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Mengnut Wings Fokker Dr. 1


Wolf Buddee
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1 hour ago, Martinnfb said:

Spectacular show Wolf, half of it I won't be able to see, the other half will be inhaled once I sneeze by your display cabinet. Nevertheless breath taking detail my friend.

M.

PS: stop using terms like " fairly easy task", it annoys the hell out of me :)

LOL Martin!

 

You’ll start to use that same phrase when you stop trying to turn a sow’s ear in to a silk purse every time with so many of the kits you cut, smash, grind in to submission, modify, and rebuild to satisfy your critical eye! That’s in no way a criticism but something I just can’t do. You have an eye for detail and the ability to make it in to form and function I simply don’t have my friend! Now go and post something……..I’m waiting…………still waiting………..:respect:

Cheers,        
Wolf

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Hi Wolf

Amazing detective work in solving the issues with the MG's and how you went about correcting the problem. Methodical and surgical work and she sure looks the part. No question, the finish line is fast approaching ... and what are you considering for your next project

Keep "em comin

Peter

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On 7/31/2021 at 4:59 PM, belugawhaleman said:

Fantastic work on your Dr1! Well done!

Thanks Paul,

She’s not too far away from being done now so I hope the last little bit is trouble free. I always seem to get caught up in a bit of Murphy’s Law. Hopefully the rear MG mount was it.

Cheers,    
Wolf

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On 7/31/2021 at 5:10 PM, Kaireckstadt said:

Copy Martin, Wolf: Great problem-solving with the mounting of the guns! This was not a fairly easy task (maybe for you but not for me) and the result and the complete little bird simply looks awesome! 
Can‘t wait to see the next update! 

Thank-you Kai,

Rebuilding the rear gun mount assembly really wasn’t all that hard. Luckily I have a good set of drill bits and a 5 diopter magnifying lamp. Without those I’d be stuck as my vision isn’t what it used to be. Trust me though, if I can do it anybody can, having the right tools makes all the difference.

Cheers,    
Wolf

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13 hours ago, Peterpools said:

Hi Wolf

Amazing detective work in solving the issues with the MG's and how you went about correcting the problem. Methodical and surgical work and she sure looks the part. No question, the finish line is fast approaching ... and what are you considering for your next project

Keep "em comin

Peter

Thanks Pete,

I always appreciate your kind words. Yes, the finish line does appear to be fast approaching and I’ve already made a start on my next project, although I doubt I’ll be posting anything. I have a friend who drove a concrete mixer truck for many years and as a surprise I’m building a 1/25th AMT kit of a Kenworth Concrete Mixer for him. The moulds however are from the early 70s so literally every single part needs to be cleaned up by filing, sanding, filling, and reworking in one way or another. Most of the chrome parts need to be stripped as well as they are either too bright or their mating surfaces are so rough that saving the chrome plating is impossible. I won’t be super detailing it either as I can’t find enough reference photos and parts clean up has already been a real time killer.

After that I think I need to get back to my Tamiya F4U-1A. We’ll see.

Cheers,    
Wolf

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11 minutes ago, harv said:

She is sharp looking Wolf !!......harv :popcorn:

Thanks Harv!

It’s a wonderful kit. Like most all WnWs kits you have to think at least 3 or 4 steps ahead and dry test fit everything. In the end though it’ll be a beautiful example of a Dr. 1 in 1/32nd scale. 
 

Cheers,    
Wolf

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On 8/1/2021 at 6:40 AM, KevinM said:

Showing or age aren't we? I have had the same kit now for 25yrs :) Now as to the Masterpiece you have going on here it is really Nice Work!! :notworthy::notworthy:

LOL, Kevin,

My Waldron punch and die sets have been a staple tool for more than 30 plus years now. I was fortunate enough to have purchased their sub-miniature set as well as the standard set and use the sub-miniature set way more.

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Wolf

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22 hours ago, Wolf Buddee said:

I was fortunate enough to have purchased their sub-miniature set as well as the standard set and use the sub-miniature set way more.

That one I do not have Wolfe but I still have some of his kits for copit details hanging on the wall.;)

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The Rittmeister’s ride is ready!

………but there was a challenge or two before I called it done. The first step was fitting the upper wing which went on without problems.

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Then the fun began!

The next step was adding the 4 aileron control cables that run from the upper fuselage cowl to the bottom of the upper wing. Sounds easy right? I felt a bit of trepidation in doing these and it proved to be justified as they were a real PITA! I figured it would be easiest to secure the lines to the holes in the upper fuselage cowling and then glue them into their holes in the bottom of the upper wing. NOPE! Don’t do it that way! After eleventeen or more attempts I couldn’t make it work. I couldn’t contort my hands, eyes, tweezers, or the model, and see the holes in the wing bottom through my magnifying lamp to secure the lines where they needed to go.  :wallbash: I really really tried! In the process I also managed to knock off the rudder and the right upper aileron. To make things even more interesting I also broke off the upper portion of the right aileron’s control horn. Suddenly the air turned blue and I invented an entirely new vocabulary that I’m sure even the neighbours heard, couldn’t understand, but recognized as pure frustration! :censored:   
After cooling off I ripped out the control lines and figured I’d try installing the lines from top to bottom which proved to be better but not a lot easier. Nevertheless I got ‘er done. For a while I was tempted to forget about the aileron control wires but decided I wasn’t going to be beaten by a little Fokker come hell or high water! My left eye still twitches a bit from the trauma but it usually settles down in a week or so. Each line was tensioned with a heated dental tool and my nightmare was over. I really should have thought the installation of these lines through a bit more as it should have been relatively easy. Of course I had to do it Wolf’s way first to prove I never made it in to the Midvale School for the gifted!
 

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See, the aileron control lines are all there now……..all *#@&*# 4 of ‘em!

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The engine was glued to the firewall, the firewall glued to the fuselage, and last but not least the engine cowl fitted. The last bit was painting the prop with a Tamiya acrylic tan paint and the the wood grain was done using Burnt Umber artist’s oil paint. The Axial Propeller logos came from spare WnWs decals and the data stencils on the prop are Aviattic’s. So is the data placard on the engine cowling. The prop hub was removed from the propeller before painting and replaced with another hub removed from one of the kit’s alternate props. It just made adding the wood grain much easier.

All in all this is a great kit and the problems I experienced were more self induced than anything else so I can wholeheartedly recommend this kit to anyone with experience building WnWs kits. With Aviattic’s streaked, faded varnish decals, IMHO,this model turns out a real gem.
 

I hope you like it.

Cheers,    
Wolf

I’ll post some outdoor pics in the “Finished” forum tomorrow.

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The result is well worth the temporary twitch of an eye Wolf. Bummer with the rigging nightmare, but luckily there isn't a lot of it on the DR.1. Your Fokker looks so good, that I'm tempted to pull my Roden one out of the shelf, congratulations.

Cheers Rob

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