Thursday, 31 October 2019

Back to the Bench

I've just got back from a few days in North Cornwall, which was wet and windy but very enjoyable, so I'm now making up for lost time. These are the sprues for three Eduard / Smer Fokker Dr.1 triplanes, which I've now undercoated in Halfords primer, ready for assembly to begin tomorrow. The pilots are ex-Matchbox kit WW2 Luftwaffe figures, which are perfect for WW1 pilots as they don't have Mae Wests or other obviously anachronistic features.

The decals are also not from the original kits but pinched from Revell Fokker Dr1's, although I'll be fiddling around with the insignia to make each aircraft distinctly different, albeit with a common and typical streaked green camouflage finish. I just hope they go together with less hassle than the Junkers J.1 but I expect they'll be a lot less fiddly, despite having three wings to align and some very small pieces to ping off into the carpet.


  1. I hope it all goes well and speedily as I'm looking forward to seeing them in all their circus finery.

  2. Are the pilots from your bitz box, or is there a source of 1/72 pilots? I have a few planes myself, and some of them come without pilots, so something other than sculpting my own would be nice to know about for when I get around to them.

    1. Not having a good bits box and with many kits coming without pilots/gunners I use the figures at the link:
      Possibly a bit oversized but I just trim the down to just the head and shoulders.

  3. I have collected mine via eBay where you can get old Matchbox kits at cheap prices, removing the crew then putting them back on with a note to tell any bidders that they are missing. Most scale modellers don't use the figures anyway.



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