A 1/48 1918 Fokker E.V Racer "Frieden"
The pacifists' work was nearly completed when they were discovered and arrested for desertion. They were shot at 10:59 on the morning of 11 November, 1918, but they were able to keep details of their project secret. “Frieden” remained hidden in the Bavarian barn until discovered by elements of General Patton's U.S. Third Army in May, 1945. What became of it after its rediscovery is unfortunately not known.
As far as is known, the airplane never flew in its modified form.
No photos of “Frieden” are known to exist, so the model is based on contemporary descriptions – see References. The model was built for the 2007 IPMS-Seattle “Jasta Schweinhimmel” group build project, and won the prestigious Louis Bleriot Award for Best Undocumented Design.
The model is based on a 1/48 Eduard Fokker D.VIII modified to accept Aeroclub vacuform floats. Struts and ventral fin were scratchbuilt, and the side-of-body “Frieden” decals were custom made using white Supercal stock. The “wood effect” on the wing is simulated with thinned raw umber artist's oil over a yellow base, worked with a brush to achieve the desired effect.
Lesser Known Schneider Cup Racer Designs of the Post Great War Period, 1932, by Fulya Wunce
Schneider Trophy Racer Conversion Projects in Southeast Germany, 1914-1918, Vol. 4, 1937, by Wir Glauben
A Compendium of German Racing Seaplanes (abridged), 1962, by Notta Chanz
“An Assessment of Foreign Racer Technology Threats”, NACA Technical Paper, 1919, by Nell Sunntim