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Book Review
The Fokker Triplane
Germany's only production triplane
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by: Stephen T. Lawson [ JACKFLASH ]

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The first victory recorded in a Fokker Triplane was achieved by Rittmeister Manfred von Richthofen when he brought down an RE 8. The crew believed the oncoming machine to be a British Sopwith Triplane. Bad construction and the proximity of the top wing to the propeller wash caused in-flight structural failure. Being withdrawn and then re-emerging in strength in January 1918 the Fokker Triplane equipped most of the Jagdstafflen of the 3 Jagdgeschwaders (Fighter Wings) of the German Fliegertruppe during the first half of 1918.

Written by Mr. Alex Imrie (Deceased)
The Fokker Triplane
Hardcover: 128 pages
Publisher: Arms & Armour; First edition (May 1993)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1854091182
ISBN-13: 978-1854091185
Product Dimensions: 10 x 7.6 x 0.6 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds

"Aiming to dispel many of the fallacies regarding its design, construction and deployment, the author shows how the aircraft made famous by the Red Baron has hitherto been modeled and detailed incorrectly. He explains the significance of the markings chosen by Richthofen and includes appendices on armament, insignia and maintenance, as well as a selection of contemporary photographs." (Amazon.com)

Arms & Armour Press was open from about 1954 - 2001.

For me this is one of the best written books on the subject. The author had assisted others in their manuscripts as well. Mr. Alex Imrie passed away 2011 June 4. His legacy of published books is lengthy and his assists to others uncounted but many. I had several important correspondences with Mr. Imrie. He played things very close to the vest so he wouldn't give me his conclusions to other Fokker mystery questions I had, but he wanted to know my insights. I wish he would have completed the Fokker D.VII book. Maybe his son, Alister has plans to finish it.

Originally sold for $30.00 in 1992.

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Highs: The best historical details and a good introduction to the subject in a streamlined format.
Lows: The book would have been better if it was in a larger format.
Verdict: Excellent basis for study of the German Fokker Dr.I.
Percentage Rating
  Scale: 1:1
  Mfg. ID: ISBN-13: 978-1854091185
  Suggested Retail: $74.98 - 187.06
  Related Link: Amazon
  PUBLISHED: Feb 23, 2014

About Stephen T. Lawson (JackFlash)

I was building Off topic jet age kits at the age of 7. I remember building my first WWI kit way back in 1964-5 at the age of 8-9. Hundreds of 1/72 scale Revell and Airfix kits later my eyes started to change and I wanted to do more detail. With the advent of DML / Dragon and Eduard I sold off my ...

Copyright 2020 text by Stephen T. Lawson [ JACKFLASH ]. Images also by copyright holder unless otherwise noted. Opinions expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of ModelGeek. All rights reserved.


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