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Dutch Profile

Fokker D.XXI/D.21

Operations of the LVA/ML Fokker D.XXI

Book & Decal Sheet
(available separately)

 

 

 

S u m m a r y

ISBN: Not quoted
Media and Contents: Soft cover; 60 pages including covers
Price: Profile nr. 5: 17.95 Euros each (plus postage and packing)
Decals: 11.25 Euros each (inc. P&P)

available online from Dutch Profile and many retailers and online hobby outlets worldwide including Meteor Productions and Hannants

Review Type: FirstRead
Advantages: Book: Interesting story of an overlooked aspect of aviation history; five colour four view illustrations plus four side profiles; decal tie-in (available separately); many helpfully captioned photos; covers history, operations, camouflage and markings; full text and captions in both Dutch and English.

Decals: High quality decals with minimum carrier film; includes both 1/72 and 1/48 scale decals; comprehensive instructions; attractive subjects; bonus markings for a Messerschmitt Bf 109 E-4

Disadvantages:  
Recommendation: Highly Recommended to early-war aircraft enthusiasts and modellers.

 

Reviewed by Brett Green


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FirstRead

 

The Book

The fifth release in the Dutch Profile series is "Fokker D.XXI/D.21 - Operations of the LVA/ML Fokker D.XXI". This book covers the Fokker D.XXI in Dutch service.

The Luftwaffe lost almost 400 aircraft in their campaign to conquer the Netherlands, partly due to the creditable performance of the Fokker D.XXI.

The 60 pages provides detailed historical text presented in both Dutch and English, lots of great reference photos, five colour four view illustrations plus four side profiles, and drawings.

As the title implies, the narrative focuses primarily on operational order of battle from the beginning of hostilities until the destruction by the Dutch of nine D.XXIs on 14 May, 1940.

The photos and profiles are excellent.

This book also provides reliable information on the camouflage and markings of RNAF Fokker D.XXIs. One revelation, to me at least, is the palest of the three upper surface colours, Camouflagebeige. This has traditionally been depicted as a sand yellow, but it appears to be a much more neutral shade, almost grey.

Fokker fans will find plenty to keep them entertained between the covers of this new book.


 

The Decals

Once again, Dutch Profile is offering decals to tie-in with this book.

The decals are available separately. The sheet includes markings for seven Fokker D.XXIs in both 1/72 and 1/48 scales.

Bonus markings are also provided for a Messerschmitt Bf 109 E-4, brought down by a Dutch pilot on 10 May, 1940.

The decals are produced to the same high standard as Dutch Decals earlier releases, with thin carrier film and generally good registration.

Instructions are very good, with text descriptions in Dutch and English, and four view diagrams as appropriate.

 

 

 

Conclusion

 

I really do like the recent trend of specific subject reference books tying up with a simultaneous decal release. This "one-stop shop" style of reference and markings is very useful to modellers, especially in niche subject areas such as this.

DutchProfile's "Fokker D.XXI/D.21 - Operations of the LVA/ML Fokker D.XXI" is an interesting account of an otherwise underexposed corner of aviation, and will be welcomed by Fokker fans and history buffs alike.

The decals are the icing on the cake for modellers of 1/48 or 1/72 scale kits.

Highly Recommended.

Thanks to Luuk from Dutch Profile for the review samples.


Dutch Decals and DutchProfile Publications are available online from the Dutch Profile website and many retailers and online hobby outlets worldwide



Review Copyright 2007 by Brett Green
This Page Created on 12 June, 2006
Last updated 24 December, 2007

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