The Fokker Dr.I was a triplane produced by the Fokker company during World War 1 in 1917. Flown by Manfred von Richthofen, the “Red Baron”, the red triplane featured three stacked wings providing more lift than the biplanes and monoplanes at that time, with minimized drag. Armed with two front-mounted Spandau 08/15 air cooled machine guns.
Meng‘s latest 1/24 scale Fokker Dr.I Triplane consists of 8 grey and 1 transparent plastic sprue, 2 brass machine gun cooling jackets, a piece of precut textured fabric for the pilot’s seat belts, one PE fret containing various parts for the pilot’s harness, and one decal sheet for the instrument panels and markings. Two versions of the same kit are available with the Special Limited Edition including a Pour le Mérite medal. The kit features accurate, ribbed wing structures with a realistic stitched fabric cover. The highly detailed cockpit features delicate details with the complete side framework, detailed compass, and the option of two different control sticks. The highly detailed engine is composed of 25 parts, with a raised riveted cowling cover. Two types of guns are included with the option of installing the preformed brass cooling jackets for enhanced details. The kit also includes two styles for the landing gear’s lower stub wing, main fuselage access panels, two types of propellers, and a substitute propeller shaft if the scale modeler chooses to leave the propeller off for a maintenance diorama scenario. Various parts are also included for replicating other DR.Is, such as additional propellers, a flare rack, two flare guns, a set of smaller diameter wheels, and a set of ailerons for the F1 version.