S u m m a r y
CED32067 - The
Baron’s Tripes Fokker Dr.I Part 2
|Contents and Media:
||Double-sided full colour
letter-sized instructions plus notes sheet; 1 x full-size and one
Fine Art of Decals website
||Superbly researched, full
stencil data, legible writing, excellent register.
Reviewed by Rob Baumgartner
HyperScale is proudly sponsored by Meteor
With the release of Part 1 in this current series,
modelers were introduced to a new era in completeness. The trend
continues with this second appearance of markings for the latest
feast of triplane kits.
The first thing that catches the eye is the amount of stencil data
and this is what makes the sheet so good. The often forgotten Works
Number is supplied in abundance to cover items such as the forward
fuselage, tailplane, elevators, rudder, ailerons, struts and wings.
Other usually omitted items can also be found. These being prefixes
for things such as the wing “sets”, and wing works numbers and come
in the form of “FI” and “D R I” respectively. Additional markings to
be applied are strut position indicators, Fokker logos, Axial
propeller logos (including the stamped markings), wheel cover
stenciling, and even a manufacturer’s plate.
As far as I know, Cutting Edge is the first to provide the correct
wording in the weights table. This item alone is testament to the
amount of research that has gone into the preparation of this
One wouldn’t expect these items to be present where unit or personal
markings have been applied, but there are instances where they did.
Overly thinned or poor quality paint being the culprit here.
A nice touch is the thin black stripes that were seen on some late
production machines. These can not always be seen so the modeler can
add these at their discretion.
interesting choices are provided for the modeler. All are well known
schemes and they have proven very popular amongst triplane
1. Fokker Dr.I, 577/17
flown by Rudolf Klimke
Klimke served with a number of different units before ending
up in Jasta 27.
His mother insisted he paint an anchor on his triplane for good
luck. This must have worked as Klimke survived the war with at
least 16 victories.
Those modeling his aircraft should note that he was a short man
and used a lap strap instead of the more usual shoulder harness.
This allowed him greater freedom of movement to reach his guns
and for taking that all important look behind him.
Cutting Edge has taken a fresh approach to the markings of
Previous published artwork has always shown the anchor with a
shank that does not have parallel sides. Close study of one
photograph, which shows the top of the elevator, indicates that
this is not necessarily the case. Thus a “new” version of this
insignia is supplied on the decal sheet.
It is reasonable to assume that the anchor symbol used on the
sides of the aircraft would be of the same style and Cutting
Edge has followed that logic.
This triplane is a good candidate for those that like to
practice their weathering, as most photographs show it in a high
state of wear.
2. Fokker Dr.I, 454/17
flown by Lothar von Richthofen
Lothar was a pilot born to take risks. He frequently would
pursue his foe even when the tactical situation advised against
it. It had its advantages though as LvR managed to score an
incredible 40 victories in the 77 days of combat flying he had
between 28 March 1917 and 12 August 1918.
These antics were such that his brother Manfred referred to him
His former cavalry unit, Dragoner-Regiment von Bredow Nr 4,
provided the inspiration for the use of yellow as his personal
3. Fokker Dr.I, 404/17
flown by Adolph Ritter von Tutschek
This future ace had a distinguished career in the trenches
before suffering a gas attack and being hospitalized for many
months. He soon transferred to aviation and his first single
seat posting was with Jasta 2.
There he gained his first 3 victories out of a total of 27 and
on the 28 April 1917 he was given command of Jasta 12. Twenty
more conquests came his way before he was severely wounded by
Flight Commander C D Booker of 8 Naval Squadron. He scored only
four more times before being shot down and killed in the
illustrated machine on 15 March 1918.
Purists will note that 404/17 has been seen in photographs with
black and white streamers hanging off the both lower wings. It
should also be mentioned that some photographs indicate that an
Oigee telescopic sight and Morell airspeed indicator were fitted
at one stage of the aircraft’s life.
This sheet matches its predecessor in thoroughness.
The presentation of stencil data clearly indicates that the
researcher is a triplane enthusiast and has kept abreast of
Some independent thinking has resulted in a new way of looking at
one of the schemes and the resulting conclusion is hard to fault.
If you want to give your triplane the best possible start you can in
life, then this is the sheet for you…and of course thanks to Thuan
for proudly packing my example.
Thanks to Meteor Productions for the sample
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