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German Fokker Dr.1 Triplane Fighter - 425/17, Rittmeister Manfred von Richthofen, Jasta 11, Jagdgeschwader 1, Cappy Aerodrome, France, April 21st, 1918 (1:48 Scale)
German Fokker Dr.1 Triplane Fighter - 425/17, Rittmeister Manfred von Richthofen, Jasta 11, Jagdgeschwader 1, Cappy Aerodrome, France, April 21st, 1918

Corgi German Fokker Dr.1 Triplane Fighter - 425/17, Rittmeister Manfred von Richthofen, Jasta 11, Jagdgeschwader 1, Cappy Aerodrome, France, April 21st, 1918




 
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Corgi AA38308 German Fokker Dr.1 Triplane Fighter - 425/17, Rittmeister Manfred von Richthofen, Jasta 11, Jagdgeschwader 1, Cappy Aerodrome, France, April 21st, 1918 (1:48 Scale) "The important thing in aeroplanes is that they shall be speedy."
- Baron Manfred Von Richthofen

The Fokker Dr.I Dreidecker (triplane) was a World War I fighter aircraft built by the company of Anthony Fokker, and designed by Reinhold Platz. It became most famous as the plane of the Red Baron, Manfred von Richthofen.

In April 1917, the Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS) introduced the Sopwith Triplane. Their debut was sensational and they swiftly proved to be superior to the Albatros and Halberstadt scouts then in use by the German Air Service. Soon the German pilots were clamouring for a triplane of their own. The majority of the German aircraft manufacturers, including Pfalz, AEG, DFW, Schutte-Lanz, and Euler, responded with new triplane designs. Most displayed little promise, though limited production of the Pfalz Dr. I was undertaken.

Fokker responded with the V.3, a small rotary-powered triplane with a tubular steel frame fuselage and thick cantilever wings. Fokker found several deficiencies in the V.3, particularly regarding control forces. Instead of submitting the V.3 for a type test, Fokker produced a revised prototype designated V.4. The most notable changes were horn-balanced ailerons and elevators, as well as wings of increased span. The V.4 also featured interplane struts, which were not necessary from a structural standpoint, but which had the effect of minimizing wing flexing. The V.4 proved highly manueverable and much superior to the triplane prototypes submitted by other manufacturers. The rudder and elevator controls were powerful and light. Rapid turns were facilitated by the triplane's directional instability. The ailerons were also light, but not very effective.

After a type test, an immediate production order ensued. The V.4 prototype was intentionally destroyed in static structural tests. The two pre-production examples, designated F.I, were delivered in the middle of August 1917. These were the only machines to receive the F.I designation. Delivery of production machines, designated Dr.I, commenced in October of that year.

Pictured here is a 1:48 scale replica of a German Fokker Dr.1 triplane fighter that was piloted by Ritt. Manfred von Richthofen, who was attached to Jagdgeschwader 1 during April 1918. Now in stock!

Dimensions:
Length: 6-inches
Wingspan: 7-1/2-inches

Release Date: July 2018

Historical Account: "Royal Prussian Jagdstaffel 11" - The Jagdgeschwader 1 (JG 1) of World War I, was a fighter unit comprising four Jastas or 'fighter squadrons', originally raised by combining Jastas 4, 6, 10 and 11, on 24 June 1917 with Manfred von Richthofen as commander. JG 1 became known as "The Flying Circus" or "Richthofen's Circus" because its fighter planes were painted in bright and distinctive color schemes for easy identification during dogfights.

Although best known for the all red triplane in which he was eventually shot down and killed, Richthofen actually flew several different triplanes. Fokker Dr1, serial number 152/17, was the aircraft in which he scored victories sixty-four, sixty-five and sixty-six. Only partially painted in the Baron's colours, this aircraft boasted a red cowling, wheel covers, upper wing, struts and rear fuselage.

Following the Armistice, DR1 152/17, as one of the few surviving Fokker triplanes, was used as a centerpiece display in Berlin's Zeughaus Museum. With the bombing of Berlin during World War Two, the aircraft was evacuated east to Poland for safety but was lost and its fate still remains unknown to this day.

Features
  • Diecast construction
  • Accurate markings and insignia
  • Spinning propeller
  • Realistic wire rigging
  • Comes with display stand
  • Special edition model commemorates 100 years since the death of the Red Baron, Manfred von Richthofen

Average Customer Review: 5 of 5 Total Reviews: 1 Write a review.

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Finally! July 27, 2018
Reviewer: SkyPirate from Denton, TX  
After missing opportunities to purchase the Corgi AA39913 set and completely missing the Carousel release, I finally managed to purchase a Dr.1 425/17. I probably would have missed this one too, except for The Motor Pool's newsletters. Thank you!

The model's quality and details are excellent. As good as my other Corgi WWI 1/48 scale purchases. The market is filled with historically inaccurate, idealized Red Baron triplanes and I sadly have many of them. It's nice to have some that are more true to reality. For those concerned with historical accuracy, my understanding is that the transition to the Balkenkreuz was in progress on 425/17, but incomplete on the lower wing. I'm guessing Corgi went for a uniform cross application. I doubt you will find a better or more accurate and affordable release in this scale. If I were to nitpick, the cross on the rudder looks a little low and a little too far back, but this is very minor.

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