Developed in the summer of 1917 from a biplane scheduled for the Austro-Hungarians the pedigree of the V.4 and V.5 is well documented in The Fokker Triplane by Mr. A.Imrie. Though only four pre-production airframes were actually built, their modification and front line employment has not been forgotten. These were fitted with a 120hp Oberursel rotary in its fighter assignment capacity.
Following on the heels of the Fokker Dr.I kit this version represents the preproduction triplanes that were designated the "F" series . The most famous airframes being Fok. F.I 102/17 flown by MvR and Fok. F.I 103/17 flown by Ltn. Werner Voss. The legendary last flight of Voss vs members of 56 Sqn RFC on Sept. 23, 1917.
Voss was killed during a legendary dogfight with seven S.E.5as, Werner Voss drove two planes to the ground and damaged the rest before his "silvery blue" Fokker F.I was shot down by Arthur Rhys Davids.
"Capt. J. McCudden, No. 56 Squadron ... saw a S.E.5a fighting a triplane, so with others dived at it, and for the next ten minutes the enemy triplane fought the five S.E.5s with great skill and determination. Eventually, however, it was destroyed by 2nd-Lieut. Rhys Davids of the same squadron, who had previously driven down a two-seater. . .The triplane was seen to crash in our lines by other pilots and the other occupant proved to be Lieut. Werner Voss, who was killed." Royal Flying Corps Communique
"I shall never forget my admiration for that German pilot, who single handed, fought seven of us for ten minutes . . . I saw him go into a fairly steep dive and so I continued to watch, and then saw the triplane hit the ground and disappear into a thousand fragments, for it seemed to me that it literally went into powder." James McCudden
"His flying was wonderful, his courage magnificent and in my opinion he is the bravest German airman whom it has been my privilege to see fight." James McCudden
Profiles included in the kit are;
1.Fokker F.I 103/17(w/n 1730) Jasta 10, Lt. Werner Voss (48 victories, Pour le Merite).
Northern France, Marckebeke airfield, September, 1917.
2. Fokker F.I 101/17(w/n 1697), developed from V4 prototype. Plane not reached to the Front (used for trials in Fokker factory at Schwering-Gorries). August 1917.
3. Fokker F.I 102/17(w/n 1729) Jasta 11, MvR (80 victories) commander of JG I and Ob.lt. Kurt Wolff (33 victories, Pour le Merite).
Northern France, Phalempin airfield, September 15, 1917.
Total parts 97 pcs. This kit will be built in 2008 year by Aeroscale member MerlinV.
Highs: 1. Beautiful engine with separate tops for the cylinders.2. Well done mid wing fairings to fuselage.3. Nicely done separate internal fuselage structure.4. One piece outer wing ties have correct cross section and should be easy to install.Lows: Several of the parts are mislabeled on the directions. So far the most notable are the separate wingtips. They would have you put the shorter tips for the upper wing on the mid-wing and vice-versa. And the cowling needs to be modfied to represent the preVerdict: While most of the parts are on the sprue for the preproduction types The cowling will definately need to be modified. Still in all an above average kit.
About Stephen T. Lawson (JackFlash) FROM: COLORADO, UNITED STATES
I was building Off topic jet age kits at the age of 7. I remember building my first WWI kit way back in 1964-5 at the age of 8-9. Hundreds of 1/72 scale Revell and Airfix kits later my eyes started to change and I wanted to do more detail. With the advent of DML / Dragon and Eduard I sold off my ...