The Bicycling Guitarist from Roseburg, OR United States
I appreciate the effort made to create this diorama, but why didn't they get the national markings right and why is the rudder detached? Fokker triplanes came from the factory with cross pattée ("iron cross") on white backgrounds. In early 1918 the national insignia switched from the cross pattée to the straight Greek cross. Initially this was done by painting over the cross pattée until it was straight, resulting in thick Greek crosses with thin white outlines. The machine von Richthofen died in had these early Greek crosses.
Also, why is the rudder detached in this diorama? There are several photos of the salvaged wreck of von Richthofen's triplane, and the rudder is still attached to the fuselage albeit stripped of its fabric. A little more attention to historical detail and this model would DEFINITELY be one I'd buy for myself.
Check out the music video on YouTube of the Red Baron song I wrote in 1995 to see a more accurate image of the crash scene.
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