Thursday, February 9, 2017

Gamer History - Battlefield 1's Rumpler C.I

We conclude our series of Battlefield 1’s aircraft with the second and final German two-seater, the Rumpler C.I. First introduced in 1915, the C.I served all the way to the end of the war, first as an observer and bomber, then later as a trainer.
Rumpler C.I. Source
Powered by a 160hp Mercedes D.III water-cooled six-cylinder inline engine, the C.I could manage a top speed of 94mph. Early versions carried only a single defensive machine-gun in the rear cockpit, while later combat versions added a forward fixed gun for the pilot, and provision for 100kg of bombs to be carried under the wings. The trainer version of the C.I dispensed with the rear machine-gun all together, and were powered by a 150hp Benz Bz.III engine instead.

In its operational career, the Rumpler distinguished itself primarily in its trainer role. A solid, docile flier, it proved an ideal mount for fledgling pilots learning the basics of flight. At the end of the war, Poland, Yugoslavia, and Latvia utilized the aircraft as well.

Unfortunately, there do not seem to be any surviving C.Is, nor any specific kits designed to replicate them. It does seem like one of Airdrome Aeroplanes two seat kits could be cosmetically adapted to fit the role, but much more is probably pushing it.

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