Arma Hobby 1/72 Fokker E.V Deluxe Kit First Look
|Date of Review||April 2018||Manufacturer||Arma Hobby|
|Kit Number||70012||Primary Media||Styrene, Photo-Etch|
|Pros||Crisp, delicate moldings, petite, recessed scribing where appropriate, fine, raised scribing where appropriate, clear-film windscreen with spare, "aftermarket" quality photoetched details, gorgeous decals||Cons||None noted|
|Skill Level||Experienced||MSRP (USD)||$21.00 including free shipping|
"E" for "Eindecker" – "single wing". "V" for "5". A century back, fast, maneuverable E.Vs achieved a mixed reputation after fatal wing-related accidents. Problems fixed, Fokker's last WWI fighter – re-designated "D.VIII" – served Imperial German forces for the war's final few months. And Poland's nascent air force employed captured examples in combat against postwar foes.
Arma Hobby's gorgeous, 1:72-scale "Expert Set" certainly sets standards for quality and completeness. Contents include:
- a tree of 40 exquisitely molded gray plastic parts,
- a fret of amazingly petite photoetched details, and
- a microscopically tiny clear-film windscreen, plus spare.
Just savor all those mind-blowing cockpit, armament, control-surface, and engine details. Seeking perfectly to align that delicate undercarriage? Arma Hobby provides jigs.
An clear, 12-step assembly guide with parts maps and capsule history shows how to put it together. And an attractive, 4-page color guide shows how to paint and mark four aircraft:
- Poland, E.V 187/18 as delivered, April 1919
- Poland, E.V 187/18 with personal markings, April-June 1919
- Germany, Jasta 36, Summer 1918
- Germany, Jasta 6, August 1918
Arma Hobby's two decal sheets from Cartograf are simply stunning. The first features all markings for kit subjects. And the second includes multiple "lozenge" camouflage options – and wood-grain transfers for both propeller styles.
Packaging and presentation. Moldings and instructions. Details and decals. Arma Hobby's fantastic little "Flying Razor" is totally terrific!
My sincere thanks to HobbyZone USA for this review sample!