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    RE: CD ScaleDesigns Albatros CI build

    Don, really good work and I'm happy, now is the color of the muffler ok.
    I've sent the detail pictures on your private address.

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    RE: CD ScaleDesigns Albatros CI build

    Oh wow! - that is quite simply stunning Don, it looks amazing!

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    RE: CD ScaleDesigns Albatros CI build

    ORIGINAL: gabriel voisin
    Don, really good work and I'm happy, now is the color of the muffler ok.
    The muffler just looks darker in this photo. I haven't repainted it. In some light it looks lighter, in other light it's darker. I thought long and hard about this, and while I felt that it probably would be dark (almost black), I wanted it to have a metal look. Oh, how I wish some of these WWI photos were in color!

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    RE: CD ScaleDesigns Albatros CI build

    Don, ask if Vintage Aviator will rebuild a C1, than you can take photos yourself

    For me the engine looks perfect, you should kit this one and made availlable. It's a masterpiece itself.

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    RE: CD ScaleDesigns Albatros CI build

    ORIGINAL: Teus
    ...you should kit this one and made availlable.
    It's a nightmare just thinking about that! [:'(]

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    RE: CD ScaleDesigns Albatros CI build

    Its crazy how different lighting effects objects and color temerature....nevermind having to rely on only B/W photos..
    The task is mostly conjecture... and educated guessing.
    I though you had repainted the exhaust stack. Looks great Don.. just make it look old and funky... have you tried rubbing in graphite lightly with a Q-tip to get in corners, I have also found that actually rubbing in motor oil gives metal objects a nice sheen...smells just right also
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    RE: CD ScaleDesigns Albatros CI build

    It would still be possible to lightly mist the exhaust with a darker color. But I think I'm just going to let it go, since it photograhs ok...sort of like how Hollywood uses overly red fake blood so it looks like on film. And I have used the graphite trick before. It works very well over a flat-black base and then just rub with a fingertip for a somewhat irregular finish. I'll use this trick on the machine guns.

    As far as rubbing with motor oil, the reality is that the dummy sits right on top of the real engine and so I'm going to have to clear coat anyway. The RCV91cd seems to be a particularly oily engine. I'm still working out the exact method for mounting the dummy.

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    RE: CD ScaleDesigns Albatros CI build

    Thanks to a small removable ply bracket (at the rear) and two small screws up front, the dummy is now firmly mounted over the engine. Actually the RCV91cd crankcase just looks like the crankcase for the Benz. [8D] Too bad it'll all be hidden away.

    And, yeah, I think I'm going to have to tone done that exhaust.
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    RE: CD ScaleDesigns Albatros CI build

    Looking very respectable & glamorous (sp) Don!
    I guess it depends on what 'look' you are going for. Will it represent a plane that is fresh off the flugswerke factory floor, or will you dirty it up so that it becomes a 'ridden hard and put away wet' mount?

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    RE: CD ScaleDesigns Albatros CI build

    Seems odd to be doing a practical task on this model: Installing the fuel tank, plumbing, and throttle linkage. Not quite sure yet what to do with the fill-line.

    BTW, it's very comforting that the engine is not only "broken in" but that I've flown with it for more than a year and, once a few initial teething probably were sorted, I've never had a problem with this engine.
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    RE: CD ScaleDesigns Albatros CI build


    ORIGINAL: abufletcher

    Not quite sure yet what to do with the fill-line.

    Can you use some of the original plumbing to use a the fill-line?

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    RE: CD ScaleDesigns Albatros CI build

    Where was the fuel filler on the full scale? My last 4 airplanes all had the model tank filler concealed in the filler as a detail item. It doesnt really matter how long it is nor if it runs uphill or down, all the ones I did were on top of the fuse somewhere and I like that theres no siphoning of fuel (as one at the bottom of the cowl) when you disconnect the fueller line. Just picked up a Rumpler CIV plan at 1/6 scale to peruse, still a large model at around 82 inch span, would be very large at 1/4.
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    RE: CD ScaleDesigns Albatros CI build

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    Where was the fuel filler on the full scale?
    I'll see if I can come up with a create solution. So far, I've just been stuffing the tube into some crevice.

    Just picked up a Rumpler CIV plan at 1/6 scale to peruse, still a large model at around 82 inch span, would be very large at 1/4.
    It's what I'm always saying: If you want a bigger model, model a bigger aircraft! WWI modelers seem to be falling all over themselves to build "bigger" 1/3 scale (or larger) models, but they are almost always sticking with the same small fighters. A 1/6 scale 2-seater is like a 1/4 scale fighter. In fact, a 1/6 scale FE2b would be at least the size of a 1/3 scale fighter. When guys start building 1/4 scale 2-seaters, then I'll be impressed. Actually, I have seen a few of those and I WAS impressed!

