RS Models 1/72 Fokker D. XXIII
$17.60 ($27.95 SRP)
Scott Van Aken
Short run kit
The Fokker D.XXIII was designed as a twin-engined
single-seat aircraft. To overcome the problems of asymmetric flight it
had a tractor engine at the front and a pusher engine at the rear. The
D.XXIII was a cantilever monoplane with the twin tail units on booms.
The pilot had an enclosed cockpit in between the tractor and pusher
engines and it had a retractable tricycle landing gear.
The prototype first flew on 30 May 1939
powered by two Walter Sagitta I-SR liquid cooled vee piston engines. The
trial flights identified problems with the cooling of the rear engine
and general engine performance. It was proposed to use Rolls-Royce or
Daimler-Benz engines in the production aircraft. Concerns were also
raised about the pilot clearing the rear propeller if he had to bail out
and an ejector seat was studied. The programme was abandoned in May 1940
when the German forces invaded the Netherlands. The lone prototype had
flown a total of four hours in the year since its initial flight.
is molded in a medium grey plastic and like most all RS kits, has very
nicely done engraved panel line detail. The large parts also have rather
large ejector towers that will probably need to be replaced. Unlike some
other kits, this one does not have any photo etch or resin parts. A single
grey sprue has been cut into parts so that it will fit into the smaller box.
A one-piece canopy is the sole clear part.
The cockpit is pretty basic with a seat, control stick and rudder pedals.
There is some framework detail on the sidewalls and an instrument panel is
also included. This one will require 10 grams of nose weight and there is
room but you'll have little spare space. Both the front and rear props fit
into small cowling bits that butt fit onto the fuselage once it is
assembled. It appears that one can see a large fuel tank just behind the
cockpit as that is included.
As in most boomed aircraft, the booms are in two halves and are butt joined
to the appropriate area on the wing. The wing is a complete lower section
with two upper section pieces. The horizontal stab is a single casting. The
kit has a separate nose gear well with the main wells molded in with the
lower wing. The landing gear is fairly well done and there is a separate
nose wheel. All wheels are a single mold. You can see that construction will
not be an issue.
are well done and provide generic color information as required. It is on
the back of the box where we have the full color four views of the aircraft.
There are four markings options all in the same tan, brown and green
camouflage scheme. Two of these are of the prototype at various stages, one
with the X-4 markings and no insignia and the other with 998 on the booms
and the orange triangle insignia. Then we have the box art plane as it might
have been if sent to the Netherlands East Indies. Finally, a captured one
with Japanese insignia. The decals are superbly done and if like other RS
sheets, will be quite thin.
For those who like to model the Dutch Air Force or
who like prototypes or the unusual, this would be an excellent kit. The lack of
exotic materials makes this a kit that should build rather quickly and would be
a good choice for those who are just getting used to short run kits.
My thanks to, well, me for
providing this kit.
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