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Old 04-15-2003, 09:45 PM
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I have a Balsa USA Fokker DVIII on the way. Does anybody have any hints or tips for the construction of this model?
Old 04-15-2003, 10:25 PM
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Check the wood in your kit, Balsa USA has been known for inconsistent wood. The good thing is that they are very good at replacing it but I hate to wait for new wood to come if I have already started the kit.
Old 04-16-2003, 08:51 PM
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Give me a call if you are in Travers this summer. I'm in the book. I fly with a small club in Buckley. I should have some progress on the DVIII by then.
Old 04-23-2003, 04:56 PM
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Please feel free to post your progress as a friend (does not have internet access) has one of the kits that he will be starting in a month or so.

Take care Jim
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I got the kit on the 17th,and started it the next morning. So far I haven't run into any problems, allthough I had to take it over to afriend;s house to join the three sections of the wing. My building board isn't long enough to join it the way they prescribe. The only other problem I had is the soldering. I need to learn how. So far, the wing is sheeted on the bottom, and the fuse is framed up,ready for the turtledeck formers. ps. Check out Glenn Torrance Models for some really cool DVIIIstuff. He has covering,cockpit kit,an ammo box, and more. Prices aren't too bad.
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I finished sheeting the wing and got the cabanes made. The incedene is set. So far so good. Still no problems. From what I've seen so far, I'd reccomend this kit.
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Hi Tom,
My flying buddy has taken over the construction of my BUSA Fokker D-VIII, following my heart attack.
I have included some shots showing progress on the model. The wood in my kit is excellent, as is the building manual and plans. BE SURE TO FOLLOW THE MANUAL CAREFULLY!! The cabane concept is very accurate and strong, I will post a shot of them as well.
Would be interested in further discussions of your progress,
Sincerly,
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Originally posted by TomCrump
I finished sheeting the wing and got the cabanes made. The incedene is set. So far so good. Still no problems. From what I've seen so far, I'd reccomend this kit.
Hi Tom,
I sure agree, this kit is a winner-can't wait to see it airborne!We have selected our color scheme and here is the promised cabane shot. If you go to http://www.pilots-n-planes-ww1.com/C...D8/Fok-D8.htm, you can look at shots taken in WW-I of the D-VIII's as they were then!
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Old 05-19-2003, 08:21 PM
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Jim, looks like I better get moving! You are catching up to me. I have the wing sheeted,now, and one aileron left to build. Then it's on to the wingtips. The tailsection is also completed. I'm gonna have to order the covering soon. I plan on powering mine with a G-23. What are you going to use? Have fun.
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Hi Tom,
Well, my friend Max is a real builder, so it is his effort that is bringing about the results!
We will use a G-23 as well-one of the latest before the G-26 was released. We measure around 13-14 # of static thrust, which BSA agrees is just fine for this model.
You mentioned ordering fabric-from GTM? (Glen Torrence Models) If you haven't done so, a visit to his web site is well worth your time: http://www.gtmodels.com/
Enjoy sharing notes with you,
Best Wishes,
Jim
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Jim, I think I have the GTM site memorized. They have a lot of great DVIII stuff. Since I'm not going for an exact scale model, I'm using his airshow pictures of his DVIII as my documentation. I plan on getting a few items from GTM, but I think I'll order my covering from Arizona Model Aircrafters. I think it will be easier to put on. I haven't doped a model in 30 years, and don't really want to get into it now. You got me motivated, tonite, and I built the other aileron and hinged it. I'll hinge the other one tomorrow and start shaping the tips then, too. Thanx for posting the pics. I'd like to see more as you guys get father along as well as the finished bird. Thanks again.
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The framing of the model is complete. No real problems during construction. I thought the cowl, as supplied, was flimsy, so I glassed the inside with heavy fiberglass. It makes a big difference in strength. I changed my mind on power and ordered a G-26 from Hobby Barn. Should be here tomorrow. When it arrives, I can mount it, and then look at servo and battery placement for correct balance. I'd like steerable tailpost so I have to figure something out, there. So far, so good.

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