Though Fokker had won the love of German fighter pilots in 1915 with their Eindeckers
, their early biplanes were uninspired and suffered from poor workmanship. The inline-engined Fokker D.I
and the rotary-engined Fokker D.II
were substandard relative to competitors like the Halberstadt D.II
and the Albatros fighters, and on 6 December 1916 all Fokker biplanes were withdrawn from front-line service due to structural failures both in static testing and in combat use.
The D.I was powered by a 120hp Mercedes D.II and armed with a single fixed machine gun. In an unusual decision for 1916, the plane used wing-warping rather than ailerons. Their first service was in summer 1916. 112 were constructed: ninety for the Fliegertruppe
; six for the Navy; and a further sixteen were sent to Austria-Hungary.
This product comes in both 1:144 and 1:285/6mm/1:288 scales. The 1:285 product includes two aeroplanes
, each with a translucent, detachable propeller disk. They are joined by disposable links to keep the price down, since single-part models are more affordable. You can break the links with nail clippers, wire cutters, or similar.
For more details and gaming information, see https://linen.miraheze.org/wiki/Fokker_D.I