Eduard’s 1:48 scale Fokker Dr.I Weekend Edition kit comes on three injection-molded polystyrene sprues containing 76 parts. About 68 of them get used in this version of the kit. The color instruction booklet organizes the build over nine pages. Markings for two airplanes are included:
- Fokker Dr. I 479/17, flow by Lt. A. Raben, Jasta 18, Montigen, France, October 1918
- Fokker Dr. I 503/17, flown by Lt. Hans Körner, Jasta 19, Balatre, Belgium, April 1918
Strengths: This kit might be based on an “older” mold by Eduard, but their late 2000s work was quite good and foreshadowed the quality of kits that Eduard produces today. I would argue that this kit itself is pretty simple but not necessarily simplified. I find it to be overall quite accurate. There are not a lot of parts, fit is quite good, and surface detail is excellent for a 1:48 scale WWI-era aircraft. I think this kit will appeal to a wide range of scale modelers since there’s almost no rigging to worry about with the Dr. I. The ailierons, elevators, and rudders are all separate parts and can be positioned as desired.
The cockpit is a highlight, even without any detail parts. You get the cockpit sidewall tubular framing, a good pilot’s seat, and the control column and rudder pedals among other details. In typical “Weekend Edition” fashion, the shoulder harnesses and lap belts are provided as decals as is the centrally placed altimeter dial face. For injection molding, the engine and machine guns look quite nice.
The decals were printed in-house by Eduard they look great in terms of color, register, and opacity. Carrier film is thin and tightly restrained.
Weaknesses: I cannot offer any deeply substantive critiques of this kit. One minor issue involves the fact that instrument panel appears to be…blank. There should be a small bank of instruments on the front of Part B6 but they are absent. I’m not sure what’s up with that – . Also note that you’ll have to fabricate your own dial face attached to Part C39 before you can place the instrument dial face decal on anything.