Fokker D.VI in 1/32 scale

Hi Troops:
If you are into W.W.I aircraft the Roden Fokker D.VI will come as a bit
of a curiosity. There have probably been more models of the DR.1
triplane made than there were tri-planes (320 total production). That
can hold even more for the bi-plane descendant, the D.VI (60 built).
Basically it is the Roden DR.1 fuselage with the new bi-plane wings. In
the box it looks like a very attractive model can be made, admittedly of
one of W.W.I's more esoteric types. It is a chance to stretch the molds
and get a bit more return on investment from them but I don't know? I
will have to compare this to the DR.1 kit to be sure but I think they
have tried to use the DR.1 fuselage for the D.VI and my sometimes fickle
memory says that the D.VI fuselage was longer.
The decals cover a very colorful bird from Jasta 80b and an aircraft
from home defense staffel Kesta 1A, and include the dreaded Lozenge
camouflage. I will have to dig into some references to comment on the
color accuracy of the lozenge but it looks good off hand. Is there a
windsock Datafile on the Fokker D.VI??
Bill Shuey
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William H. Shuey
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FWIW Checking the D.VI datafile info shows a difference in length between the DR.1 and D.VI of .01 meters. That ain't worth worrying about in 1/32 scale.
Bill Shuey
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William H. Shuey
A quick look at references confirms my recollection that the difference in length was about 18 inches, the DVI being the longer aircraft. The horizontal tail may also have been different in size but I can't be sure. In 1/32nd scale, it works out at about 14mm. I have the Roden kit in 1/72nd scale and the difference of about 6mm has deterred me from building the kit until I can decide whether a new fuselage is needed.
Gordon McLaughlin
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Gordon McLaughlin
I don't follow your remarks about looking at photographs. Unless you have a photograph that shows the two aircraft parked next to one another, side on to the camera, a difference of 18" might be hard to spot. Comparing two different photographs would be largely pointless as you would have no certainty as to the scales of the two images.
I don't have the Windsock Datafile on the DVI so cannot comment on the dimensions quoted there. My references for the lengths of the two aircraft are listed in the table below. It is possible that new information is now available.
Kenneth Munson: Aircraft of World War 1: 1967: Dr1: 18' 11.125"
Kenneth Munson: Fighters 1914-19: 1976: Dr1: 18' 11.125": 5.77m: DVI: 20' 5.25": 6.23m: Diff:18.125"
Gray & Thetford: German Aircraft of the First World War: 1992: Dr118' 11.125":5.77m:20' 5.375":6.23m:18.25"
Rudiger Kosin: The German Fighter since 1915: 1988: Dr:15.8m: DVI: 5.9m: Diff: 0.1m (3.94")
Green & Swanborough: The Complete Book of Fighters: 1994: Dr1: 18' 11": 5.77m: DVI: 20' 5.25": 6.23m: Diff:18.25"
Lamberton & Cheesman: Fighter Aircraft of the 1914-1918 War: 1960: Dr1: 19' 0" DVI:20' 4": Diff: 16"
As you can see, most sources give a difference of c18". Only Kosin gives a lower figure than 16". Apparently there is some difference in length between aircraft with the two different versions of the Oberursal engine.
I remain unconvinced that the fuselages were practically identical in length.
Gordon McLaughlin
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Gordon McLaughlin

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