Hi all, As some of you may know, this time last year the modelling community lost 'Des Delatorre', a great inspiration and owner of the 'WW1 Aircraft Models' web site and forum. Dave Wilson, who now runs the forum, has organised a memorial group build in honor of Des. I thought I'd like to attempt a double build, consisting two Fokker D.VII aircraft and two figures. A complete Fokker D.VII - Wingnut Wings Kit No:32027. A 3D printed 'Aviattic' skeletal Fokker D.VII from 'ShapeWays'. Anthony Fokker figure from 'Aviattic'. Photographer figure from 'BlackDog Models'.
Hi all, The first cockpit is nearing completion. I still have to fit the instrument panel, compass, tachometer, shoulder harness and engine bearer frames. Also finish rigging the various control lines and the hand throttle and gun trigger cables,
Hi all, The first Fokker D.VII cockpit is complete now and fitted into the fuselage. I've added detail, such as instrument cables, grease pump and fuel pressurization pump pipes, under floor cross bracing, engine control rods etc. I still have to finish it by adding the pilots shoulder harness, which will be attached to the seat mounting frame through the additional linen 'wind break' behind the pilots head,
Hi all, The additional linen baffle (wind break) that was fitted to some Fokker aircraft is done. The shoulder straps passed through slots is this baffle and down to be attached to the cross bar of the seat frame bulkhead, which had at the top the standard linen baffle. The coloured shot below is from the Canadian restoration of a war prize Fokker D.VII. It was comprised of parts from different Fokker D.VII aircraft, including OAW built Serial No:6506/18, 8318/18 and 8502/18 and was partially restored in 1963. The B/W shot is of a similar baffle fitted to a Fokker DR.1. Mike
Hi all, The cooling of the engine cylinders was carried out by cooled water from the radiator being fed by pipes to the water pump, located on the bottom, rear of the sump. This water was pumped through an outlet pipe and through interconnected stub pipes at the bottom of each cylinder. The water was then pumped up through the cylinders jackets and out through the interconnected stub pipes at the top of each cylinder, then forward to the front of the engine and back to the radiator for cooling. The kit supplied cylinder block has the pre-molded coolant pipe for the cylinder jackets, but it looks unrealistic, as it extends through and between the separate cylinders, presumably to act as a solid fixing base for the cylinder block.
I've cut this pre-molded pipe away to separate the cylinders and replaced it with short lengths of 0.85 mm diameter plastic rod, with a chamfer at at end to fit the contour of the cylinders.
Hi all, A magneto was located on each side at the rear of the engine. These were driven by the engine through a split drive shaft. Attached to each magneto were six ignition leads, which were routed through support tube attached to each side of the cylinder block. Each cylinder ignition lead exited the support tube through an aperture and was then attached to the cylinder spark plug (two per cylinder). The pre-molded support tubes supplied in the kit seem under sized, so I replaced them with micro-tube.
The sump of the engine was essentially a ‘wet’ sump, as the oil reservoir was in the rear and lowest part of the sump. The oil was drawn from this reservoir by the oil pump (located at the rear of the engine) and distributed through the engine, after which it returned to the reservoir to be recirculated. The forward part of the engine sump appears to have been open, as can be seen through the open apertures and the front of the sump in the following photograph. An oil contents sight glass was located on the sides of the oil reservoir at the rear of the sump. Some engine installations had an oil tank installed in the engine bay and outside the engine, although this particular kit does not have this feature. I've drilled out the apertures and created a sight glass on each side - the 'glass' will be made of PVA adhesive once the engine is built.
Last Edit: Feb 24, 2019 10:37:02 GMT by sandbagger
Hi all, To enhance the engine detail I replaced the engines pre-molded locking rings for the fuel inlet manifold with the ‘Taurus Models’ engine intake manifold nuts (3211).
The kit does not have spark plugs to fit to the six cylinders (two per cylinder), however the cylinders do have a pre-molded location hole for the spark plugs. The plugs to be used are from the ‘Taurus Models’ engine spark plugs (late type) (3204) set.
Last Edit: Feb 25, 2019 19:19:33 GMT by sandbagger
Hi all, I decided not to use the 'Taurus' spark plugs after all as although they are good, attaching the ignition leads to the tiny end of the plug was difficult to do without leaving it looking unrealistic. Instead I've made the spark plugs from 0.8 mm and 0.4 mm diameter 'Albion Alloys' brass tube with a 0.31" aluminium nut from 'RB Motion'. This way the fine lead wire I use to represent the ignition lead can locate inside the 0.2 mm bore of the 0.4 mm tube.
Hi all, The engine is progressing although there's a way to go yet, not including application of the weathering effects: Cylinder fuel primers Fuel manifold and locking rings Coolant pipes Ignition leads Oil filler pipes Exhaust
The oil sight glasses were made by dropping PVA adhesive into the holes - it dries clear (good for making windows etc).
This engine is the test bed for the second Fokker D.VII and will be more or less covered by the forward fuselage panels. The next engine will be visible when I build the second aircraft, which will have the internal structure and engine etc totally exposed I know it seems senseless to cover the detail on this engine, but at least I know it's there,
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