The Fokker DVII
Designed by Reinhold Platz, the Fokker DVII made entered service early
in 1918. This advanced new German aircraft was fitted with either
the powerful BMW inline engine which developed some 185hp, or the
slightly less powerful 160hp Mercedes six cylinder inline engine.
Approximate speed for these two versions was 124mph and 117mph
The D7 was for it's time probably the finest operational fighter
aircraft of any nation. The machine was fast and possessed a good
rate of climb especially with the BMW engine. The D7 was also a fairly
easy plane to fly compared to its contemporaries, due in part to
the lack of rotating mass from its inline engine that did not affect
handling as much as the more commonly used rotary engines.
Fokker DVII biplanes reached the Western front in April 1918, first
examples being delivered to Jagdgeschwader 1 an elite unit of German
fighter aces under the command of Manfred Von Richtofen, better known
as the Red Baron’s “Flying Circus” It was with this unit that Ernst
Udet became the second-highest scoring German flying ace of World
War I with 62 victories, second only to Richtofen his commander.
EFL1975 Fokker DVII 250
E-flite’s continues its range of indoor slow flyers with this superb
vacuum molded, lightweight foam version of the famous German Fokker
DVII biplane fighter of World War One.
Presented in the markings of Ernst Udet’s personal aircraft this
delightful model features one of the brightly painted colour schemes
used by the aircraft of Jasta1, more commonly known as the Red Baron’s
The bright red fuselage is complimented by Udet’s personal emblem "LO!" on
the fuselage (in honor of his fiancée Eleonore Zink), dummy Mercedes
engine, open cockpit and Spandau machine gun, whilst the red and
white candy striped upper wing complete the look. The pre-painted
wooden cabane and interplane struts are simple to install as is the
pre-bent landing gear that comes complete with light weight WW1 type
Reinforced control horn mounting plates for the rudder and elevator
ensure that the control horns stay in place (often a weak area in
some foam models) and the carbon reinforced horizontal stabiliser
adds increased strength and rigidity.
Designed to fly with an outrunner motor, Eflite’s Park 250 makes
a perfect choice and provides more than enough power for this semi-scale
biplane and a 2S 7.4Volt 430mAh Li-Po battery provides more than
enough duration for indoor dogfights and on very calm days the model
is stable enough to be flown outdoors.
E-flite’s legendary hardware pack and assembly guide complete this
super little model!