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Title: Fokker DVIII Build Maiden!!
Post by: Dwayne on October 28, 2017, 08:28:05 PM
I won a 1/3rd scale Fokker DVIII at this years giant scale and have decided to build it. I decided to do the wing first as if I screw this part up there's no need to continue...lol  :P  The  DVIII has a unique wing in that it is flat on the top and tapers on the bottom so it is recommended to build the wing upside down I used an old hokey stick and some weights to keep things aligned while gluing, hey it worked. lol  :P  other than that it's pretty straight forward, the wing is split in the middle so you build one panel at a time, so far so good but man this thing is big.   :o :o 8) :P ;D
Title: Re: Fokker DVIII Build
Post by: Dwayne on November 05, 2017, 09:03:19 PM
Put the wing aside and started the fuse,pretty straight forward, I like cutting the sticks and fitting them, very satisfying  ;D 8)
Title: Re: Fokker DVIII Build (update)
Post by: Dwayne on December 10, 2017, 11:48:23 AM
Really taking my time on this. Lining up the ailerthingy before sheeting the wing, at this pace I could be done by next summer...lol
Title: Re: Fokker DVIII Build (update)
Post by: Dwayne on December 10, 2017, 11:50:07 AM
Jeeze I forgot to post the fuse pics. D'oh...lol
Title: Re: Fokker DVIII Build (update)
Post by: Deerslayer on December 10, 2017, 12:18:30 PM
Good work D. Nice too see someone actually building with balsa and fabric. This will be a nice airplane, for sure. I have seen the full scale replica fly at Rhinebeck and it is an amazingly fast, quick to maneuver and sharp looking machine.

BTW, how do you keep such a neat work area?
Title: Re: Fokker DVIII Build (update)
Post by: Dwayne on December 10, 2017, 08:00:24 PM
Good work D. Nice too see someone actually building with balsa and fabric. This will be a nice airplane, for sure. I have seen the full scale replica fly at Rhinebeck and it is an amazingly fast, quick to maneuver and sharp looking machine.

BTW, how do you keep such a neat work area?

Thanks Gary.
Ok I'm going to share a little secret passed down to me by an old photographer type guy. When shooting pics of your builds, move the junk so it's no in the shot.  :laugh: :P ;D 8)
Title: Re: Fokker DVIII Build (update)
Post by: Deerslayer on December 10, 2017, 08:48:59 PM
Thanks Gary.
Ok I'm going to share a little secret passed down to me by an old photographer type guy. When shooting pics of your builds, move the junk so it's no in the shot.  :laugh: :P ;D 8)
That's easy for you to say - I would have to shove my stuff out the door and into Lake Ontario!
Title: Re: Fokker DVIII Build (update)
Post by: Dwayne on December 31, 2017, 04:13:01 PM
Taking advantage of the cold weather to do some work on the DVIII, Tail coming along nicely  8) ;D
Title: Re: Fokker DVIII Build (update)
Post by: Dwayne on March 05, 2018, 08:53:49 AM
Wing is all done, onto the tail feathers.  ;D ;D
Title: Re: Fokker DVIII Build (update)
Post by: Deerslayer on March 05, 2018, 11:01:41 AM
You are doing a nice job, D.

She will be a very nice machine. The full scale one at Old Rhinebeck is a wicked performer and the occasional DVIII large models that have shown up here are terrific flyers.

It warms my tiny heart to see Members of our club actually building kits, it seems to be a rarity these days.

One comment: I notice that very comfy looking chair nearby. I hope your beer fridge is kept at a great distance, else we may never get to see a completed project. Come to think of it, perhaps that is why I have a pile of uncompleted projects here in the Cave.
Title: Re: Fokker DVIII Build (update)
Post by: Dwayne on March 07, 2018, 08:46:20 AM
Thanks Gary, it sure is a lot of work, I had to enlist the talents of Harold the bender as I don't have a bender big enough to bend 1/4 inch music wire...lol Other than that it's been pretty straight forward but soooo big...lol    :o :o
The beer fridge is behind the bar, I hardly sit in the chair, after a few beers it;s the couch for me.  :P ;D
Title: Re: Fokker DVIII Build (update)
Post by: Dwayne on March 14, 2018, 09:32:25 AM
The fuse is really coming along now, won't be long until its time to cover.  8) ;D
Title: Re: Fokker DVIII Build (update)
Post by: Deerslayer on March 14, 2018, 12:05:51 PM
Very nice!  :D  :D

