We all have our favorite planes from different eras.
From the WW1 era, several types are among my favorites. The Fokker Dr-1 just happens to be one of them. I like the Sopwith, Nieuport, SPAD, Fokker, Albatros and Pfalz planes so much, that I have drawn up scale plans to build 1/6 ” scale electric RC planes of various types of these planes.
I also have drawn up plans and started building an electric powered Curtiss Jenny that has an 88 inch wingspan !!! Now only if my RC flying skills were on par with my building……………….which they are not.
This is something that I have been wanting to build for a while……………….. a Fokker Tripe, in plastic.
Werner Voss met his fate on September 23rd, 1917 (almost 100 years ago), I wanted to try and get this build finished by the 100 Anniversary of the epic dogfight that ended this young German flyers life.
My goal is to have this build completed by September 23rd, so I can post photos of the plane and an article about the man………………on the 100 year anniversary date.
I purchased this Revell kit a few years ago from a store that is no longer in business.
A few nights ago I finally opened it up to find the elevator / stabilizer parts were missing from the kit. In a flash of brilliance, (for me) I took this misfortune and turned it into doing what I had wanted to for a long time now……………..building a proper Voss Tri-plane.
There were three F-1 prototypes built. They were numbered F-101, F-102, F-103. The first one, F-101 was destroyed in a destructive static load test. The remaining two F-102, F-103 went to the Front.
Werner Voss (who was credited with 48 aerial victories) was killed in F-103 on September 23rd, 1917.
The F-1 prototypes had a slightly different rounded shape to the leading edge of the stabilizer. So I will be scratch building a new elevator / stabilizer assembly for this plane.
Because of this, I wouldn’t be needing the missing parts, since they were not correct for the Tri-plane that Voss flew that fateful day. If you look close at this photo below of one of the 3 “F-1” prototypes, you will see the leading edge of the stabilizer is not straight as on the production Tri-planes, but instead has a slight curvature to it…………….
To top things off, I just found (and purchased online) a set of brand new decals for Voss’ Tri-plane in 1/28 scale !!!! I will post up a picture or two of them once they arrive……………
Things are lining up, so I took this as a sign to start the build………………….
I gathered my reference books:
and I dug out one of my few surviving kits that I built as a kid.
(shown below)…………… to use as a reference for the missing elevator and stabilizer assemblies. This one may end up getting a facelift, or possibly even a complete make over with different markings now that I will have an extra set of decals…………
Late last night I started gluing parts together, and after some clean up of excess flashing, I had the wings assembled.
This kit is from 1957 vintage as by the molding of the copyright date inside of the fuselage !!!!!
Then I started figuring out how I wanted to replicate the cockpit parts since the kits items are lacking details that will be easily seen once completed……………..
So please follow along with me as I attempt to make a model of the last plane that Werner Voss flew………………..