Aeromaster 48-197: Fokker E.V/D.VIII Flying Razors part 1

Units: various




Scott Van Aken

One of the more interesting types to come out of Germany in WWI was the Fokker E.V, later known as the D.VIII. Its design set the stage for a couple of decades of parasol fighters, single wing types that had the wing mounted high on the airframe. Like many of Fokker's aircraft, the construction of the plane was somewhat shoddy causing a number of deaths due to airframe failure, specifically the glue on the wing causing it to delaminate and fall apart. If you have ever seen the move 'The Blue Max', the aircraft that causes the death of the main character is supposed to be a D.VIII.

Despite only being in action a few months, it has become a popular modeling subject. This sheet has four options, all with basically lozenge covered fuselage and olive green upper decking and engine cowling. Instructions call for this same color on the wing, but since this sheet was printed, many consider this to be a streaky scheme.

FIrst up is the plane of Frederich Altemeier of of Jasta 24. Note the white outline of the fuselage and these stripes are included.

After the war, the Polish Air Force flew a large number of German planes and this next option is one of their Fokkers from 1919.

Third is a Jasta 6 plane. This one has a black and white striped tailplane.

Finally, a plane flown by 1 Squadron of the Canadian Air Force in January 1919 as part of their armistice prizes.

Instructions provide templates for cutting your lozenge sheet to fit the fuselage sides and bottom.

January 2018

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