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Gunnar155
06-27-2009, 08:24 AM
Hi everyone im new to building kits and i was wondering if the Aircraft at Aerodrome RC was any good? Also this would be my first electric aircraft i normelly fly glow but im looking for somting that i can fly at my park or when im camping. I have a astro hog and a extra 330 both glow and my dad built the the astro hog and the extra was an ARF which he mostly built with some help from me. So any help would be great!
-Gunnar

dbcisco
06-27-2009, 05:05 PM
I would separate the two ideas if you are new to building, build a kit and get an inexpensive electric slow flier like the E-flite Nieuport for the park and camping. Just my two cents.

WWI Ace
06-28-2009, 04:05 AM
dbcisco is right. You want a "disposable" plane to use for campouts. but kit building is fun and I have some Aerodrome kits and they are great!! You won't be disappointed in them!! Steve

dbcisco
06-28-2009, 04:18 AM
Truth be told, I like building more than flying them. From foam to balsa, I like them all!

Gunnar155
03-14-2011, 03:09 AM
wow its been awhile...ordered the fokker d7 from aerodrome a year or so ago and i have the wings covered and built fuse built up langing gear done except for putting the wheels on lol tails done :P

7car7
03-14-2011, 05:55 PM
pictures! Need 'em! Hope you're building light! It's been my observation that guys coming from the glow world tend to build heavy (overstrong) out of habit. Just not needed with WWI electrics.

Gunnar155
03-14-2011, 07:29 PM
ill post some pics when i get home today.

Gunnar155
03-18-2011, 02:27 AM
sorry it took so long...huge upload now...all pics lol ask questions if you want or critizism or hints or tips ;-)
since i started this thread, I'v purchased the PZ Extra and the PZ Stintson. I flew the Extra all summer and just got the Stintson during Christmas...the weather is just now turning into spring here in the Northwest so hopefully i'll be able to maiden it soon.
Heres the pics of the: tail, landing gear, and wings.

Gunnar

Gunnar155
03-18-2011, 02:32 AM
heres the pics of the fuse, engine, propeller, cowling, etc.

Gunnar

Gunnar155
03-18-2011, 03:02 AM
here is the color scheme its the plane flown by Ltn. Werner Junck in Oct. 1918

7car7
03-18-2011, 06:25 PM
Looking great! Polyspan?

Cool scheme too, love the candy stripes.

Gunnar155
03-18-2011, 06:37 PM
Yep im using polyspan i have the white sprayed. Im going to be covering the fuse this weekend and painting the red so i should get about 80% of the plane finished this weekend. Ill post pics as i go. yeah i was looking for a scheme that didnt have lozenge and they had a great price on the red dope paint so i decide to go for junck's. I decide that im going to do waterslide decals made with my printer at home for the crosses and such. :cool: I was amazed at how well polyspan worked onthe wings and i cant wait to do the fuse. I got the finisheing video from aerodrome rc and it really helped.

Gunnar155
03-20-2011, 05:48 AM
Hers an update got the sheeting on the bottom of the fuse just dont have the hatch done...working on the cabanes will be fitting them into the jig tomorrow after that its covering the fuse and getting ready to paint :D
oh and my hobby buddy standing guard by my door ;-)

Gunnar155
03-22-2011, 12:30 AM
got the cowl glassed and the fuse and underwing covered now for doping and then painting!!:cool:

Gunnar155
03-27-2011, 03:25 AM
Just finished painting the wings and tail...pictures coming tomorrow;) ill be painting the fuse tomorrow as well :D

Gunnar155
03-27-2011, 04:24 AM
Heres the pics!!!

7car7
03-28-2011, 07:16 PM
Looks great! Coming along really nicely.

Gunnar155
03-28-2011, 10:14 PM
Thanks 7car7, I just finished masking all the stripes on the fuse.

Gunnar155
03-28-2011, 10:22 PM
Heres the pics

Gunnar155
03-29-2011, 02:08 AM
Here is the fuse all painted up!:D Also me doing some touch up.

Gunnar

scigs30
03-29-2011, 03:57 AM
I really like the EZ kits and wished they would come out with more of those EZ builds like a SE5, Fokker Dr.1 and Nieuport II.

