An F1 triplane? Were not only three of these aircraft built? Yes, that is true. Only three of the designated "F1s" were built in 1917 but which aircraft conveys as much romanticism as the Fokker triplane?
Only two of the three F1s saw service. In all three, the aircraft was either shot down or destroyed during testing. Voss was shot down flying 103/17 and von Richthofen scored his 60th in 102/17. After Richthofen changed back to the Albatros DV, Wolff was shot down while flying 102/17. The F1 was the predecessor to the more widely produced Dr1.
Having not built a WWI 1/72 scale aircraft in many years, I had forgotten the fiddly nature of assembling one of these models. After a few trials and tribulations, this F1 is ready for aerial combat over the skies of my gaming table. Expect more aircraft to slip into the work queue.
What is a reasonable Painting Point (PP) tally for a 1/72nd WWI aircraft? Based on the time it took to complete, 50 PPs seems not unfair. Could I have painted five 28mm cavalry given the same effort? Yes. Perhaps, the cavalry would have taken less time.