Roden 1/72 Pfalz D III WWI Aircraft Kit
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The first D.III fighters reached front during July of 1917, and soon the order was increased to 370 planes. Pilots reported that the D.III had excellent maneuverability, visibility, good climb, and speed. But the gun placement inside the fuselage was not to the pilots liking and the pilots recommended installing the weapon above the engine (at eye level).
Overall, the Pfalz D.III was a great plane for its time. The Pfalz Company, which received preliminary news, which was good, about the new fighter directly from the front, immediately began development of D.III. 260 planes of this type were built between April and October of 1917; in the 1st of November the new D.IIIa arrived at the Front. But many D.III's were still in service; some of them were still seen at the Front until the autumn of 1918, the last one was scrapped in October of 1918.
Many successful pilots, some of whom were famous aces, flew the Pfalz D.III : Werner Voss (48 victories, Pour Le Merite), Emil Thuy (35 victories, Pour Le Merite), Hans Klein (22 victories, Pour Le Merite), and others.