Pfalz DIII - $$2.95

Like the Rolands, the Pfalz D.III used a plywood monocoque fuselage. Two layers of thin plywood strips were placed over a mold to form one half of a fuselage shell. The fuselage halves were then glued together, covered with a layer of fabric, and doped. Very strong and could be built with unskilled help.

Pfalz DIII Downloadable card model

Pfalz DIII WWI German Scout


The Pfalz DIII was the last (and the best) of the war-time Pfalz line. Although not as fine a performer as the Albatross and the Fokker DVII, it made an important contribution to the German war effort. About 1000 were built. 433 made it to the endof the war. This looks great flying with the German Albatros in a WWI mobile.

Pfalz D.III Painting

The Pfalz all made up


In late 1916 and early 1917 the Pfalz company built under licence the L.F.G. Roland D-I and D-II single-seater biplanes, which were designated the Pfalz D-I and D-II.

Pfalz D.III

The factory's first original D-class design was brought out in the summer of 1917: the D-III, a trim little machine with a finely streamlined fuselage. The power unit was the 160 h.p. Mercedes engine, installed in a rather sharply pointed nose; much of the cylinder block protruded and was enclosed in detachable metal cowlings. The airscrew had a small pointed spinner. A short horizontal exhaust pipe, which appeared in many shapes, discharged on the. starboard side. The raked wings, of unequal span and chord, had hollow box spars and plywood ribs inter spaced with false ribs of ash.

The top wing was flat, the bottom wing had two degrees of dihedral; both structures were fabric-covered. A gravity fuel tank and the radiator balanced each other on the port and starboard sides of the centre section, which had a semicircular cut-Out. Balanced equal-chord ailerons were fitted to the upper plane. Splayed wooden interplane struts and wooden centre-section struts of a flattened inverted U shape were fitted.

The monocoque fuselage was constructed of two thin layers of three-ply wood round a wooden frame of longerons and formers. and then covered with fabric, doped and varnished. Fin and tall-planes were of ply-covered wood; the latter was of inverted aerofoil section. a common device of the time to assist recovery from dives. The rudder was framed in steel tubing; both it and the wooden one-piece elevator were fabric covered.

Vees of steel tubing formed the undercarriage, and a small fairing covered the axle and spreader bars. The unusual 'hockey-stick' tail-skid pivoted at the rear end of the fuselage; its forward end was sprung with elastic cord. Twin Spandau guns were fitted to fire through the revolving airscrew; on early models these were mounted inside the fuselage with only their muzzles protruding; later they were placed on top to facilitate maintenance. A special D-III. probably intended for balloon attack, carried three guns.

The first production models reached the front in September 1917; many Jagdstafleln had mixed equipment at this Pfalz DIII Side Viewperiod and it was not unusual for the new D-III's to fly in the same formation with Fokker Dr-.Is and Albatros D-Vs. Unfortunately the performance of the Pfalz did not match its sleek appearance. Its maneuverability and rate of climb were poor, so that it tended to be given to the inferior pilots and the beginners. On the other hand, the D-III's strength in a dive and its excellent forward view recommended it to those who specialised in 'balloon busting'. Its reputation was further damaged in 1918 when crashes were attributed to negligence in construction.

An improved model, the D-IIIa. had the 180 h.p. Mercedes engine, rounded tips to the lower wings and a curved tail-plane of increased area. Early in 1918 Pfalz production was increased, and as availability was then more important than performance. many D-III's were sent to the Jostas. Largely for want of a better alternative, the Pfalz continued to operate until mid-1918. It was looked upon by the average S.E.Sa. Camel and Spad pilot as being easy meat'.

Pfalz DIII-D. Doll

Pfalz DIII-DIck Doll
The other week I opened "My Fiddlers--" folder and there was this DIII looking at me. I first built this from the original card models- which may have come from England. They were approx. 1/64 scale. Of course I had to build this one because it was there! {Actually I was tired of gliders and it provided a break. Here are two shots, I know you don't need them but I thought I'd show you.

By the way, I think I have most of those cards. The first batch were the England ones which I found at a Sunnyvale hobby shop. The second group I found at Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome, these were from Chandler. The rest I bought from you using snail mail!--- then came the internet. I still have the cards, I made the models from reprints--I didn't have the heart to destroy them. Dick D

THAT *#@+1 PFALZ...

I deleted it a couple months ago because it's so old and primitive (as an FG model)-
..even embarrassing.
Then MP's were angry that I 'took away' one of their models.
Soooo, I reinserted it and it had to be done as a new model and now everyone's building it and admiring it as they do with every new model..
Just can't win sometimes..
Maybe instead of knocking myself out releasing new models, I should just delete and then re-release old ones"
hehehehe ...chip

Pfalz DIII

Pfalz DIII

Specifications for the Pfalz D.III

3 Views of the Pfalz DIII

Length: 22 ft 9 in
Wingspan: 30 ft 10 in
Height: 8 ft 9 in
Wing area: 238.6 ft²
Max takeoff weight: 2,061 lb
Powerplant: 1× Mercedes
D.IIIaü, 180 hp

Maximum speed: 115 mph
at sea level;
102.5 mph at 9,842 ft; 91.5 mph
at 15,000 ft
Service ceiling: 17,060 ft
Rate of climb: 33 minutes
to 15,000 ft

Guns: 2× 7.92 mm LMG 08/15
"Spandau" machine guns