Finnish Version "Hi-Tech"
MPM, 1/72 scale
S u m m a r y
||MPM kit no.
72526 - Fokker D.XXI Finnish Version "Hi-Tech"
parts in grey injection moulded plastic; 6 parts in clear
injection moulded plastic; 26 parts in pale yellow resin, 1 photo etched fret,
acetate sheet for instruments and open canopy; decals for
USD$28.96 from Squadron.com
important subject; highly detailed; includes resin skis;
opening canopy option (plus a spare canopy if the cutting
goes wrong!); restrained fabric surface texture; excellent decals.
Reviewed by Brett Green
1/72 scale Fokker D.XXI Finnish Version is available online from
The Fokker D.XXI was effectively obsolete
by the outbreak of the Second World War. During the German Blitzkrieg in
1940, the maneuverability of the Dutch Fokkers was better than its
Luftwaffe opponents, but they were ultimately decimated in the opening
days of the campaign. Danish Fokkers fared no better.
However, theoretical obsolescence was never
a barrier to the Finnish Air Force. In the hands of determined Finnish
pilots, the Fokker D.XXI took a heavy toll of Soviet aircraft in both
the Winter War and the Continuation War.
Amongst a number of modifications applied
to the Fokker D.XXI in Finnish service, the aircraft were fitted with
skis to permit operation on snowy airfields during the long northern
MPM continues its series of 1/72 scale
Fokker D.XXIs with this "Hi-Tech" version, which includes resin skis as
The injection moulded plastic parts are
well detailed, with recessed panel lines where appropriate and
restrained fabric surface texture elsewhere. Sprue attachment points are
quite narrow and trailing edges are thin.
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The canopy is a one-piece injection moulded affair.
It is thin, clear and distortion free. In this release, MPM offers
the option of opening the canopy. A separate photo-etched frame is
included for each side (although you could - probably would - just
undertake this surgery on one side). In order to install this frame
and its associated acetate foil, you will need to carefully cut out
the relevant part of the canopy side. The instructions note that
this modification is recommended for expert modellers only, and I
have to say that I agree. To their great credit, MPM has further
acknowledged the risks of this operation by supplying a second
canopy sprue in case of slip ups.
The resin is beautifully detailed and perfectly
cast. One of the highlights is the cockpit floor, footrails, forward
and rear bulkheads - all cast as a single resin part! A number of
the parts are incredibly fine and delicate, including the canopy
The skis are also supplied in resin, along with new
In addition to the opening section of the canopy,
the photo-etched fret includes the instrument panel and harness.
Markings are supplied for two aircraft during the
Winter War. All the aircraft feature Aluminium (painted) undersides
and brown uppersurfaces. An option for one of the aircraft includes
green wings and elevators, with grey walkway rectangle and a big
Blue 3 on each side of the rudder. Very appealing!
One final attribute that I was very happy to see was
a resealable plastic bag for the parts
A few years ago I decided
there was no earthly way that I could build all the models in my
collection, so I sold off all of my 1/72 scale kits.
Even moreso than their larger
counterparts, 1/72 scale is undergoing a revolution largely thanks to
the enthusiasm of eastern European manufacturers including MPM. Many of
the subjects are just too interesting to resist, so my pile of 1/72
scale kits is rapidly growing again.
Being limited run in nature,
MPM's "Hi-Tech" Finnish Fokker D.XXI will require more time in cleanup
and test fitting, and is likely to present a few construction
challenges. Even so, this effort will be worthwhile, as the box contains
everything you need to produce a beautifully detailed Winter Warrior.
Thanks to MPM/Special Hobby for the review sample.
Review Text and
Images Copyright © 2005 by Brett Green
Page Created 19 April, 2005
Last updated 31 May, 2005
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