|Jan 16, 2014, 04:38 AM|
Whim Series Fokker D7 by Park Scale Models
Here is my version of a Whim D7. It uses a Spektrum AR6410 BL with two external linear servos, 180 bl 2300kv motor, 5.75x2.25 prop and Turnigy 260mah 2s. AUW is just over 3oz with about a 1:1 thrust ratio. A fresh pack will have it slowly climb vertically, at the halfway point it will just hold a hover. Yep, scale flying at it's finest.
The kit went together easy enough. Hiccups I encountered; the wing rib notches were not long enough, I sanded the rib a little and it fit. The carbon wing struts and LG were about .25in short when cut according to the plan. I used the rods anyway, they are just not fully seated. After that it's up to you to supply all the finishing touches such as pilot, wheels, tail skid and any other features you want to add. I decided to build a fully enclosed fuse,it adds so much to the look of the plane. I added cross braces and covered the bottom. I used balsa sheeting to button up the front. My finishing scheme is a fantasy one based on some aspects of Fokkers that I like. I'm convinced the Germans did not want anyone modeling their fighter planes. Lozenge?? Are you kidding me?! I wanted something a little funky that was reasonably easy to produce.
ribs too tall, sand em down
ribs too long, sand em down
parts layout by Blazingstar
forming the front hatch and cowl
not sure where I'm going with the colors yet
so much pain in such small wings. there was a lot of trimming to get the bottom wings to fit. the spar was to short or the fuse too wide. either way notches were enlarged which made me nervous, I didn't want to mess with the alignment of the wings. I ended up gluing the ribs flush with the bottom of the fuse lined up with the spar notch. seems to have been the correct choice. the spar broke so many times trying to test fit that I couldn't rely on it lining anything up.
getting a better idea of where to go with the colors
struts in place. I glued the wing incidence tabs to the wing and taped them to the fuse for assembly. when done I snapped them off. added the front LG strut for a more scale look. LG struts were too short as well. doubled up the rear carbon to extend the length
made balsa caps for the wheels. mpi 1.5in 5 spokes
front detail. you can see the servos just in front of the cockpit, front hatch holds made from scrap balsa and e clips. the lipo sits all the way forward.
fuse striping going on
test flights before final finishing. photos courtesy of Blazingstar
good shot of the bottom covered up
williams brothers vintage 1/12 scale pilot. guns courtesy of Blazingstar
engine detail made from scrap balsa in the kit
radiator sticker and crosses by Callie Graphics
painted the underside of the wings red with acrylic paint. worth the weight penalty, looks so much better in the air.
don't forget the scarf, a wise friend once said
|Jan 17, 2014, 05:57 PM|
|Jan 25, 2014, 10:04 PM|
Here's my Whim D7
Vtech and I built these at about the same time with the same gear.
Mine is covered with Esaki and uses a pull-pull system.
The best thing I can say about this kit is that it made me think and ponder during the build process and that it resulted in a flying airplane.
My pilot has earned his Iron Cross! (And a handsome appendage over his lip)
|Jan 27, 2014, 04:28 AM|
Thanks guys. BS is always coming up with new ways to detail a model. I get most ideas and some materials from him. You really have to click his pictures to see just how detail oriented he is.
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