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Fokker Dr.1 Triplane - 23.5" RC WW1 "Red Baron" Airframe Only Kit

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AIRFRAME ONLY KIT (ADD YOUR OWN ELECTRONICS AND RADIO GEAR)

The Fokker Dr.1 Triplane needs no introduction as perhaps the most recognisable aircraft from WW1, made infamous by Manfred von Richthofen - the "Red Baron".

We have been asked for versions of these kits that can built for display or for fitting customers' own electronics, etc.

This is a Legends of Flight "short kit" that includes all of the sheet wood and additional airframe components to assemble a 23.5" (597mm) wingspan Dr.1, allowing you to source your own hardware, onboard electronics, battery and transmitter.

THIS KIT CONTAINS:

Accurately plotted plans
22 sheets of laser-cut balsa and plywood with over 300 parts
Illustrated step-by-step instruction booklet
Parts reference sheets
Oralight heat-shrink covering in red and white
Water-slide decals
20swg piano wire
1mm carbon rod
1.2mm Heat shrink tube
20swg piano wire Z bends
1mm carbon tube
8mm balsa dowel
8mm rubber cord for tyres
Glass beads to retain wheels
n42 magnets (2mm x 1mm)
M3 x 6mm cheese head slotted bolts
M3 T-nut/Captive nuts
20mm x 10mm steel ballast weights
Double sided velcro
3mm hardwood Dowel
Flocked mylar hinges
Leatherette tape for cockpit combing
1/12 scale WW1 German pilot figure
Vacuum-formed wheel covers
Super glue
2-part epoxy
180 grit sandpaper
400 grit sandpaper
PVA wood glue
Swann Morton Trimaway knife

Important! This kit does not include electronics, a battery, charger or radio gear.

WHAT YOU WILL NEED TO COMPLETE THE MODEL:

Suitable electronics (1806 brushless motor, 12A ESC, 4x lightweight servos, your choice of receiver and transmitter, and a 2s 450mah battery and charger)
6x3 electric propeller
Tools: Scissors, hacksaw, small screwdriver set, allen key set, soldering iron, sealing/modelling iron, pliers.

 

Build up a detailed replica airframe with parts that fit together perfectly.

23.5" (597mm) wingspan - big enough to withstand light winds when flown outdoors, yet small enough to store and transport easily.

Designed for 4-channel radio control - you control power, ailerons, rudder and elevators.

Accurate laser-cut parts - designed in CAD to go together perfectly, building the kit is a joy.

Fully illustrated step-by-step instructions and full-scale plans - even if you have never built a model aircraft before, you should be able to build this one.

Iron-on covering - no messing around with tissue and smelly dopes, as Oralight makes covering a doddle.

 

THE "RED BARON" FOKKER Dr.1 TRIPLANE

When the Sopwith Triplane began to appear over the Western Front in early 1917, it quickly proved itself superior to the more heavily armed Albatros fighters then in use by the Luftstreitkräfte - despite the Sopwith having only a single Vickers machine gun.

In April 1917 Anthony Fokker inspected a captured Sopwith Triplane and subsequently instructed Reinhold Platz to build a Fokker Triplane, the prototype of which was further modified by Fokker to improve the operation of the flying surfaces. The revised Triplane went into production as the Fokker Dr.1 Dreidecker and entered service in the autumn of 1917.

Manfred Freiherr von Richthofen first flew a Dr.1 in September 1917. Rittmeister Manfred Freiherr von Richthofen, the “Red Baron” is one of history’s most famous fighter pilots. He scored nineteen of his eighty victories in a number of Fokker Dr.1 Triplanes. Seventeen of his victories were all achieved in a six-week period from March 12th to April 20th 1918, during Operation ‘Michael’, Germany’s last great offensive on the Western Front.

This kit is based on the Fokker Dr.1 425/17 aeroplane that Richthofen was (most likely) flying when he scored his final two victories on April 20th, 1918, and also the one in which he was shot down and killed the following day, thirteen days before his 26th birthday.

The Dr.1 remained in service on the Western Front until it was replaced by the superior Fokker D VII in May 1918.

Only 320 of the Fokker Dr.1 Triplane were built, partly due to quality control issues that resulted in some suffering top wing failures. This, together with the requirement that the aileron attachment points needed to be strengthened, resulted in the Dr.1 being grounded during November 1917 for the rectification work to be carried out.

Three triplanes are known to have survived the Armistice. One was retained as a testbed by the German Aviation Research Institute at Adlershof. After being used in the filming of two movies it is believed to have crashed sometime in the late 1930s. A second Triplane, in which Richthofen obtained three victories, was displayed at the Zeughaus museum in Berlin. This aircraft was destroyed in an Allied bombing raid during World War II.

In 1932, Fokker assembled a Dr.1 from existing components. It was displayed in the Deutsche Luftfahrt-Sammlung in Berlin. The aircraft was also destroyed in an Allied bombing raid in 1943.

Now there are only a few original Dr.1 parts remaining in museums around the world.