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Old Aug 01, 2012, 07:37 AM
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Parkzone Albatros DVa - The rigging

In mid June the Parkzone Albatros was available here in Germany. It was certain for me that if I had her at home, I would do some additional detailing and a repaint. This bird is really worth it! I want to start my overview on the things I did with the rigging. What you need is: aluminum tube from your local LHS, outer diameter 2mm, inner diameter 1mm, cotter pins 2mm in diameter and 40mm in length, you have to cut them shorter so they do not need to be that long, but my DIY- store did have only this type. And last, for the rigging itself, elastic cord used for making jewelry. It is available in different colours and on the full size Albatros these wires had a silver colour so it would be the easiest way to choose silver too. I went a different way by using black cord which I painted silver after completion. This may sound strange as it is more work to do, but when you paint your cord there will always be the black basic colour shimmering through the streaks of your paint brush, thus giving the rigging a used look as the wires aged over time, gathering dirt and grease which collected between the single thinner wires of which they were made. I divided my rigging diagram into three parts, as my rigging is made up of three parts too. The attached photos and the text within the photos should help a lot.

And now: Good luck

Frank
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Old Aug 01, 2012, 10:07 AM
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I love what you've done with the Albatross!
Absolutely Stunning!
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Old Aug 01, 2012, 10:16 AM
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In mid June the Parkzone Albatros was available here in Germany. It was certain for me that if I had her at home, I would do some additional detailing and a repaint. This bird is really worth it! I want to start my overview on the things I did with the rigging. What you need is: aluminum tube from your local LHS, outer diameter 2mm, inner diameter 1mm, cotter pins 2mm in diameter and 40mm in length, you have to cut them shorter so they do not need to be that long, but my DIY- store did have only this type. And last, for the rigging itself, elastic cord used for making jewelry. It is available in different colours and on the full size Albatros these wires had a silver colour so it would be the easiest way to choose silver too. I went a different way by using black cord which I painted silver after completion. This may sound strange as it is more work to do, but when you paint your cord there will always be the black basic colour shimmering through the streaks of your paint brush, thus giving the rigging a used look as the wires aged over time, gathering dirt and grease which collected between the single thinner wires of which they were made. I divided my rigging diagram into three parts, as my rigging is made up of three parts too. The attached photos and the text within the photos should help a lot.

And now: Good luck

Frank
TopDog and "One of a Kind" work on the Alby, really Outstanding!
And nice and detailed blog post!
Thanks for posting!
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Old Aug 02, 2012, 02:25 AM
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Thanks to you both
And ddog: I WILL I WILL I WILL
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Old Aug 05, 2012, 05:27 AM
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Well done, Frank!
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Old Aug 05, 2012, 02:27 PM
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Old Aug 05, 2012, 02:33 PM
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By reading over my post I noticed there was something missing- the rigging of the landing gear! I had completely forgotten to post it So to finish my "how -to", here it is...

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Old Apr 16, 2013, 09:40 AM
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Very nice work indeed.

May I ask you if you thought this bird was nose heavy? I have searched and searched and can not find any info on this, if anyone thinks this airplane is nose heavy.

Your thoughts on this would be great.

Thanks for posting this thread great work.
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Old Apr 21, 2013, 06:02 AM
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Thank you I didn't find this bird to be nose heavy, even with my 2200's. In my opinion it balances perfectly.

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Old Apr 22, 2013, 05:11 PM
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I found you are missing one wire. It goes on the front. Mount another cotter pin about 1 inch under the other cotter pin up by the spinner. Then run a wire from this to the back brace on the top or top rear brace.
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Old Apr 22, 2013, 05:12 PM
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Al...rshow_2012.jpg



You see this wire in this photo
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Old Apr 23, 2013, 06:52 AM
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I didn't install this wire by purpose. On many historical photos it is simply missing, so I opted for this layout.
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Old May 09, 2013, 05:38 PM
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This is seriously nice work!
Thanks for all your rigging work, I've got my Alby on the way, and I'm looking forward to making it look better!
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Old May 13, 2013, 08:11 AM
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You're welcome and good luck

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Old Jun 23, 2013, 10:43 AM
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I followed Franks directions with my PZ SE5a and couldn't be happier with the results. Now on to my Albatros (and everyting else that needs rigging)

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