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Contemplating a half scale Fokker DR1.

Old 05-09-2022, 07:18 PM
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So I'm definitely looking at going off the deep end here and wanting to build a very large scale Dr1 triplane. I've been looking at the BUSA 1/3 scale kit a lot but also have the drawings to build a half scale size. Made a rough bill of material using price list from Specialty Balsa and Spruce Specialty and the basic half scale airframe itself will be a similar cost to the BUSA kit, which has a lot more goodies. We can fabricate a lot of things but a good cowling might be a challenge. Anyone know where one that size can be obtained? Any thoughts or input would be very welcome.
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If you are serious about a project in that size, you really ought to have the knowledge, or skills already. For one, or a few cowlings, I would make a positive plug in a wood lathe. Then lay up fiberglass on the outside of it, and maybe even sand it while it is still in the lathe. Today, 3D-printing plugs or negative molds is also an alternative.
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Building a DR1 cowling that size will be a simple task, all that is needed is a little plywood, foam, glass, epoxy resin, primer, PVA and bondo.

just a couple of days work and you will have your plug ready to layup an airworthy part.

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Yeah I'm right there with you guys. I work on full size aircraft of my own, up to complete rebuilds, so skills, tools and so on are basically in place. Scratch building a large model is alot of fun, but there's also something appealing to me about getting that big ole box and bringing a kit to life. And pretty much everything is right there. Decisions!
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Hi,
I have full scale DR1 plans that wood make great reference for a build like that. Plans are designed by Redfern for the home builder.
If interested Email [email protected], cheap!
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Cool,
I'll be sending an email

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