Gunnar155
03-29-2011, 05:18 AM
decals! ill finish decaling tomorrow i messed up the crosses on the wings and the white bars :mad:

Gunnar155
03-29-2011, 11:19 PM
quick update i have all the decals done except for the bottom wing crosses. pics coming soon ;)

Gunnar155
03-30-2011, 01:36 AM
Heres the pics cats on the plans while i was trying to get the landing gear figured out :silly:

Gunnar155
03-30-2011, 03:02 AM
landing gear attached with brass strip and screws, tail pinned and drying :cool:

texasclouds
03-30-2011, 03:49 PM
wow, looks like fun!

7car7
03-30-2011, 06:15 PM
Heres the pics cats on the plans while i was trying to get the landing gear figured out :silly:

What is with cats wanting to always be on the plans! BTW, black and white cats are awesome.

Gunnar155
03-30-2011, 06:28 PM
wow, looks like fun!

For my first kit it has been really enjoyable :)

7car7: Yes they are! The cat i had before this one was black and white (joey)...she passed away 2 years ago though....Haha the new guy (bigglesworth) is just a little under a year and half old :D


Oh and an update on the plane..should be finishing it today!!

Gunnar

Gunnar155
03-30-2011, 10:14 PM
here it is all test fitted together i could resist taping it up one more time :cool:

Gunnar155
03-31-2011, 04:13 PM
Heres the engine completed, i used balsa and styrene and then painted it all black and then used tamiya pastels to give it a used look. I have the tail hinged, now I'm just working on the ailerons

Gunnar155
03-31-2011, 04:23 PM
Here it is in the plane.

texasclouds
03-31-2011, 04:27 PM
nice! i'd be interested in hearing how she flies. i'd assume winds need to be sub 5 mph right?

i can see myself trashing the scale WWI landing gear since at least 1/10 of my landings are rough. that and rigging wire always scares me away from building one. one day, I'll just have to buck up and do it.

;-)

Gunnar155
03-31-2011, 05:29 PM
nice! i'd be interested in hearing how she flies. i'd assume winds need to be sub 5 mph right?

i can see myself trashing the scale WWI landing gear since at least 1/10 of my landings are rough. that and rigging wire always scares me away from building one. one day, I'll just have to buck up and do it.

;-)

Sub 5 mph would be ideal;-) but where i live its hard to find a calm day :p> like today for example, it was forcasted sunny and around 60F which would be a first for this year...and now its cloudy and the radio said there will be gusts up to 55mph :mad: i was hoping to maiden my PZ Stintson. I usually fly sub 10 mph.

Yes, rigging is scary thats one reason i went for the fokker dvii ;-)very little rigging, and i can get by with none :p>. As for the scale landing gear its sturdy music wire soldered together with brass tubing, so its pretty robust.

I have the lanier se5a and that was the first small scale ww1 biplane i'v had, landing is not too difficult, iv found that you have to fly them in you cant just let them float in. However you gotta get used to nose-overs :Q.

If you want to get into the ww1 planes then do it!:D I'v found that a simulator helps with landings and flying ww1 airplanes (Realflight G5). Once the days get nicer ill be posting a flying report ;-)

texasclouds
03-31-2011, 05:34 PM
...If you want to get into the ww1 planes then do it!:D I'v found that a simulator helps with landings and flying ww1 airplanes (Realflight G5). Once the days get nicer ill be posting a flying report ;-)

Yeah, I was flying the Fokker and Sopwith on Phoenix last night. Couldn't seem get a clean landing with the winds at 15 mph. Calm winds, and I'm half way decent. I'd have alot of respect for anyone who flies the giant scale WWI planes. Lots of work scaling out coupled with tough ground handling...[popcorn]

Gunnar155
03-31-2011, 05:44 PM
Yeah, I was flying the Fokker and Sopwith on Phoenix last night. Couldn't seem get a clean landing with the winds at 15 mph. Calm winds, and I'm half way decent. I'd have alot of respect for anyone who flies the giant scale WWI planes. Lots of work scaling out coupled with tough ground handling...[popcorn]

I have the Hanger nine sopwith camel flew it 3 years ago twice when I wasn't as experienced, cartwheeled it the first time on landing and the second time on take off :mad:. Hopefully I'll get around to flying it this summer...

