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Pfalz D.XII

1:32 Scale Model Kitset

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Wingnut Wings, a Peter Jackson-owned company, is renowned worldwide for its incredibly accurate, 1:32 scale model kitsets of World War One aircraft. Designed and researched by the passionate professionals at Wingnut Wings, their quality and attention to detail is unparalleled.

Dimensions: 9.44" x 2.36" x 14.56" (W x H x D) 24 cm x 6 cm x 37 cm

Weight: 1.3 lbs (0.59 kg)

The Pfalz D.XII was often confused with the infamous Fokker; but among the young German pilots who flew them, there was no such confusion. The Pfalz D.XII was as fast as the Fokker in flight, and even faster in a dive - but not as manoeuvrable in combat.

Released in August 2011 - 28cm x 19cm - 2 high quality Cartograf decal sheets including markings for 5 aircraft and fitted 5 colour lozenge - 150 high quality injection moulded plastic parts - Optional early and late production exhausts, tailplanes and engine cowls - 7 photo-etch metal detail parts - Highly detailed 200hp Daimler-Mercedes D.IIIa? engine - 7 photo-etched metal detail parts including LMG 08/15 Spandau cooling jackets - Fine in scale rib tape detail - Full rigging diagrams. You can find more information on this model at the Wingnut Wings website.

For someone like me who grew up making WWI models, Wingnut Wings is really a dream company. We’re just a bunch of like-minded people who have been lucky enough to take their hobby to another level.

Peter Jackson

Appearing just after the middle of 1918 the Pfalz D.XII, with its nose mounted radiator and square tipped wings, was frequently confused by the Allies with the infamous Fokker D.VII. However, among the young Jasta pilots required to fly them there was no such confusion.

The Pfalz D.XII was essentially a reworking of their moderately successful D.III/IIIa with SPAD inspired 'low drag' wings replacing it's Nieuport inspired sesquiplane wings and a nose mounted Teves & Braun radiator in place of the wing mounted version.

Production began in March 1918 but the Pfalz D.XII only began entering front line service in July 1918 after lengthy delays caused by persistent overheating problems associated with the new radiator. Reaching front line service after the superb Fokker D.VII, the otherwise quite capable Pfalz D.XII was never going to be the favoured mount of Jasta pilots, that position being filled by its more famous stable mate. The Pfalz D.XII was as fast as the Fokker D.VII in level flight and was faster in a dive but could not climb well over 3000m and was not as manoeuvrable in combat.

In mid-1918 Pfalz D.XII 1387/18 was fitted with a BMW IIIa engine for the 2nd Fighter Competition and compared quite favourably with a similarly powered Fokker D.VII but in reality very few, if any, Pfalz D.XII were powered by this engine in Jasta service (only one photo possibly showing a Pfalz D.XII fitted with the BMW engine is known to us). Like all other late war German fighters, the Pfalz D.XII was no match for a Fokker D.VII fitted with the coveted BMW IIIa engine, the machine all Jasta pilots longed to fly. Any history here is of necessity very brief, therefore we encourage you to seek out any, or all, of the reference books mentioned below (plus the new Windsock Datafile 146 'Pfalz D.XII at War, Colin Owers, 2011) for a more thorough understanding of this important aircraft.

References: Pfalz D.XII Windsock Datafile 41, PM Grosz 1993 - Flight Global Archives (www.flightglobal.com), April 1919 - Pfalz Scout Aces of WW1, Greg VanWyngarden, Osprey 2006 - Australian War Memorial Museum, Canberra, Australia - WW1 Aero #158, PM Grosz 1997, Pfalz Aircraft of World War I, Jack Herris, Flying Machine Press 2001 - 1914-18 Aviation Heritage Trust - The Vintage Aviator LTD - Colin Owers - Private Collections.

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