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Old 08-26-2014, 08:38 PM   #1
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Hi everyone!
This will be my first build log on RCCanada, so please bear with me. First off, I'm really slow at building. I'm in university right now, so time is tight, but hey everyone needs a break here and there! So on with the actual build.

Behold, the discontinued Great Planes Fokker DR1. This thing was in bad shape when I got it. Looked like someone stepped on the middle wing, splattered white paint all over it and stored it in a dusty humid environment.

That said, the covering was FINISHED. Holes, stains, paint, you name it was on there. So the second I got the aircraft I stripped it of its original covering and fixed the broken wing. Turns out the wing wasn't that bad. It had only cracked at the joint of two leading edge pieces of balsa. So easy fix with some glue and clamps.

Next thing I tackled was beefing up those wings. I've heard lots of stories of the bottom wing just cracking in half on landing, so the bottom wing received a nice 1/2" by 1/2" basswood reinforcement stringer at the wing joint. The middle received some angled balsa just because I thought it was a good idea. Beef the wings? Check.

So I checked out the tail of the aircraft. One hard landing and I'm telling you that tail skid will become part of the elevator. So onto the reinforcement. Only 3/16 sheet this time. Speaking of landing gear, the stock LG is terrible! Again, a hard landing will crack the underside of the plane. Luckily, a good friend of mine is a welder by trade and can fix me some good shock absorbing landing gear (with bungee cord )

Onto the propulsion department. Right now, I've been trying to sell my nitro engines (they don't seem to be selling ) so if I don't sell one of my saito FA .91, I guess I'm using that. Though I really would like to go electric as most of my fleet is electric now.

So to do list.
  • Create a pull-pull mechanism for elevator, rudder
  • Create a realistic cockpit from scratch
  • Find some sort of scale wheels that don't cost an arm and a leg
  • Create as many scale details as possible
Once I get that done, I'll be covering my dreidecker in beige coverite fabric and painting it with some BEAUTIFUL nelson hobbies paint. I did a couple test panels with this stuff and it's absolutely gorgeous. Really happy with my purchase and John even made custom colors for my paint scheme. Oh btw, my paint scheme is a secret! You'll have to wait an see!

So far, that's it.
I appreciate any comments, criticism, questions, you name it. Also if anyone has any ideas to make this plane more scale, please chime in!
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Old 08-26-2014, 10:34 PM   #2
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Awsum Ben, I will watch with interest.

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Old 08-28-2014, 03:25 PM   #3
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I'm on board! Excellent model Ben! I found the lower wing spar to be a little weak. I removed all the covering and put in some lite ply web shears.

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Old 08-30-2014, 09:02 PM   #5
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Re: Great Planes Fokker DR1 Restoration

So today I re sanded/filled the elevator/fuse joint and fixed a few dings in the fuse. I ordered some fake leather for the cockpit trim and then reshaped the contour of the cockpit to be more scale. To end the day, I pondered about my pull-pull elevator/rudder setup. So I came up with the point, is it really worth it? Right now, I'm at 50/50 so I need you guys to push me over the edge! Tell me what you think!
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Old 08-31-2014, 12:42 AM   #6
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Re: Great Planes Fokker DR1 Restoration

One of Mr. Scale, Dave Platts laws is "a scale model never gets finished, it is always a work in progress" or something like that. Ben, either way it's a heck of a lot better and more scale than when you started. Personally I think you should go all the way with your original plan of pull pull. You will be proud of your accomplishment.

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Re: Great Planes Fokker DR1 Restoration

Hi guys,
Sorry, I was in Toronto over the long weekend, way too many people for my taste. Luckly had some friends in Ajax, so I learned how to fly some helis. DEFINITELY NOT FOR ME! I prefer when an object can only go forward.... and not suddenly whip back
That said, no work got done on the fokker . As per what Sukhoi said, I will be doing pull-pull as I just ordered all the necessary cabling! I'll be making scale ply control arms and perhaps even look into scale hinges, but that's a stretch.
Anyone have any other scale ideas? I'll try and incorporate them!

On a side note, today my covering came at the local hobby shop! It is 21st Century Coverite . I got it in beige to simulate the real fabric. To tell you the truth, this stuff is cool. Its like a thin thin thin painted fabric sheet which acts and looks like normal covering material. However, on closer inspection, the fabric shows through. I plan on running over the surface with 800 grit sandpaper to just get rid of the slight sheen. It's not really shiny, nothing like monocote or ultracote, but it still has a little sheen to it from the paint. My aircraft will be a weathered beast of a machine, not some brand new shiny toy!!!

Anyway, thanks for chiming in,

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Re: Great Planes Fokker DR1 Restoration

Hey everyone!
I covered the ailerons today and what can I say, this covering is great! I tried to capture the fabric feel/look with my phone, but I don't know if it turned out that great. All I can say is that in person its A++++. However, this stuff doesn't stretch at all so tight curves and shapes might be a little hard. I had a hard time getting it to conform around the trailing edges of the aileron.
Anyway, hopefully I can shoot some paint onto these ailerons next weekend, just for "testing" purposes (aka I can't wait to see this thing painted)
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