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Old 21 February 2012, 08:30 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Bavissimo on your excellent work. Very interesting link.

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Old 21 February 2012, 10:50 AM   #12 (permalink)
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looking for rudder drawings too...

I thank you very much Maxim, I have a great passion for this 'relics', so every help will be very appreciated, I want to improve and try to add pieces to this little collection'... Many thanks for your help Sirs
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Old 21 February 2012, 12:32 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Hello Dave,

Yes, my Fokker Dr.I rudder drawing (seen above) is just part of my complete set of drawings for the original Dr.I's airframe. Nothing has been modernized. These drawings have taken me over 45 years of research to complete, and they are right down to the 'nut-and-bolt' level of historic accuracy and completeness. Nothing is left to guess about in the Dr.I's original construction.

I'm still considering selling them commercially, but my real interest in their use would be to work with some 'high-end' builders like "The Vintage Aviator LTD" who have all the resources (like new 110HP Oberursal engines) to construct a truly accurate Dr.I. It would be the very first truly accurate Dr.I out there flying today...

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A very brave statement.

Do you have all the original factory drawings? If not, then its just another best guess.
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Old 21 February 2012, 08:55 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Ah, but find and show us a better "best guess"...then let us all know "Captain Triggers."

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Old 22 February 2012, 02:01 AM   #15 (permalink)
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The problem is that with not many drawings & no surviving original airframe proving one guess is better than another guess is very difficult.
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Old 22 February 2012, 09:45 AM   #16 (permalink)
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You're right "Captain Triggers," that's why it's been over 45 years of research in the making of these Dr.I drawings. It wouldn't have taken that long if all the original Fokker factory Dr.I drawings had been available, however many were, which I have copies of.

It takes thousands of hours to examine the existing Fokker factory Dr.I drawings, museum artifacts (like the three existing Dr.I rudders, etc.), photos, period documents, and other 'period' Fokker factory drawings of D.VII/E.V/D.VIII aircraft to derive these Dr.I drawings as a "best guess." Still, I've never seen anything remotely close 'out there' when it comes to original Dr.I airframe design and detail...

I will forever appreciate anyone else's research posted here on The Aerodrome Forum to discuss the finer points of the Fokker F.I/Dr.I Triplane's original airframe design.


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Old 28 February 2012, 05:48 AM   #17 (permalink)
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Dear Sirs, I'm looking for rudders drawings as for Vaclav, may I ask you to find materials for me too?
I made some rudders , especially of Regia Aeronautica warbirds, and fabric parts of some WW I planes as Spad VII and XIII, SVA 10 and so on, here a link where you can see some wip of my works..
Ago, filo e... Timoni.
I thank you a lot!

I second John's comments on your beautiful work. I spied a WWII SM 79 there too. I like that one too!

Best Regards,

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Old 28 February 2012, 07:19 AM   #18 (permalink)
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Many Thanks Tony! Yes, it was a challenge.. but I like real dimension, this represents sometimes a problem because as you see in the photos I work mainly at home Now I'm quite ready to start with some WWI rudders.. and some fabrics too. So Any help or suggestion is welcome!
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Old 28 February 2012, 11:14 PM   #19 (permalink)
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Hi Gary,

Having produced work to a similar standard, and knowing others who have done the same, I don't understand any criticism of your work.

As you said, more than 45 years of dedicated work results in drawings which far exceed a "best guess". It is, after all, the very reason that a handful of us dedicate so much time towards such projects.

I have the utmost respect for your work!

Great work too, eleonora!


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Eleonora, I can share my materials with you of course

I am now working on a rudder of SPAD VII.
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