06-10-2014, 06:56 AM
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Ex UK Brit now in Latvia west coast - Ventspils
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Club: Founder Member Ventspils RC Club. Ex Waltham Chase and Meon Valley Soaring.
Depronker (Gere Sport design) Biplane
First saw photos when JDJim posted his build ... and then another with ailerons .. now here was a simple and effective bird that cried out for me to see what I could achieve.
Don't get me wrong - my admiration goes out to Gere Sport for the design and JDJim for building ...
I mentioned in the Scratchbuild that I was interested to see what could be done with this basic design - use it as a starting block. Keep the simplicity of it but add some cosmetics or subtle changes to give illusion of another.
Well - I have always liked the German scalloped wings and tails of WW1 fighters .. Fokker must have had an artistic bent in mind when he did that. Actually I heard it was an early attempt to get the airflow to separate cleanly from the T/E ... I doubt the story .. but who knows.
So I've emailed Gere Sport and let him know I'm taking a few liberties with his design and hope he doesn't mind.
I have made a few modifications .. scalloped T/E to wings, angled wing tips, tail feathers, made pilot cut-out in top wing, drawn a simple gun to mount ... I also plan to add a top curved decking with an engine block up front .. Coke bottle radial cowling ...
To give it the style of a WW1 Fokker ...
Now who's going to do the Sopwith version ?
I reckon with a little thought ... a little strengthening of the wings ... this could develop into a nice little Dog-Fight model ...
C'mon - who's game for a laugh ??
Attached is my first thoughts on the Fokker style "DZEPRONKER" ...
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