Fokker Dr.I Triplane
by Marlon Schulz
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This is the Dragon 1/48 scale model of the Fokker Dr.I
Triplane. The only modification done was to the horizontal
stabilizer. The tips were rounded and the area of the horn
balances were enlarged as per the Ian Stair drawings from
My model depicts Fokker Dr.I 454/17. It was flown by the
Staffelführer (squadron leader) of the Royal Prussian
Jagdstaffel 11 , Ltn. Lothar von Ricthofen.
While engaged in combat with Bristol fighters of No. 62 Sqdn
and No. 73 Sqdn Camels, Ricthofen suffered a leading edge
failure of the top wing whilst flying Fokker Dr. 1 454/17 on
March 13 1918.
From a height of 4000 meters he struggled to regain control of
his crippled aircraft , but close to the ground he turned to
avoid some high tension wires and crashed badly. He was severly
injured and would not return to Jasta 11 until July 1918.
The streaky Fokker factory finish is very difficult to
replicate. It took much experimentation .By using photographic
retouching techniques taught to me by a lady friend with many
years experience as a photographic artist,
I believe I did a credible job replicating the factory finish..
The model was initially completed as an factory finished
aircraft. The pale yellow overpainting was applied in a thin
coat as per the original with the factory finish showing
through.. When interviewed in their later years, many German
World War 1 pilots used the terms ‘lasur’ or ‘lasieren’
meaning glazing or transparent coating to describe in the field
Pale yellow was Lothar’s personal colour and was a reference to
his service with the cavalry unit Dragoner-Regiment ‘von
Bredow’ Nr.4 . The upper surface of the top wing, tailplane,
rudder and rear fuselage were in pale yellow.
The red cowl and interplane struts were in red, as was the Jasta
11 unit marking. The cabane struts, landing gear struts, wing
tip skids, and wheel centres were often, but not always in red.
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