Took a while, but the engine is finally finished. The engine
is displayed on a temporary test stand till it is ready for
installment in the 1/16 scale Albatros from
Model Expo. ( See new topic ) I tried to carve a
1/16 th scale Axial prop for this engine, but
soon realized that producing a prop in that scale is quite different
props in the 1/48 th scale !! After
carving some - not too good looking props - which would do
no justice to the engine / aircraft , Ken Foran came to
Ken provided me with the prop and prop bosses, NOW that is
a good looking prop !! Eventually I will produce one myself,
but first some more practice.
Wandering through the galleries, I was struck by the models of Ken Foran
( amongst others..! ), very nice scratchbuild in 1/16 th scale.
The Mercedes DIII engine of the Fokker DVII is a gem !
Mr. Foran had a couple of resin kits made of this engine, I obtained
One of the engines is intended for the Albatros DVa from model expo in
The expo kit - including merc. engine - is a kind of...well crude...and
this highly detailed resin engine will perfectly do for the realistic look.
I will use the Albatros kit as a platfrom for a highly detailed
scratchbuild / kitbashing job.
Despite the highly detailed resin components of the merc. kit, I decided
to make it a multi media one.
Using brass and alu tubing and thick solder wire along the building
route - Ken, quote : Now that is a RESIN kit...! / Can't subsitute the
lustre of real metal : unquote.
Ken included a very clear instruction manual, together with drawings of
Other references used; Janes aircraft of WWI, photo archive of
WWI-models, Mark Millers illustrations and "report on the 180 H.p.
mercedes aero engine " from Albatros productions / Ray Rimell.
The parts went together perfectly, starting with the two crankcase halfs
with fine molded detail and the cylinders next.Took some time to line
them up nicely.
Airbrushed the whole thing with Alu AlcladII and the cylinders with
humbrol black. After dry, covered the engine with Tamiya "smoke" to get
the oily look.
Next was the twin jet updraft carburetor & manifold.The updraft carbs
are fashioned from different diametres of brass tubing and a lot of
sanding, so are the different drains ( faucets ) on the engine. Again
covered in Tamiya smoke.
The manifold pipes are thick solder wire, it is easy to bend without
disforming and gives an realistic look, no painting here..
Valve train next.The resin part would do nicely, but I opted to do it
the hard way, only using the six housings.
Removed the shaft, drilled holes in the housings, and used alu tubing
for the shaft.The rockers where fashioned from sheet plastic..( boy, are
Ken included the coilsprings from brass wire and used them as such, this
was the hardest part till now.
Next the carburetor heater water pipe from brass tubing and the
ingnition wire support tube, made from alu tubing, brass sheet and brass
to the cylinders with tiny screws.( The support tube is painted with
"brick red " from humbrol.)
I used the resin magnetos, adding the fastners from alu sheet and the
ignition timing connectors.
Leaves me with some details to go ! Those will be next.