Fokker First Build

This Fokker Dr.1, Tri-Plane was a first-build for Model Airways.
DSC03896  The final Fokker Dr.1 DSC03680  Starting with the wings, this is one-half of the lower wing. DSC03685-1  The completed lower wing, with ribbon lacing and wingtip. DSC03686  Finished lower wing
DSC03697  Finished middle wing. Note curved trailing edge. DSC03748  Upper wing before airleons. DSC03716  The brass airleons DSC03721  Seven ply propellor.
DSC03717  The metal frame members before assembly. DSC03724  The assembled motor mount. DSC03728  Adding the side members to the motor mount. DSC03733  Each frame has a station in the assembly jig, furnished in the kit.
DSC03741  The assembled fuselage, all metal, glued with epoxy. DSC03747  The assembly jig accomodates the assembled fuselage, using a wood member to act as the lower wing. DSC03755  The three wings temporarily assembled to the fuselage, using the tiered assembly jig, which is critical to the final assembly. DSC03761  The rudder control stirrups, together with the airleon control stick, showing the turnbuckles and the control cables.
DSC03764  Here, the floor board has been installed over the control linkage.  Note the heel strips on the floor boards. DSC03768  The all-metal elevator and stabilizer.  These assemblies were all soldered, since brass predominates.  The kit recommendation is to use epoxy. DSC03769  The elevator by itself, prior to installation with the stabilizer. DSC03772  The rudder has the Fokker characteristic shape.
DSC03774  All of the tail components ready to install. DSC03775  The wood member is formed by three pieces to form an 'H' shape to accommodate the elevator leading round edge, which will be attached to allow rotation. DSC03779  The final tail assembly installed onto the fuselage. DSC03787  Showing the metal support members under the fixed portion of the elevator assembly.
DSC03792  Again, a trial fitting of the wing assemblies. DSC03794  A novel landing gear assembly, providing an airfoil between the wheels. DSC03798  The stress cabling is extensive in this model, emulating all that was used to stiffen the actual prototype airplane.  Turnbuckles are in each and every cable. Note the control cabling leading to the tail section. DSC03809  The engine is installed with the central drive shaft protruding back through the motor mount.  Note that the radial engine itself rotates for air cooling, while the drive shaft remains stationary.
DSC03814  The engine from the rear, showing the protruding drive shaft.  There is an intake manifold, valve push rod and ignition wire for each of the nine cyclinders. DSC03820  The motor mount showing the protruding drive shaft through which all of the required fuel and magneto cabling is threaded. DSC03833  The cockpit is taking shape here, with the bubble level, magneto controls, stick and seat, complete with leather straps and buckle. DSC03837  In this kit, the fuel tank is fabricated from internal members, covered with sheet metal exterior.  In the Fokker dr.1, the fuel tank is divided in two compartments, to contain, the gasoline in one, and the castor oil in the other.  Each has it's own fill tube as seen in this image.
DSC03842  After the entire fuselage is completed with controls and cabline, the lower wing is glued in place, using epoxy. Note the airleon control cabling wound upon a scrap wood. DSC03849  The middle wing is next to be installed.  In this image, the machine guns are fitted into place, but must not be glued until the sheetmetal covering and upper wing struts are installed. DSC03856  The four inter-wing struts are shaped into air foils and the metal fasteners are glued on each end.  These metal pieces will then be wrapped around the wing beams for added strentgh. DSC03859  The Fokker design utilizes a central rectangular wooden beam for rigidity, eliminating the need for the many stress cables utilized in other planes of the period.
DSC03863  Sheet metal cowling is added here, again with the guns temporarily fitted in place. DSC03866  It is necessary to install the upper wing struts at this point, since their attachment points will be covered by additional sheet metal cowling to be applied next.  The stress cabling points at the base of the struts must also have the cables installed as the eyes on the struts will be covered by sheet metal. DSC03870  The sheet metal cowling is installed here, and the stress cabling is shown also. DSC03872  The final pieces of sheet metal are epoxied to the rubber cockpit lining prior to epoxing the metal in place to complete the cockpit.
DSC03875  A plywood cowl is applied to the rear of the cockpit to provide the curved surface for the fabric used in the actual plane. DSC03879  The upper wing is installed together with the struts.  Both the metal interior struts and outer wooden struts are epoxied at the same time. DSC03890  Underneath view of the extensive wiring and tubing utilized to make the kit as realistic as possible. DSC03894  The finished kit, showing the red engine cowl, painted to match the 'Red Baron' Richthofen airplane.