Austro Hungarian Albatros D-III Scratch Build

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    I did it now. I'm into my first ever scratch build. This is a project that I've been thinking and reading books about for 4 yrs. I finally decided that I may have enough skills to attempt this. There is still a lot I don't know about where to get what and even what is available for a WW-I planes as far as Hardware is concerned. What to do about a cockpit. I'll work it out as I go along. One thing that I want to do is to put more scale detail into this build then My previous 2 WW-I builds. It is the middle of Summer and still flying season so If its raining I'm building. If its to windy I'm building. If the weather is nice I'm Flying.

    First installment of pictures. This is the plane I'm modeling. The pilot happened to be Hungarian and so am I. The Second highest Scoring Ace in the Austro Hungarian Royal Air Force. He didn't survive the war. He was the only pilot that was not an Officer or come from Aristocracy. That is the main reason I chose his plane to model. :)
     

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    Here are some pictures of the formers. I' cut up the print but made copies on my Copier to make the templates from. The originals will go into a folder and put away for safe keeping. :)

    Made some changes to the print. I changed the 3/4 round tube to a 1" square tube. This should keep twisting to a minimum.
     

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    I know most of you are following this on FB. I also realize that there is only 4 to 6 people that follow my builds here. I enjoy having our own little private group to BS in and be able to say whatever the hell want with one exception.

    NO POLITICS!

    A Wise man once said. "If You Want To loose Half Your Friends in Less Then One Second. Declare your Politics."

    This is an RC Build thread and there is room for all of us.

    Thanks for listening.
     
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    I am so totally sub'd to this. So here is the first question:

    Is the aluminum tube only for building alignment purposes only and will be removed later?

    The second question:

    What plans are these from?
     
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    Yes the Tube is for building only. The plans were designed by Dave Johnson. I bought the plans from Air Age Plans.
     
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    The Heat is back. It feels like Huston. Yuck.
     
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    It still is August even up there. Lol.

    I like that tube idea for building to keep the fuse straight and true. Perhaps that is standard practice for large builds.
    I know from FB that this is 1/3 scale could you please put up the actual specs of the plane?

    BTW, this is an awesome project Tom, with Hungarian ties too. That's cool.
     
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    I'm in and out of the house. I'll get you the specks Pam.
    Once I cool off I go back out and do a little more then come back in to cool off. I invited some of my friends from the Dawn Patrol here. We'll see if they make it.
     
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    Awesome.
    I hope everyone fared ok up there with all of the storms and stuff. I saw some news stories about the F3 in Indiana.
     
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    Yes Everyone I know fared well. My Step daughter was working one block from where the tornado wiped out the Starbucks... They actually watched the twister from work.

    Took me a while to remember where I saw the specs. They are with the sparse instructions. :)
     

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    Wow that is one big bi-plane.
    I wonder if they used a gear reduction drive to spin a 28" prop on that G62.
    Thanks for posting that.:)
     
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    I placed what I have together on the tube To see what it will look like. Also to get a better Idea as to what I have to do to put it together. So far I'm not to found of the construction technique. Maybe by the time I get it put together I'll warm up to it. :)
     

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    Yippie a new thread to follow :)
     
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    Hmmmmmm.
     
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    I see what you mean Tom.
    That just seems like a weird way to build.
    This must be somewhat common as some of the comments on FB would suggest.
     
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    Not saying it's a bad way. I'm just not used to building like this in the air.
     
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    Love the subject- and the size! Building with the tube is about like doing the Z struts on my floats- Make prodigious use of your framing square and laser levels!

    And yeah, a 28X8 on a G-62? Must be some kind of reduction drive.
     
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    I ended up glueing the front former together then aded the stringers for the top half. The plans call for assembling the back end first before sheeting the sides. Its tough to work in the air. burt I figured out how to keep it straight.
     

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    It is taking shape quickly.
     
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    Slow down there young feller. It's only August and lots of winter to go still.
    It does look really cool though.
     
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