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Posted by MikeSawicki | Jun 06, 2014 @ 04:43 PM | 2,004 Views
Nothing beats seeing the real thing for inspiration! I had the chance to tour the Old Kingsbury Aerodrome aka The Pioneer Flight Museum in Kingsbury, Texas. I was attracted to the site after running across pictures of their Fokker Dr1 while researching my own build. We met Roger who was kind enough to show us a round, let me and my son sit in the Dr 1 and DVII and share his wealth of knowledge about the various projects. You know it is working when the wife, who is normally bored with such subjects, actually gets into it.
The museum is located some miles east of San Marcos, Texas and has a website with directions. The collection is very interesting and the hanger is filled with projects in various stages. It was fascinating to see the structures uncovered and realize how rudimentary the building techniques were.
The best news was that there is an Rc flying field right next door!
Posted by MikeSawicki | Apr 13, 2014 @ 10:07 AM | 1,764 Views
I have been posting a build log about the construction of a 1/8 scale Fokker,Dr.1 in the scale scratch section . I've neglected to post about it here, however. So, this is a bit about that build. I tend to do a stream of consciousness build log, posting my progress - no matter how mundane - and writing about my design and construction obstacles as I go along. It is not because I am any sort or master builder, quite the contrary. Rather, it helps me sort out the decisions and I frequently get great advice from others reading things as I go along.
The Dr1 I am building, cut by Charles at Just1morekit, has been a straightforward build. I have injected issues by wanting to replace the two wing servos with a pull-pull control system. Also built a rudimentary cockpit to fill the void inside. I like to stretch my skills, and complicate my life, by trying something new each time I do something.
Posted by MikeSawicki | Feb 01, 2014 @ 10:40 AM | 1,557 Views
My first effort to build was a AerodromeRC Fokker DVII. I struggled with which kit to try and was attracted to it for several reasons. First, it was listed as an intermediate skill build which, while beyond my naescent abilities still seemed within reach. Second, the on line photos of other builds looked great. Third, it was one of my favorite planes as a kid and I remembered the little 1/72 versions my father made for me.
So, off I went.
I supplemented my ignorance, and there was a lot of it, with on line research and the invaluable help of participants on the AerodromeRC forums. I could not have done it without them.
In the end, things turned out pretty well. I give a lot of credit for that to the simplicity of the kit and the time I took to research before actually putting things together.
I significantly overpowered the kit. Something that was a function of simply not knowing the first thing about how to select a motor, prop, battery combination. A helpful friend at the lhs,( I'm pointing at you Brent) suggested I downsize the prop and that cured most of the problems.
The DVII flies a lot like a box kite. It is very stable in the air, flies on less than half throttle and is very predictable in performance. I really enjoy flying it but have to admit I am nervous each time because it is my first build.
Posted by MikeSawicki | Jan 29, 2014 @ 09:22 PM | 1,814 Views
This is my first ever blog entry. I am in the process of building a Fokker Dr.1 after completing my first every build of a Fokker DVII from AerodromeRC.
I am a self-taught RC pilot, starting my flying on a Graupner Cub three channel. After that, I graduated to a Parkzone T-28. Then on to the P-47 and an Electrifly Nieuport. Only recently learned how to really control them and have not mastered any aerobatics or special maneuvers, I'm content to get them in and out of the air in one piece.
I'm teaching my son how to fly, when he is interested which is not too often. And I am rediscovering the joy of building which is something I learned from my father. He was an aerospace engineer and worked on the Lunar Lander during the Apollo moon shots. I am a licensed private pilot and used to fly gliders.