Revell 1/28 Scale Fokker Triplane
Back in the mid 1960s, I developed an interest in Voss and the Triplane that he flew until his death in September 1917. This was probably when Revell brought out their series of WW1 scouts in this unusual scale, so I tried to make Voss’ 103/17 with mixed success. In my more recent childhood, I decided to have another go and this is the result. A detail set and decals from Copper State sorted out much of the issues with this old moulding but I was determined to try to reproduce a bit of the cockpit detail, including the Fokker/Platz tubular metal fusellage framework that typified many of Fokker’s designs. Shame it’s only marginally visible, but it kept me amused for a bit.
Despite the wonky wheels, it doesn’t look too bad and the paint finish seems to be a reasonable interpretation of the scheme applied to the 2 F1 operational prototypes. From contemporary b&w pics, of which there are many, this paint scheme was more delicate than the brush-painted wider stripes that appeared on the production versions.
I also managed to make 2 modifications to the basic kit that identified the 2 F1 models from the Dr1s that followed, but I baulked at one that I thought would challenge me one step too far. I’d be interested to hear if anyone can spot the missing bit.
I’ve since added some pics of the cowling modiification I made which I hope shows how the cowlings of the first 3 pre-production tripes were apparently structured. I guess Anthony Fokker’s desire to cut costs had as much to do with this as the need to maximise airflow for engine cooling. The diagram of the cowlings was what I used for this and the 2 pics of Werner with 103/17 clearly show this cowling shape. I hope this helps Louis with his tribute to this young and skillful flier.
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