Pfalz Dr I 42" N161

Skill Level: Advanced

More than 435 parts

Pfalz  Dr 1

Scale: 1/8
Prop: 12x8
Channels: R/E/A/T
Wheels: Balsa Ply w Neo Tires
Wingspan: 42"
Airfoil Type: flat bottomed
Wing Area: 421 sq in
Cowl: Laser Cut Balsa
Designer: M.K. Bengtson
Weight: 35 oz
Spinner: N/A
Prototype By: Vernon Hunt
Power System: AXI 2217/20 brushless outrunner
Pfalz Dr 1 42" Prototype
Pfalz Dr 1 42" Prototype
Pfalz Dr 1 42" Prototype


Instruction Manual

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  • Dummy Siemens Halske Engine 11 cylinder
  • One piece design
  • Carbon rod spars
  • Plywood training edges
  • Built up cowl


The Pfalz D.VIII with the new Siemens-Halske Sh.III rotary was adapted to a triplane configuration in the Pfalz Dr.I. Like the D.VIII, it completely overpowered its Oberursel UR.II powered contemporaries. The aircraft had an exceptional rate of climb. Sh. III proved to be rather unreliable due to the ersatz engine oil available, resulting in only 60 or so Dr.I's being produced. The lighter Fokker Dr.I overshadowed the Pfalz with a better rate of climb. With Manfred von Richtofen's backing of the Fokker triplane, the Pfalz triplane was destined to a secondary role.