During World War One, the airplane was new to the battlefield. Few military leaders viewed the noisy invention as having any value to the war effort. But as the war dragged on, more and more flying machines were called into service. Originally, anything in the air was merely an observation platform. Then someone decided to drop a bomb on the enemy stronghold and the airplane suddenly received the attention it deserved. Another enterprising pilot drew his service revolver and shot an enemy pilot while airborne. Both acts were milestones in aviation history.
Many modifications followed, including mounting machine guns, but shooting one’s propeller or wing struts was not advisable. Eventually, mechanisms timed the bullets to the speed of the propeller and air warfare began.
Models are hand made in Anerica using “rescued” woods from many sources that might otherwise be burned or buried.