Encore 1/32 Fokker F.1 Dreidekker "Voss"
|REVIEWER:||Scott Van Aken|
|NOTES:||Roden kit with a ton of goodies|
As you know, the current Encore line has concentrated on picking very nicely done kits and adding all the goodies to them as well as some extra bits. This is the Roden kit and as such, the parts are very well molded, the 'hills and valleys' of the fabric surfaces have been kept to a minimum. No sink areas (that I could initially find), and the few ejector pin marks will be invisible once the model is complete. There is a tad of flash on some of the thinner parts like the interior frame work. In fact, cleaning up all the detail bits will probably be one of the more time-consuming facets of building this kit.
Detail is very nicely done with some rather finely molded parts like the interior framework, rudder pedals and control stick, machine guns and the engine. The engine itself is built of two halves with separate manifold and individual valve covers for each cylinder. Ailerons are separate pieces and each of the wings has a separate end cap. Some folks like that and some do not. I'm ambivalent about it as I have little trouble filling in wing tip seams. There are some parts that are not used in this boxing. One is the narrower horizontal stabs and elevators. There are also additional ailerons, while another is a different prop and finally, a set of machine guns that have no cooling jacket. This is for those of you who have etched cooling jackets that you might want to use. Though the Dr.I was not that widely used and lasted in front line service only a short time, it was used by a number of Jastas and so there are a wide variety of colors that could be used.
Since this is a preproduction version of the triplane, the F.1, it differs in a few way from the standard aircraft. Specifically, the ailerons, horizontal stabs, rudder and engine cowling are different and these are represented by superbly molded resin replacement parts. Also a replacement is the upper deck area to provide the differences shown there. As resin offers a greater amount of detail over plastic in most cases, there is a new engine provided. The kit also includes a photo etch fret or two with the interior fret in full color. This is for instruments and pilot harness. A larger fret supplies additional interior bracing, machine gun jackets, linkages, engine ignition bits, a lower plate for behind the engine, reinforcement strips and a bunch of other small items. Of course, the kit can be built without these items, but they are provided for those who wish to all the extra detail. As an extra bonus, there is a 1/32 resin figure of Werner Voss to add to your display.
The instructions are among the best in the business with color assembly guides and excellent illustrations. These show any optional assemblies and provide a number of construction notes. A separate photo-etch assembly guide is provided so you can preassemble some of those parts that need it. Markings are provided for two of the F.1 Dreidekkers. One is the box art plane of Werner Voss and the second is a similarly marked plane of Kurt Wolff. Decals are from Cartograf so are top quality. A separate painting guide for the figure is also supplied.
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