Fokker Dr.I Triplane

Guy Kieckens’ 1:24 Scale Meng Model Fokker Dr.I Triplane

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Fokker Dr.I 213/17 now in Lnt. Friedrich Kempf markings, before March 17, 1918 Image: fokkerdr1.com
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Fokker Dr.I 213/17 with Lnt. Friedrich Kempf standing aside famous markings on the mid wing “Kennscht mi noch?” Remember me still?.  Note the leader streamer is attached to the end of the wing skid. Before March 17, 1918. Image: fokkerdr1.com

The Fokker Dr.I (Dreidecker, “triplane” in German), often known simply as the Fokker Triplane, was a World War I fighter aircraft built by Fokker-Flugzeugwerke.

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The Dr.I saw widespread service in the spring of 1918. It became famous as the aircraft in which Manfred von Richthofen (The Red Baron) gained his last 19 victories, and in which he was killed on 21 April 1918.

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The Scale Model section of The Florida Pilot is a fairly new one. There are so many talented modelers out there that put thousands of hours of work into these masterpieces, I think I have an obligation as a journalist to bring some light to their efforts.

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This beautiful kit was put together by Guy Kieckens. Guy has been building models from the age of 10. At 20 he started flying scale R/C aircraft.

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At age 30 Guy learned to fly full-sized planes. He’s also built a Team Minimax Rans S6 in his garage. Around ten years ago Guy got back into building scale models again and is the recipient of several awards of excellence.

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The historic value and research value that goes into a build like this one, and others, make these kinds of story features a win-win-win. Please contact me if you’d like to feature a model in this section. Many thanks go out to Guy Kieckens for his cooperation in helping me put this together. I think there’s a good chance you will be seeing more from Guy.

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