Widely regarded as Germany’s finest fighter of World War I, the Fokker D.VII had a short wartime career as it was introduced towards the end of the war in 1918. Pilots praised the aircraft’s handling and ease of operation. Some 1000 examples were produced before the Armistice of November 1918 and manufacture continued post-war until a total of 3,300 had been built.
The Ares [air-eez] Fokker D.VII is a lightweight three-channel ultra-micro semi-scale model of the original. It features durable foam construction and numerous scale touches such as a scale engine and machine gun detail together with 4-color lozenge camouflage wings. Technically advanced the Fokker D.VII incorporates a Hitec Red 2.4GHz receiver that’s compatible with all current Hitec 2.4GHz aircraft transmitters. For convenience, two versions of the model are available both supplied with Hitec Red protocol: choose either Ready To Fly (including a Hitec Red-enabled transmitter and receiver) or Pair To Fly (supplied with a Hitec Red receiver that’s compatible with your existing Hitec air transmitter).
Weighing only an ounce, the Fokker D.VII is ideal for indoor flight or outdoor flight in calm conditions.
This is how Ares describes their new Fokker D.VII indoor ultra-micro biplane – let’s see if they hit the mark!
The Fokker D.VII arrived in a full-color box that doubles as a carrying case that offers plenty of protection while transporting the antique biplane. Everything required to get the Fokker flying is included in one box!
The ultra-micro D.VII includes lots of scale details – an inline Mercedes 6 cylinder engine, a pair of machine guns, radiator decal, and a nice scale looking propeller. The four-color lozenge camoflage on the wings is really well done, as are the rest of the water-transfer decals!
A printed pilot adds to the realism, along with the scale looking landing gear. The battery fits into a recess in the bottom of the cowl, and is held there with a small magnet. This really helps to keep the scale profile of the Fokker!
I am loving the new Hitec Red transmitter protocol – While the Fokker I received included a transmitter, I really like my Hitec Flash 7 – having the ability to fly my indoor planes with my full-size transmitter is great!
The manual is packed full of valuable information – there’s a section on linking the D.VII to a Hitec air transmitter! This is one of the newest features I’ve seen from Ares in quite a while. Now dubbed as Hitec Red, many of Ares’ aircraft can be flown with their included transmitters or any of the current Hitec aircraft transmitters!
Getting the D.VII ready to fly
Since the Ares Fokker D.VII comes out of the box RTF (ready to fly), there’s not much to do. I had to install the four included AA batteries in the transmitter and charge the 1S 70mAh LiPo flight battery. When the battery had been fully charged, I connected it to the Fokker, and snapped it into place in the bottom of the cowl. The magnet should do a nice job of holding the battery in place! With that, the D.VII was ready to fly, so I put it back in the carrying box and waited for my chance to fly!
Our last indoor flying session of the winter was scheduled for just a week after I received the Fokker. Impatiently, I made it through the work week, and Saturday finally arrived! One of the best parts about flying indoors is that the weather is always perfect!
I readied the D.VII for flight by turning on the transmitter and connecting the flight battery to the plane. With that, the little Fokker was ready to take to the air!
The D.VII has plenty of power for rise off ground take offs – I made both scale and very quick takeoffs with no effort. I had to be on the rudder a lot until the tail came off the ground because the wood tail skid slid very easily on the gymnasium’s floor, but after a couple of practice taxis, it was easy to keep the Fokker moving in a straight line. Once the plane was a height of about 15 feet, I checked for any needed trim adjustments – the plane flew well, but needed a few clicks of down trim at half throttle. Adding power makes the D.VII climb like crazy, but she’ll fly at approximately one-third throttle very nicely.
After just a couple of ‘laps’ around the gym, I was feeling very comfortable with the Fokker. She really is quite easy to fly, and I would think that any intermediate pilot would enjoy flying the D.VII.
As an Ultra-Micro aircraft, and a biplane at that, there’s not much in the way of high speed flight. At full throttle, I had to hold some down elevator on the right stick to keep the Fokker from climbing. I found that the D.VII was most enjoyable cruising around at scale-like speeds under one-half throttle.
Due to the three-channel design, aerobatics are a little limited, but the Fokker will loop easily at full throttle. If there’s enough height, the D.VII can also do some pretty decent stall turns!
I had set a timer before starting the maiden flight, and I started to get worried at the 8 minute mark – the Fokker was still airborne on a tiny 70mAh LiPo battery!
Though the battery was showing no signs of being low, I brought the D.VII in for a landing shortly after the timer ticked the 8-minute mark. I could not believe how easy it was to land the Fokker – gradually bringing the throttle back, the D.VII settled in nicely and looked great!
Check out the video below to see the Ares RC Fokker D.VII in action!
Ares RC has really stepped up the Ultra-Micro game with their new Fokker D.VII. This little biplane looks very nice! It’s painted well, the decals are great, and it flies very nice! I can’t really think of how it could get any better than this – my only complaint is that the D.VII came with just one battery. I think I’ll be picking up several more batteries so I can keep this ‘little Fokker’ flying all winter long!