Albatros D-II (oz15291)


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Albatros D-II. Free flight scale model German WWI fighter biplane. Peanut scale, wingspan 13 in.

Planfile includes printwood and patterns.

Quote: "Albatros D-II. Assembly Instructions: Cut all parts from balsa sheets, leaving paper patterns attached until just before using part. This keeps small thin parts from splitting, and there is no printing on parts when assembled.

I would recommend using a resin glue such as 'Se-cur-it' or 'Tite-bond' since they do not shrink while drying (which would warp these thin sections). Cover plans with wax paper or Handiwrap before using to prevent glue from sticking to plans.

Construct wings over plans using parts as noted, with 3/32 sq balsa leading edge and 1/32 sq basswood spars. Add blocks to upper and lower wings for the struts. Rib T1 is glued in after dihedral is set. Both wings should have 1/2 in dihedral each side plus 1/16 washout. Cover wings with tissue and water shrink (be sure tissue is cemented to ribs where struts attach), pin wings onto plans with blocking while drying to prevent warps and assure washout. When dry, drill holes in wing blocks where shown to receive struts. Assemble interplane struts with 1/32 sq and 1/32 x 1/16 basswood as shown and spot glue Temporary Strut Jigs to maintain alignment untill wings are mounted. Leaving lower wing pinned to plans, glue on interplane struts and then upper wing. Let dry thoroughly.

Construct tail sections over plan using strip stock as noted. This type of construction is very light and strong if joints are accurately cut and glued. Select the lightest balsa for these parts. Trim outside edges to smooth contour before covering. Water shrink tissue, pinning parts to blocks to prevent warping while drying.

Construct two fuselage sides over Side View (frames shown hatched for clarity) then assemble together over plan, cementing in cross pieces where indicated by black dot on side view. Glue on top and bottom formers and cover top and bottom surfaces with stiff paper patterns provided. Cover fuselage with tissue, then glue on F13, F14 and engine cover. Cover with tissue and water shrink.

Assemble wing and tail surfaces to fuselage checking for proper alignment. Make landing gear struts over side view and assemble to fuselage as shown. Wheels of balsa are provided; however, plastic and rubber wheels of vintage scale are available at your Hobby Dealers. Install wire skid.

Carve nose block and drill hole for thrust button (note downthrust) side thrust may be accomplished with ships later. Bend winding hook as shown, assemble wire, prop, thrust button and noseblock as shown, then bend rubber motor loop in end of wire. Tie ends of rubber motor together (lubricate with castor oil or rubber lube, except for knot) and install in plane with knot at rear. This motor should be stretch wound for best results..."

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Albatros D-II (oz15291) 1972 - model pic

  • (oz15291)
    Albatros D-II
    from Lees Hobbies
    13in span
    Scale Rubber F/F Biplane Military Fighter
    clean :)
    all formers complete :)
  • Submitted: 01/05/2024
    Filesize: 667KB
    Format: • PDFbitmap
    Credit*: EricSpecht
    Downloads: 359

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