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GilShapley
#1 Posted : 03 September 2021 13:44:31

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This arrived today, The Fokker DR1 1:16 scale by Model Airways. Built the Sopwith some time ago and this will make a nice addition.

Did build the Hachette Fokker many years ago 1:8 scale but this scale will best suit as a pair with the Sopwith

Kit looks fine lots of 1:1 scale plans
Parts list to check off
Instruction Manual 48 pages?!
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#2 Posted : 03 September 2021 15:43:19

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Wow looks a mind boggling kitDrool Drool looking forward to seeing it built upBigGrin

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#3 Posted : 03 September 2021 19:22:09

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Step one, sort the components into sections. They where all together in a large plastic bag. Time spent sorting now will save time as the build progresses and enable me to check I have all the bits.
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#4 Posted : 04 September 2021 16:53:52

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A very nice kit Gil. I have heard and read many good things about these 'Model Airways' kits and that they build into finely detailed models? I wish you success with the build and as an aviation fan, I will most definitely be following this build with great interest.

Well done for putting up another much needed diary in the Aviation section of the forum! Drool ThumpUp

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#5 Posted : 04 September 2021 18:37:14

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Loved this kit ever since Andy, arpurchase, built it. Looking forward to seeing yours come together.Cool ThumpUp

Mark
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#6 Posted : 05 September 2021 13:59:16

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And so it begins. Have had a good look at the parts. There will be some trimming/sanding of metal parts as to be expected. The wooden frame parts are .9mm, so care will be needed when handling during construction.

1st part to construct is the lower wing. In preparation for the start I have "modified" a battery driven nail file by replacing the supplied sandpaper with a finer 320 grit. This will be useful with the number of components involved (No 1 in the attached picture.)I Have replaced all the blades in the craft knives with new (No 2) and made a "file" of 320 grit paper for general sanding of the woodwork, will need to remove the burn marks (no 3)This is disposable and can be cut to length as required
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#7 Posted : 09 September 2021 16:07:52

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That looks like a lot of white metal parts that'll need cleaning up Gil, you're gonna be busy for a while doing that lot! I notice also that you have some
nice little turnbuckles for the rigging included in the kit? They'll add a nice bit of realism to the finished model when it's fully rigged?

Gonna be a cool model Gil, will be watching your progress. Cool ThumpUp

Kev

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#8 Posted : 11 September 2021 08:50:08

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Plenty to get on with, count me as one of your followers.

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#9 Posted : 11 September 2021 18:40:45

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I am sure you will turn this into a masterpiece.I built this several years ago.It was a bear to build.The hardest part was getting the frame to be square.The top cowling also doesnt fit well so I scratchbuilt mine.But with your skills Gil this will be a walk in the aprk.

Carl

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#10 Posted : 15 September 2021 09:03:38

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Thanks for all the encouragement guys. This will be a "challenge" I can see me initiating my "walk away policy" so it doesn't end up in the bin. There are numerous metal parts to clean/paint e.g. there are 50+ turnbuckles which all needed drilling out twice with a .9mm drill to ensure the holes where clear.
I have started on the wings and will post pictures once I have completed the first stage for all three.The instruction (in my humble opinion) could do with less words and more pictures. I suppose I have been spoilt with previous deag builds

Keep safe and have a good day

Gil
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#11 Posted : 15 September 2021 11:00:31

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Nice start everything ready to go Gil looking forward to your progress Drool Drool


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#12 Posted : 15 September 2021 21:27:59

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Yes model airways metal parts are not exactly great.I ended up replacing the turnbuckles on mine. The wings went together perfectly.Lining up the fuselage and keeping it square triggered a few "walk away" moments with me.


Carl
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#13 Posted : 17 September 2021 13:29:46

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Good luck with the build Gil, really looking forward to seeing this start to take shape. Cool ThumpUp

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#14 Posted : 22 September 2021 19:59:27

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Finally got started
Stage one. Started on the three wings. Have assembled the wings as far as the basic skeleton, more to add to them next. I am drawing from my experience from when I built the Hachette Fokker which does help. Have to be careful as the parts are fragile.

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#15 Posted : 22 September 2021 20:40:04

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Hi Gil,

Good clean start.

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#16 Posted : 24 September 2021 20:21:03

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Looks like your usual precision and meticulous work .Great start.

Carl
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#17 Posted : 25 September 2021 07:03:21

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Thanks for the comments guys. I am finding the "instructions" rather vague, several reads are required and lots of cups of tea

Confused BigGrin Confused BigGrin Confused BigGrin

Be safe one and all

Gil
Current Build:- Model Airways Fokker DR1 :-)
[color=blue]Stash Avro Lancaster (Full Kit)plus some extra issues I picked up at a good price
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#18 Posted : 04 October 2021 16:10:16

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Had some trouble in forming the leading edge covers for the wings. They are made of .4mm of ply which need to be bent into a semi circular shape. May have to rethink this part of the build. The structure of the wings is fragile so I have added some additional spars along the length of each wing. Utilising the holes in the provided spars I have inserted some spars along the whole length of each wing. I was looking for some 3mm dowel, but found some kebab sticks in my BBQ kit which fit the bill ThumpUp ThumpUp ThumpUp This is in addition to the rib bracing tape

Have now started on the fuselage, lots of cleaning up of the castings required. The parts are very malleable so are easy the reshape where necessary. Some are somewhat out of shape Slow progress on this build.

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#19 Posted : 04 October 2021 18:56:19

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Nice work with putting those delicate wings spars and ribs together Gil, all looking very neat and straight. With the troublesome 0.4mm ply leading edges, have you tried soaking the sheets in warm water first then when they are more soft and pliable, with less tendency to split, bend them slowly and carefully around the leading edges and clamp in place (or use lots of strong elastic bands, one per rib), leaving them until they have fully dried and retained the curved shape, and then glue in place? Be careful that the water isn't too hot when you soak them or you could soften the glue that binds the ply layers and it may end up delaminating?

Keep up the good work Gil. Cool ThumpUp

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#20 Posted : 04 October 2021 19:03:57

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nice work.The biggest issues with this kit IMO is the soft metal fuselage sections.What I found was they bent out of shape very easily and it was virtually impossible to keep the fueslage straight as the parts would start to warp as soon as any pressure was placed on them. I ended up taping the sections to the wooden jig aft I had them as straight as possible and then use 5 min eposy on each joint
between the stringers and the fuselage sections. Styrene fuselage sectinos would be far superior.If I were to ever build this kit again I would cast the fuelage sections in resin or make them out of brass and solder them.

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