Fokker FVIIb 3M (oz11086)


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Fokker FVIIb 3M. Control line scale model.

Quote: "A gem for the control-line scale enthusiasts, this 'single' engined 54 inch replica of the famous trans-Pacific pioneer flier has authentic internal detail. For 3.5 - 5 cc engines. Fokker FVIIb 3M Southern Cross, by Laurie Ackroyd.

FIRST AEROPLANE to fly across the Pacific Ocean, the famous 'Southern Cross', and her pilot Captain Charles Kingsford-Smith made headlines in news reports throughout the world during 1928-1935. She began life in an unfortunate way when two Fokkers operated by Captain Sir George H Wilkins the explorer met disaster in Alaska. The wing of an F.X was fitted to an F.VII fuselage to make one out of the two wrecks, and minus motors or instruments it was sold for £3,000 to 'Smithy' and his co-pilot Captain CPT Ulm, a fellow Australian.

First she was called the 'Spirit of California' and made a 49-hour attempt to break the World Duration record; but in May, 1928, she left Oakland as the Southern Cross and was flown 7,938 miles via Hawaii and Fiji to Brisbane, Australia, and then began a seven-year career of pioneering and pleasure tripping.

Several changes were made during her active life, mainly affecting the rudder and internal arrangements; but Laurie Ackroyd has been fortunate in being able to consult John Stannage, radio operator on many flights with Smithy (later Air-Commodore Sir Charles Kingsford-Smith, AFC) and George Bolt, Chief Engineer of Tasman Empire Airways Ltd., so that his model is authentic to the last detail. So impressive is Laurie's original with cockpit controls working the elevators, etc, that it has won the New Zealand Scale Championship for three successive years, rumbling round the circuit on 42-ft lines with an ED Hunter 3.46 cc driving the central airscrew. Airspeed of the full-size was 120 mph flat-out and 94 mph cruising, so the drag of the windmilling outer props is used to advantage.

Southern Cross now holds an honourable position in excellent preservation at Brisbane, its blue and silver colour scheme leaving no doubt as to its identity and reminding visitors of its great flight 30 years agoThe model is a relatively easy subject for construction, outer wing panels being arranged to detach for transport, and the centre-section dropping over the spar which is integral with the main fuselage former. This ensures true line-up and gives terrific strength where needed most.

There is another 40 in version of the Southern Cross (oz2888) already established in APS as Plan FSP 445, 4s. bd. post free, also 'single'-engined but free-flight for .32 to .5 cc engines."

Fokker FV11b, Aeromodeller, March 1958.

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Fokker FVIIb 3M (oz11086) by Laurie Ackroyd 1958 - model pic

  • (oz11086)
    Fokker FVIIb 3M
    by Laurie Ackroyd
    from Aeromodeller
    March 1958 
    54in span
    Scale IC C/L Multi Civil
    clean :)
    all formers complete :)
    got article :)
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