|Kit:||MPM, 1/72; bought for $16.95 in 2006. Model finished on 2021-01-24.|
|Aircraft:||"FR-97"/"2", 4/LLv 24, Finnish Air Force, Utti air base in January 1940; pilot: Lt. Jorma Sarvanto.|
The Fokker D.XXI is a classic pre-war Dutch fighter aircraft. It first flew in 1936, and subsequently served with Dutch, Danish and Finnish air forces. The type was, despite being somewhat outdated by the outbreak of World War 2, highly successful with the Finnish Air Force.
The model represents an aircraft flown by the Finnish ace Lt. Jorma Sarvanto. His claim to fame is that on January 6th, 1940, he encountered a formation of DB-3 bombers and proceeded to shoot down six of them in 4 minutes, thus becoming an "ace-in-a-mission"!
The MPM kit is generally accurate, but has one big problem: Finnish Fokkers had a small window behind the canopy in the dorsal spine. The kit comes with a part for this, but no opening in the fuselage; cutting the whole and fitting the transparent part is difficult. Aside from that, I made the following modifications and additions:
Building the cockpit
Test-fitting major components
Scratch-built structure for the canopy
I painted the model with Tamiya acrylics, and finished it with Future floor wax and Testors' Dullcote. The decals came from the kit as well as from a GAL Decal sheet (swastikas, since I do not like putting those together from multiple parts). The kit decals worked well; I did coat them with Liquid Decal Film just to be safe. The GAL Decal swastikas were a bit on the thicker side, but eventually conformed to the contours of the model thanks to lavish use of Micro Sol. Note that before applying the national markings, I airbrushed white circles on the model to prevent the darker colors from showing through the decals.
Filling the seams of the canopy
More prep work
All prepped and ready for airbrushing
A restored D.XXI at the Finnish Air Force museum
The Fokker D.XXI, especially its use in the Finnish Air Force, is extremely well documented. Below are some key references, but this is not a complete list: