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Aircraft kits / 1:72 / Phönix DIII

Phönix DIII

Phönix DIII

Code: 72126

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Austro-Hungarian fighter WW I
KuK Kriegsmarine

In produce since June 2010!

The robustly-built fighter biplane Phoenix D.I was produced by Phoenix Flugzeugwerke AG, Wien´s aircraft factory. It was derived in the middle of 1917 year from the licence-built Hansa Brandenburg D.I type by the Phoenix design department, guided by Diplom- Ingenieur Leo Kirsten. Wing system was created by Diplom-Ingenieur Edmund Sparman, Austria prewar pilot and designer. The wooden fuselage was derived from the Hansa Brandenburg D. I but it was a few inches longer to accommodate the 200hp Hiero engine. Armament consisted of twin synchronized Schwarzlose 8.8 mm machine guns. There were mounted well forward alongside the engine. Inward-sloping wing struts were typical for Sparman-designed wing cellule. Flight comparsions performed in September 1917, showed that Phoenix D.I was faster in speed and climb than the Albatros D.III and possessed better flight characteristics than the Aviatik (Berg) D.I.

The Phönix D.III was developed from the Phönix D.II and IIa. The modifications included a revised wing planform and a fuselage designed for accessible machine guns mounted at eye level. It was also up-engined from a 200 hp to a 230 hp Hiero engine. The ailerons on both wings gave it the power and manueverability its predecessor lacked. Austro-Hungarian pilots found the Phönix D.III to be a sturdy and dependable airplane which could handle steep dives. Armed with two Schwazlose machine guns, it was an excellent fighter. A hundred were approved for production and were scheduled to be delivered on October 27, 1918, however, there was a delay, and the war's end put a stop to the planned delivery. In 1919 and 1920, the Swedish Army Air Force purchased a total of 20 Phönix D.IIIs. The Phonix D-series was utilized by the Imperial and Royal Aviation Troops (KuKLFT) of Austria-Hungary as well as their naval branch. The air force and naval versions both entered service at the same time. Sweden became the only other operator of the aircraft, this in a post-war role and of the D.III variety. The main difference between the Swedish examples and those from the First World War was the gravity-fed fuel tanks on the top wing.

Phönix D.IIIs in Austro-Hungarian Naval Air Service were finished in overall light gray with the Austro-Hungarian colors on the rudder in red and white. The code is in black and narrow straight crosses are on the fuselage and wings. The Phönix D.IIIs in troops service had two shades of gray camouflage scheme with the serial number written in black on the fuselage. The first D. III used by the Swedes was finished in a light gray dope, the Swedish flag is on the tail and the black crowns on the fuselage are on a white rectangle. A red scorpion emblem was the only other marking on this aircraft. A standard Swedish Air Force D. IIIs were marked as J.1. The planes were camouflaged in chestnut brown, khaki, and a dark grayish green. The standard Swedish roundel is on the fuselage, consisting of a white circle with three black crowns. The rudder was striped in the national colors of yellow and blue.

Wingsapan: 9,80 m
Lenght: 6,62 m
Height: 3,01 m
Wing aera: 25,00 m²
Max. weight: 951 kg
Max. speed: 185 km/h
Ceiling: 6800 m
Endurance: 2 hodiny
Power plant: Six cylinder in line Hiero engine, 230 HP
Armament: Two Schwarzlose M.07/12, 8 mm machine guns

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