Fokker DVIII (oz4460)
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Fokker DVIII. Radio control sport-scale model.
Quote: "As a fighting machine in the last year of the 1914-18 War, the Fokker DVIII earned a somewhat unenviable reputation for its tendency for wing failure, but as a subject for Vintage Scale or Near-to-Scale modelling, it is probably the finest choice one could make for inherent stability coupled with rudder-only radio control, or even for free-flight.
The prototype model was flown with a 1.5 cc (.099 cu in) diesel with annular silencer, and single proportional rudder control, all up weight being 31 oz. with a '500' 4.8 V Deac pack. The design would easily carry -and the plan allows for - 2 channel proportional control on rudder and elevator. The glide at 31 oz is fantastic.
For pure free-flight, a 1 cc racing diesel, or Glow-plug motor would be ideal.
The design has been 'stretched' a little to enhance the tail moment arm and both rudder and tailplane both slightly enlarged to take the inherent stability to the ultimate.
Simple modelling tools are needed. Bead-headed modelling pins; White PVA adhesive such as HUMBROL 55, also Epoxy glue such as HUMBROL 88. Balsa Knife with spare blades; HUMBROL Banana Oil, HUMBROL Clear Shrinking Dope and Hot-fuel Proofer. Use only sprayed HUMBROL Colour Dopes, or brushed-on HUMBROL Enamels for Colour Schemes. Modelling pliers; 1/16, 3/32 and 3/16 Drills with wheel-brace; Grease-proof paper to protect plan; Tissue-paste and garnet paper (med and fine). 5 and 15 amp fuse-wire for binding with use of a soldering-iron. Also carpet thread for binding and K-link (one or two as required) and though certain modellists will prefer to use nylon tube and cable controls to rudder (and elevator) 3/16 square hard balsa actuating rods with 16 and 20 swg for servo attachments are provided. Recommended tank is the Veron 15 cc. Rectangular Double Vented; a set of parts is supplied. Extra fuel leads (filler) of 3/32 (2.5 mm) PVC will be required. A good building board is essential. As most models require silencers, a Spinaflo Annular Ring type may be fitted to Annular Exhaust motors such as Webra 'Record' and 'Winner' and similar.
The general sequence of assembly is laid out in the following instructions, and these coupled with the numbered diagrams on the main plan will facilitate construction.
Study the plan and these instructions carefully before commencing, and so familiarize yourself with the complete sequence of assembly. Note that numbers in brackets after all 'inch' dimensions are decimal millimetres.
1. FUSELAGE SIDES: DIAG. 1. Select even grade balsa for upper and lower longerons. Upper longerons are 1/4 x 1/4 in (6.4 x 6.4), lower longerons are laminated to curve from 1/4 x 1/2 in (6.4 x 3.2) securing with pins whilst setting. Vertical grain sheet, 4 and 3 in (101.6 and 76.2) is set between longerons at front. Remaining verticals are 1/4 x 1/8 (6.4 x 3.2) and diagonals 1/4 x 1/16 (6.4 x 1.5). Note that only difference between left and right hand side is tail-bay vertical of 1/8 x 1/2 (3.2 x 12.7), which is placed accordingly.
2. DIE-CUT PLY LAMINATES: DIAG. 2. With longeron structures firmly pinned to the board, add 1/16 (1.5) ply laminates ensuring left and right hand sides. When set, cut out longeron areas to accommodate slotted hardwood cross-beams ensuring they will be a TIGHT FIT.
3. JOINING TWO SIDES: DIAG. 3. Four 3-7/8 in (98.4) lengths of slotted hardwood are glued firmly in place to set the fuselage width of the two halves at the parallel front end. Check structure is square. Add 1/4 x 1/4 (6.4 x 6.4) and 1/4 x 1/2 (6.4 x 3.2) crosspieces fore and aft of cockpit area. Allow to dry firmly. When set, chamfer inner faces of tail-bay for approx 1 in (25.4) - see plan top view. Then draw rear ends together securing with clothes peg whilst glue is setting. Finally, cut and fit all remaining top and bottom crosspieces. Check for alignment. Recess front face of two front hardwood crosspieces where thread binding will take place.
4. JURY STRUTS: DIAG. 4. Make two jury-struts of 1/8 x 1/2 in (3.2 x 12.7) over drawing on plan. Whilst setting, slightly angle ends..."
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Update 22/05/2018: Added kit review from RCM&E, February 1973, thanks to RFJ.
Update 13/10/2019: Added kit review from Radio Modeller, March 1973, thanks to RFJ.
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