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Phonix D.II is available online from Squadron.com
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||KPM72036 Phonix D.II
|Contents and Media:
||33 parts in grey injection moulded
styrene; etched metal fret; acetate instruments; decals for three aircraft
(including lozenge decals)
||Effective use of multimedia (etch
and acetate); attention to detail (eg washout on wingtips); good detail on
engine and cockpit; generally very accurate; delicate and convincing
||Control horns not included;
fractionally short at the tail.
Reviewed by Robert Baumgartner
The Phonix D.II was developed in
an attempt to provide a faster and more manoeuvrable version of the D.I.
To achieve this, the wings and ailerons were revised, a new tailplane was
added along with balanced elevators, and a paring of nearly 50kg came off
the airframe. As a result of the weight reduction, the aircraft was not as
strong as its predecessor and may have contributed to the occurrence of
several engine bearer failures. Although no blame was attributed to Phonix,
the company had to supply reinforcement kits at no cost. The aircraft was
flown operationally from May 1918 with Fliks 9, 14, 30, 55, 60 and 68.
The DIIa version of the Phonix
fighter saw the new 230hp Hiero engine installed which boasted power
significantly. There was no structural difference between the two types
but again the engine bearers came in for strengthening. The solid aircraft
with its extra power was well liked by pilots and found service with Fliks
9, 14, 30, 32, 43, 55, 60 and 68.
It is pleasing to see that Mac
have followed on from their release of the Phonix D.I with the D.II
Two sprues are supplied to make up
the 33 plastic parts. One contains the items common to both the D.I and
D.II, including both types of radiator, cabane struts, exhaust and tail
skid. A new sprue is supplied that carries the revised fuselage, wings,
and elevator that were appropriate to the Phonix D.II only.
The etched metal fret is the same
that came with the D.I and the new decal sheet allows the builder a choice
of three subjects. Again, we are blessed with the lovely acetate sheet for
the instrument dials and windscreen.
All plastic parts were cleanly
moulded with sharp surface detail. The ribs on all the flying surfaces are
very subtle and most convincing. The aileron tips have even been moulded
with “washout”. Well done to Mac for giving the modeller this often missed
feature in a kit. Some will choose to thin the trailing edges of the wings
but care must be taken so as not to remove the delicate surface detail.
Click the thumbnails below to view larger images:
expected the parts to line up well with George Haddow’s drawings in the
Albatros Productions Datafile. The reason for this was that the kit's
instruction sheet recommends this source of information. When the fuselage
halves were compared to the drawings, it was found that the fuselage was
only slightly short at the tail. For those that choose to rectify this, it
can easily be done with a sliver of plastic card. The representation of
the D.II’s upper and lower wings, also follow the plans very closely. The
elevator tips will need a light sanding to make them more rounded to match
those of the original aircraft.
Unusually Mac have decided not to
mould or supply control horns. Thus “riggers” are left to their own
Construction starts with the
cockpit and engine. Photo etched parts provide for the seat belts, control
column and rudder bar. The 5-piece engine sits on the elongated floor and
this is glued to one of the fuselage halves. These halves have the
interior structure moulded on without any sink marks resulting on the
outer surface. The acetate sheet containing the instrument dials fits
behind the etched metal “control panel”. A drop of gloss varnish for the
glass on the faces gives a most realistic representation.
A dry fit of the major components
shows no problems with the fuselage or the wings. The slot in the rear
fuselage for the tailplane only needs slight enlarging at the leading edge
to provide for a perfect fit.
The decals in my example showed
excellent register, with thin and minimal carrier film.
Markings are proved for three
Phonix D.II or D.II a of
Flik 55J Pilot unknown (By me anyway!)
Karl Teichmann’s Phonix
D.IIa 422.30 of Flik 14J August 1918 – Teichmann became an ace in this
aircraft when he scored his fifth victory. The pilot’s personal marking
of a “T” should be on a red fuselage stripe which was the Flik 14J unit
marking. Unfortunately this is not mentioned on the instruction sheet.
Missing on the decal sheet is the “T” that was painted in the middle of
the upper wing.
Alexander Kasza’s Phonix
D.IIa 422.14 of Flik 55J June 1918 – This is the aircraft in which Kasza
scored his sixth and final victory. At this stage, the aircraft carried
a red heart marking as a gesture of mourning following the death of his
friend Josef Kiss. The decals give the three fuselage bands (third
aircraft of a flight of three) as being separated with a black stripe.
The black was actually the dappled fuselage camouflage showing through.
Note that this aircraft carried the bulbous exhaust stacks that were
used to reduce noise (not included in the kit but easily made with
A nice touch is the provision of
Phonix logos for the rudder. Some may wish to touch in a little white
paint for the bird’s wings.
This is another first class effort
from Mac that gives the modeller an injection moulded kit of a subject
that has been largely ignored.
The ease of assembly, crisply
detailed parts and excellent chose of markings, make the kit a very a good
representation of this Austro-Hungarian aircraft. The only niggle is that
the modeller will have to conjure up the control horns.
Very highly recommended.
Squadron.com for the review
Review and Images Copyright © 2001 by Robert Baumgartner
Page Created 26 September, 2001
Last updated 22 July, 2003
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