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Reply #35 - Jun 14th, 2021 at 8:24am
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Thank you, Friends...keep up the traditions! Smiley

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Reply #34 - Jun 13th, 2021 at 7:29pm
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ah.  in the highest possible praise...

Yer killin' me.

glory, I can only hope I can ever do as nice a job.
it is a good looking model.

I appreciate your sharing.
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Reply #33 - Jun 13th, 2021 at 5:24pm
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She's a real beauty, well done!!! Smiley
  

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Reply #32 - Jun 13th, 2021 at 3:35pm
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Lovely model.
Great to look at.
Looks good from every angle.

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Reply #31 - Jun 13th, 2021 at 12:58pm
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Ok friends, time to move on...I'm returning control of your "set" to you now...what TV program was that?  This is the DFW B-1 from 1914/2021.  Smiley Wink...16"ws 16g...plan to follow, maybe (scratch).

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Reply #30 - Jun 12th, 2021 at 2:13pm
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This is what I mean by "puttering"...struts and gear painted.  Markings applied with Sharpie pen.  I sure could call this "done."  Still need a skid n' engine...some radiators.  All up weight at the moment is 15.6g.

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Reply #29 - Jun 12th, 2021 at 7:58am
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Bottom wing is set at about 3deg...top is 2deg...and tailplane is 0deg...with washout in the upper wingtips...not that any of that is going to make it fly successfully.  Wink Grin  I've probably got other "ripples" in there as well.  Roll Eyes  Wife's assessment of the whole things is, "Well, it's colorful."  Now for the puttering part...I need to putter for a while...engine, tailskid, little paint...radiators...and lastly...maybe some rigging.

Funny thing about early air service...regardless of nationality...the Army would find someone who was "certified" and pronounce that individual..."You're hereby the Air Service.  Now take this Officer up for a look-see."  Sometimes those early fliers knew virtually nothing at all about navigation...or meteorology...literally flying by the seat of their pants.  Color schemes...the only really important feature was that the "good guys" on the ground could tell who you were...so at least they weren't shooting at you....  Sometimes, even they shot at you! Huh

Thanks, Tom  Smiley

Ps...look at that French postcard...I've decided that all men prior to WWI had one leg shorter than the other.... Cheesy
  

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Re: Enter the "Flying Banana," DFW B1
Reply #28 - Jun 11th, 2021 at 11:32pm
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WoW she looks fantastic!  Well done.  Did you set any incidence difference in the upper and lower wing?   Smiley
  

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Re: Enter the "Flying Banana," DFW B1
Reply #27 - Jun 11th, 2021 at 4:44pm
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I woke this morning thinking that I'd like to get some wings on this model....
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Reply #26 - Jun 11th, 2021 at 8:43am
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Actually I'm having enough trouble just keeping myself motivated...much less thinking ahead to rigging.  Wink  Ideally speaking...would be nice to have rigging...really is pretty standard.  In fact...the only really unusual feature for these two-seaters, and this one in particular is the shape of the wings...that was my original motivator.  As a matter of fact...I've had quite a challenge just locating old pics of the animal...they really do all look alike!  I suppose that's good...but tells me that the Central Powers didn't make much of a "study" of their observation types.  I think the philosophy was to get as much altitude as possible over ones own aerodrome, then head for the front lines.  The idea was to get over...take the necessary photographs...then get back home...not much "science" to that.  "Altitude" for an observation type was basically..."up where the other guy isn't."  Standard intercept defense was to put the nose down n' git fer home....

That previous color plate to date had been the only one I've located...other than one shown in a Kenneth Munson WWI guide book.  The plate is Austro-Hungarian...specifically NAVY...i.e., K.u.K.  It'll have to do...with license...used it before.  Wink  I've read that the DFW B-type was actually the most numerous B/C type ac used by the Central Powers throughout 1914/15...so one would tend to expect numerous pics to be out there....ha.

Got the wings covered...sans national insignia.

Thanks, Mike.

Neal

Was watching a documentary yesterday while covering this little animal...appears that in 1917, the Austrians attempted to work a peace-deal with the British, French, and Italians...behind the scenes...unbeknownst the their German allies.  The Brits and French got to squabbling with each other and then to justify their own positions, let it all out of the bag.  So there's Austrian Emperor Charles with egg on his face...and the Germans very miffed...and then to top it all off, the Italians suddenly decided things were improving for themselves...so they torpedoed the entire proposal!  So the war continued on for another year...people dying....
  

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Re: Enter the "Flying Banana," DFW B1
Reply #25 - Jun 10th, 2021 at 9:34am
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That's looking nice Neal.  I was examining the profile view in your previous post - are you going to attempt all that rigging?  That'd drive me batty!

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Reply #24 - Jun 10th, 2021 at 8:57am
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Reply #23 - Jun 9th, 2021 at 9:00am
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Thanks Toulouse...not really so fast.  Wink

You may believe the availability of balsa is better here...but not so.  If it wasn't for mail-order, I'd have none at all.  We may go off to a hobby shop thinking we'll purchase some supplies, as often as not...there's the display, with nothing in it...or what's leftover from what once was.  Mail-order is the way to go.

When I was a kid...was reading about the famous anthropologist Thor Heyerdahl and his raft Kon-Tiki...all of that.  Those huge raft logs were balsa!  I remember trying to imagine the models I could build if I could just go out and fell a tree or two.  Wink Grin Grin

And now for some manner of color-scheme for this specimen (that's an Italian astronaut).  This is an Austro-Hungarian example...but seems to be the most colorful.  Well, I'm thinking about it....

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Re: Enter the "Flying Banana," DFW B1
Reply #22 - Jun 8th, 2021 at 9:06pm
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It is incredible how fast you build Kerak.

This looks great.   Smiley Smiley Smiley

Re D Day.

My neighbor 2 doors away commanded a flotilla of landing craft onto one of the British Normandy beaches. 
My next door neighbor was captured by Rommel's Afrika Corp at Sidi Rezegh.  There were heroes all around us, especially as school masters, when we were growing up.  Lots of interaction. 

Went out for lunch today and scored 20 x 1/16 square at an art shop.  Balsa is hard to get here.

Cheers everyone.

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Re: Enter the "Flying Banana," DFW B1
Reply #21 - Jun 8th, 2021 at 11:53am
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Here's a bones shot...more properly...parts.  Ready for some coverin'n' details.  The DFW was really a remarkable airplane, considering that it had taken to the sky before August, 1914...very advanced.  I've read that it was very pleasant to fly...and reliable.

Here's a B-1 in Russian markings.

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