[WWI] virtual Fokker DVII

Douglas Jones aeroc at comcast.net
Thu Aug 12 15:20:55 EDT 2004

I wondered about that. I noticed that the plans for the Mademoiselle are
hand drawn. In fact my kit was actually missing a couple of  laser cut
parts. I have one of the original runs of the kit. It has been fixed now. On
this plane everything seems to be OK so far, with the exception of the dumb
fuel tank!

It's a shame that they didn't check the parts against the plans! Dare is
actually run by two brothers. They live in disparate locations on the East
Coast of the US as I recall. One does the 'engineering work' and the other
handles the kitting and shipping etc. Sounds like if I decide to do a Flyer
I should do the Sig version.

I have never worked with Litespan before. But I hope it works more like
Coverite or SolarTex and not like monocote. I can't get monocote to work for
love nor money! Did you experience and warping problems when shrinking the

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> Also > any thoughts on the use of Litespan as this will be my first crack
at it.
> > Balsarite will be the adhesive of choice.
> Doug, I did the Dare Wright flyer back in late 02 early 03 for the
centenial celebrations.
> My BIGGEST disappointment is that Mr Trittle designs the plans by HAND and
someone at DARE designs the parts in autocad and laser cuts them from their
interpretation of Trittles' plans.  The net result was that the wing chord
was shorter than the plans indicate.  And no one QC'd the drawings because
the main wing to landing skid supports were a full 1/4 inch off.  Instead of
gluing to the spars, they fell out in the middle of the litespan covering.
> And litespan is FUN  just brush on the balsarite, let it dry then iron the
litespan as if it were anyother monocote like product.  If your plans call
for struts to join upper and lower wings. eithe cut a hole inthe litespan
and get a wood to wood joint OR add balsalock on the strut points so that
the litespan will adhear to the strut.  My first go on the flyer ALL of the
struts on the mains spar would lift the fabrick right off the wing.  Ended
up flowing CA under each joint
> MrT

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