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Fokker D.VII (Early)





Roden's 1/72 scale Fokker D.VII is available online from Squadron.com


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Catalogue Number: 025 – Fokker D.VII Early (Fokker Built Aircraft)
Scale: 1/72
Contents and Media: 59 parts in light grey injection moulded styrene; decals for three aircraft (including lozenge decals)
Price: US$7.96 from Squadron.com
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Subtle fabric detail; impressive detail on small parts including engine and machine guns; options for different wheels, propellers and engines; few imperfections; lozenge decals included; minimal rigging required.
Disadvantages: Some minor ragged flash; recessed rib detail on undersurfaces of wings and tailplanes; single sinkmark on gun decking.
Recommendation: Recommended


Reviewed by Brett Green




The Fokker D.VII was considered by many to be the best fighter aircraft of WWI. This aircraft entered service in March 1918, and outperformed all Allied fighters in every aspect except top speed. The high regard in which the Fokker D.VII was held is reflected in Article IV of the Treaty of Versailles. This clause specified that all existing Fokker D.VIIs should be handed over to Allied forces.

Over 3000 Fokker D.VIIs were produced.

Roden’s 1/72 scale Fokker D.VII comes packed in their familiar, slightly flimsy side-opening box. Inside are 59 crisply moulded parts in light grey plastic on four sprues. Two styles of wheels, engines and machine guns are supplied, and three different types of propeller. Of all of these, only two propeller options are applicable for the early version D.VII.

Fabric detail and other surface features are subtly rendered.



The interior of the fuselage features raised structural detail. Small details are very impressive, especially the engines. All the kit parts are well formed. The only slight problems are some light flash around some of the parts and a single sinkmark on the deck below the machine guns.

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Instructions are called out over 8 steps in exploded-view diagrams. Three colourful sets of markings are included in the kit, and these include a large sheet of lozenge decals for the upper and lower wings and tailplanes.

One of the daunting tasks for WWI aircraft modellers is rigging. The D.VII featured internal bracing for the wings, so minimal rigging is required – just some bracing wire on the tailplanes and undercarriage.





Roden’s 1/72 scale Fokker D.VII is a nicely presented kit with everything supplied to complete an impressive replica of this important aircraft. The lack of rigging and relatively simple parts breakdown will make this an ideal transition project for modellers wanting to try a WWI kit for the first time.


Thanks to Squadron.com for the review sample.

Review and Images Copyright © 2001 by Brett Green
Page Created 26 September, 2001
Last updated 22 July, 2003

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