Fokker E.II, flown by Kurt von Crailsheim, FFA 53, Monthois, France, October 1915.

Fokker E.II, flown by Kurt von Crailsheim, FFA 53, Monthois, France, October 1915.

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Fokker E.II, flown by Kurt von Crailsheim, FFA 53, Monthois, France, October 1915.

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£49.99

Item Code: AA28701

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Few aeroplanes have had such a dramatic impact on the history of aerial warfare as the Fokker Eindecker series of monoplanes, aircraft which are regarded as the first true fighter aircraft in the history of aviation. It was not that these single-wing aircraft were such advanced aeronautical designs, as many of the world’s successful early aircraft were monoplanes (such as the Bleriot XI which crossed the English Channel in 1909), however, they did make use of a particularly sinister innovation. The introduction of interrupter gear synchronised the aircraft’s machine-gun to fire through the arc of the propeller, only allowing it to operate once the blade was clear and crucially, in the pilot’s direct line of sight. For the first time, an aeroplane had been specifically introduced to hunt and destroy other aircraft – the day of the fighter aeroplane had arrived. Despite having a dramatic impact on the Western Front, the Eindecker was still a relatively primitive aircraft and required an immense amount of skill in order to be flown well. This was illustrated by eager young Luftstreitkräfte pilot Baron Kurt von Crailsheim, who on being posted to FFA 53 in the summer of 1915, had his and the unit’s first aerial victory by 22nd September. Just a few days later, he crashed the twitchy Eindecker whilst attempting a landing at Monthois airfield, which resulted in his fighter being written off. He later received a new replacement aircraft, which he once again painted in his personal colours, but was to be the machine which claimed his life. Suffering a similar landing accident on 30th December 1915, his injuries would prove so severe that he died in hospital five days later.

y Technical Specification & Detail

  • Armament/Weapons Armament/Weapons
  • Detailed Crew Figure(s) Detailed Crew Figure(s)
  • Fine Rigging Detail Fine Rigging Detail
  • Optional Undercarriage Down Optional Undercarriage Down
  • Rotatable Propellers Rotatable Propellers
  • Wood Grain Effect Propeller Wood Grain Effect Propeller
Dimensions 21 x 15 x 5
Scale 1:48
Limited Edition Yes
Limited Edition Size 2000
Wingspan 209mm
Age Suitability 14+

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Beautiful!

Lovely model. Beautifully detailed and clean lines/tooling. The wires to provide the wing warping (in the days before aelirons) are so well done. It's also interesting comparing the size with the later aircraft - the likes of the Camel etc - which show how quickly the advances in military aviation were moving. Great to see this model produced, just need a Be2 and a DH2 for it to go up against now ;-)

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Fokker E.II

Corgi have produced yet another little gem in their superb WW1 range of aircraft, the detailing and quality is exquisite, the model captures the essence of this aircraft superbly, a great addition to my collection of WW1 aircraft.

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Quality.

A well made model with good detail. I am very pleased with mine. It is a welcome addition to the WW1 range. The model is fixed(screwed) to block which needs to be removed before display. Whoever put mine together was trying to test his strength. Make sure taht you use the correct size screwdriver.

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