Fokker Dr.I Triplane – JG 1 Flying Circus, Red Baron von Richthofen March 1918 1/48
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Corgi Aviation Archive 1/48 scale AA38304: Fokker Dr.I Triplane of Luftstreitkrafte JG 1 Flying Circus, as flown by The Red Baron Manfred von Richthofen, March 1918. Limited edition of only 1,000 pieces.
Length 4.75 inches Wingspan 6 inches
PLEASE NOTE: Box underside has scratches associated with being on a shop shelf. Model is new
Manfred von Richthofen, was the highest scoring German ace of World War One with eighty confirmed kills and a further twenty unconfirmed. With the nickname ‘the Red Baron’ he is possibly the most well known fighter ace of all time. 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.
Designed in response to the highly maneuverable Sopwith Triplane, the Fokker Dr.I was first flown in 1917 and was one of the most successful and recognizable combat aircraft of WWI, attributing much of its fame to the German WWI ace Manfred von Richthofen â€“ the iconic “Red Baron”. Light weight, small size and three wings made the aircraft highly maneuverable and deadly in the hands of an expert pilot but very unforgiving of less experienced pilots. Common for airplanes of that era, a fixed crankshaft configuration allowed the entire engine to spin with the propeller, creating strong gyroscopic forces that adversely affected the airplane’s handling under power.