The idea to do the Red Barron's triplane with the 3Doodler goes back to another triplane model I made as a kid.  I got a book from the library back then (no internet yet!) and used the drawings in the book to make a 1/5 sized scale model from wood and cloth.  That model was eventually lost as time went by and I always missed it as it was one of the first really cool things I made.  The 3Doodled plane is kind of a tribute to that old project.

This is how I made it:

Tracing out the outline of the top section of one of the wing spars

Tracing out the outline of the top section of one of the wing spars

Starting to fill in the top surface of the wing spar

Starting to fill in the top surface of the wing spar

Top surface complete

Top surface complete

Adding the side of the wing spar to the top section, whilst still attached to the paper tape to keep things as flat as possible

Adding the side of the wing spar to the top section, whilst still attached to the paper tape to keep things as flat as possible

Adding the first few wing ribs to the now finished spar

Adding the first few wing ribs to the now finished spar

Wing with ribs attached over drawing

Wing with ribs attached over drawing

Two wings on drawings

Two wings on drawings

More views of wings and drawings

More views of wings and drawings

View of fuselage with lower and middle wing attached and upper wing on drawing

View of fuselage with lower and middle wing attached and upper wing on drawing

View of fuselage with lower and middle wing attached, as well as some coweling parts made from card stock

View of fuselage with lower and middle wing attached, as well as some cowling parts made from card stock

View of assembled plane and wheels, yet to be mounted

View of assembled plane and wheels, yet to be mounted

Final images:

Triplane-Collage-1

Triplane-collage-2

Post by: Peter Dilworth, Co-Founder