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Koolhoven FK-51
“Dutch Version”

Special Hobby, 1/72 scale

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Catalogue Number: Special Hobby kit no. SH 72048 -  Koolhoven FK-51 “Dutch Version”
Scale: 1/72
Contents and Media: 49 light grey plastic parts on two sprues, 2 resin parts, 6 vac-formed clear parts, 29 PE parts on one fret, decals for three aircraft and 8 page, A5 sized instruction booklet with history, parts plan, 7 build diagrams including one for rigging and 3 pages of paint/decal drawings.
Price: USD$28.96  from Squadron.com
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Interesting subject, finely engraved panel lines and excellent decals.
Disadvantages: Multi-media, not for the beginner.
Recommendation: Recommended

Reviewed by Glen Porter

 Special Hobby's 1/72 scale Koolhoven FK-51 “Dutch Version”
 is available online from Squadron.com



Designed in 1935, the Koolhoven FK-51 was built as an advanced trainer for the Dutch Army Air Force but was also used as a light reconnaissance aircraft. In this role it was deemed too slow and did not see combat. A total of 142 were built and some (about 22) were sold secretly to Spanish Republican Government and were used post civil war by Franco's Government.

A medium sized biplane, bigger than a Tiger Moth but not as big as a One and a Half Strutter, it can be built as either the trainer (one scheme) or the light reconnaissance (two schemes) with optional cowlings, seating and gun. There are also some parts not for use (wing tips) on the sprues. One of the cowlings comes in resin and that and the engine are the only resin parts in the kit.


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A small PE set comes with the kit with seat-belts and a side instrument panel face for the interior, a wire harness for the plastic engine option. The rest of the metal parts are for the exterior, such as control surface hinges, pitot rod and elevator control wire links.

Decals, by Aviprint, are beautifully printed with perfect register and come with markings for three aircraft. A. is a trainer in Haamstede, May 1940, while B. and C. are light recon aircraft at De Kooy and Noordwijkerhout respectively, both also in 1940. The problem with these marking charts, is they give you the Gunze colour numbers but the colour names/descriptions are in Dutch (I think), so I have no idea what colours they actually are. A minor challenge only.

The plastic, as is usual from Special Hobby, is finely engraved but will need a small amount of clean-up because of it's short run nature. Consequently, I would not recommend this kit to a beginner but to the rest of you, have fun.


Thanks to MPM/Special Hobby for the review sample.

Review Text Copyright © 2005 by Glen Porter
Images Copyright © 2005 by Brett Green
Page Created 07 November, 2005
Last updated 06 November, 2005

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