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Fokker Eindecker EIII, classic WWI monoplane with synchronized machinegun.
About this creation

Building planes from WWI has long been on my to do list. The flimsy planes from the birth of air combat are in fact really amazing, and demanded the pilot to be a real man. Sitting in open cockpit controling the plane in all kinds of weather wasn`t for sissies.

My Fokker Eindecker was relatively straight forward to design, except for the landing gear which consists of a number of thin struts. By the use of pneumatic hose cut to suitable pieces, and lightsaber bars, I was able to design a landing gear, looking close to the real deal.
Another custom made made part is the wing gantry on top of the front fuselage, a vital part for the true look of the Eindecker.
To further improve the look I`ve added some of the wires bracing the wings, but only a few, since a full wiring up, would demand the model to be glued.

Like my other aircraft models, this one is also build to scale 1:40, what I call Minifig scale, and fits a Minifig pilot nicely.

This model contains 193 pieces and like many of my other models, a few of them are painted.

About the Fokker Eindecker EIII:

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

The Fokker Eindecker fighters were a series of German World War I monoplane single-seat fighter aircraft designed by Dutch engineer Anthony Fokker.Developed in April 1915, the first Eindecker ("Monoplane") was the first purpose-built German fighter aircraft and the first aircraft to be fitted with a synchronization gear, enabling the pilot to fire a machine gun through the arc of the propeller without striking the blades. The Eindecker gave the German Air Service a degree of air superiority from July 1915 until early 1916. This period, during which Allied aviators regarded their poorly armed aircraft as "Fokker Fodder", became known as the "Fokker Scourge".

Fokker EIII (3)

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A close up of the landing gear construction. Made of pneumatic hose and light-saber bars.

Edit 14-11-2017:



The Fokker EIII appeared together with my Airco DH2 on TheLegoCarBlog on Remembrance Sunday. WWI is so far away that it`s hard to be emotional involved, but Remembrance Sunday is a beautiful tradition, honoring all the fallen of that era. A great way to get in the right mood, is listening to Mark Knopfler`s, Remembrance Day, from the album Get Lucky.


Hope you enjoyed the pictures.