I love scaling out airplanes in general, detailing and painting are my favorite part of any build or ARF plane. I'm always unsatisfied with the stock color scheme so i usually recover or repaint(its not that they are badly applied or anything i just dont like having an airplane thats the same as everyone else's.)...except on the PZ stintson Im actually happy with the color scheme. :ws:

Gunnar155
03-31-2011, 05:50 PM
Just tried flying in 15mph on the sim ....i think its a little unrealistic...that seems to be more like 30mph lol

7car7
03-31-2011, 06:50 PM
That is looking fantastic! Love it.

texasclouds
03-31-2011, 08:04 PM
Just tried flying in 15mph on the sim ....i think its a little unrealistic...that seems to be more like 30mph lol

i know, right ::o

after you fly it some more (your real one), track me down and let me know how you end up liking the h9 sopwith.

they claim it is a sport scale, which means it should be easier to fly right?

Gunnar155
03-31-2011, 08:09 PM
i know, right ::o

after you fly it some more (your real one), track me down and let me know how you end up liking the h9 sopwith.

they claim it is a sport scale, which means it should be easier to fly right?

Sure no problem :)

Im not sure actually what they mean, i would think that it would mean that it would be more acrobatic but I'm really not sure.

Gunnar

Gunnar155
03-31-2011, 08:13 PM
That is looking fantastic! Love it.

Thanks 7car7 it means alot coming from you, iv looked at your planes and they look amazing especially the silver SE5a i recall following your build on it :D
Gunnar

WWI Ace
04-01-2011, 03:24 PM
You built a very nice D7 Gunnar!

7car7
04-01-2011, 03:58 PM
Thanks 7car7 it means alot coming from you, iv looked at your planes and they look amazing especially the silver SE5a i recall following your build on it :D
Gunnar

You're too kind, thanks.

There's just something about a WWI plane that didn't use plastic shrink covering. I have a few of those, so, I'm not knocking them, but I just love the silkspan/Polyspan look. Shows off the wing structure a little bit, and seems to give a patina that comes naturally, unlike the plastic.

Gunnar155
04-01-2011, 08:10 PM
You built a very nice D7 Gunnar!

Thanks!

Gunnar155
04-01-2011, 08:14 PM
You're too kind, thanks.

There's just something about a WWI plane that didn't use plastic shrink covering. I have a few of those, so, I'm not knocking them, but I just love the silkspan/Polyspan look. Shows off the wing structure a little bit, and seems to give a patina that comes naturally, unlike the plastic.

Yeah, i have a lanier se5a and after working with polyspan theres just no comparison the D7 looks sooo much better! It just looks so much more scale. The D7 is over at the mall show (our club shows off airplanes in the mall to try and bring more interest to the hobby.) I'll be taking pictures tonight and posting them :D

Gunnar155
04-04-2011, 05:46 AM
Well our club puts on a mall show every year and by popular vote from the crowds the Fokker took Best of Show :D

7car7
04-04-2011, 08:42 PM
Nice! Well deserved. That's too cool.

Gunnar155
04-04-2011, 11:41 PM
Nice! Well deserved. That's too cool.

Thanks 7car7!:)

Gunnar155
04-05-2011, 03:44 AM
Here's the final pics of the fokker, that I took at the mall show :D

7car7
04-05-2011, 06:09 PM
Flight video!
Final model came out wonderful. Love the patina.

Gunnar155
04-05-2011, 11:55 PM
Once the weather gives me a chance to fly i will. Thanks :ws: Here's some pics of fokker, for the first time, outside :D

barmonkey
04-06-2011, 04:09 AM
Very nice! Congrats on the "Best of Show" good luck on the maiden!

Gunnar155
04-06-2011, 04:35 AM
Very nice! Congrats on the "Best of Show" good luck on the maiden!

Thanks Barmonkey! This weekend is looking promising for the maiden ;-)

Gunnar

texasclouds
04-06-2011, 03:48 PM
nice!

Gunnar155
04-14-2011, 05:33 AM
Thanks Texasclouds!

Gunnar155
06-18-2011, 06:06 AM
Well, We finally had a day of good weather so i was able to maiden the Fokker, Ill post a video either tonight or tomorrow, This model is a joy to fly, my landings could use some work...on my 3rd flight on landing i brought it in and some how the angle wasn't right and a wheel dug in and kinda slammed a wingtip into the ground, no structural damaged, however i have some damaged polyspan, so my question is how do i repair polyspan? other than my landings the plane flew beautifully after adding in some aileron and elevator trim.

7car7
06-21-2011, 06:43 PM
how do i repair polyspan?

