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New Review: FOKKER D.VII LANDING GEAR FOR EDUARD KIT

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Brian R. Baker
Eduard

This is a cast white metal conversion set for the Eduard, or actually any, 1/72 scale Fokker D.VII kit.  The package I received contained four airfoil shaped spreader assemblies for the landing gear, and two sets each of the landing gear struts and tailskids. 

Not having an Eduard kit available, I used an old Revell Fokker D.VII, and the unit fitted nicely.  The spreader bar unit was a little roughly cast, but it was easy to sand it down to where is looked good.  Not having an Eduard kit, I'm not sure why the unit needed replacement, as there isn't really much to the gear,  just the spreader and the two  supporting "V" struts.  The struts fit easily into the notches on the bar, but they need a little cleaning up, as there are two molding lines on each set of struts.

My D.VII is painted in the colors of the Lithuanian Air Service, which had a few of them after the end of World War I.  The hardest part of this model was the insignias, as I didn't have a set of Lithuanian crosses so I had to make them from decal stock.  The D.VII is one of the easier biplanes to build, since it had cantilever wings, and the only wires on the airplane are the cross bracing on the landing gear struts, vertical stabilizer to horizontal stabilizer bracing, and the control wires for the rudder, ailerons, and elevators. In ten minutes, you have the biplane rigged.  Not like doing a DH-4 or a Spad.

If you are dissatisfied with the landing gear that comes with the kit, these are a logical alternative.  If you are satisfied, don't bother.  Recommended.

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