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Balsa USA Fokker DRI 1/4 scale

Old 12-09-2017, 05:01 PM
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i recieved mine last week and have started it. One wing down.
If I cover it with solartex, can that be painted? Kinda rough weave i think it would be next to impossible to get good straight paint lines with no bleed or creep under the tape. Ideas? Solutions? Thanks, Barry
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My 1/3 scale Balsa USA DRI is covered in Solartex. And hand painted with Behr house paint. The Solartex holds the paint well. Yes the bleed under the edge of the tape can be a problem. Will you be hand painting or spray? If spray paint, then light mist coats and let dry well each time can work. I have read that a coat of clear before the color coat works also. Good luck.
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My 1/3 scale Balsa USA DRI is covered in Solartex. And hand painted with Behr house paint. The Solartex holds the paint well. Yes the bleed under the edge of the tape can be a problem. Will you be hand painting or spray? If spray paint, then light mist coats and let dry well each time can work. I have read that a coat of clear before the color coat works also. Good luck.
thanks jeffEE and that is a beautiful build there.
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Thanks. I have built 4 DRI's. 2 of them were 1/4 scale, a 1/3 scale and I had one that was an ARF. Sold both 1/4 scale birds and hated the way the ARF flew so got rid of that one fast. The quarter scale birds flew nice, but I always flew them too fast. I was still flying WWII style. Good luck on the build, ask lots of questions. (Balsa USA kits are great at generation questions) And be ready to add down trim.
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Bcool, one thing to check on your plans.. If I recall correctly one wing panel (bottom right? from cockpit) might have been drawn slightly longer than the left. Also the pockets where the vertical outer strut board goes thru the wings should all be the same distance from the center .. If I recall one friend of mine had to redo one of the hard mount areas because when the wings stack up on the plane ..one was not right on the plans... I still think its the bottom right wing...
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Thanks. I have built 4 DRI's. 2 of them were 1/4 scale, a 1/3 scale and I had one that was an ARF. Sold both 1/4 scale birds and hated the way the ARF flew so got rid of that one fast. The quarter scale birds flew nice, but I always flew them too fast. I was still flying WWII style. Good luck on the build, ask lots of questions. (Balsa USA kits are great at generation questions) And be ready to add down trim.
ya the great planes arf when you can find them are selling for ridiculous prices. I decided to build the Sig 1/4 scale cause the size is good and their kits are the best.
I have read several build logs and hopefully will be able to add some of the advice and tips given in there. Thanks, Barry
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Originally Posted by jeffEE View Post
Thanks. I have built 4 DRI's. 2 of them were 1/4 scale, a 1/3 scale and I had one that was an ARF. Sold both 1/4 scale birds and hated the way the ARF flew so got rid of that one fast. The quarter scale birds flew nice, but I always flew them too fast. I was still flying WWII style. Good luck on the build, ask lots of questions. (Balsa USA kits are great at generation questions) And be ready to add down trim.
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Bcool, one thing to check on your plans.. If I recall correctly one wing panel (bottom right? from cockpit) might have been drawn slightly longer than the left. Also the pockets where the vertical outer strut board goes thru the wings should all be the same distance from the center .. If I recall one friend of mine had to redo one of the hard mount areas because when the wings stack up on the plane ..one was not right on the plans... I still think its the bottom right wing...
ok good. I will check those out. I know the directions say not to add the strut pockets till later so i will double check them. Thanks for the heads up. Barry
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Im looking at engines now. G26 weighs in at 46oz engine only. The Evolution 33gx is at 38oz engine only. I really donít know which way to go honestly. The 33gx will fit in A lot of other planes where the g26 would be under powered in Those same planes. I like the ability to swap out engines for other planes because they are not cheap. Or how about a dle30? Any advice guys?
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jeffEE, probably be hand painting so I can get the striping/camouflage done. Clear coating first sounds like a good way to go. Thanks, Barry

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has anyone used planetex sold by sig? Looks straight forward enough in application.
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Does anyone have a g26 that could measure the width including muffler and carb? I canít tell by the online manual what the dimensions are so donít know if it would fit in the Dr1 cowl.
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Does anyone have a g26 that could measure the width including muffler and carb? I canít tell by the online manual what the dimensions are so donít know if it would fit in the Dr1 cowl.
Thanks, Barry
8Ē is what I am told so will go with that.
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Default Balsa USA 1/4 Scale Fokker DR1 Manual

Hi I have just acquired a partially started kit of the Balsa USA 1/4 Scale Fokker DR1. It is complete but missing the build instruction manual, I have ordered a new one from Balsa USA. with the current covid restrictions on travel and postage I think it will take quite some time to arrive, as I am itching to start the build I was hoping some one would have one they could scan and send an electronic copy to me. can anyone help, please let me know?
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How far along is the build? Post some pics of where you are in the process.
I don't know how many people can scan instruction books, but there are other ways if someone knows how far along you are.
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Hi and thanks Foodsticks,
I have just received this kit, and the three sets of wings are done. I have just started the Ailerons, and find that although the plan was some detail there is little in description of parts and how they are assembled, was hoping that the instructions would have explanations.
I do mostly build from planes and have no trouble with them, I was just thinking it would be easier as this is a kit. Thank you again for your reply as this is the first time i have asked a question on any forum.
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Sending you a private message , .. and maybe I can get you some info...
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Your email came thru, glad to hear you found a manual..

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