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Old Aug 17, 2014, 02:00 AM
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Completed the N-struts and installed the missing RC-components: battery, RX, satellite RX, telemetry. Now the plane is basically ready for maiden.

Time for a weight check: 3257 grams including pilot and battery (4500mhA, 4S). This results to 0.5625 g / (cm^2) =
18.43 oz / sqft - sounds not too bad to me.

I did only a very rough CG check - looks alright, too.
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Old Aug 17, 2014, 03:21 AM
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She is looking very nice indeed. I hope the maiden goes OK for you and you capture some pictures and video's for us to view.

I am just covering my wings with fabric at the moment so hope to have everything finalised in a week or so.

Nigel
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Old Aug 17, 2014, 09:59 PM
Is it suppose to do that?
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Hi Gupi

Good luck with the maiden.

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Old Aug 18, 2014, 12:27 AM
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Nice work Gupi - you now have officially more detail than my prototype I had always meant to add the sub-wing fasteners but I forgot......
Your weight is only marginally more than mine and it almost floats!
Best of luck with your first flights - just be sure the balance is good.

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Old Aug 18, 2014, 09:08 AM
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Thanks guys!

Pat: I'm very relieved that the weight turned out alright. I was really fearing that adding details after details - I got carried away - would turn this nice bird into a lead sled. I think I could loose some weight by making the pilot lighter if needed. Currently he weighs in at 200 grams since he's a fully posable action figure.
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Old Aug 18, 2014, 09:59 AM
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If you are within the weight for the build I would not bother altering anything.

Funny you should quote a weight of 3.2Kg for the model. My top wing on it's own is racing towards 3.5Kg, with an AUW expected in the 24Kg area. Basically twice the size what you have built. I know the GTM model flies well from reports I have seen so you really have nothing to worry about me thinks !

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Old Aug 18, 2014, 03:51 PM
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Nigel,

You have to know that all of my previous builds were conversions of free flight models. This is my very first build this big. So the pilot here weighs as much as a whole plane in the previous builds.
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Old Aug 18, 2014, 05:25 PM
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LOL well you have done a sterling job and in particular your interpretation of the artwork. You (like me) traced the original artwork from pictures while others simplified the artwork from model kits. Most impressive workmanship at that scale indeed.

I'll dig a picture out of mine when I have finished covering the wings. I will be running the fabric over the upper surfaces later this week and hitting them with dope at the weekend!

Later . . . .
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Old Yesterday, 04:45 PM
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Since there's no opportunity for a maiden in sight i've continued with finishing touches such as:

- Added the Balkenkreuze (crosses). The national markings were printed on tissue and glued onto the wings using glue stick. Then an additional coat of dope seals the whole thing.

- Added gun hole patches on lower side of the top wing and the starboard side of the rudder. The holes were patched with little French roundels like the one in the fuselage right within the starboard side "Schwaben" artwork.

- Weathered the tail surfaces, tail area of the fuselage and the sub wing.

- Added the "lift here" instructions by hand.

- Added dummy aileron cables that are just glued to the top of the backmost cabane struts. This allows for easy wing removal and satisfies TLAR principles.
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Wow again every time I look at this D-VII I wish it was mine or my details looked as cool as yours. I also was a little delayed on my maiden so kept adding more details. What's the hold up on flying this Museum Fokker?
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Looked great before, but is just getting better and better!!!

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Old Yesterday, 10:49 PM
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Hey Gupi. Looks really nice. Sorry the weather has not been cooperative. The same thing happened to me. My Dr1 was ready and then it rained the whole week.

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Old Yesterday, 11:53 PM
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Thanks a lot!

Sean is right - the weather forecast is predicting too much wind for the weekend. And it was windy the whole week already. I don't think I want to maiden this bird in something other than dead calm, I'm nervous enough already.
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You spilled a little fuel there when topping off the tank!! - Wonderful build - fantastic finish - little details like the Fokker screws on the cowl - wow -
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