Scourge of the skies...for a brief time, the Fokker E series of planes proved to live up to the hype. Not that it was a break out in aerodynamics but rather its "successful" implementation of a forward firing machine gun using a series of linked rods,gears and cables made it possible to fire through the prop! This was a vast improvement over other methods used at the time.
Though slow, the Eindeckers use of wing warping gave it some advantage over its adversaries. Granted Be2c's arent much of a target but add to that, the fact that air combat as we know it today was literally being written by the men flying the Eindeckers, the plane was a formidable weapon...leaving death in its wake.... up and down the British sectors. As was the case, its reign was as short lived as some of its most notable pioneers.
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Welcome to the re-boot of my Fokker Eindecker wip. I started this wip almost 2 years ago ....Lol, it's taken a little longer than I thought it would to say the least =)
To be honest I really thought this would be a piece of cake. I mean there are great photos available of a E.III at the museum in England. How hard could it be?
It was only after I started this project, I realized how incomplete a lot the info available on the E's can be. Or rather it's fragmented in small bits all over the place. Any one who has looked at these planes can attest to that..
With that my project has grown to a scale yet to be finalized. I keep finding myself going back and adding this or fixing that as I find new clues. It's been kinda fun.
As always, I'm working in Maya and have a goal of learning how to use Maya's nCloth system.
Before I post the screen grabs, I really need to thank Josef Scott, who's helped a lot, as well as Gerry Mos and even Dan San....I used his drawings as my original template.
Thank you gentlemen =)
Oh...the last question posted on the old wip thread was from Forumite Josef who asked if I included the extra width to the first rib section...???
uhmmm no not yet =P but it's on the punch list of fixes. =D
With that... here are two screens from last time...
Hahah...if I only knew what was to come.
Sexy times in a bf109 wing ensemble...more with that in the future.
And now the new stuff! Lol...well I was excited =) I was really at a end with this project but working on the n.28 model really helped break through the doldrums of a long build. I imagine that you plastic builders might feel the same way at times. I actually finished most all of the plumbing now and will be moving on to the wiring next. I am so ready to get the engine bits finished and move on to some other pictures for a change. I feel I have been flicking between the same dozen photos for the last 2 months =/ Like, "well that shadow could be ..well...something" =P
oh yeah the new stuff,
Really, there is new stuff going on in there =) The color and shader is just random. Pay it no mind.
One thing that becomes evident when looking at the wing structure of the E's, is that it's in the way!! From the cockpit, the wings are a serious obstruction for the pilots field of view. The pilot was given some access panels from which to view blind spots from but these were far from perfect.