ROD-003 1/72 Pfalz D.III WW1 fighter model kit
The Pfalz Flugzeugwerke GmbH, Speyer am Rhein company was founded in 1913 by Eversbusch brothers. At the end of same year company received consent from Societe Anonimectes Airoplanes Morane Saulmer on completing Morane L (Parasol) and Morane H planes which Later came in to the war as Pfalz A.I and Pfalz E.I-E.V respectively.
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On early 1917 ingenieur Rudolf Gehringer who earlier worked on Freiedrichshafen, joined to Pfalz company. In April Pfalz received order on license-built 100 Roland D.ll fighters. Gehringer studied majority shortcomings of Roland D.li and developed his own project, which later received designation PfaIz D.III.
New fighter on test flights showed good performances and Pfaiz proposed build 70 planes under the limits in contract with Roland fighters. At this time Roland D.lla was obsolete and Idflieg agree with Pfalz company.
The first D.lll fighters reached front on July 1917, and soon order increased to 370 planes. Pilots reported that D.lll had excellent maneuverability and visibility, good climb and speed. But guns placement inside the fuselage was not approved-pilots recommended installed weapon above the engine (at eye level).
Overall, Pfalz D.lll was a great plane for it's time. Pfalz company, which received first good sounds about new fighter directly from the front, immediately began development of D.lll. 260 planes of this type were built between April and October 1917, on November first new D-llla arrived at the Front. But many D.lll still in service; some of them were seen at Front on autumn 1918; last was scrapped on October 1918.
Many successful pilots and famous aces flied on Pfalz D.lll: WernerVoss (48 victories, Pour Le Merite), Emil Thuy (35 victories, PourLe Merite), Hans Keein (22 victories, Pour Le Merite) and others.