you choose? According to various sources out there are a number of camouflages which he carried on the Fokker dr.1, too many for me to go through but for those interested I recommend a quick search on Google or look for Osprey Aircraft of the Aces No.40 ( Fokker d1 Aces of WW1) by Norman Franks and Greg Van Wyngarden. This book shows no less than 4 camouflages, it must be noted that the Baron had more than 1 aircraft as others would act as spare or to perform other duties, such as airbase visits. So with that my aim is to do the Red Baron's Red Fokker dr.1 with the white flashes on the wings, tail and fuselage. I prefer this as it split's the red on the aircraft up and the Crosses on the aircraft look far more menacing, in addition it stands out in my opinion. 

 

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Anyway... To the Build; 

 

The first thing to do, was to get the cockpit together, to do this I needed to paint everything inside. Personally I think it has turned out quite well. 

 

 

Next was to work on getting the rest of the aircraft together which you can see throughout these photo's below. 

 

 

 

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To end off the cowl, propeller and radial engine are removable so when it comes to painting it'll look the part without any issues, for those who are keen eye'd the tail rudder is not fitted, this is simply because of the paint job shown in the photo above. This'll be painted and decals will be fitted. It'll then just be painting the Baron's aircraft into Red. 

 

 

All for the next part. So until next time

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Looking good!  Are the seatbelts part of the kit, or are they your own additions? Either way they look excellent, I’m looking forward to seeing the finished aircraft.

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1 hour ago, wenlock said:

Looking good!  Are the seatbelts part of the kit, or are they your own additions? Either way they look excellent, I’m looking forward to seeing the finished aircraft.

Hi, 

 

The Straps come with the kit as a pre-painted/printed etching, I must admit I found it an amazing thing to see, a lot of little etching details have been added to the model. If you look at the same photo showing the straps in the cockpit you can see there's two more etched parts, at the time I had not fitted which were also pre-painted/printed

 

Yes I look forward to getting it into the Red, my only worry is the paint may not get to every area. But we shall see how it goes! Next thing is to under coat the whole aircraft so some dam good masking will be needed. 

 

Thank you

 

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The Fokker triplane in 1/72nd scale defeated me as a kid - just didn't have the patience and dexterity to get all the wing struts aligned without the whole thing collapsing into a gluey mess!

 

Don't you have a WW1 flier to be cracking on with, Wenlock?

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3 hours ago, Barry Ten said:

The Fokker triplane in 1/72nd scale defeated me as a kid - just didn't have the patience and dexterity to get all the wing struts aligned without the whole thing collapsing into a gluey mess!

 

Don't you have a WW1 flier to be cracking on with, Wenlock?

 

I'll admit getting the top wing and struts to the wheels connected, it was an absolute nightmare! That whole section holding the wheels to the fuselage was so hard, almost needed 4 hands to do it. But overall it's turned out really well. 

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It's an excellent job.

 

I was reading in an R/C mag about this range of 1/24th WW1 fliers which look like accurate static models but are flyable:

 

https://microaces.myshopify.com/

 

This afternoon I've been working on my fifth 1/48th Mustang.

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Nice cockpit, with the wood grain effect, and the seat and seatbelts (the buckles look realistic).

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21 hours ago, Barry Ten said:

It's an excellent job.

 

I was reading in an R/C mag about this range of 1/24th WW1 fliers which look like accurate static models but are flyable:

 

https://microaces.myshopify.com/

 

This afternoon I've been working on my fifth 1/48th Mustang.

 

Wow, they look great...Not sure If I'd go into detail to make or build one of those but I am thinking of getting a larger version of the Fokker dr.1 and doing it the same way. I'll bet the Mustang looks great! 

 

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14 hours ago, railroadbill said:

Nice cockpit, with the wood grain effect, and the seat and seatbelts (the buckles look realistic).

 

Thank you, the paint I used is, called Wood Grain. I used 2 coats and effectively painted in the grain effect. The buckles come with the kit ( pre-painted) and are based on the originals. But thanks for the comments 

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Those Microaces planes look great fun!  

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