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1/72 WWI Pfalz D.III

Manufactured by: Roden Models

SKU: ROD-003
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    Product Description
    This is a plastic model kit, which comes unassembled and unpainted. So glue, model paints and other basic modelling tools are additionally required.

    The Pfalz Flugzeugwerke GmbH, Speyer am Rhein company was founded in 1913 by Eversbusch brothers. At the end of the same year the company received consent from the Society Anonym des Aeroplanes Morane Saulnier for completing the Morane L (Parasol), and the Morane H planes, which came in to the war Later as the Pfalz A.I and the Pfalz E.I-E.V respectively.
    In early 1917 ingenious Rudolf Gehringer who had earlier worked in Friedrichshafen, joined the Pfalz Company. In April, Pfalz received an order for 100 license-built Roland D.II fighters. Gehringer studied the major shortcomings of Roland D.II and developed his own project, which later received the designation Pfalz D.III.
    The new fighter showed good performance on test flights, and Pfalz proposed to build 70 planes under the limits of the contract with Roland. At this time the Roland D.IIa was obsolete and the Idflieg agreed to accept the D.III from the Pfalz Company.
    The first D.III fighters reached front during July of 1917, and soon the order was increased to 370 planes. Pilots reported that the D.III had excellent manoeuvrability, visibility, good climb, and speed. But the gun placement inside the fuselage was not to the pilots liking and the pilots recommended installing the weapon above the engine (at eye level).
    Overall, the Pfalz D.III was a great plane for its time. The Pfalz Company, which received preliminary news, which was good, about the new fighter directly from the front, immediately began development of D.III. 260 planes of this type were built between April and October of 1917; in the 1st of November the new D.IIIa arrived at the Front. But many D.III's were still in service; some of them were still seen at the Front until the autumn of 1918, the last one was scrapped in October of 1918.
    Many successful pilots, some of whom were famous aces, flew the Pfalz D.III : Werner Voss (48 victories, Pour Le Merited), Emil Thuy (35 victories, Pour Le Merited), Hans Klein (22 victories, Pour Le Merited), and others.

    Painter's description:
    Pfalz D.III 4017/17. Jasta 28. The pilot is Lieutenant Emil Tui. Awarded the Pour de Merited order, 35 victories. Western front, fall of 1917.
    The picture shows a German fighter accompanying a two-seat DFW C-V scout somewhere near the Vogez Mountains. Such interaction in the air was already widely used at the time.

    - Wingspan: 9.40 m
    - Length: 6.95 m
    - Wing area: 22.17 m2
    - Take off weight: 905 kg
    - Speed(max)/at level: 165 km/h / 3000 m
    - Service ceiling: 5100 m
    - Endurance: about 2 and half hr
    - Engine: one liquid cooled Mercedes D.III, 160 h.p.
    - Machine guns: 2xLMG 08/15 Spandau

    • Manufactured by: Roden Models
    • SKU: ROD-003
    • Package Weight: 87g
    • 0 Units in Stock

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