In the beginning, aircraft of any kind were considered nothing more than an interesting hobby with little practical purpose. If anything, they were nothing more than an observation platform. Occasionally, potshots were taken between pilots of warring nations using their service pistols. But little damage was done.
Then someone decided to drop a bomb on an 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.
Fokker’s tri-wing was the favorite of the German flying ace nicknamed, The Red Baron. This nimble triple-wing plane could out maneuver anything in the sky at the time and was a formidable opponent.
Models are hand made in America using “rescued” woods from many sources that might otherwise be burned or buried.