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Hi all,
As some of you may know, this time last year the modelling community lost 'Des Delatorre', a great inspiration and owner of the 'WW1 Aircraft Models' web site and forum.
Dave Wilson, who now runs the forum, has organised a memorial group build in honor of Des.
I thought I'd like to attempt a double build, consisting two Fokker D.VII aircraft and two figures.
A complete Fokker D.VII - Wingnut Wings Kit No:32027.
A 3D printed 'Aviattic' skeletal Fokker D.VII from 'ShapeWays'.
Anthony Fokker figure from 'Aviattic'.
Photographer figure from 'BlackDog Models'.

Mike

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Definitely going to follow this one, looking forward to it Mike.

BTW are you going to the Peterborough show in March?

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Terrific idea for a memorial group build in honor of Des.

will be following with great interest

Keep 'em comin

Peter

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Hi all,
I'm making a start on the 'full built' Fokker D.VII.
Cockpit items (not yet completed) and flight control rigging and cockpit frame cross bracing.

Mike

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Looking forward to see you perform one two of your magical tricks on building these kits :popcorn:

This seat is already amazing. 

Just one comment : even though I am sure they are not that visible IRL, these molding seam lines on the frames would worry me ;) , but then it’s just me ... and maybe that is one (of many) reasons why my kit output is so abysmally low ...

Hubert

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The lozenge material on the seat and back panel is stunning. 

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Really nice cloth effect there!  Great start.

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MIke

WOW! The interior rigging and cables look fantastic - super work on the seat.

Keep 'em comin

Peter

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You sure do some magic here. I love the internal wiring and the Lozenge effects. For my to build Fokker D.VII, I planned something similar, with the use of Aviattics Fokker figure, but without the stripped D.VII.

Cheers Rob 

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Hi all,
The cockpit side frame tops with 'Aviattic' lozenge applied - tricky to apply but I think worth it,

Mike

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Mike

WOW .. the detail work is incredible and totally agree about the Aviattic' lozenge on the frame tops - looks great

Keep 'em comin

Peter

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Hi all,
The first cockpit is nearing completion.
I still have to fit the instrument panel, compass, tachometer, shoulder harness and engine bearer frames.
Also finish rigging the various control lines and the hand throttle and gun trigger cables,

Mike

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Absolutely stunning Mike, it would have taken me a year to get where you are.......the cockpits are a work of art in themselves.....

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Hi all,
The first Fokker D.VII cockpit is complete now and fitted into the fuselage.
I've added detail, such as instrument cables, grease pump and fuel pressurization pump pipes, under floor cross bracing, engine control rods etc.
I still have to finish it by adding the pilots shoulder harness, which will be attached to the seat mounting frame through the additional linen 'wind break' behind the pilots head,

Mike

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Hi all,
The additional linen baffle (wind break) that was fitted to some Fokker aircraft is done.
The shoulder straps passed through slots is this baffle and down to be attached to the cross bar of the seat frame bulkhead, which had at the top the standard linen baffle.
The coloured shot below is from the Canadian restoration of a war prize Fokker D.VII. It was comprised of parts from different Fokker D.VII aircraft, including OAW built Serial No:6506/18, 8318/18 and 8502/18 and was partially restored in 1963.
The B/W shot is of a similar baffle fitted to a Fokker DR.1.

Mike

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Hi all,
Now that the fuselage is buttoned up I've moved onto the engine.

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As usual not an OOB build. Modifications will be (I hope).

    Complete timing gear
    Fuel priming cups
    Spark plugs (late type)
    Intake manifold nuts
    Ignition leads
    Engine control
    Coolant pipes
    Engine sump apertures
    Oil sight glass. 

First off is the removal of the coolant pipe for the cylinder jackets, which is pre-molded in between each cylinder.
Also the conical vale springs.

Mike

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Hi all,
The cooling of the engine cylinders was carried out by cooled water from the radiator being fed by pipes to the water pump, located on the bottom, rear of the sump.
This water was pumped through an outlet pipe and through interconnected stub pipes at the bottom of each cylinder.
The water was then pumped up through the 
cylinders jackets and out through the interconnected stub pipes at the top of each cylinder, then forward to the front of the engine and back to the radiator for cooling.

The kit supplied cylinder block has the pre-molded coolant pipe for the cylinder jackets, but it looks unrealistic, as it extends through and between the separate cylinders, presumably to act as a solid fixing base for the cylinder block.

I've cut this pre-molded pipe away to separate the cylinders and replaced it with short lengths of 0.85 mm diameter plastic rod, with a chamfer at at end to fit the contour of the cylinders.


Mike

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Looking good Mike !!.......harv :popcorn:

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