Peter Daniel's Eindecker

Peter Daniel maidened his scratch built Fokker Eindecker E111 on Wednesday, April 30 2008. Test pilot was Max Wiggins and Max reported that the model flew very well with only a few minor trimming adjustments after the maiden flight. We hope to see the model at the upcoming Scale Day Peter. Here is Peter's description of the model.

The new model is a Fokker Eindecker E111 built from scratch from a downloaded plan from a free plan website which contains literally hundreds of plans of just about any plane of renown you can think of. http://plans.rcmodell.hu/index.html
This plane was built to 20 percent scale and has a wingspan of 70 inches. It is powered by an OS 60 FSR abc which overpowers it to blazes and it takes off on 2/3 throttle and flies at scale speed on 1/4 throttle. It obviously has the undercambered wing section. Club member Steve Balbock has just about finished its twin only he has covered his in antique instead of Fokker red as is mine. Steve should have his in the air within the fortnight.

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Photos by P. Daniel/M. Wiggins

A short history of the Eindecker

The Fokker Eindecker was a German First World War monoplane single-seat fighter aircraft designed by Dutch engineer Anthony Fokker. Developed in April 1915, the Eindecker ("Monoplane") was the first purpose-built German fighter aircraft and the first aircraft to be fitted with synchronizer gear, enabling the pilot to fire a machine gun through the arc of the propeller without striking the blades. The Eindecker granted the German air force, or "Luftstreitkräfte," a degree of air superiority from July 1915 until early 1916; a period known as the Fokker Scourge during which Allied aviators regarded their poorly armed aircraft as "Fokker Fodder".

General characteristics

* Crew: one, pilot
* Length: 7.2 m (23 ft 6 in)
* Wingspan: 9.52 m (31 ft 2 in)
* Height: 2.4 m (7 ft 9 in)
* Wing area: m² (ft²)
* Empty weight: 400 kg (882 lb)
* Loaded weight: 610 kg (1,345 lb)
* Powerplant: 1× Oberursel U.I 1 Rotary Engine, 74 kW (99 hp)

Performance

* Maximum speed: 140 km/h (76 kts)

Armament

* 1 × Parabellum MG14 machine gun