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Old 09-24-2006, 06:12 AM
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Default BUSA Fokker Dr1

Finaly getting a chance to finish up a 1/4 scale BUSA Dr1. White Solartex cover with Acrylic Latex paints. Still have the black cross to paint and then a clear topcoat to protect the latex. No stink from paints in the workshop!
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Old 09-24-2006, 10:11 PM
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Default RE: BUSA Fokker Dr1

very nice. love the color.
Old 09-26-2006, 02:47 PM
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Great effect with the streaking. can't wait to see it together. What's going up front?

I recovered my GP DR-1 with Solartex and used latex. Gotta love that stuff.
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New G-26 for power with a Sullivan super smoker. Did you put a clearcoat over your latex paint? I just got back in from the shop painting more cross's on the fuse and rudder. I will post a couple of pics when I get a moment. Here is the paint scheme I am shooting for.

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Old 09-27-2006, 08:10 AM
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Default RE: BUSA Fokker Dr1

Here are a couple of photos of the fuse with black cross's. Can anyone give me more information on just what text was on the fuse and the bottom of the rudder?

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Old 09-27-2006, 09:02 AM
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The Text at the bottom of the rudder is the Fokker signature,
The number at the bottom of the rudder appears to be 3064 but I am not totally positive about that. You plane is looking great!!!!
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Old 09-27-2006, 09:03 AM
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Isn't painting that white border on the cross a pain?
Old 09-27-2006, 03:24 PM
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Yes, I clearcoated with Top Flite Lustrekote flat clear, but I have a glow engine and needed to fuelproof. I'd recommend a good automotive clear, or Krylon or rustoleum, all will protect from gas, and all are compatible with latex.
As far as text goes, on the left side, below the cockpit, are the weights and serial number. The text on the tail says Fokker, and model(DR-I)

The weights are:

Leergewicht_______376kg (empty weight)
Nutzlast__________195kg (available load)
Gesamt Gewicht___571kg (max gross. wt)

Below that is the serial. Mine is Fok F I 586/17, Ernst Udet's
Old 09-27-2006, 08:24 PM
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tailskid,

The white border on the top of the horizonal stabilizer was simple to accomplish. I have a graphics business and cut adhesive stencils. Paint a white cross, let the paint dry and then smaller stencil and paint the black cross.

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Old 08-29-2007, 07:06 PM
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I am taking my Dr-1 to the flying field Friday. CG is perfect with no additional weight and a gross weight of 16.5 pounds. Any one else have a weight?

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Old 08-29-2007, 07:49 PM
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14.5# with Super Tiger 2500
Old 08-30-2007, 09:33 PM
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14.5 with saito 180. I found without some right thrust, at idle, on final approach, my tripe would drift left and never ended up lined up with the runway. After adding a couple of degrees of right thrust this went away. I have been flying mine now for over 5 years. Love it! You will too.
Looks great good job.
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Old 08-30-2007, 10:02 PM
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Makes me want to run out and buy one! Nice job guys.

Have a VK in the box, but I'm thinking it's too small [and valuable].

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Default RE: BUSA Fokker Dr1

Fokker Ace, Go for it! I thought the BUSA DR1 was pretty easy to build. It is a fairly large project but all 3 wings are the same basically. The toughest part for me was setting up the wings but it was the first time I had ever done it. My Fokker DVII went much smoother but I think was more complicated. Just be sure to use silver solder on all struts and landing gear joints or they will fail!
I also added a shocked landing gear, as the stock stiff gear takes a real pounding with these heavier planes.
I am sure the VK is a very nice plane but it is tougher to add scale details to a smaller plane. For me 1\4 scale is just right.
Old 09-10-2007, 08:19 PM
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BPS,
What paint system do you use for a painting your planes. I noticed a paint box sitting on your building board is that for an air brush? R/John
Old 09-11-2007, 06:29 AM
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I built my own air box from cardboard and furnace air filters. Use a dust collector to provide the negative air flow. Yes I am using a
Badger air brush and acrylic latex enamels purchased from Michael's Crafts. Overcoated with Minwax satin polyurethane. The slight yellowing actualy looks realistic on this plane. I am building a Sig clip wing cub and I plan on using the acrylic enamel to paint it with and Warbirds latex clear to overcoat with. The Dr is cover with Solartex but the Cub will be covered with Koverall. I found a great sealer, glue, filler that is water based and makes the covering job much easier than even Solartex. Back in the days of Silk and Dope, if we had this stuff finishing would have been a breeze!.

No flight on the Dr yet. Business[:@] got in the way last weekend and the club has flying field activities this weekend. Flight report will be posted!

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Thanks for information. I'm going to set one up like yours. One hitch, I live in Central Florida and I need to spray in an conditioned place indoors. I'll need to set up a quite fan system to suck in and filter the paint dust. Wish me luck. R/John
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Nice thing about spraying the latex. You don't feel like you have been making cotton candy all day. The simple exhaust fan with a filter will draw the overspray away and into the filter.

Happy painting!
Old 10-07-2007, 11:53 AM
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This is a great thread. I have a DR-1 1/4 scale BUSA about half covered and was hoping that someone might elaborate on what I should expect on test flights. I saw talk about these wanting to climb a lot due to lift etc. also can anyone give me a little more detail on the engine set up for right thrust and down thrust. I'm using my fav Webra Bully 2.2 glow so I can swing a more scale prop.

Thx

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don , you must use some right rudder on take off or it will try to roll left also ease into the throttle on takeoff for your first flight , i started with a saito 180 and later switched to a brison 2.4 you need at least 3 degrees right thrust and 3-4 degrees downthrust to counter the climb , the tendency to climb is coupled with power and airspeed so i suggest using a programmable mix ,mixing the throttle to elevator and having the mix begin at 1/2 throttle and above and only mix 3-5 % down elevator to throttle , also you need to fly it to the ground on landing what i mean is this plane is a real floater and if you pull the power back to idle and try to glide it in it will slow to the point that it will begine to yaw back and forth due to the short fuselage and when it does this it will always catch a wheel and flip over so keep enough landing speed to prevent it make a number of low and slow passes until you find it , i also used a 32 oz fuel tank when i installed the saito due to high fuel usage and kept it when switched to gas so i have at least 30-45 minutes of flight time and most of all when you slow it down the controls become very mushy and the ailerons also become ineffective at low speed so teach yourself to use the rudder good luck and once you have it flying its a blast to fly

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