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Old May 27, 2013, 02:41 PM
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Where did you get the incredible pilot, or did you make it yourself. One of the best I've seen.

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Old May 27, 2013, 11:47 PM
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Beautiful work!
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Old May 28, 2013, 12:54 AM
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Thanks a lot guys! I've started to work on the nose and the cowling. Photos will come soon.

Russ: the pilot is a 1:6 action figure of Johannes Patzer (i wouldn't be able to produce such a nice pilot). Unfortunately he's a bit heavy, around 200 grams. He's actually a WWII bomber gunner for whom i bought a WWI leather jacket.

I got him from here:

http://www.dragon-models.de/index.ph...chparam=patzer

Maybe i'll modify him later to be lighter.
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Old May 28, 2013, 01:18 PM
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Thanks a lot guys! I've started to work on the nose and the cowling. Photos will come soon.

Russ: the pilot is a 1:6 action figure of Johannes Patzer (i wouldn't be able to produce such a nice pilot). Unfortunately he's a bit heavy, around 200 grams. He's actually a WWII bomber gunner for whom i bought a WWI leather jacket.

I got him from here:

http://www.dragon-models.de/index.ph...chparam=patzer

Maybe i'll modify him later to be later.
I did modify mine, just kept the head, and made a new body out of foam. Seen someone drilling holes in the body.

Terje
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Old May 30, 2013, 01:52 AM
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Started work on the nose and the motor cowling. It will feature the typical starboard cut-out that makes room for the exhaust pipes.
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Old May 31, 2013, 10:42 PM
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Nice work,especially on the cockpit interior. The rounded top on the radiator could come down further, though; on the real thing it's semicircular, with the arc centred at the same level as the top of the air intakes cut into the matrix. The port side pic of 7S shows this quite well, though you need to look a front view to make it absolutely clear. I've enclosed a nice shot of three D.VIIs showing both sides and the front.
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Old Jun 01, 2013, 02:54 AM
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Thanks Dave for the excellent picture. I will modify the radiator to become more semicircular although it'll mean a bit of wood work.

I built the chin from various bits of balsa. Now the front starts to look a lot like a D.VII.

Additionally i added the flat panel that covers the starboard side of the motor. While on the "Sieben Schwaben" this panel was probably removed for flight I'll show her with full panels because i can't show the full motor since the battery bay needs to fit there.
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Old Jun 02, 2013, 04:22 PM
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If you're interested, Gupi, the ship on the left belonged to Lt Linsinger of Jasta Boelcke. It was striped in dark green and yellow except for the two middle stripes, which were probably black. Nose white, tailplane black and white in usual J2 style. Serial no (OAW) 4453/18. Axial prop. Top cowl panels left in factory finish. Pretty much the same as 7S, except that most of the exhaust pipe was covered by the cowling.
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Old Sep 09, 2013, 01:06 AM
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After a long summer with no building activity and some flying it's now back to the building board.

I finally got my Williams Bros Spandau LMG 08/15 kits and built them. The moulding needs a lot of cleaning but they save soo much work and look pretty. First i painted them with Humbrol Gun Metal but wasn't entirely satisfied so i added some thin black coat of water soluble paint over it. I think they look nice now.

Futhermore i built the ammo box with the two characteristic chutes out of thick paper. It was painted with Humbrol Gun Metal and weathered heavily.

Then i started to build the tail surfaces. Actually it was my first venture into laminated outlines. I bent them around pieces of Depron i had lying around. I went pretty OK for the first time i think.
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Old Sep 11, 2013, 05:19 PM
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Good to see you back at it Gupi
I am still happily flying mine!

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Old Sep 11, 2013, 09:51 PM
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Looking fantastic Gupi.
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Old Sep 12, 2013, 05:31 PM
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Thanks guys!

I recently found out that over at the Aerodrome forum a new photo for the "Sieben Schwaben" has been discovered. It is of excellent quality and shows the Schwaben on the port side in great detail! I'm very excited about this since so few pictures exist of this machine.

Here: http://www.theaerodrome.com/forum/pe...tml#post638443

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Old Sep 14, 2013, 12:20 AM
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Tail surfaces are ready for sanding - looking good already when dry-fitted on the fuselage. I had to put the rudder and elevator servos behind the cockpit since i have the cockpit floor in scale position and now there isn't enough room to route the wires under the floor. Oh well, i hope it doesn't hurt the CG, but it makes it much easier to install everything.
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Old Sep 17, 2013, 01:16 AM
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Started to cover the fuselage so that i can start installing the pull-pull wires. I painted parts of the tail side with rattle can paint so that i don't have to paint that part with the wires coming out. This makes masking easier.

I built a hatch for the servo bay in case i need to fix things there. The hatch is hinged with tissue.

Since the wires are in i can complete the coving now.
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Old Sep 23, 2013, 01:11 AM
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Since i really dislike sanding decided to change the construction of the wing tips. Looking at pictures of the wing tip on a full-size replica i thought i could use a similar construction. I cut the wing tip shapes out of 3mm balsa, watered them and bent them over night. Then i glued them to the wings and added triangles that "extend" the spars to the tips (On the full-size the spars really did extend to the very tips).

I covered the tail surfaces and glued guiding tubes for the elevator wires into the slots (I forgot to add them before i covered the stab).
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