by: Stephen T. Lawson [ ]
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The ManThe most famous ace of the war, Manfred von Richthofen briefly served in the trenches before transferring to the German Air Force in 1916. Oswald Boelcke's star pupil was a fast learner and achieved immediate success. A month after receiving his first Albatros, Richthofen had six victories against Allied aircraft. As his reputation grew, the "Red Knight of Germany" painted the fuselage of his Albatros D.III bright red to flaunt his prowess in the air. The British called him the jolly "Red Baron," to the French he was the "Red Devil." He was shot down and KIA as he flew over the trenches in pursuit of Wilfrid May on 21 April 1918. 80 air victories to his credit.
Although Roy Brown was officially credited with the victory, evidence suggests Richthofen was hit by a single bullet fired from a machine gun in the trenches. A British pilot flew over the German aerodrome at Cappy and dropped a note informing the Germans of the Baron's death. Buried in France with full military honors, Richthofen's body was later exhumed and reburied in the family cemetery at Wiesbaden.
Kit Contents Comes with six resin parts to assemble. The joints are augmented in typical Model celler methods. Sockets with square blocks and matching square locator holes in opposing parts. While I usually like to reinforces these types of joints with brass rod I find in this scale Model Cellar's methods are very satisfactory.
Concerning the flight suitThe headgear is a typical flight cap with goggles. These can be clear or tinted green lenses. The straps and metall eye surrounds / frames were leather clad. This particular type of flight / combination suit was first available in late 1917. The earliest image I have seen of pilots wearing these is an group of pilots from Jasta 7 in early October infront of their first Pfalz D.III machines.
It was thought to be mid to dark grey and had a wool liner that was buttoned in place and could be removed. The alternate is a private purchase version that is belived to be natural / clear linen and had a sheepskin liner that was buttoned or snapped in place and could be removed.
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