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Old 03-18-2016, 12:34 PM   #111
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I have balanced the DVII and it will require 7lbs in the nose to balance correctly. Not bad considering other guys have needed to add 14lbs to get theirs to balance. So my AUW will be a light 39lbs. BUSA says the model should come in around 40-45lbs.


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Old 03-18-2016, 04:43 PM   #112
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Wow, it's got to hurt to strap that much lead up front!! Fill the tail with helium??
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Re: B-USA 1/3 Fokker DVII

When you mention WW1, everything is so short coupled up front that you end up putting a lot of weight in the nose,, I think the objective is to, build all controlling mechanisms as close to the front as you can, throughout the build ,and then just cross your fingers as Scott did and hope your not adding a ton up there...With any luck, you will be well within the guidelines of your projected weight...But less is always better.As is the case with Scotts plane,,,by the way awesome build..Helium in the tail, could always be a last ditch option ,, Gordon!!!!!! LOL .... One just learns something everyday by these build threads!!!!!
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Old 03-18-2016, 10:28 PM   #114
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Re: B-USA 1/3 Fokker DVII

That ring gear on the 1/3 Pup is the best idea I have ever seen for these short nosed fighters. +1

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Old 03-19-2016, 01:48 PM   #115
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Re: B-USA 1/3 Fokker DVII

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When you mention WW1, everything is so short coupled up front that you end up putting a lot of weight in the nose,, I think the objective is to, build all controlling mechanisms as close to the front as you can, throughout the build ,and then just cross your fingers as Scott did and hope your not adding a ton up there...With any luck, you will be well within the guidelines of your projected weight...But less is always better.As is the case with Scotts plane,,,by the way awesome build..Helium in the tail, could always be a last ditch option ,, Gordon!!!!!! LOL .... One just learns something everyday by these build threads!!!!!
To be clear, I wasn't criticizing Scott's build or BUSA's design. I've built and flown the 1/4 scale BUSA Triplane so I know all about the need to strap on the nose weight LOL
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Old 03-20-2016, 12:21 AM   #116
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Re: B-USA 1/3 Fokker DVII

It was very painful but I've mounted 2 steel sheets each weighing 3.5 lbs. in the compartment under the engine. The large nose swallowed the sheet steel right up with room to spare. The ring gear is a great idea! Our metal bin is full of those if anyone needs one.

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Old 03-28-2016, 12:45 PM   #117
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Re: B-USA 1/3 Fokker DVII

I have finished the front cowl lower section. This was a flimsy plastic cover supplied by BUSA. I modified it by making the actual front rounded part with balsa and fiberglass cloth. This increases the durability of this piece.


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Re: B-USA 1/3 Fokker DVII

I wasn't happy with the detail of the cockpit cowling and gun area so I have started over on it. This time around I have simulated the actual removable metal panels and inspection hatches with 1/64 sheet spruce and styrene sheet. The result is much better!!!!


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Re: B-USA 1/3 Fokker DVII

Ahh, I think Scott has a case of 'scaleitis' LOL

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Looks great Scott!
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Re: B-USA 1/3 Fokker DVII

So true Gordon, so true.


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