SPIN Model 1/48 Resin Pfalz D.IIIa Triplane Conversion
By Bob Pearson
During the Triplane craze of 1917, most, if not all, German manufacturers tried their hand at the three wing configuration. Only two designs were to see service in any numbers - the Fokker F.I/Dr.I, and the Pfalz Dr.I. However many others were tested to ascertain the desirability of such a platform. One such was this modification of the standard Pfalz D.III (NOT D.IIIa) with a third wing. To accomplish this, Pfalz increased the gap between top and bottom wings, added a small wing between these two and also reduced the wingspan.
The design was not a success and was found to possess a lower speed and climb than a standard D.III, interestingly when flown without the middle wing, the performance improved.
SPIN Model has come up with an ingenious modification for the Eduard Pfalz D.III/IIIa kits to the triplane configuration. The kit consists of a new middle wing, struts and a new rear centre-section cutout for the upper wing.
There are full size plans to show how to cut the kit wings for use and also how the new cutout is to be attached.
For those who want something different for their collection, this one is for you.
My thanks to Lubos Vinar of VAMP Mail Order for the review sample.