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    RE: CD ScaleDesigns Albatros CI build

    I think the reason for the trend towards the larger WWI fighters, instead of 2 seat-recon and bomber types is that you can be more acrobatic with them in general...
    read: more fun to fly in general... I have a 1/4 Fleet that can barely roll and I am already getting slightly bored with it... flies otherwise very stable and looks good..
    I still love the image of large 2 seaters in the air flying realistically and well piloted but I think for my flying tastes there would be something missing.. just my 2 cents

    But contest and scale flying is another catagory where they would be perfect
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    RE: CD ScaleDesigns Albatros CI build

    What seems to satisfy me the most when I fly is knowing that I'm making the model go just where I want it to go. I enjoy simple things like "making a perfect turn" and my flying probably looks pretty boring to onlookers. I almost never do any formal aerobatic moves (certainly not the kind that have names) but do a lot of tail wiggling and what I like to think of as "real" erratic combat flying. I imagine I've got a plane on my tail and am trying to shake it. Or that I'm trying to corner another plane. So loops and rolls? Not so much. Dives, breaking maneuvers, absolutely.

    But I know you're right. The 1/3 scale model craze it totally driven by the dawn patrol crowd. It's about FUN. And big (fairly simple to build) fighters are fun.

    PS. I'll put this here because I don't know where else to put it. I've just replaced the Saito 56 I had in my Puppeteer with a same physical size Saito 62. It was a simple matter of swapping out the engines. I'm looking forward to flying it with the extra bit of umph! After gaining a bit of weight with each of many repairs, the Puppeteer was starting to be quite a hog to get into the air with the 56. It would just barely lumber off the ground and two about two circuits before it was really flying. A 72 would really have been perfect, but I would have had to redo the engine mounting and cowling. But on the other hand, I enjoyed the way I really had to squeeze ever last bit of power out of the model and fly it right on the edge of flyablility.

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    RE: CD ScaleDesigns Albatros CI build


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    Where was the fuel filler on the full scale?
    I'll see if I can come up with a create solution. So far, I've just been stuffing the tube into some crevice.

    Just picked up a Rumpler CIV plan at 1/6 scale to peruse, still a large model at around 82 inch span, would be very large at 1/4.
    It's what I'm always saying: If you want a bigger model, model a bigger aircraft! WWI modelers seem to be falling all over themselves to build ''bigger'' 1/3 scale (or larger) models, but they are almost always sticking with the same small fighters. A 1/6 scale 2-seater is like a 1/4 scale fighter. In fact, a 1/6 scale FE2b would be at least the size of a 1/3 scale fighter. When guys start building 1/4 scale 2-seaters, then I'll be impressed. Actually, I have seen a few of those and I WAS impressed!
    actually abu i am building a 2 seater but in 1/3!!!! DH1a will have a 164" span. heck the horz stab is 4 foot across!

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    RE: CD ScaleDesigns Albatros CI build

    I fly in colorado and its always windy. I only build ww1 aircraft and  chose 1/3 scale because they are heavy and much more stable in the wind. 1/4 scale or smaller just gets bounced around in windy conditions making it look more like a model. There are draw backs to building 1/3 scale or larger, its cost and transportation. Once your over that there is no going back.

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    RE: CD ScaleDesigns Albatros CI build

    So are you saying that a 1/6 scale model with the same withspan as a 1/3 scale model will get knocked around more by the wind?

    (Of course, I understand that everyone wants to be the Red Baron and not some some anonymous Joe, Johan, or Jean flying reconnaissance. )

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    RE: CD ScaleDesigns Albatros CI build

    I think what Valleyk means is that at a certain physical mass, wingspan and weight, winds have less of an effect whether 1/6 scale or 1/3 scale... there is also the "RE factor" where wings are more efficient at larger scales which "smooths out the bumps" if you will..
    I must confess that I have never really taken the time to research the RE factor and the math involved.. maybe someone more informed enlightened can us here?[]
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    RE: CD ScaleDesigns Albatros CI build

    My 1/3 scale N28 weighs 40 lbs dry, my 1/4 scale N28 weighs 14.5 lbs dry, It doesnt seem like there should be that much difference but there is. You can fly the 1/3 in about any conditions (sanity respected) but the 1/4 really gets unhappy at 12 to 15 mph.
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    RE: CD ScaleDesigns Albatros CI build

    Again, it seems obvious that a larger/heavier model is going to fly more like the real thing. This has nothing whatsoever to do with scale. But I will admit that 1/6 scale fighters are seeming very small to me nowadays.

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    RE: CD ScaleDesigns Albatros CI build

    Don,

    I have anynew detail colored pictures of the Benz, the C1 and B2.

    Interested?

    Have a nice day,....!

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    RE: CD ScaleDesigns Albatros CI build


    ORIGINAL: gabriel voisin

    Don,

    I have anyΒ*new detail colored pictures of the Benz, the C1 and B2.

    Interested?

    Have a nice day,....!


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    RE: CD ScaleDesigns Albatros CI build

    ???

    "smile"..... what?

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    RE: CD ScaleDesigns Albatros CI build

    To me that would mean "of course"
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