Siemens Schuckert DIII and DIV
The D.III/ D.IV series appeared in the last months of 1917, and represented
advanced design by Dipl. Ing. Harald Wolff (chief
designer at Siemens Schuckert). They were very different to the fighters on the
front at the time. The engine was the revolutionary Siemens Halske contra
rotating rotary engine.
A pre-production order for 20 D.IIIs was placed by Idflieg during the last weeks
of 1917; followed by an order for 30 more in February 1918. During April and May
some 41 Siemens Schuckert D.IIIs were delivered to the Western Front for operational
trials. Many of the planes suffered engine problems, which led some to condemn
the plane. Amongst these was Herman Göering. Nevertheless the stubby fighter,
dubbed “The flying Beer barrel” by its pilots and ground crew, had a number of
redeeming features. It could clime faster than a Fokker DVII or any
allied type then in service. One Siemens Schuckert DIII piloted by Rodschinka climbed to 8100m in
36 minutes. Not only was this a faster climb rate than any other service
aircraft, it was more than 1200m higher! (In comparison, the service Ceiling of
the Fokker DVII was a mere 6980m)
Udet's Siemens Schuckert DIV. The only WW1 pilot credited with destroying a
Shuckert DIV is shown below.
The Siemens Schuckert DIV fighter was even more manoeuvrable
than the Fokker DVII.
The Siemens Schuckert DIII had a broader chord wing than
the DIV and consequently climbed faster and higher than any other fighter of the
time. The Swiss Airforce flew this machine until the mid twenties.
This kit, first released in 2003 features
bitmap rendering of the surface details. Customers purchasing this kit will be
entitled to a free vector drawn update due for release soon. The construction
process follows similar methods used in Modelart, Flymodel and Modelik.
I am currently redesigning the Siemens Schuckert fighters using 3d software.
My plan is to incorporate all the techniques I've learned over the last eight or
nine years and release the new kits in a much larger scale.