Fokker Dr.I Triplane
Part 2 -
139/17 werknummer 1850
by Marlon Schultz
Dr.I 139/17 (works number 1850)
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This is the Dragon 1/48 scale model of the Fokker Dr.I
Triplane. As in the model seen in Part One of this series, the only modification 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 Albatros Productions.
Dr.I 139/17 was one of 12 aircraft dispatched from the Fokker
factory at Schwerin on 12 December 1917 and was delivered to Ltn.
Lothar von Ricthofen’s Jasta 11. Ltn. von Contra is one Jasta 11
pilot known to have flown it in Feb 1918.
The aircraft is finished in the streaky Fokker factory finish.
This finish can be difficult to replicate, but by patiently
building up the colour, good results can be achieved. You may
use a base coat such as an enamel-based paint while you apply
the streaking with acrylic paints. If you are unhappy with the
results, immediately strip the acrylics with a remover that will
not affect your enamel base.
The aircraft arrived from the factory with black iron cross
insignias painted on large white cross-fields. These
cross-fields were often overpainted in the field leaving 25mm
borders around the iron cross insignia. The order to convert to
straight-sided cross-dated March 17th 1918 resulted in the cross
style that I used on the model. The rudder is white with the
appropriate cross style painted in black.
The original personal markings consisted of horizontal white
fuselage stripe and a pale (possibly blue) disc applied to the
fuselage sides as well as possibly to the turtledeck Along the
way it eventually acquired a full set of Jasta 11 markings
consisting of red cowl and interplane struts. The cabane struts,
landing gear struts, wheel centres and wingtip skids could also
acquire a coat of Jasta 11 red. Based on the May 1918 photo of
this aircraft, the wing tip skids appear to have been in factory
In May 1918 Jasta 5 shared the same airfield as JG.1 and was the
recipient of at least 11 hand-me-down triplanes from Jasta 6 and
Jasta 11. These units were re-equipping with the superb Fokker
D.VII fighter. Jasta 5 exchanged it’s worn out Albatros D.V /D.Va
fighters for equally worn out examples of Anthony Fokker’s
The May 1918 photo shows changes made to the personal markings
with the disc overpainted.
A white vertical stripe had at some point been added to the
fuselage. The engine cowl, cabane struts, landing gear struts
and wheel centres most likely remained in the red overpainting
they received at Jasta 11. The red interplane struts were
overpainted in possibly Jasta 5 green or Fokker green.
The triplanes tail most likely in green, as Jasta 5 was well
known on both sides of the lines as the “Green Tails”.
The formidable Jasta 5 ace Josef Mai’s flight log shows he flew
Dr.I 139/17 on May 15th 1918 to score his 12th victory over a
Bristol F2B of the RAF’s 11 Sqdn.
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