Building the Fokker D VII 1/72 Revell kit in Pictures 04177
Fokker D VII
This lens is a pictorial record of me building a Fokker D VII 1/72 scale model from a kit by Revell. The Fokker D VII was a First World War German biplane, introduced in 1918 too late to affect the outcome of the war it was still by far Germany's best performing fighter aircraft. This particular model is painted in the colours of Rudolf Bertold, a German ace who survived the war with 44 kills under his belt.
The kit itself is an "all in one" set containing not only the kit but a pot of cement, red and blue paint, and a brush.
Contents of the Box
Here we have most of the contents of the box. Also included in the kit were a paintbrush and tube of glue, however as I have plenty of these to hand they went straight into storage.
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Closeup of the Mouldings
Here we see the marks left on the kit left behind by the injection moulding process when these kits are produced. Annoying but an all too common problem with budget kits like this. Clearly a lot of sanding and filling is required.
Painting the Pilot
Here we see the pilot painted, not strictly in the colours in the instructions, but using colours I had to hand that were a close enough match.
Painting the Wings and Fuselage
Here we see the major components of the aircraft painted in their primary colours.
Here we see the underside of all the wings and tail with the lozenge decal applied
Badly Fitting Decals
Here we see how much the decals overlap the wing by. Fortunately I discovered a technique of running the edge of the wing through a flame to burn off the excess. This also had the added advantage of shrink wrapping the decal tightly to the contours of the wing.
Painting the Lozenges
Here we have the start of the huge job of painting the lozenges, this would have been so much easier if Revell had provided a colour lozenge pattern decal instead of just an outline.
Some Filler on the Fuselage
A little gap needed filling, otherwise the kit wasn't too badly fitting for a cheapy.
Finished the Lozenges
Fuselage and Tailplane
Here we see the fuselage and the tailplane constructed and painted
And here is the lower wing attached.
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Engine and Machine Guns
And here are the engine and machine gun parts attached. One criticism is the machine guns aren't particularly well detailed.
Upper Wing Struts
Here are the upper wing struts mounted on the lower wing, mounting the upper wing was one of the most fiddly parts of this build, especially as I had already applied the lozenge decals over the positioning holes on the upper wing
And here is the upper wing in place.
Here is the undercarriage assemble attached to the fuselage
Here we see the last parts attached to the kit, the wheels and the engine/propeller assembly.
Decals and Finished
And here is the finished article, all paintwork touched up, decals placed, and a coat of clear laquer to protect the surface.