More pictures on my Flickr



Comments

 I made it 
  November 16, 2017
Quoting Jeremy McCreary Excellent rendering and write-up from our leading historic plane modeler! Especially like the landing gear solution.
Thank you very much Jeremy! A very flattering comment my friend, I`m just striving to do my best!
 I like it 
  November 16, 2017
Excellent rendering and write-up from our leading historic plane modeler! Especially like the landing gear solution.
 I made it 
  November 15, 2017
Quoting Cameron Wilson Lovely design. Looks nice and lightweight like the real thing. =)
Thank you very much!
 I made it 
  November 15, 2017
Quoting Krayjax, Lord of DragonFire I've always wondered: how the heck do dems machine guns shoot past the propeller? I mean, the gunner would have to have some incredible timing. Unless they're like indiana jones' dad, shooting AT the propeller, not around it.
The first ones firing through the propeller arch, actually was unsynchronized, and the propeller was fitted with deflector plates. Take a look at this one https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morane-Saulnier_N
 I made it 
  November 15, 2017
Quoting Christopher L. Faddis Right on Brother! This is a sweet plane man! I hope you don't mind I am going to steal your wheels idea my Fokker Triplane is off so what you did here would fix it IF you don't mind! I see your other builds too how did I miss you man? Great Work really :D b
Thank you very much Christopher! If you can use the wheels idea for your Fokker Dr.1, please go ahead. I`m glad you like my work!
 I like it 
  November 15, 2017
Lovely design. Looks nice and lightweight like the real thing. =)
 I like it 
  November 14, 2017
I've always wondered: how the heck do dems machine guns shoot past the propeller? I mean, the gunner would have to have some incredible timing. Unless they're like indiana jones' dad, shooting AT the propeller, not around it.
  November 14, 2017
Right on Brother! This is a sweet plane man! I hope you don't mind I am going to steal your wheels idea my Fokker Triplane is off so what you did here would fix it IF you don't mind! I see your other builds too how did I miss you man? Great Work really :D b
 I made it 
  November 14, 2017
Quoting The Actionfigure Great MOC! The smaller, the more difficult! Itīs an extaordinary result!
Thank you very much Felix! You`re right, definitely not easier. I`m glad you like it!
  November 13, 2017
Great MOC! The smaller, the more difficult! Itīs an extaordinary result!
 I made it 
  November 13, 2017
Quoting Brick Mason This is way better than the lego version in one of the Wonder Women sets, I'm now hoping to see an Se 5. Your part usage is amazing.
Thank you very much Brick Mason! I see the resemblance to the one in the Wonder Woman set, but TLG has to take playability into account when designing their sets. A SE 5 is a great looking plane, but I might be searching for a French plane!
 I made it 
  November 13, 2017
Quoting Kurt's MOCs Excellent work! The detail and accuracy you're able to achieve at this scale are phenomenal! I look forward to your next WW1 classic!
Thank you very much Kurt! So far you have to be patient, I haven`t decided for the next one yet! But to reveal what`s in the LDD editor for the moment, it`s a sidecar for my Nimbus motorbike.
 I made it 
  November 13, 2017
Quoting Sven ;o) Again a beautiful Lego replica from you my friend :) You did an awesome job on the detailing and building techniques. Really like it.
Thank you very much Sven, I`m glad you like it!
 I made it 
  November 13, 2017
Quoting Blaine R. The hits keep on coming. Great job!
Thank you very much Blaine R!
 I made it 
  November 13, 2017
Quoting A Taylor Great looking model. Your attention to detail is excellent.
Thank you very much A Taylor!
 I made it 
  November 13, 2017
Quoting Clayton Marchetti Superbly done Sir. I love the landing gear. I also love how you made the tail section. Very cool technique. The curved slopes on the wings look fantastic. Like there covered in fabric or something. Ha ha ha. I hope there’s more to come of these planes.
Thank you very much Clayton! I`m very glad you appreciate all the model details, it`s my pleasure! I`ve got a taste for these flimsy WWI planes, so I`m sure this one won`t be the last, but so far I haven`t decided for the next.
 I made it 
  November 13, 2017
Quoting Oran Cruzen Excellent build Sir!
Thank you very much Oran!
 I made it 
  November 13, 2017
Quoting Doug Hughes Nicely done!
Thank you very much Doug!
 I made it 
  November 13, 2017
Quoting Mark B. Wow! Another very impressive model of a WWI aircraft. Your attention to detail on features like the landing gear is clearly evident. Great job.
Thank you very much Mark B, I am in particular very happy the way the landing gear turned out. It was made on the table after I finished my LDD works, where only a fraction of what you see now, was present.
 I made it 
  November 13, 2017
Quoting BATOH rossi perfect, beautiful, fantastic in every way! with this airplane Max Immelmann invented the classic maneuver carrying its name ... you built a piece of history.
Thank you very much BATOH Rossi! Yes I know this combat maneuver very well, and it is great to know were it came from.
 I made it 
  November 13, 2017
Quoting Gabor Pauler Mindblasting landing gear solution! I also enjoyed the rotating engine and its hood. Not many people know about it that here the engine rotated with the propeller and its hollow crankshaft was fixed for the airframe for better air cooling at low speed. But you modeled it perfectly, better than any other I saw before.
Quoting Gabor Pauler One extra remark about preparing bracing wires: I know from my sailship modeling past that how hard it is to make tensioned wiring in such a small scale e.g. from sewing threads. Even changes in humidity of air can misalign that. One idea you could try in the reality: disassembling any used small electric motors working at 5-6V DC, you will find 0.25mm copper wire in the armature. Smoothing it you can pretty well simulate tensioned wiring without the need of generating real tension forces. Worth to try. This way you could also make the underwing wire bracing.
Thank you very much very much Gabor! You`re right, not so many people know that the entire engine rotated along with the propeller, quite amazing! Regarding the bracing with wires, it sounds like a great suggestion using thin copper wire, but I think it still would demand the entire model to be glued.
 I made it 
  November 13, 2017
Quoting Seaman SPb Excellent work! As always!
Thank you very much Seaman, much appreciated!
  November 13, 2017
This is way better than the lego version in one of the Wonder Women sets, I'm now hoping to see an Se 5. Your part usage is amazing.
 I like it 
  November 13, 2017
Excellent work! The detail and accuracy you're able to achieve at this scale are phenomenal! I look forward to your next WW1 classic!
 I like it 
  November 13, 2017
Again a beautiful Lego replica from you my friend :) You did an awesome job on the detailing and building techniques. Really like it.
 I like it 
  November 13, 2017
The hits keep on coming. Great job!
  November 12, 2017
One extra remark about preparing bracing wires: I know from my sailship modeling past that how hard it is to make tensioned wiring in such a small scale e.g. from sewing threads. Even changes in humidity of air can misalign that. One idea you could try in the reality: disassembling any used small electric motors working at 5-6V DC, you will find 0.25mm copper wire in the armature. Smoothing it you can pretty well simulate tensioned wiring without the need of generating real tension forces. Worth to try. This way you could also make the underwing wire bracing.
 I like it 
  November 12, 2017
Great looking model. Your attention to detail is excellent.
 I like it 
  November 12, 2017
Superbly done Sir. I love the landing gear. I also love how you made the tail section. Very cool technique. The curved slopes on the wings look fantastic. Like there covered in fabric or something. Ha ha ha. I hope there’s more to come of these planes.
  November 12, 2017
Excellent build Sir!
 I like it 
  November 12, 2017
Nicely done!
 I like it 
  November 12, 2017
Wow! Another very impressive model of a WWI aircraft. Your attention to detail on features like the landing gear is clearly evident. Great job.
 I like it 
  November 12, 2017
perfect, beautiful, fantastic in every way! with this airplane Max Immelmann invented the classic maneuver carrying its name ... you built a piece of history.
 I like it 
  November 12, 2017
Mindblasting landing gear solution! I also enjoyed the rotating engine and its hood. Not many people know about it that here the engine rotated with the propeller and its hollow crankshaft was fixed for the airframe for better air cooling at low speed. But you modeled it perfectly, better than any other I saw before.
 I like it 
  November 12, 2017
Excellent work! As always!
 
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