Kit #AA2091. 1/72 scale. This is a highly-detailed
resin kit of the prototype Fokker V-8 Quintuplane
fighter, complete with decals.
In February 1917, the British Royal Naval Air
Services’ incredibly-maneuverable Sopwith
Triplane, based on the earlier Sopwith
Pup, began to appear over the Western Front, and quickly proved itself
superior to the German Albatros biplane fighters. Anthony Fokker responded by
his first triplane fighting machine, the Fokker
Dr.1 which he developed from the V-6
prototype, which looked like a cross between the triplane Dr. 1 and the
world-beating biplane Fokker D.VII. Although
the Dr.1 was considerably slower than contemporary Allied fighters, when compared
to the Albatros and Pfalz fighters, the Fokker Triplane offered exceptional
maneuverability. That maneuverability was greatly prized by German aces,
including von Richthofen and Voss.
After the initial success of the Fokker Dr.1,
Fokker proposed the five wing Fokker V-8
– a bizarre concept that horrified his superb designer, Reinhold Platz, and
with good reason. The V-8 prototype was intended
to prove Fokker’s concept. He believed that, with two additional wings, this
plane would be more maneuverable than even the Dr. 1, but with a Mercedes
engine, it would be much faster than the Fokker Triplane. After a series of design successes, including
the Eindecker, the Dr. 1 and the
D.VII, only flight tests could change Anthony Fokker’s mind.
As built, the Fokker V-8 had both an
unstaggered equi-span triplane wing arrangement mounted at the nose of the
plane, along with a pair of biplane wings mounted immediately aft of the
pilot's cockpit. Unsure of what to call
it, some described this aerial abortion as a quintuplane, while others referred
to it as a tandem-wing aircraft.
Acting as his own test pilot, Anthony Fokker
made two brief test flights before abandoning the idea. No flight test data for
this type were recorded.