Fokker Dr.I Triplane
by Marlon Schultz
Dr. 1 127/17 (Works Number 1838)
Roden's 1/32 scale Fokker Dr.I is available online from
This machine was dispatched from Fokker’s factory at Schwerin
on Oct 29 1917 and as a result of the requirements for a
strengthened wing, had it wings replaced in the field probably
at Air Field Park IV.
It is not known how long it was out of service, but when
photographed in late February 1918 on Phalempin aerodrome when
the commander of Jagdgeschwader 1, Rittmeister Manfred von
Ricthofen visited Jasta 30 it was still basically in it’s
factory finish. The engine cowling had only been painted red at
this time and a update to the national insignias had started. A
misinterpretation of the painting orders resulted in the
overpainting of the white background of the rudder in camouflage
leaving a 5 cm wide white border. This treatment should have
been applied to the upper wing and fuselage crosses, but not to
the rudder which was to be left as delivered, although this
rudder overpainting became typical for Jasta 11 triplanes at
this time period.
This aircraft later received additional red overpaint as in all
struts, wheel centres, top surface of the top wing, entire tail
unit along with turtle deck to a point aft of the cockpit. In
this later form von Ricthofen used 127/17 to score his 71st,
74th, and 76th victories in late March/ early April 1918.
The model kit I used is the 1/32 scale Roden kit. The top
wing inspection panel was modified to more realistically portray
A written description with photos appeared in the “Rudder
Post “ column of “ Windsock International Vol. 22 No.2
The triplane’s finish is light green, dark green and dark
brown wet blended. Back in the 1980’s Wally Batter presented in
the publication “WW1 Aero” a most convincing argument regarding
the wet blending of two or more shades or hues on the fabric
using the same brush dipped alternately in either colour without
More recently the wet blending of colours on the Triplane was
again discussed by Dave Roberts in Windsock International Vol.
18 No. 5 .
I have based my finish on the Robert’s article. Further
inspiration was provided by the recent triplane profiles by Ray
Rimmel which appear in publications from Albatros Productions I
must also give credit to my good long time friend Evelyn
Petterson, master photograhic artist who taught me some very
cool painting techniques.
This subject of wet blending of colour in the streaky Fokker
finish is also discussed in Albatros Productions “Fokker D.VII
Anthology 1 “
Cutting Edge Modelworks “The Baron’s Tripes” for the decals
on this model. These decals are most complete. I did find a
couple of minor errors in details, but a quick check with Alex
Imrie’s “The Fokker Triplane” corrected them.
I used etched gun jackets and seat belts by Toms Modelworks.
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