Great looking plane! Just looks like patina to me! Probably the only way to get it perfect is to remove a section of it and redo it. I'd leave it alone if it was mine. (as long as it's not leaking air.)

You could try a nice square patch, over the top of the wrinkle, and dope it on, and then repaint.

texasclouds
06-21-2011, 07:08 PM
Nice work! Looks like battle damage to me!!

TM4197
06-21-2011, 07:57 PM
I agree, leave it alone. Looks weathered. Waiting for your vid, bet she looks good in the air!

Gunnar155
09-04-2011, 03:49 AM
I agree, leave it alone. Looks weathered. Waiting for your vid, bet she looks good in the air!

well still no vid but finally got some in flight shots. on the 3rd flight i cartwheeled it on landing...:mad: same wingtip that broke a month ago

TM4197
09-04-2011, 04:30 AM
nice looking plane..I like it....!has a very nice true shape of a D-VII

Gunnar155
09-04-2011, 05:58 AM
nice looking plane..I like it....!has a very nice true shape of a D-VII

Thanks! I feel like i got the cowling shape wrong...but other than that it looks very scale outline :D

Gunnar155
09-05-2011, 02:59 AM
Fixed! used silkspan to patch it!

Nieuport Fly Guy
09-05-2011, 03:34 AM
Great build...I almost purchased an aerodrome kit for my first full build...but opted on Mountain Models EVI (on forum advice)...still have my eyes on an aerodrome kit though for the future!! Beautiful looking plane Gunnar!!

Gunnar155
09-05-2011, 03:45 AM
Great build...I almost purchased an aerodrome kit for my first full build...but opted on Mountain Models EVI (on forum advice)...still have my eyes on an aerodrome kit though for the future!! Beautiful looking plane Gunnar!!

This was my first kit and I loved it! Thanks! :D
If you have built a kit (really any kit) you shouldnt have problems building the fokker. Since I'v build the fokker, i'm building the albatros D.III and the spad 7. Iv got the tail framed up on the Albatros and hope to do the fuse this week.

Gunnar

Nieuport Fly Guy
09-05-2011, 03:58 AM
Gunnar...my wife told me the next plane had to be a from scratch kit as I was completing the ARF kits in a week or two and we were running out of space for them ( "the bedroom is off limits!" she said). So these will slow me down! From start to finish how long did it take you?

cobra 16
09-05-2011, 04:32 AM
Gunnar
Great repair job. Looks as good as new.:D

Gunnar155
09-05-2011, 04:33 AM
Gunnar...my wife told me the next plane had to be a from scratch kit as I was completing the ARF kits in a week or two and we were running out of space for them ( "the bedroom is off limits!" she said). So these will slow me down! From start to finish how long did it take you?

Haha well not including school and all the other social stuff that kept me away sometimes for months at a time from working on it id say it took me around 3 months total but i had the wings and the tail framed up for over a year before i was able to do the fuse and such. If i was to build it again i think i could have it done in a month, working on it everyday for a couple hours. realistically your looking at a 3-5 months if its your first kit, if youve built a wood kit before you could cut the time almost in half.

Gunnar155
09-05-2011, 04:33 AM
Gunnar
Great repair job. Looks as good as new.:D

Haha thanks...I dont know if id go that far though :p> ;-)

Gunnar155
09-05-2011, 04:34 AM
Gunnar...my wife told me the next plane had to be a from scratch kit as I was completing the ARF kits in a week or two and we were running out of space for them ( "the bedroom is off limits!" she said). So these will slow me down! From start to finish how long did it take you?

As far as running out of room ill take some pics of where i have my planes :p>

Gunnar155
09-05-2011, 04:42 AM
lol here's where my planes are...my dads are in his hobby room and the garage.:p>

Nieuport Fly Guy
09-05-2011, 04:56 AM
Gunnar...is that the new Parkzone SE5a in the first pic!

Gunnar155
09-05-2011, 05:16 AM
Gunnar...is that the new Parkzone SE5a in the first pic!

nope that's a hanger nine Sopwith camel glow powered. I do have an SE5a, its a 36" ARF from lanier (bought out by great planes a couple years back) I crashed it two years ago and since then I have recovered it with fabric because i cant stand seeing a plane thats supposed to be matt finished such as the SE5A (and Sopwith camel) with shiny ultracoat on it (ill be recovering or selling the camel) I also put a complete cockpit in it etc.:D