Fokker Eindecker EIII . Fokker Eindecker EIII, classic WWI monoplane with synchronized machinegun. .
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".
A close up of the landing gear construction. Made of pneumatic hose and light-saber bars.
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.
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