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FOKKER DXXI 1:48 SCALE KIT
In the late 1930s, the Dutch government was looking for a new fighter. Always wanting to buy locally, it turned to Fokker aircraft for a design that would meet specifications...............
In the late 1930s, the Dutch government was looking for a new fighter. Always wanting to buy locally, it turned to Fokker aircraft for a design that would meet specifications. Foremost was ease of maintenance and repair as well as good handling and adequate speed. What resulted was an aircraft in many ways typical of mid-late 1930s design. Tube frame fuselage with fabric covering on the back half as well as a braced tailplane assembly. Fixed landing gear were chosen as the extra weight of retractable gear was felt to be a detriment. Eventually one aircraft was fitted with retractable gear, but never put in production. Power was from a British Bristol engine of around 800hp. Not exactly a world beater, but more than adequate. Armament was four 7.7mm machine guns in the Dutch version.
The aircraft was also exported and built in Denmark and Finland. The Danes wanted to use Masden 20mm cannon in place of the four machine guns. In terms of air combat, the Dutch had some success with the planes against the Germans as the D.XXI was much more maneuverable than the Bf-109E. However they were eventually overwhelmed by sheer numbers. The Danes barely got theirs off the ground. Finland had more success with them. The ruggedness of design was such that it was able to handle the extremes of temperature fairly well. It was also well piloted and quite successful against the Russians.
KIT # 401, DECALS: Two aircraft, REVIEW: Scott Van Aiken. NOTES: Short run with etched brass, resin and vac bits