by: Stephen T. Lawson [ ]
Decal HistoryThe Seventeen current releases, sheets no 30001 - 30020 continues the growing line of products from Wingnut Wings, The new set #30008 give us a wider choice of subjects to portray than what is in their #32030 kit. Given the numbers of the current sheets, we can probably expect more releases of this line of products. A guess is that more of these will be forth coming for the current Fokker D.VII that also offers a wide range of about 70 of colourful profiles. The priced at $19.00 for each set and the Wingnut Wings current international free shipping policy also applies to these. For this scale we see that this is not as high as other aftermarket sets.
#30008 1/32 Fokker D.VII (OAW) Fighting Fokkers part 3 US$19.00
-4 page fully illustrated instructions.
-2 high quality Cartograf decal sheets with markings for 5 OAW built D.VII aircraft;
A. Fokker D.VII (OAW) 2052/18, Ltn. Des Res.Karl Thom, Jasta 21s, 1918 (27 victories). Son of a field hand Karl Thom’s story is truly one of heroism. Early he served in FFA 48, 216, 234 before going to Jasta 21s. To begin with his fighter career, Vzfw. (Acting sergeant) Karl Thom came from Jasta Schule I on 11 May 1917. On 23 December 1917 he was WIA. Offz Stv. (Officer Aspirant) Karl Thom returned from the hospital on 24 January 1918 but on 11 August 1918 he was again WIA. Ltn des Res. Karl Thom returned from the hospital on 6 November 1918. But three days later he was Injured with multiple wounds in a crash. On 13 November 1918 he was sent home and removed from frontline status. He died under obscure circumstances, on 3 March 1945 in Pillau, East Prussia,near the Russian border; the invading Russians overran the city on 25 April 1945.
B. Fokker D.VII (OAW) 4453/18, Ltn. Alfred Lindenberger, Jasta Boelcke, November 1918 (16 victories). While Lindenberger was an observer / rear gunner in FA 234, he shot down a Spad on 29 May 1917. Then he was teamed with ace pilot Vzfw. (Acting sergeant) Karl Jentsch, and they scored two more SPAD types in October. After pilot training, on 9 May 1918 Lindenberger was posted to Jasta Boelcke . Between 30 May and 1 November 1918, he downed nine more enemy planes, seven flying the Fokker D.VII. He went on to be come a Major in WWII and added 4 more victories to his credit. In the public domain, details of his death are unknown at this time.
C. Fokker D.VII (OAW) 4631/18 “Lot.”, Jasta 64w, post August 22, 1918. This machine was first discussed in the Over the Front Articles (in Vo.22 #4, 2007) because a section of the fuselage side panel of “Lot” was discovered and newly found images including their Fokker D.VII machines came to light. Mr. Terry “Taz” Phillips and I did articles on Jasta 64w. As the instructions mention D.4631/18 appears to have been a reserve machine and was not regularly assigned to any one pilot. The noses were predominately painted with an aluminum paint. This probably came from stores that were left over from their transition from Pfalz D.IIIa to the Fokker D.VII types.
D. Fokker D.VII (OAW) 4635/18 “U.10”, Ltn. Heinz Freiherr von Beaulieu-Marconnay, Jasta 65, September - 9 November 1918. He came from Armee Flug Park C on 27 Aug.1918 to serve in Jasta 65. He landed on the forward airfield of the 95th Aero Sqn near Verdun on 9 Nov. 1918 and was made a POW. He told his captors that he had become lost. In truth he had just returned from a short leave to visit his younger brother (Ltn. Olivier Freiherr von Beaulieu-Marconnay) who was dying in a hospital. Olivier had been wounded by friendly fire on 18 October 1918. But blood poisoning had set in and he died on 26 October 1918. Who can say why Heinz got lost that day. His aircraft was taken and is now a permanent display in the Smithsonian Museum(NASM.)
E. Fokker D.VII (OAW) 6441/18, Ltn. Max Näther, Jasta 62, October-November 1918 (26 victories). He was a fighter pilot noted for the destruction of ten enemy observation balloons and sixteen aircraft. He came from Jasta Schule I on 31 March 1918 and on 7 July 1918 he was named as Jasta 62 Cmdr. On 27 September 1918 he was lightly WIA. And returned to Jasta 62 on 2 October and served until EOW. He was probably the youngest German ace in World War I. His final three victories were scored on 29 October. Coincidentally, he was nominated for the Pour le Mérite on that same day; however, his was one of several nominations that was never completed due to the abdication of the Kaiser on 9 November. Thus ending imperial awards of the Blue Max. He was KIA in the German Polish border wars on 8 January 1919.
What you get in the package:The decal sheets came "Zip-Loc" sealed in A4 sized plastic zip locked bag, making it easy to reseal, and keep the decals safe until you use them. A folded A4 sheet printed in full colour serves as a four page booklet that gives you the instructions on application and also the bio of the pilots that flew the planes. The style of the monograph is similar to what we have seen in the instructions from their kits. Full colour profiles are complimented by archival images of the subjects. One fine detail in the instructions hints as to which optional parts to use from the kit and which engine option to choose.
The decals are of the same quality and style of what we have gotten used to from their kits. Clean and crisply printed by Cartograf of Italy, my samples were in perfect register with a glossy sheen and clean opaque colours. Small decals such as the prop, gauge faces, weight tables and rigging instructions are also included on these sheets. Some of the crosses tend to duplicate what is already in the basic kit. Carograf utilizes overlapping with markings that are grouped as single decals.
LozengeNow that Wingnut Wings has released their version of their versions of factory printed intermediate day 4 & 5 colour lozenge (Farbenflugzeugstoff) these decals are even more relevant. While the basic kits have 4 & 5 colour decals for the wings. Five colour for the fuselage is not included in the this decal set or the WNW kit #32030.
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