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ABOUT THE MODEL
About 13 years ago, Lego launched the set #10024 representing the famous Fokker Dr.I, German airplane fighter of the World War I. The built model was the personal airplane of Manfred von Richthofen, the Red Baron, the most famous German ace of the conflict. Unfortunately, nowadays, this set is very difficult to found.
My model is showing the same Fokker Dr.I with many details, as shown on the close up images :
- Detailed cockpit,
- Adjustable flaps and empennage,
- Rotary engine.
It has a wingspan about 42 cm and a length of about 38 cm.
Due to building constraints, some parts don't have correct size or position, for example :
- The jambs sustaining the upper wing should be more angled,
- The landing gear should be placed more in front of the plane,
- The rotary engine should have 9 cylinders instead of 8.
Of course, this list is not exhaustive. But, during all the conception process, I have paid great attention to details and to respectness of the real plane's proportions.
Some parts are inspired from the official Lego set #10226 representing a Sopwith Camel. For example, this is the case for the engine or the propeller.
ABOUT THE REAL PLANE
The colors are the ones of Fokker Dr.I with serial number 425/17 piloted by Manfred von Richthofen within the Jasta 11, until he was killed in action on the 21st of April 1918.
SOME POSSIBLE UPDATES
If this project get enough support, I will probably update it with some other color schemes showing some other real planes of the World War I, maybe the Fokker F.I with serial number 103/17 piloted by Werner Voss, until he was killed in action on the 23rd of September 1917.
But, of course, any other suggestion will be much appreciated!
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