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Fokker E.III
JackFlash
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Posted: Monday, October 22, 2012 - 05:15 AM UTC

The relatively young company of Wingnut Wings has established itself as one of the finest manufacturers of 1:32 WWI era aviation subjects. Here we will discuss their lastest issue of the late production Fokker E.III.

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Posted: Tuesday, October 23, 2012 - 07:17 PM UTC
Nice one Stepehn

– This is one of my "must have's" I think. I will finally bin my Battle Axe kit of the E.III, and taking some pleasure doing so...

Mikael
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Posted: Wednesday, October 24, 2012 - 03:52 AM UTC
Don't blame you a bit Mikael. I have a Battle Axe Fokker D.VII if you want to replace your E.III. Hah!

The new Windsock Fokker E type Compendiums probably have more extensive information. New or more accurate info is always possible with these old birds.



News item here.
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Posted: Wednesday, October 24, 2012 - 08:39 PM UTC

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Don't blame you a bit Mikael. I have a Battle Axe Fokker D.VII if you want to replace your E.III. Hah!





– Oh the horror – the DVII was one of my first builds in 1:32 – I get cold sweats all over just from the memory

Mikael
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Posted: Sunday, October 28, 2012 - 07:45 PM UTC
Having plodged into this kit (duelist version) One thing I'd like to advise is to reinforce the fuselage joints, theyre long and look easily *crackable* with rough or heavy (my style) handling.

Its a gorgeous kit but WNW tolerances apply so clean up of seams, moulding plugs then clean up of paint and checking needed to stop some of those delicate parts schnapping.

Great review too Stephen by the way

Keith
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Posted: Monday, October 29, 2012 - 11:43 AM UTC
Hi there

Yes - Nice review Stephen. It's interesting to see the detail differences with the E.II / E.III "Early" that arrived at Castle Aeroscale.


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Having plodged into this kit (duelist version) ...



Hi Keith

Maybe hold your horses slightly on that - Albatros Productions have just sent us the latest Windsock and it's got detailed builds by Ray Rimell of the Fokker and DH.2 - a real goldmine of extra info to get the best out of the kits.

All being well, I'll get the review of the E.II/E.III "Early" ready tomorrow. I found a few points to watch out for, but overall it's a cracker.

All the best

Rowan
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Posted: Monday, November 05, 2012 - 09:53 PM UTC
Here are a couple of errata pages from WNW for this kit.



JackFlash
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Posted: Monday, November 19, 2012 - 08:46 AM UTC
For those of you with Facebook connections.

KEK unit histories

And here are a few Caveats from a fellow modeler.

". . .Any history here is of necessity very brief so we recommend that you seek out the references mentioned below for the better understanding of the various Fokker Eindeckers, but we do so with the following caution; considerable confusion exists about these important aircraft (in no small part because of incorrect or conflicting Idflieg and Fokker factory records). Because of this we highly recommend you treat published drawings & specifications with a great deal of skepticism. We feel that Josef Scott’s new Windsock Datafile Fokker Eindecker Compendiums published in September 2012 will go a long way towards clearing up much of this confusion. "

"One thing I would recommend is perhaps revisiting some of the facts after you've been able to read through the 2 new Windsock Datafile Fokker Eindecker compendiums. Also check out Windsock International V 28 #1 2012 which tackles several of these beliefs head on.

All 3 publications deal with quite a few misconceptions such as E.II powered by the 80hp engine, different wingspans between the E.II, E.III & E.IV (and even late production E.I). Although not dealt with directly, it should be noted that Fokker E 54/15 was a late production E.I (and not the E.III prototype).

As an addendum to the fabric colour issue, have a look at the starboard side view photo of Fokker E.III 635/15 (from "The Duellists" - attached) where the fuselage of the 'earlier-late production' E.III in the background (from the 4XX/15 series) is clearly a lot darker than 635/15. Some will argue that they are the same colour, perhaps 'beige', but we feel it is more likely they are different colours, with 635/15 being finished in 'beige' and the other one in a darker colour, most likely 'field grey'.

Anyway, the Fokker Eindecker family are a fascinating subject."

While I tend to like "new" information I am sceptical too. While I do not have the "Compendiums" in my hands at the moment, I am open to these suggestions and will verify them at my earliest opportunity.