"I wish someone would do an 80% D.Va that looks as good as this 80% SPAD 13."
"I have a set of 33% scale plans for an R/C Albatros D.Va, it has about a 10' span. Lets see, if I scaled those up to 75%..."
Very nice. I was planning to do an Albatross D III originally, before my friend talked me into a 2-seater. It wouldn't be THAT difficult with the method we are using.
Our fuselage will be a rectangular truss built of 6061-T6 3/4"x3/4"x1/8" aluminum angle, riveted together with aircraft rivets. (NOT the pop-rivit type, the driven or squeezed ones!)
Over that structure will be a non-load-bearing "shell" of foam and fiberglass. In the case of the Albatross, wood veneer over the outer layer of fiberglass would add a nice touch if a paint scheme that left the wood exposed were selected, as many did.
Wings will be aluminum tube spars (6061-T6, most likely front 2.5"x.058", rear 2"x.058") with 1/4" plywood ribs, (Marine grade plywood with EQUAL layer thicknesses), and aluminum compression ribs and drag/anti-drag STRUTS (not wires-much easier!) Cloth covering of course. Ribs will be "stack cut" on a router to insure that they are absolutely identical.
Tail surfaces will be aluminum tubing and cloth for the rudder and elevator, and aluminum tubing with foam and glass for the fixed fin and horizontal stabilizer.
And thus the birth of the "Ft. Worth Flying Circus..." LOL