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My Blue Wingnut, Fokker D.VII (Fok)

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As I completely finished my Snipe, I am rolling straight into this kit. I figure this qualifies as 75% of the fuselage is Blue, as well as blue in the Lozenge pattern top and bottom of both wings...I think I’m safe!

 

This is going to be a mostly OOB build using Master brass barrels for the machine guns and Aviattic Lozenge decals.

 

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My choice of schemes will be the yellow nosed bird.

 

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Very cool colour scheme! You're going to love the Fokker DVII kit. Just make sure everything is aligned correctly with regards to the tubular frame. Especially at the front where the engine mounts. I didn't have too much trouble with mine but some folks did and it made fitting the engine assembly and then the cowl panels a real bear!

 

I did a very similar scheme but an OAW built DVII. I hope you don't mind me posting a pic of how mine turned out?

 

Cheers,

Wolf

 

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Very cool colour scheme! You're going to love the Fokker DVII kit. Just make sure everything is aligned correctly with regards to the tubular frame. Especially at the front where the engine mounts. I didn't have too much trouble with mine but some folks did and it made fitting the engine assembly and then the cowl panels a real bear!

I did a very similar scheme but an OAW built DVII. I hope you don't mind me posting a pic of how mine turned out?

Cheers,

Wolf

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Thank you, good inspiration. Mine will be a little more faded blue and yellow.

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Even though I have not posted any updates, I started working on this last week. So far I have been cutting parts from sprues and cleaning sprue gates. I have done some minor sub assembly gluing, and tonight I laid down a little bit of paint so I can get the cockpit framing glued together. I hope to start getting some pictures posted soon.

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December 26.

 

I have been a little slow in getting this build going, the last two days, since I have been “working†from home this week, has some progress.

 

So far I had just sprayed the Linen color and applied decals to the fuselage, IP, and floor. That was my first attempt at decal woodgrain instead of painting it. I finally broke out the colors and did a bunch of airbrushing this week.

 

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Dec 27

 

It was detail and assembly time for the cockpit.

 

I added control rods and rigging, the rigging was fine ez-line and I used .015 music wire for the throttle and spark advance rods.

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Next was assembling with a little weathering.

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Finally this nightmare of tubing for the engine bearers...I never held my breath so long. At one point I broke the lower piece and had to glue tiny tubes back together.

 

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I have been working away doing lots of tedious work on this little Fokker, mostly assembling and fitting panels and misc parts, closing up the fuselage, wings, etc. nothing really to take pictures of, yesterday I laid down the initial paint. I have to say that this being an early Wingnut kit, I had a lot more flash and seam lines than the Snipe I built. The fit was also more fiddly, the many panels in the cowl area don’t fit perfectly, I had to do a bunch of sanding and trimming. Most of the fit issues i don’t think were my own doing, but related to the options on the engine. The front 200hp air pump was not even close, I had to trim the upper cowl corners square, and the rear water valve also contacted the cowls. I went back and double checked the fit of the framing, but everything seemed to be in the right location, so I believe that just having all the separate engine support tubing pieces just led to tolerances stacking up. This kit was definitely not the perfect click fit that the other Wingnut kit I built. However, now that I am past that, I know what to look out for in future builds, and I would have built the font framework in a different order next time.

 

I will have to mask and paint the blue next.

 

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Masking the engine and cockpit was challenging, but I ended up finding a way. I left the upper cockpit cowl separate as they were clearly separate pieces on the real aircraft, so no filling was required.

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I laid down many coats of my custom yellow mix, in all it took about 5-6 coats to finally turn opaque. In hindsight I probably should have primed everything in Stynylrez White first, but having never tried Tamiya yellow over gray before, I didn’t know. The color is a custom mix of Tamiya gloss yellow with about 30% flat white mixed in.

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As a base for the Aviattic Lozenge decals, I spayed a 50/50 mix of Tamiya gloss white and deck tan. This is my mix for linen I used on the Snipe lower wings.

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Guest Peterpools

Amazing progress ... some mighty nice work

Keep 'em comin

Peter

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