The Fokker D.VII is widely considered to be the best German fighter to emerge from the Great War. It was certainly the most numerous and as such was the only aircraft requested to be surrendered in the Allies armistice terms. So great was the demand for the promising new fighter that, in addition to production at Fokker, Albatros were ordered to manufacture it under license at their Johannisthal (Alb) and Schneidemuhl (OAW- Ostdeutsche Albatros Werke) factories which ended up building almost twice as many as Fokker. The D.VII featured a welded steel tube fuselage and tailplane along with a thick high lift wings of conventional wood and wire construction. They were powered by various versions of the Daimler-Mercedes D.III engine of horse powers ranging from 160hp to 230hp. In the middle of 1918 it was plagued with a series of often fatal mid air fires variously attributed to over heating, fuel tank stress damage and the volatile incendiary ammunition used for balloon busting. An immediate fix for this was removing the top cowlings for improved engine cooling followed by the modified side cowlings with louvers to ventilate the engine bay. Following the Armistice the D.VII found its way into numerous countries air forces including Argentina, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, Finland, Hungary, Netherlands, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Soviet Union, Sweden, Switzerland and the American USAS an USMC.
The D.VII specificatios are as follows;
Max speed 124 mph
Total number built by OAW 1,100 (total by all manufacturers 3,380)
Armament 2 7.92mm Spandau machine guns
The WNW Fokker D.VII was released in 2012 in three versions, Fokker
production, Albatros production and OAW production. The kits are all
basically the same except for minor differences and decals. Two further
variants have been released, one in 2013 and the last in 2017, these
being a D.VII F and an early version respectively. The main advantage
of all of these is the wide choice of markings these aircraft carried
during the war. Each kit offers several marking options.
Links to kit build or reviews
the WWI page