Hi WWI Ace! I'm new to the WATTFLYER family, but not new to RC. My passion is WWI fighters, especially German. I do like the "feel" of this site. I also hope to make new friends in the scale community here. I have MANY sets of electric plans for WWI birds that I have been collecting since I got bit by the electric bug. I hope to build 2 planes (Fokker DVIII, Albatros DIII, both 400 size) this winter for next years flying season. I would count it a priviledge to hear from some of the other scale "nuts" here. All the Best, Martin
Great to hear from all you fellow WWI pilots!!! I was beginning to think I was all alone!! Hey Scalercflyer, where did you get the plans for the Fokker DVII? I like mostly German WWI planes too and these plans would definitly make a cool plane!!!
glad to see that I'm not the only fokker nut here....I generally scratch build from my own plans and at the moment own a D V1... EV.......E111.....and a DR1.....
largest is the DR1 at 88".....smallest is the D V1 at 66" all are electric, and all are a blast to fly.....I'm in the middle of a 1/4 scale D V111 because the smaller one flew so well...and I just love those big round cowls.... -
Hey Ron!! Could you post some pictures of your Fokkers? I would really like to see them. I was also going to ask you if you knew Gary Villette by any chance? I have a couple of his small Fokker triplanes. I only have one built so far and am using the other as a spare. I can't seem to destroy the little triplane though. I might scrub off some wingtip paint on the "typical" triplane landing but it's like a Timex, it just keeps on ticking!!! It is far more durable than my Kavan Fokker triplane. Every time I fly it I seem to always need to reglue the landing gear! I have never broke one of the struts but the foam that they are pushed into isn't exactly a great mounting point. Anyway my little Fokker is posted on the DVFlighttech website under "gallery". It isn't a perfect plane but it was the first depron plane I ever built.
I also have the Sig Fokker DVII parkflyer kit. I haven't built it yet but I hope that when I do it will be the perfect "Sunday" morning relaxing flyer. I like to have at least one plane that doesn't make me work so hard to have fun. Do you guys know what I mean?
OK all you WWI nuts! Listen up!I like to scratch build too! Building for me is as much fun as flying! Here are a few of the plans I have.... Fokker DVIII (69" and 400 version), Albatros DIII, DV, Pfalz DIII, SE5a, N 11, Indoor Eindecker, BE2, Morane Saulier "L", Ansaldo, Sopwith Camel, Triplane, 1 1/2 Strutter, Bristol Scout, Fokker DVII, Fokker Triplane (depron- E file) and Pfalz E3. Most of these are electric with one or two glow (can be converted). If any of you guys are interested in a plan(s), PM me and we will work something out. I get most of my plans by swapping them. PS... I am the Hun in the Sun!!! NEVER fly staright and level for more than 10 seconds in a combat zone! WWI planes rule!
Sorry forgot to mention: Fokker DVI(55" WS), Albatros DII and large Pfalz DIIIa. Hmmm maybe we'll start a forum of our own... What do you guys think? PS... If it doesn't have 2 or more wings, It's not an airplane.....
WW1 Ace.....I'll post pics in a day or two if you would like to see them, but there's been so many posted on the EZONE that I figured it would be boring for everyone.
There is a photo of the triplane in the new Canadian RC magazine this month, and the D V1 has been the subject of a Peter Rake article in the July 2002 Flying Scale Models. It is modeled after a one only airplane that served in Russia at the last part of WW1. hence it has a somewhat unusual paint scheme. I had a devil of a time verifying that this colour scheme was actually used. The DR1 is the obligatory red and green with sky blue under sides....EV is hand painted lozenge on the fuselage . Sides and top one colour, and bottom different colours as per the norm. It's a copy of an airplane that served in France and is now in a museum in Germany. Yes I know Gary. Somewhere I have a picture of his DR1 sitting on a half of mines tail plane. My prop is bigger than his wing span :-) Kinda looks like a real plane with a model sitting on the horizontal stab. his little DR1 is a really good flier, and it's tough too.
He comes to my field to fly at the Chilliwack fly ins and is a member of the club that flies there regularly.....Right now I'm doing up plans for a 50% DR1 that will be electric powered...seems somebody told me it can't be done.....But that's what they said about flying my 30% one on a cheap brushed motor and 20 round cells since everyone figured it would weigh about 20 pounds. .................................
but I fooled em...it only weighs 10 :-).
Hey Ron, I live in Texas so I don't get too many chances to see Canadian RC mags. It must be one good looking plane though to make it to a magazine!!! Is the triplane that you are talking about with Gary's on the tail all white with a red stripe on the top wing and fusealage? If it is, then I have seen it and it's a sharp looking plane. If you think about it next time you see Gary let him know that I still fly the triplane every chance I get and it's still one of my favorites!!!
Great to see I,m not the only guy making WWI electrics I just finished converting a Az Modelers DVII Its there small combat plane its really nice but its tight to fit all the gear in also a bear to get the cg right. I am looking at converting my .40 balsa usa eindecker to electric also. I usually fly in my back yard my brother has 12 acres right behind my house. The neighbors usually frown on my gas plane but dont notice the electric at all. Hope to read more about others doing the same.
The Balsa USA E 111 is a good design...I have seen 5 or 6 that have been converted...batteries have to go into the cowl though, otherwise it's a little tough to get the CG right. That being said, every one of them is a good flier. They seem to come out around 8 pounds with the electric setup, but with 1100 sq. in. of wing area, that's not too bad. Nice thing too is with E power, you can swing a scale sized prop.
WW1..... Gary's little foamy is white with red stripe...mine's Green , red, and sky blue.
If you haven't already, check out this addy: www.aerodromerc.com for great kits, plans, building services, downloadable decals PLUS 4 and 5 color lozenge plans for making your own decals or stencils. Cool, huh? Great service, nice people. Wonderful planes designed for E flight from the start, no converting. Most everything included in kits, except for appropriate wire, and a little extra balsa for here and there. Get the covering offered, too-it's great stuff!
I have been eyeing the site for awhile hopeing the DVIII comes out soon I think that would make an awesome electric setup. Plus looking at a few other kits they have they really look very good in quality.
I have just purchased the BalsaUSA kit of the 1/4 scale Nieuport 11, designed for e-power.
Will build it over the winter, and will be bringing it to sporty scale contests next year. Should be a great flier.
Check out my VK Camel in the latest Ampeer. After every flight somebody asks me how hard it is to fly. It really isn't ; it's no trainer, but my Funtana set-up for 3d is more of a handful (except on landings).
My next project is a sport scale Tripe built from plans I got when I cleaned out a deceased modler's workshop. It is optimized for stunt flying and i'm hoping to finish it in the colors of the Black Tripe in "the Great Waldo Pepper."
thought I'd jump into this discussion. I posted something last night, but I was very tired and must have done something wrong'cause it isnlt here. Take a look at my VK (pre-Proctor) Camel in the latest Ampeer. I built a circular pack to fit in the cowl in order to get the c/g right. It was actually nose heavy when I finished!
My next WWI project is a sport scale DRI optimized for aerobatic flight. The plans are quite old (I got them when I cleaned out a deceased modelr's shop), but except for the airfoil the outlines are really good.