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Fokker E.V/D.VIII

Fokker E.V/D.VIII Book Review

By David L. Veres

Date of Review January 2019 Title Fokker E.V/D.VIII
Author Tomasz J. Kopanski Publisher Mushroom Model Publications
Published 2018 ISBN 9788365958259
Format 80 pages, softbound MSRP (GBP) £15.00


Twenty-fifth in MMP/Stratus' superb "Polish Wings" range details the brief, colorful career of the Fokker E.V/D.VIII in post-WWI Polish service.

Poland captured at least 17 of the innovative fighters, and operationally employed seven.

Author Tomasz J. Kopanski commences coverage with background notes on E.V/D.VIII design, development, and initial Imperial German deployment.

Want to distinguish E.Vs from D.VIIIs? Kopanski explains how.

Text swiftly segues to postwar Polish efforts to salvage, restore, and return Fokkers to use. And Kopanski methodically mines his frankly scant sources for everything possible on the subject.

To wit: E.V/D.VIIIs subsequently saw combat against Ukrainian and Bolshevik forces. And Kopanski marinates text with individual aircraft histories, absorbing anecdotes, and exciting action accounts.

Building Eduard's 1:48 Fokker E.V? Or Arma Hobby's gorgeous 1:72 kit? Or even Aurora's ancient effort?

Things really turn meaty for modelers in the slim study's second half.

That's where you'll find 26 pages of stunning color profile and plan views by Janusz Swiatlon. Reference photos and illuminating commentary accompany artwork. And subjects even include two schemes for a captured Polish example in Soviet markings.

Six more pages of intensely enlightening camouflage and markings notes by Gregorz Mazurowski complete contents. Confused about Tarnstoff printed "lozenge" fabric? Seek specifics in this section.

What a terrific tome. I simply couldn't put it down. Add this magnificent little monograph to your library. And let it inspire your next Fokker E.V/D.VIII model.

Robustly recommended!

I want to thank MMP for this review copy.