Fokker Dr.I Triplane (2 kits included) from Valom, 1/144 scale. Decals for the airplane of Ltn. Lothar Von Richthofen, 454/17 Jasta 11, May 1918; Rittm. Manfred von Richthofen, 152/17, JG 1, March 1918; Ltn. August Raben, 479/17, Jasta 18, March 18 and Ltn. Joseph Jacobs, 450/17, Jasta 7, May 1918.
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|Sort||Plastic and resin kit with PE|
|Motif||Triplane fighter from WWI|
|Size||32 x 47mm|
|Decals||Luftwaffe (4 pilots)|
|Attention||Do not include paint or glue ( sold separately )|
In February 1917, the Sopwith Triplane began to appear over the Western Front. Despite its single Vickers machine gun armament, the Sopwith swiftly proved itself superior to the more heavily armed Albatros fighters then in use by the Luftstreitkräfte. Fokker-Flugzeugwerke responded by converting an unfinished biplane prototype into the V.4, a small, rotary-powered triplane with a steel tube fuselage and thick cantilever wings, first developed during Fokker's government-mandated collaboration with Hugo Junkers. Initial tests revealed that the V.4 had unacceptably high control forces resulting from the use of unbalanced ailerons and elevators.
Instead of submitting the V.4 for a type test, Fokker produced a revised prototype designated V.5. The most notable changes were the introduction of horn-balanced ailerons and elevators, as well as longer-span wings. The V.5 also featured interplane struts, which were not necessary from a structural standpoint, but which minimized wing flexing. On 14 July 1917, Idflieg issued an order for 20 pre-production aircraft. The V.5 prototype, serial 101/17, was tested to destruction at Adlershof on 11 August 1917.
This double kit from Valom, 1/144 scale, serves to build the Fokker Dr.I.
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