Fokker D.VIII in 1/48...

...a Profipack series kit from Eduard

Kit reference 8085 is another release from Eduard in their Profipack series of kits. This Fokker D.VIII is moulded in grey plastic the mouldings are very nicely done, as we now expect from Eduard.  Neat surface detail throughout, and being a ProfiPack kit it includes pre-coloured etch parts for the instrument facias and seat.  It also comes with two alternative wings to be used.  One moulded with just panel lines and the other has a 'bumped' surface to imitate the original plywood surface.  It also has two sheets of transfers, whch include the characteristic Lozenge colours pattern.  If you go for one of these schemes, so read the instructions carefully, as these indicate when different ones are best applied during the build process.

The other thing to mention is that there is an advantage to this as a kit of a WW1 aircraft kit, as there are virtually no bracing wires to be fitted.  Only a crossed pair for the undercarriage, and some short control wires, particularly on the tail plane.

The 5 alternative colour and marking options included. -

  1. Not properly identified, this aircraft is thought to have served with Jasta 8 at Mercy-le-Haut in France during October 1918.  It has a lozenge pattern on the fuselage plus a white snake marking along the sides of the fuselage.

  2. The second option served with Jasta 36 in France in October 1918.  Another lozenge scheme.

  3. This represents a post-war aircraft, 183/18, flown by Cpt. Stefan Bastyr with 7 Eskadra Lotnicza of the Polish Air Force in 1919..

  4. This option is the one that does not feature a lozenge scheme, but has broad yellow and black bands along the length of the fuselage  It was flown by Ltn. Theo Osterkamp with Marine Feld Jagdstaffel II in Belgium during 1918.

  5. 157/18, flown by Gefr. Kurt Blumener of Jasta 6 at Bernes, France in August 1918.

To finish off the markings, and with a page of the instructions also showing a rigging diagram for the aircraft, one of those necessary additions for virtually all biplane models..

Thanks to Eduard for this example.

Robin

Eduard 1/48 Fokker D.VIII
Box art
Eduard 1/48 Fokker D.VIII
Etch parts
Eduard 1/48 Fokker D.VIII
Transfers a
Eduard 1/48 Fokker D.VIII
Transfers b
Eduard 1/48 Fokker D.VIII
Instructions & scheme E
Eduard 1/48 Fokker D.VIII
Scheme A
Eduard 1/48 Fokker D.VIII
Scheme B
Eduard 1/48 Fokker D.VIII
Scheme C
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