Kagero Famous Airplanes #9 Fokker D.VII

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History of the Fokker D.VII

The Fokker D VII was one of First World War’s best fighters. After the aircraft won the German fighter competition in January 1918, large construction contracts were awarded to Fokker, and its main competitor, Albatros, was required to manufacture D VIIs under license. The Fokker D VII rapidly became the premier fighter of the German air force. Well-liked by its pilots and much feared by its opponents, the D.VII’s famous reputation was built during a remarkably short life from January to November 1918.

The D VII was strong and very maneuverable, simple to fly for the novice aviator, and had excellent control characteristics at very slow speeds. It could hang on its propeller and shoot upwards while other aircraft would stall and spin away. Unlike many other contemporary aircraft, it remained agile in the thin air near its service ceiling. Singled out for destruction in the Armistice Agreement, D VIIs were smuggled out of Germany into Holland after the war. Anthony Fokker “arranged” that those trains carrying D VIIs would be too long for the sidings at the Dutch border. Inspections would, therefore, have to be quick in order to unblock the main line.

The contents list to this book shows 3 parts, but I could actually describe it in more parts.

  • History & Development
  • Fokker D.VII In Combat
  • Fokker D.VII in Poland
  • Fokker D.VII in colour (descriptions of the usual colour schemes applied at the factory)
  • Construction details
  • Line drawings in 1/72 with extra drawings
  • Build #1 of WIngnut Wings’ 1/32 Fokker D.VII
  • Build #2 of WIngnut Wings’ 1/32 Fokker D.VII
  • 3D images
  • Colour Profiles

From the publisher’s website:

 

  • Fokker D.VII. Kaiser’s best fighter
  • Tomasz J. Kowalski, Szymon Grzywocz, Damian Majsak
  • Pages 88
  • 50 archival photos
  • 138 colourful photos
  • 4 pages of model plans
  • 7 renders
  • 3 coloured silhouettes (12 images)

 

This book is a perfect book for a modeler. There are 2 complete in-depth build articles with a lot more info than you would find in a modeling magazine or online article. The articles are well written and in depth with very good photographs. On top of that, you get a pretty complete history of the aircraft including details of how it was constructed and the colours used on the production line. Then it’s finally wrapped up with some #D rendered images of the aircraft. Everything you might need to build the Fokker D.VII is here!

This book is available direct from the publisher here for about US$21.00.

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