This one is all about the MoJo! Restoring it to be exact.................and the two previous projects on the bench both came to a hault for different reasons. (Extra 330 has a cracked canopy and no replacement in site, and the Me-163 Diorama project is a MoJo killer and needed something less complex)
I calculated I really havnt done ANY modeling in 5 or 6 months at least. The bench was a compete disaster. I spent a full day just cleaning the modeling room, the bench and the Artograph paint booth up. WELL worth my time, as it does a OCD/AMS/ADD body good to see a fully cleansed modeling room!!
I figured that the best way to regain the modeling MoJo was a build that would be great looking, fit great, fairly simple, easy to finish, great OOB and not require much in the way of AM.
One of Sir Peters kits really was one of the only things to come to mind, and since I have 0 D.VIIs in my display cabinet, and 3 or 4 in the stash, I figured I should break a WnW bi-wing Fokker out. I looked over all the schemes, and none of the OOB schemes really tripped my trigger, but I really didnt want to purchase any AM for this one, just so I could stay on track with getting the modeling juices flowing again.
I wasnt going to add ANY AM at all until a PM from our vary own DeanKB, who generously offered to let me try some Aviattic lozenge decals! YAY! Very excited for this one, as I have never used them, but heard nothing but great things. Sooooooooooooooo that meant I had to have scheme with lozenge top and bottom wing.......
Thats when I found Wilhelm Hipperts Jasta 74mount "Mimmi".
In the end, hopefully to end up something like this:
I know there are 32nd decals out there for this Fokker, but in keeping with the no AM theme, I busted out the Silhouette cutter and made up a "Mimmi" paint mask:
Then, I whipped up a sheet of 9.5mm checkers, and will paint the fuse white, apply them all, then remove every other one to paint on the black part:
The other crux to all this is that Wilhelm Hipperts machine was a Fokker D.VII "F". The high altitude F model is one of the few Fokker kits I DONT have in my stash.....................so, Ill be using the WnW Fokker D.II (Fok) as a base for Mimmi:
And, with a quick trip to the WnW site, a "High Altitude" BMW IIIa sprue for the Fokker D.VIIF arrived on my doorstep:
I am planning on adding a few extras, as mentioned above the Aviattic lozenge decals, my own paint masks, and as seen in actual pics, I think I may also add Hippert's primitive oxygen delivery system as well. From pics, it basically just bolted/stapped onto the side of the plane:
Now that Ive got where I need to be with the F sprue, getting all the masks completed, and finally clearing out the modeling room, Im heading out of town for a camping trip. . lol, oh well, at least Im where I need to be to start, and we only have two days (returning Sunday) so Ill have Sunday after 2 PM, as well as all of Monday for a good start.
Cheers til then!