About the SR Batteries Fokker Eindecker EI
SR Batteries Fokker Eindecker is a one quarter scale (3" = 1'), stand-off scale model of
what was at the time a very innovative German WWI fighter that was designed to
be an excellent gun platform. It was quick, agile and a weapon you didn't
want in your airspace if you were the enemy.
The SR version improves Herr Fokker's design in many ways he probably would
have himself if he had the power to weight that our engines have and modern
construction materials. Of
course the flying wires would be gone, but that would be wrong for a scale model
in too many ways to count.
Owing in large part to the simplicity of the original, the model is very easy to
build and looks good having a minimum of detail. The kit is very well executed
— almost anyone having a large, flat workbench should
be able to build it successfully.
The kit box is the heavy carton in which it is shipped. All components are
in heavy poly bags. Balsa sheets are separated between two bags — one
for wing components and another for fuselage and tail pieces. All tubes and
sticks are bagged together as are the landing gear wires. No damage was noted.
The instructions are excellent although could be reordered in some spots for
better efficiency. If you follow the instructions you will be to complete
this model with very few problems.
Fidelity to Scale
This is a sport-scale model that looks the part but makes numerous
compromises to simplify construction and so the aircraft will fly well without
having nasty traits that would be present with a true-scale model. I
suggest that you build this one per the plan and don't try to make it something
that it's not.
If you want a model that is competitive at a scale meet then this is the
wrong kit. There is simply too much that would have to change — basically
For example, the
airfoil, wing incidence, and entire tail structure would
have to be changed. You're also on your own when it comes to the cockpit
because this one isn't even a starting point. The full scale type used
wing warping for roll control rather than ailerons. If you want to try
incorporating scale wing warping then you're on your own.
However, you should consider adding some additional detailing and embellishments so
your model stands proud next to naked Eindeckers. The SR Eindecker can be as beautiful of a model as you are willing to do the
work to achieve. The parts
are large enough to be easy to work with and most everything is already set up
for you. I suggest you use the pull-pull system for this model. The system is
already designed in and the model looks much better than it would with
This model is designed to be flown in a
scale manner — wing-overs, loops, Immelmans, turning around, landing upside-up,
etc. It is not intended to do violent aerobatics, climb straight up, fly
inverted passes over the runway or
leap off the ground after a 10 foot take-off run. Use the throttle to keep the plane on the ground.
take-off runs long and rumply and then stagger into the air if you have a large
enough field to do it safely.
Mike and I spent half a day setting up the Eindecker on a large board
in front of my shop. People driving through the neighborhood stopped to ask
questions throughout the day and were very impressed with the model and its size. I felt
particularly proud showing visitors some of the detail work on a model I spent well over
200 hours building.
SR says you can frame it up "in 2 weeks of leisurely
evenings." I couldn't, but I enjoy building and don't see what the rush
is. I'm sure it can be done if you keep a
CA bottle in your tool belt if
your goal is to finish the model as quickly as possible.
Overall, I found this
model to be very appealing. I want one. Unfortunately, I don't have
any place to store it and then there's the problem of fitting it in my car.
More on this at the end of the article.