Fokker DVII Project

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    Jeff Brooks

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    Hi All,
    I posted some pictures of my Fokker DVII project under a thread called, "Mother Fokker" but it wasn't MY thread, and I didn't want to steal someone elses thunder, so I thought I'd just start one here.
    I started this project back int 2005, after I finished a deployment with the army.
    Here is the frame at the start of the project
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    These are the rib profiles I used for the wings.
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    Jeff Brooks

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    Here we are struggling with bracing wire
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    All I can say is WOW, Beautiful work sir.
     
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    Wow! Cool!
     
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    Very interesting and really fine work ! Let's hear about the engine. Is that a genuine one ( Mercedes ? ), and how did you get it ?

    Also the lozenge finish on the fabric. How is that made ?
     
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    No, it isn't a Mercedes III, it's a Ranger L-440-5, 200hp.
    I just got the rusty cylinder back from Harrison Engine Shop in IN.
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    Looks great. Gotta lap the valves, and then reassembly.

    The lozenge is printed right into the Irish Linen.
    A dentist named Ross Walton paid to have a printing outfit develop the rollers and original colors to reproduce 4 color & 5 color lozenge fabric.
    He printed it on linen & Ceconite, and had a business called Vintage Aero Fabrics.
    He is out of business now, there are not enough of you guys out there making old German planes to keep the doors open.
    There are two color schemes too.
    A top, which is darker ...
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    And a lighter variation that went on the bottom.
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    Because the colors are in the fabric, it means that you don't use the silver coat for UV protection in the doping process, so I don't expect it to last long, and I have to keep it out of the sun when it's not flying to get the most life out of it.
     
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    Wow, many questions... how did you put the pattern on the fabric, what engine, are those original instruments?
     
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    see the post above about the engine and fabric.
    Of the instruments I have, the only originals are the altimeter and the engine tach, which I cannot use with this engine.
    All the other instruments are fully functional reproductions made by Thomas Restorations LLC. http://www.thomasrestorationmfg.com/
    He made things like this functional Anemometer for an airspeed gauge that goes on the inter plane struts
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    This engine greaser
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    This Compass
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    And these very authentic fully functional Fuel gauges
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    I followed the German guys with their Fokker Team for a few years. I'm sure you got hooked up with those guys a while back. Noticed their web site was shut down a while ago.

    Great work. Always wanted to fly a D V11.
     
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    I follow along on the Aerodrome. The commitment you builders have for these type aeroplanes is unparalleled. Nice work. I'm infatuated with WW1 aviation. My ADHD wouldn't even allow me the patience for a Baslee kit, much less the real deal.
     
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    Wow! Very nice! Beautiful work. The wire terminals and ferrule jig are right out of Brimm & Boggess. I built a wing for a KNF and had to make a couple of the wires. My only comment is that U.S. aircraft built in the teen's, 20's and 30's that used this type wire and ferrule soldered the ferrules in place, either with a electric iron or by dipping the whole terminal. Never use a torch on the wire. Maybe you did, I just don't see it in the pictures.
    Again, beautiful work and can't wait to see it fly!

    Dave
     
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