Re: Aruora Fokker EIII

Mick Fauchon (
Mon, 1 Aug 1994 10:18:01 +1000 (EST)

> Mick, fur ein model Fokker EIII Flugzeug, ich gern Eduard.

Ja, einverstanden; d.h. im Ma3stab 1:48.

> The Aruora kit is just old. I don't know of any other way to put it.

You're right: it's almost as old as I am.

> I have an original copy that was released in the late 1960's.

True, perhaps even somewhat earlier, but there were some Aurora kits
we just didn't see in Australia, the EIII annd the HAlberstadt CLII being
among them.

There is very
> little surface detail to it and the shape of the fuselage is not exactly
> correct. The kit can be corrected with a little attention to detail, but all
> and all it doesn't compare to the Eduard. Molded on markings are another
> with this kit, as is the case of most of the WWI Aroura stuff.

In other words, typical Aurora. So it's not worth chasing up, then?

> As for the deminsions of the Eduard EIII; did you blow up the 1/72
> plans on a photo copier, or did you calculate the diminsions by hand.

For the moment I've just done the calculations: fron which it looks
as if it's still a span too short. I'll do the actual blow-ups later in
the week, and get back to you.

> know from past experience that there is a margine of error with a photo
> copier. In some cases this error is as much as 10%. This is due to the
> shape of the lens in the copier.

Yep, but acccording to the copy I made, all the other dimensions
scale out correctly according to the drawings. From memory, I counted 12
spans from shoulder to wing-tip on the drawing, 11 on the kit.

> Altough an photo-copied enlargement is a good resource for scaling
> models, it is not the always the best solution to the problem. My .02 cents,
> stick with the original dimensions.

I agree; but it does help pinpoint large errors 80).

> BTW, your right about the photo etched tubular parts. They do
> look cheesy. I think I'll take your suggestion and re-do my EIII with plastic
> rod.

In which case you'll need a new seat, as the kit one is too large.
The plate that the piping from the handpump connects to should have all the
fuel switches on it. For floorboards I used real wood. Also added the ammo
box, feed and ejector chutes, starter dynamo crank, control linkages of
various sorts ..... the list goes on: get back me if you need more.

> Fur Gott und Konig,

.... und die frohe und freie Hansestadt Hamburg.



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