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'The Death of the Red Baron' Diorama (1:32 Scale)
The Death of the Red Baron Diorama

Frontline Figures 'The Death of the Red Baron' Diorama

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Frontline Figures FF82026 'The Death of the Red Baron' Diorama (1:32 Scale) "When you march into France, let the last man on the right brush the Channel with his sleeve."
- General Alfred von Schlieffen, referring to the Schlieffen Plan just prior to his death in 1913

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 clamoring for a triplane of their own. The majority of the German aircraft manufacturers, including Pfalz, AEG, DFW, Schatte-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.

Depicting the death of Rittmeister Manfred von Richthofen - the 'Red Baron,' - who led all World War I aces with 80 victories - on April 21st, 1918, this museum quality, hand painted, 1:32 scale resin and metal diorama features the Red Baron's famous red Fokker Dr.I triplane being pillaged by souvenir hunters, a figure of the deceased Richthofen, five metal Australian Imperial Force soldier figures, and a realistic terrain base. 9"x 6". Sold Out!

Base: 9-1/2 inches x 6 inches

Release Date: December 2008

Historical Account: "Der Rote Baron" - Manfred Albrecht Freiherr von Richthofen (May 2, 1892 - April 21, 1918) was a German pilot who is still regarded today as the "ace of aces". He was a military leader and flying ace and the most successful fighter pilot of World War I, racking up 80 aerial kills.

Richthofen is also known as "der rote Kampfflieger" ("Red Battle-Flyer") in German; "petit rouge" ("Little Red") or "le Diable Rouge" ("Red Devil") in French, and; the "Red Knight" or the "Red Baron" in the English-speaking world. The German translation of Red Baron is "der Rote Baron", and Richthofen is known by this name in Germany as well (although he was rarely referred to as "Baron" in Germany during his lifetime).

  • Assembled Diecast Model
  • Decorative Display Base
  • Wingspan 5-7/8"/150mm
  • Bracing and Control Wiring Detail
  • Simulated Wood Grain Propeller
  • Comes with several metal figures
  • Cockpit Detail
  • Authentic gray not black tires

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two problems with this diorama December 10, 2009
Reviewer: 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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