Orders for the Phönix D.I
arrived in March 1917, but it wasn't until October that the first batch was accepted, and the planes trickled in all the way through May of 1918. There were three series built, Series 128, 228, and 328
, differentiated mainly by the manufacturer of the 200hp Hiero engine. The machine guns were mounted well-forward and unfortunately out of reach in case of a jam. Flight reports said it was faster than an Albatros D.III(Oef) and better in flight than the Aviatik D.I
. Reaching the front in December 1917, it flew with at least eleven Fliks.
This model comes in both 1:144 and 1:285/6mm/1:288 scales. The 1:285 scale product has two aeroplanes
, each with a detachable, translucent propeller disk rather than propeller blades (since they are hard to print at the smaller scales). 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 information and gaming data, see https://linen.miraheze.org/wiki/Phönix_D.I