Unsolicited advice:

Make nice with Brad, there is a lot to be gained there. Wifey bought him a spiffy new trailer, and he has it all gussied up to carry big toys. His day job will be getting in the way of Fun Time as soon as the weather improves. So, get yourself a trailer hitch and grovel - he may take pity on you  ;D
Title: Re: Fokker DVIII Build (update, on her wheels)
Post by: Dwayne on March 25, 2018, 02:20:19 PM
Getting serious now, she's on her wheels, won't be long now.  ;D 8) :o

And a big thank you to master welder Harold, they're perfect buddy.  ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Fokker DVIII Build (updates)
Post by: Dwayne on April 15, 2018, 01:12:42 PM
So what's a person to do when the weather is bad and the car is a block of ice? You finish the DVIII's landing gear.  ;D 8) :D
Title: Re: Fokker DVIII it's engine testing time!!
Post by: Dwayne on April 23, 2018, 09:48:48 AM
Linen now applied, cowl painted, some covering on the tail, starting to look like a real airplane!  :o ;D 8)
Title: Re: Fokker DVIII Build (updates)
Post by: Deerslayer on April 23, 2018, 06:51:35 PM
Very nice, D!
I hope she flies as well as she looks ... and she probably will.

Interesting camouflage paint scheme on those birds, isn't it. Looks a tad "girly", don't ya think? (Of course, once that big machine gun starts to rattle away at your Englander butt, it may not look so girly, I suppose!)
 
Title: Re: Fokker DVIII Build (updates)
Post by: Dwayne on April 23, 2018, 11:11:54 PM
Very nice, D!
I hope she flies as well as she looks ... and she probably will.

Interesting camouflage paint scheme on those birds, isn't it. Looks a tad "girly", don't ya think? (Of course, once that big machine gun starts to rattle away at your Englander butt, it may not look so girly, I suppose!)

Thanks Gary, it should fly like a big park flyer, I hope...lol I did some research but couldn't find an exact reason for the lozenge scheme, just that they wanted something that blended with the sky and ground so  enemy planes couldn't see them in the air or on the ground. Wonder if it worked?
Title: Re: Fokker DVIII Build (updates)
Post by: Deerslayer on April 24, 2018, 05:59:12 AM
As you know, Walter has a new one and we were talking about them. A  small number built in WW1 and they only entered service in the very last couple of months of the war, so battle experience was low.

They were blazingly fast for the time!

Brian Coughlin built a replica twenty some years ago. It was featured inthe EAA magazine. He was a really young guy, living right near Old Rhinebeck. I saw it fly just a few days after it s first test flight. What a machine, quick and agile.
Title: Re: Fokker DVIII Build (updates)
Post by: Dwayne on May 02, 2018, 08:17:59 PM
Fuse doped, tail and insignia's done, won't be long.  8) ;D :)
Title: Re: Fokker DVIII Build (updates)
Post by: Dwayne on May 04, 2018, 12:57:53 PM
T's crossed? Check. I's dotted?  You bet. Wolfgang looks ready to go as well so it can only mean one thing, as soon as the sun cooperates it's engine testing time!!!  ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D 8) 8) 8) 8) :D :D :D :D
Title: Re: Fokker DVIII Build it's engine testing time!
Post by: Dwayne on May 04, 2018, 05:12:16 PM
WOOHOOO!!!!!  She needed a couple of primes but once I got her going and running for a while she starts up no prob now.  ;D :o 8) :P ;) :D ;D 8) 8) 8) 8) 8)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eh6cYYGPciQ&feature=share (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eh6cYYGPciQ&feature=share)
Title: Re: Fokker DVIII Maiden
Post by: Dwayne on May 27, 2018, 02:44:20 PM
The crowd was hushed, tense with anticipation,will she fly or come crashing down,  ah no they weren't  :laugh: :P  But I was nervous as hell so I gave the pleasure of it's maiden to Rolly, I shouldn't have worried it flew right off the board I don't even know if he had to set the trims, fly's great wish I  had more video but I lost site of her after take off. To say I'm happy would be a major understatement,  ;D 8) :P

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tp47Qjs2mgE (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tp47Qjs2mgE)