Dec 12, 2003, 06:44 PM
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Here's the fuse and epennage slipped together. No glue yet , just great laser cutting and parts fit.
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Dec 13, 2003, 06:38 AM
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Gorgeous stain job, Dave! What'd you end up using?

Progress looks mighty nice...

Dec 13, 2003, 09:30 PM
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Minwax Golden Oak stain. After things are together I'll give a gloss coat to even things out.
Dec 13, 2003, 09:34 PM
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Here's a pic of the plane assemble. No glue yet just kind of stuck together. It took me a while to get the cabane struts right but finally about 1AM Sat morning I got things togther. I'm almost afraid to take it apart to finish things!
Dec 13, 2003, 09:35 PM
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One more.
Dec 13, 2003, 09:52 PM
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Dave, what a superb build job!! Looks too pretty to cover up! I wonder if Kurt would be upset if you left it the way it is as a static model. Just Kidding!! What are you going to cover it with? Have you picked out a camo scheme? The one on the magazine cover behind the model shot looks super. Keep the pics coming. martys
Dec 14, 2003, 09:11 AM
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The DII's were operational before the wild color schemes associated with the Circuses. There was a two color scheme for the upper surfaces (redish brown and dark green) and a 3 color color scheme (redish brown, dark green and a lighter green). The under sides of the wings and tail are light blue. I think the varnished fuse is the real highlight of the plane. I still have a number of things to do yet-engine, LG fairings, covering (when I get it from the LHS), MG's, wheels, cockpit, then the rigging.
Thanks for the compliments guys, again I'm working with a geat design and great laser cutting.
Dec 15, 2003, 03:13 PM
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Could you give us some details on the aileron linkages and hinging?

Looks really good.

Dec 19, 2003, 10:34 PM
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There will be a servo in each wing for the ailerons. The ailerons will be top hinged.

Here's the beginning of the engine. I'm sticking pretty much with what Kurt designed and supplied but I'm adding bits and pieces to give some more detail. The exhaust is still pretty rough, more sanding needed.
Dec 19, 2003, 11:37 PM
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Nice build Dave. How many hours have you spent on thebuild so far? It's a pity we never get any kits like this over the UK.

Dec 20, 2003, 08:36 AM
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I'm really not sure how many hours are into it. Its really prety simple. The caveat is that I'm photographing the build for Kurt's instruction manual. That slows things down and there are no instructions as this is a prototype kit, I'm helping with the instructions. Having built alot its pretty simple to figure out things and I've made a couple of very minor suggestions to Kurt about the design.. Once the manual is done this is really not a hard line of kits to build.
I'm sure you could mail order the kits from Kurt-
I finally got the covering (Coverlite) yesterday so I start some final sanding and covering soon. Then out with the airbrush to do the painting. BTW, right now with 2 servos mounted and the speed 400 w/Mini-Olympus GB and wheels the plane weighs approximately 9-10oz. I hope it doesn't suffer from the holiday weight gain syndrome.
Dec 20, 2003, 12:16 PM
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Dave nice work so far. stefanP
Dec 20, 2003, 02:53 PM
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Dave, lovely job on the Albatross. I have recently ordered a set of plans from Bengston for the same plane and can't wait to build one. Problem is, I have too many ahead of her in line to build. Keep up the good work, can't wait to see it finished. Greg
Dec 20, 2003, 04:54 PM
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To say we never get kits like this in the UK is a bit strong. I realise it isn't an Albatros, but my own, pr-kits, now does an Eindecker kit, and more types are planned for the near future. We're at

Sorry Kurt mate, didn't mean to hijack your thread.

As I said before, another great building job. How has Kurt arranged the spinner?

Dec 20, 2003, 04:56 PM
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I should clear the issue here since many others might also make the same assumption. This thread is for the Albatros DII. The model on AerodromeRC's workshop is the Albatros DIII. The fuse is the same in both models but the wings are considerably different. The DIII wings are like the Albatros DVa, sesquiplane in structure. As you can see the DII's wings are a true biplane.


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