FROG 156P Fokker D.XXI, International Model Aircraft, 1963
A Touch of Nostalgia
From time to time, when an enterprising manufacturer produces a model kit of an aircraft of the pre-war era, one is tempted to wonder if their offering evokes in the average middle-aged member of the modelling fraternity, as it does in the writer, a touch of nostalgia for the bygone days of struts, bracing wires, and fixed, spatted undercarriages. In recent years, the modeller has been treated to a surfeit of kits of the most famous of aircraft types, good, bad and indifferent, but few manufacturers have chanced their arm by producing the less famous or 'off-beat' types that so many of the older modellers must yearn for. Of course, no small financial risk is involved in the marketing of such kits, and Frog are, therefore, to be commended not only on their courage but on their choice of the Fokker D.XXI as the latest in their new range of l/72nd scale kits—an interesting and colourful addition to any collection.
Frog's D.XXI kit is commendably accurate if lacking in a few details which could easily have been included—one item in particular should not have been omitted, and that is the exhaust pipe which ran along the lower starboard side of the engine cowl. Fortunately, it is no difficult task to add this pipe, and the more minor details that the kit lacks can also be added with a little enterprise. Incidentally, the colour scheme displayed on the box lid is not correct, and will not be used by the discerning modeller, and the diagonal strut on the aft cockpit window should not be painted as this was, in fact, one of the internal bracing struts.
To make the most out of this kit, the exhaust pipe should, as previously mentioned, be added, and a simple method of making this addition is to file out a groove along the cowl (see sketches), shape a piece of dowel to the required length, insert in the groove with Evostik, and then leave to set for a few hours. The joints should then be painted with thick filler, plenty of filler being used where the pipe joins the collector ring, and the dried filler being shaped with sanding sticks to form a clean join with the collector ring. A radio mast and ring-and-bead sight should be fitted using pieces of wire or the cailplane struts which can be replaced with headless pins. While the prototype was fitted with two guns, all production D.XXIs had four, and thus two should be added in the position shown by the illustrations. The necessary holes should be filed in the wing halves before these are cemented together, a swiss file being ideal for this purpose. For the other holes to take the radio mast and sight supports, a pin vise is the best tool to use.
Flying Review 1963-10, Vol.19 No.2
Ф-156, Одесский завод игрушек 1989-
"Новости из кооперативов
— По сообщениям одесских коллекционеров, на фабрике «Черноморигрушка» готовится (в который уже раз!) к производству модель голландского истребителя Фоккер Д-21, которую некомпетентные представители худсовета и коллегии в прошлом нередко путали с фашистским истребителем Фокке-Вульф-190. Также редколлегии сообщают, что выпуску остальных моделей, пресс-формы которых находятся в Одессе, препятствуют объективные причины: на модель самолета «Буканир» нет фонаря, на модели самолета «Москито» недоливаются крыло и фюзеляж, что требует регулировки пресс-формы и поиска полистирола нужного индекса расплава.
(Подготовил Д. Кузнецов, г. Ильичевск).
Информационно-методическое Пособие "Стенд", № 1, январь-март 1989, ИТСМ "Баку", Политотдел ККФ