According to the accompanying report, the Triplane crashed and troops rushed
forward, took away the body and started to souvenir the wreck. German Artillery
dropped a few shells nearby which caused a retreat to the trenches. The sketch
was drawn then - with the deserted plane nose down and strips of fabric missing
from its structure.
The basis is the old Merit/Smer Dr.1. I started off with the basic kit, a
razor saw and lots of enthusiasm! Soon I had half a plane and started building
framework from plastic rod and strip. This was actually much easier than it
looks and did not take all that long. I think the plywood capping on wing leading
edges worked well and the plastic propellor (which you can't see in this picture!)
is always mistaken for splintered wood. I later added Eduard PE machine guns
but everything else is fabricated from plastic rod, strip and sprue.
I spent days working up an interior consisting of all the tubular wing/fuselage
cellule and think it looked pretty damned good - then of course when I closed
up the fuselage with the seat in place, you can hardly see a thing! Still, a
nice kit which requires a bit of careful work thinning and re-corrugating trailing
edges. The guns supplied are OK but for something as visible as this Eduard
PE items had to be brought in.