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Fokker D.VII Royal Class

The plants building the Fokker D.VII were the parent company of Fokker at Schwerin, also under license by OAW (East German Albatros Works) at Schneidemuhl and Albatros Works at Johannistahl. For the novice let me explain. Some of the readily visible hallmarks of these series are manifested in the different cowling panels, different applications of camouflage, cross type, size and position. The inevitable modifications that take place in each company’s production series, of a specific airframe type, are described in linear terms of “early”, “mid” or “late.” Usually matched with the inline Mercedes D.IIIaü 180hp or the D.IIIav 200hp engine. But it was the variant with the BMW IIIa 185 hp motor that pilots prized ultimately. With few idiosyncracies it was not temperamental and a novice with a little nerve could do well.

Contemporary construction using welded metal tubing for the fuselage and wooden wing skeletal structures were typical. The secret appeared to be in the wing design of the cantilever boxed spars that eliminated the need for multiple exposed rigging wires. It was to become Germany’s main production single seat fighter in 1918 and was built in large numbers. At the end of the war the allies wanted every example of the Fokker D.VII they could lay their hands on.
# 8131 Eduard 1/48 (original release)
Plastic - 2 sprues of 87 pc. Resin - 0 pcs. Metal (PE) - one set of 110 pcs. Decals - Jasta 13, 24s, 35b & 58. Instructions - 24 page, 38 step exploded view. Character - one complete model of mid or late OAW. MSRP - $39.95

# 8133 Eduard 1/48 (Dual Combo)
Plastic - 4 sprues of 186 pc. Resin 0 pcs. Metal (PE) -2 sets of 91 pcs. each. Decals - Jasta 2, 10, 11, 12. Instructions - 20 page 29 step exploded view. Character - two complete models in early or late Schwerin. MSRP - $44.95

# R0002 1/48 (Royal Class)
Plastic - 6 sprues of 279 pcs. Resin 0 pcs. Metal (PE) - 3 set of 91 pcs. each and one faux Blue Max. Decals - Jasta 2, 15, 19, 34b, 43, 46. Instructions - 40 page 29 step exploded view. Character - three complete models in early or late OAW / Schwerin & Albatros. MSRP - $99.99

Arguably the leader today in WWI aviation models Eduard presented their newest offering in 2005 in their Limited Edition series. In 2006 their 1/48 Fokker D.VII mold has been released in the “Dual Combo” and the Fokker D.VII “Royal line” with three kits was also a pleasant surprise. But it costs about 40.0 - 50.00 US dollars more for three complete kits compared to the “Combo Dual” kit. Included also in the Royal are markings for twelve profiles, a faux Blue Max and a resin refueling cart kit. I will refer to plastic parts as PP and photoetch as PE.
  • Royal101
  • Royal102
  • Royal103
  • Royal104

About the Author

About Stephen T. Lawson (JackFlash)

I was building Off topic jet age kits at the age of 7. I remember building my first WWI kit way back in 1964-5 at the age of 8-9. Hundreds of 1/72 scale Revell and Airfix kits later my eyes started to change and I wanted to do more detail. With the advent of DML / Dragon and Eduard I sold off my ...


No worries mate! Actually it would not take much to finish your build ... with the fuselage closed up and all... Ok, ok I'll quit ...for now. Your entirely welcome. Labor of love and all. So many kits so little time... Say where is that Camel build as well? Hah!
OCT 02, 2006 - 09:29 PM
You and the Aeroscale membership are welcome Rick; I try to do the same kind of work on all my kit reviews. At least those that have visited my website (see the banner at the bottom of my post )seem to like what I do as well. But I am very fortunate to be tied into WWI aviation research as deeply as I am. For most people its a passing fancy for me it replaces more expensive hobbies and I get to stay close to the family. Here is the non-profit org that I volunteer for; http://www.lafayettefoundation.org/
OCT 02, 2006 - 09:38 PM
Greetings Steffen, I totally understand about money. (I and my wife have 5 children and money is always tight.) BUT! Thats why I started my website. It helps me pay for my hobby and I get to help people like you. When it comes to great information and solid research on WWI aviation you cannot go wrong with anything written by Greg VanWyngarden. With the kits you have mentioned I have given you the bare bones of my experience to have a good build in this and the other review / features here at Aeroscale. But I got what I know from reading. I am one of the fortunate few that has an entire archive at my disposal. It has the life's gatherings of 6 major WWI aviation research giants at its core. Even Greg comes to me for photographs at times. Do yourself a favor. You have already spent quite a lot for the kits. You have these reviews and features to acomplish the builds. But if you do not invest in solid research monographs like the Albatros publications Fokker D.VII Anthology, you do yourself a tremendous dis-service. I admit its is a chunk of money to buy all three. It took me three years to put enough money aside, one year for each volume. Anthology 1 is about the Fokker Schwerin product and the first 20 Jastas. Anthology 2 is about the OAW builds and the next 28 Jastas. Anthology 3 is about the Albatros production series and the remaining Jastas. The first has some typos in it but the last two have few faults. The great thing is they will always be there on your shelf waiting for you to spend some time and flights of fancy.
OCT 05, 2006 - 04:09 PM
Greetings all; For some of the forum feedback during the build see; banter bout the builds
OCT 10, 2006 - 08:04 PM
Nope.......link isnae working mate. :-)
OCT 10, 2006 - 08:54 PM
Ay laddie e went into it and took ou the unnecs bits and twiggs. Shes a workin in fine form ne.
OCT 11, 2006 - 12:28 AM
Aye wee man....it wasnae working earlier mate....the whole website was acting up today error 404 etc etc, must have been wee beasties....ok noo though.... geeza a beer and I'll read it from the start....
OCT 11, 2006 - 12:35 AM
ay matie ta bruwnies nd ae fairies do the dark mischef ae times. But you'll be doing ae jig if n I pour you a single malt of abou 30 years in age. http://www.ladyofthecake.com/mel/frank/sounds/alive.wav
OCT 11, 2006 - 12:54 AM
Nae chance wee man....it'll take mere than a 30 year auld whisky to get ma to act like an Eejit blootered ootae ma coupon gee over here and I'll take ye on a pubcrawl.....son
OCT 11, 2006 - 01:25 AM
ay laddie if your going to do a pubcrawl, I'll stroll of you don't mind. I get stiff in the joints...my doctor told me to stay outta the joints but what does e know.
OCT 11, 2006 - 01:50 PM