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Author Topic: Anyone actually build and fly a Golden Age 20 inch Fokker D.VII?  (Read 503 times)
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« on: March 02, 2015, 10:05:54 AM »


I've been nibbling away at this old school kit for a year now:

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...21&postcount=1

I build a little and set it aside then go back and build a little more.

Compared to all the other quillows/estes/stirling/peck kits I've built this seems very frail and under-designed.

I realize that the goal is to build in more lightness but this doesn't look like it would survive one bounce off the ground. I'm even wondering if it will survive the rubber band being wound.

Any experienced comments would be of great assistance.
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« Reply #1 on: March 02, 2015, 12:17:12 PM »

If you could be more specific in your link ( only takes you to the forum)
would be a help.  In regards to the GAR D7, although I haven't built mine
yet but have built several models along the same lines as the Golden age
kits. Yes they will fly and are pretty strong if you select your material
( longerons, uprights and cross braces ) with care. The key question is
are you building from scratch or from a kit?

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« Reply #2 on: March 02, 2015, 12:54:05 PM »

Sorry thought I had a good link

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2170496


That should work
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« Reply #3 on: March 02, 2015, 01:14:40 PM »

Majortomski,
  Thanks for the updated link. Yes, I have that kit in storage. Like I said in my
first post, these early Scientific ( GAR ) planes do fly. You just need to remember to change
out to stiffer wood for the longerons and braces where needed. The over all structures
appear to be frail but in truth are very strong once covered. Key areas to watch for are
pre-shrink your tissue for the tail surfaces and use care when shrinking the top wing after
dihedral has been set. Unless your building for electric, you should be set to go. This one is
built like the old Peerless and should fly right off the board with little to no adjustments.

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« Reply #4 on: March 02, 2015, 01:49:34 PM »

The GAR D.VII actually has an outstanding reputation. It can be built with the really light wood and is just fine, but if you're not that experienced with scale models, I'd recommend substituting 10-12 lb wood for the longerons, flying surface outlines, and wing spars. The landing gear needs to be wire instead of wood so as to handle landing shocks (there are a variety of ways to make that bit happen). What you do need to do is move the rear peg forward so it's just behind the cockpit. An 8" prop should work well driven by 4 strands of 1/8. Be sure to pre-shrink the covering for the tail surfaces to avoid warps.

Anyway, it's a great flying airplane. Nice and simple...
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« Reply #5 on: March 02, 2015, 04:05:06 PM »

Did anyone notice that the kit for sale was priced $20.00 more than you can get it for at Penn Valley? Interesting.

Steve
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« Reply #6 on: March 02, 2015, 04:50:30 PM »

GAR actually has 2 Fokker D VIIs in their kit lineup.  I prefer the 18" version which is the Peerless design.
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« Reply #7 on: March 02, 2015, 05:34:29 PM »

Thank you folks! Esp. moving the rubber holder way  up front.  I'd planned on wiring the landing gear.  I was just apprehensive of the lower wing attachment; basically the lower longeron and one little up right I was thinking about adding a full depth spar from inside rib to inside rib.
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