Picture of Mini Fokker DR.1 Triplane
Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines!  Hello everyone, a project closer to earth.. a Fokker DR.1Triplane!

A new genre for mini popsicle stick models, the Fokker DR.1 Triplane was renowned as the aircraft flown by Manfred Von Richtofen, the famous Red Baron during the first World War.

The model was a simple build that required very few parts and uncomplicated carving/shaping steps.  The only major challenge for this project was carving the triplane wings to simlulate the serrated edges and ribbed surfaces.
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Step 1: Materials and Tools

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Because of the small scale of this model, majority of the materials used were from the scraps box (left overs from previous projects).  Only the materials used to fabricate the fuselage and the wings were from whole tongue depressor sized popsicle sticks.  Check out the side-by-side photo of the Fokker Triplane and the Avatar Scorpion Gunship....

Tools used for this project are listed below:

  • Dremel Rotary Tool Model 3000 and MiniMite with the following attachments:
    • 1/2 and 1/4 inch drum sander (fine & coarse grade)
    • fine and coarse sanding disc
    • regular and reinforced cut-off wheels
    • #125 and #193 high speed cutter
    • #83702 silicone carbide grinding stone
  • Olfa cutter with #11 Xacto Blade
  • Fine tweezers
  • mechanical pencil and ruler
  • various mini clamps
  • Elmer's white multi purpose glue
Course sanding, grinding and drilling was achieved using the Model 3000 while more intricate sanding was done by the Dremel MiniMite.

Step 2: Schematics and Ilustrations

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Fokker DR-1 TRIPLANE 2 [LIMITED to 500px].jpg
DSC_6108 Fokker Dr1 replica right rear in flight l.jpg
I found several schematics for the Fokker DR.1 Triplane.  Featured in this instructable are blueprints from the sites and  URL for the schematics are:

Pictures of the Fokker DR.1 are plentiful via bing and google images search.  The key words used are "Fokker Triplane".

The urls for the illustrations used in this instructable are:,_Evergreen_Air_Museum,_McMinnville.jpg

Again, my greatest appreciation to netizens who contribute the amazing pictures and schematics!  :)
atumatic1 year ago
so awesome!
rolfy121 year ago
Very nice! I'm working on a Dr.1 as well, using a willow branch I picked up off the ground.
popsicle_mini-models (author)  rolfy121 year ago
Hello. The scale of the DR.1 you can build is wholly dependent on the size of the willow branch you picked up. Have fun with the build!
I'm doing it in 1/144 scale. I have 16 planes (in the same scale) in various stages of production - the Dr.1 is the latest. Definitely won't be as detailed as yours, but it will serve my purpose for it well enough (a WW1 dogfighting game that uses miniatures). I've thought about using my Dremel in the builds, but so far I have been satisfied with my carving knife.

I enjoy your Star Wars models as well. I might move in that direction when I have my game built up as far as I want to take it (just need to finish the board to make it functional).