Roden 1/32 Spad VII C1 WWI BiPlane Fighter w/Russian Skis Kit
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During the first year of its service as a part of the Air Force of Imperial Russia pilots faced a problem with take off and landing during the snowy winter period. Aircraft on a standard wheeled chassis stuck in the snow, leading to disaster. The obvious solution was a temporary conversion from wheels to skis, which was done several times in various places. The skis were of two types: one, the same as was typically installed on Nieuports; and more usually a bigger size, suited for this type of aircraft. However this innovation was not a general one.
At least one plane of Dux construction found its way to the Air Force of Finland where during the winter period it too was fitted with skis, which were almost identical to the Russian ones. The last few machines of this type served in the Air Force of the Red Army up until the 1920s.