The Hansa Brandenburg D.I also known as a Star Strutter due
to its interplane strut design was the first aircraft completely
designed and built by the Austro-Hungarians. There were two major types
built, the Series 28 and the Series 65, and those were further broken
out into subtypes. The 65.7's distinguishing features were entirely in
the nose. Since the aircraft used the 150hp Daimler (as opposed to the
185hp used in the Series 28 machines) the front end of the fuselage was
changed to incorporate the new engine. Practically
everything from the front cockpit edge forward is different, including
the 'car-type' radiator at the front. The Series 65.7 aircraft were flown
primarily as fighter-trainers and approximately 20-plus were built.
The Roseplane 65.7 Series conversion consists of six resin parts: a
left and right fuselage half; exhaust shroud; new instrument panel; car-type
radiator; and a new rudder. All parts are crisply molded and the only
air holes appear to be on the fuselage-halves undersides only. This conversion
works with the Toko Hansa Brandenburg D.I kit, and uses the rest of the
parts not provided for in resin.
If you're looking for something different in regards to the Star Strutters,
you can not go wrong with the Roseplane conversion. While all aircraft
appear to be plain finished, with no individual markings, the Series 65.7
will be a conversation piece next to a Toko Star Strutter out of the box.