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Old Jan 22, 2016, 04:40 AM
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Hi, John.

I see that you are using the apple Barrel paints. I love the stuff. I also found that Walmart has Folk Art brand metallic. I'm using layers of Sterling Silver and Gunmetal Gray. One drop of flat black added to 12-15 drops of gray dulls it just a bit while a drop of white added to the silver makes a very good analogue for aluminum. I decided to go with aluminum intake pipes because they were sold out of Antique copper but I can always change them later.

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It's funny you mentioned the Folk Art silver metallic. I was experimenting with it on my guns last nite. You got a great effect on yours. I tried doing a plane with it but I didn't like the results.
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Old Jan 22, 2016, 04:46 AM
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J, glad you didn't bail on the paint job. Your streaked finish look fantastic.

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Thanks for the kind words Larry I got to the point of putting the red paint in my hand and I'm glad I didn't do it. On the flip side I'm I hope I can see it in the air!
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Nice job on the streaking - looks pretty good. That can be tricky but yours looks the part.

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Old Jan 22, 2016, 03:42 PM
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Hi Peterlngh
It's funny you mentioned the Folk Art silver metallic. I was experimenting with it on my guns last nite. You got a great effect on yours. I tried doing a plane with it but I didn't like the results.
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Thanks, John.

I was pleasantly surprised but it took some experimentation. For the brighter bits I used Glidden duo "King's Aluminum" as the base coat and flat black for the darker portions. Then I built up the metallic look with very thin coats, silver to brighten and gunmetal gray to darken, in some spots I mixed the two and finished with the metallic toned down with white or black, respectively. I must have been born lucky because it still looks like metal but the flat paint all but eliminates the sparkles. The downside is that now I really want to make a new set of guns that are a bit more true to scale.

For the paper barrel shrouds I applied a thin coat of the gray, thin enough I could sill see the dark marks for the slots, then darkened the "slots" with a sharpie and then dry brushed with flat back to cut down the sparkles followed by some touch up with the Sharpie. It was tedious but much, much, less frustrating than trying to cut them all out.

I don't think the silver would look good for a whole airplane but, if I ever get that Pfalz I've always dreamed of, I might use it to "metalize" the Glidden Duo to try and match the Silbergrau.

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That paint job looks amazing. Great job! The olive streaking is such a great look for this plane. So much better than all red.
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Old Jan 23, 2016, 01:07 PM
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Not to sound like a lot of me toos. But you really nailed the streaking.
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Old Jan 24, 2016, 06:20 PM
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Thanks for all of the positive replys guys. I started assembling this weekend and it's starting to take shape. I noticed a lot of people looked at the pic of the paint bottles and I missed the brown used over the base coat. ( see pics) The wings plug in simple considering there's 3 of them but there is still some flexibility in adjusting the them per plan but certainly not difficult, a very cleaver design. I think it will come in under 24 OZ. final weight with a battery and I don't think she will need nose weight. ( that's a miracle for me)
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Old Jan 26, 2016, 05:53 AM
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I tried a new method on the markings, printing them on a laser printer with silkspan. They printed no problem and applied them with polycrilic. I tried dope but the toner ran.
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Just need to Finnish the aileron linkage and she's done. My calculations were way off and I needed six ounces of lead bringing the total to whopping 32 oz. with battery. The wing loading is still ok but I was hoping for a lighter model but that's the nature of the beast. I probably should have not sheeted the rudder because it soaked up a lot of dope but I'll leave it as is. All in all a very well designed short kit of high quality and well thought out. Looking forward to the snow melting so I can fly it. Had a hard time finding the thread buried in here, who says building is dead?
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Looks great, congrats!
Good luck on the maiden. I found mine initially did not like to roll without some rudder input. It floats a bit but most of my flights are with at least 1/3 throttle. I noticed this strange tendency to have the nose tuck down, or at least that was what I perceived, with even a little nose down stick. It may be due to the short nose moment and/or just my overanxious nerves.
I still managed to get it down in one piece and, with the exception of nosing over, the landing was straightforward.
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Thanks Mike
I never know what to expect with a ww1 plane on the maiden. I guess that's part of the thrill of it. I remember my Flair Dr1 needed tons of down elevator so thanks for the heads up I'll keep trims level and go from there.
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Lovely work, John!

Have you ever seen this marvelous flying display by Gernot Bruckmann? He does some no scale vertical maneuvers but the fun parts are very scale. You can also really see all the coupling inherent in flying "a demented flight of stairs". Enjoy!

Giant XXL RC Triplane // Big Fokker Dr. 1 [HD] (9 min 3 sec)
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Old Feb 13, 2016, 06:59 AM
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Yes I have seen that video it's fantastic. If I ever build that big I'm going to build the Fisher Koala so I can get in! I'm still waiting for a reliable lite weight power plant keeping it as an ultra lite.
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Nicely done John! Will be anxiously awaiting the flight report. I have the plans for this one also. Not sure if I will be doing the Camel next or the DR I though as I'm working on a 1/8 Fok DVI now. I also had the Flaire triplane. I thoroughly enjoyed that model and "flew the pants off it" for quite a few years! Someone recently started a post about Flair models over on the World War I Aircraft page if you're interested in viewing it.
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While I like that he flies that huge thing, I don't understand why investing all that time and money in a model when he could have built one he could fly in for not much more.

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