.: Peter McKinnon's Eduard 1/48 Siemens Shuckert DIII

The SSW D.III was designed as a fast-climbing interceptor and was to make use of the new 11 cylinder Siemens-Halske 160hp counter-rotary engine. This engine featured a propeller and cylinders that rotated opposite to the crankcase, allowing a slower propeller speed for the same power and the elimination of torque among other things. Initial tests of the Sh.III engine in the SSW D.IIb saw the remarkable (for the time) climb of 7000m in 35 minutes, and the decision was made to design a new interceptor around it.

Tests with the prototype D.III fitted with a two-bladed propeller and long undercarriage that typified the first incarnation of the type. showed that ground handling left a lot to be desired, therefore a new four-blade propeller and shorter u/c were soon to be standardised on the production D.III. In tests against the Fokker D.VII and Albatros D.V, the SSW D.III was the faster of the three.

The first pre-production batch was ordered on 26 December 1917 and were numbered D.8340/17 -D.8359/17, the one shown below being the second pre-production aircraft. Note the full cowl and original rudder shape.

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