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Old 15 March 2006, 04:36 PM   #1
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My Fokker DVII Project

Ok all,
at the urging of Achim & Maximum08, I am attempting to document my Fokker DVII project.

My progress has been spotty. I bought a frame from Brian Coughlin back in 2000. It was a basic frame.


this picture shows the frame with the gussets and engine mounts I added after I got it.

here is the rudder & elevator I made during my 1 1/2 on an active duty deployment.

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Old 15 March 2006, 04:41 PM   #2
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More Progress ...

Here is the hinges I made with the guidance from Achim. Boy was this tough with 4130 Crome Alloy!

I was happy with the way these turned out. Thanks Achim!

Later, after my deployment was over, I added the upper wing mounts & somemore stuff to the frame.
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Old 15 March 2006, 04:52 PM   #3
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Landing gear parts ...

I have been recently working on the landing gear parts. I had the attachments machined. here is the parts.


These were made out of 4130 Crome Alloy, and cost me $2100 for all the pieces. They were made using a EDM and lathe.
If anyone is interested in getting these made, email me & I'll pass along his number.
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Old 15 March 2006, 05:03 PM   #4
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More landing gear parts ...

I made the axle boxes using a jig I got from Franzkait off the Sands Building site, post #1076.


here is what it look like before crunching them out. it is tricky using 4130 ...


and I pressed them at work using a mechanical press ...


and after pressing it ...
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Old 15 March 2006, 05:07 PM   #5
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The axle box ...

here is the opening on the axle box ...


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and the sstreamlined tubing ...
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Old 15 March 2006, 05:11 PM   #6
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some controls ...

here is the pedals ... no brakes ...


the control colum ...

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Old 15 March 2006, 05:17 PM   #7
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Thanks for posting Jeff, looking good. What drawings are you using? And what engine are you planing to use?
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Old 15 March 2006, 06:53 PM   #8
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nice work Jeff! when you have it finished, you will have to fly over to CT to visit Fritz (Ed) and me! Look forward to more pictures.

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Old 15 March 2006, 08:51 PM   #9
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Plans

I bought the Herb Kelly plans from Loe Opdyke, and the replicraft plans. I't difficult to start in the middle of a project, I wasn't sure which ones the frame was started with. If I run into conflict with the two plans, I often email Achim for his opinion.

I recently visited Roger Freeman in Tx too, now that I have met him, I will keep more contact with him on building ideas. He (like everyone on this forum) has been very generous with their skill & knowledge.

I have been Gas welding the parts so far, but I am planning to buy a TIG machine after this (Army) school.

I am looking for others who are also building DVII or DVIII/Dr1 that might have compatible parts. If it is possible to double up on building certian parts & swap them, to speed up the project. If anyone interested, drop me a post!
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Old 15 March 2006, 10:53 PM   #10
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Great images! I be looking forward to see more of your work.

Keep them coming.

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