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Sep 14, 2011, 05:39 PM
The dog ate my clearance
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Ebenezer Fokker D-VII

Taking a break from "serious" building and thought I'd try an Ebenezer. This little Fokker (!) is turning out to be a fun project and gave me an excuse to dig out my old Pee Wee 020. I fired up the Pee Wee yesterday. Wow, I had forgotten how noisy those little buggers are. Managed to rap my knuckles during starting; it's kind of embarrassing to get spanked by an 020.

All the major parts are done and given a coat of Minwax polycrylic. I'll do more sanding and one more coat of Minwax followed by a color coat. I've heard Rustoleum is fuel-proof to around 10-15% nitro, so I'll give that a try.

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Sep 15, 2011, 07:34 AM
I like real wooden aeroplanes!
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Looks like fun Pete. Isn't it great to sometimes build something quick and simple as a relaxation from the more heavy duty stuff? I love all Ebeneezers, there was a "fly in" at Old Warden some years ago for "Ebeneezer-type" models of all sorts, and the quantity and variety of designs had to be seen to be believed. They mostly all flew in true Ebeneezer style, and you needed eyes in the back of your head (and a bone dome!).

A few years ago, seized by the urge for simplicity, I built a series of five 1/10th scale solid catapult gliders of some of the "big" vintage gliders of the late forties - Thunderking, Sunspot, Thermalist, and the Italian Turbine and British Ron Mead 1948 (I had the full size radio converted versions of the latter two at the time, boy they were BIG! The Turbine had a 140 x 14 inch wing and the Ron Mead 132 x 15). The little catapult models were great building relaxation and amazingly good performers, I gave them away before moving but one day I'll maybe build them again. I have non-digital photo prints somewhere, if I can find one I'll scan and post it.
Sep 19, 2011, 12:20 AM
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I built one of these a few years ago. It flew great (for an all sheet model). I also had an 020 in it. It's pretty easy to rap your knuckles on those little guys. Just make sure you put plenty downthrust in it.
Sep 01, 2013, 07:39 PM
The dog ate my clearance
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Test flights today ended badly.....three brief flights, three crashes with minimal damage. CG is at about 30% back from the leading edge of the top wing. I've got about 10 degrees of up elevator and a few degrees of right rudder, along with several degrees of right engine thrust and a few degrees of down thrust. Model climbs briefly, then rapidly rolls to the right and spirals into the ground. I think the Pee Wee has plenty of power, but I might be way off in decalage or CG. The flight pattern almost looks like a snap roll. I don't know what to try next. Any suggestions are welcome.
Sep 01, 2013, 11:48 PM
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How about trying just a normal test glide, no power. What happens?

Try reducing the power, set the elevator to zero, and remove the rudder off set. If the model still spirals down, maybe try moving the CG back ever so slightly until it either stops spiraling down, or will not fly.

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