[WWI] Arizona Model Aircrafters Flyboys Fokker Dr.1 - Questions

Crawford Neil Neil.Crawford at volvo.com
Mon Jul 18 07:56:21 EDT 2011

About adding rivets to aluminium cowling, I'd advise against it. They're barely visible on this photo
when it's blown up to size.  In fact they're not visible at all. 
You see them on some models, between the front and the cowling, but aren't they just a thing that 
someones seen on a model, and thinks it looks cool, so puts it on their model too, and finally we
have a myth made by modellers.

Wooden propellers can be carved from laminated marquetry wood, glued with CA, and varnished.
For cockpit gauges, it might be worth looking at the flying scale community, if they have anything.

From: wwi-bounces at wwi-models.org [mailto:wwi-bounces at wwi-models.org] On Behalf Of Robert Randall
Sent: den 16 juli 2011 04:12
To: wwi at wwi-models.org
Subject: [WWI] Arizona Model Aircrafters Flyboys Fokker Dr.1 - Questions

I performed a kit inventory upon receipt and found a sheet of balsa badly mangled on one end. I will need to buy another sheet of balsa to create several damaged ribs. I also noticed that the 'real' aluminum engine cowl included in the kit will require extensive cutting wherein lies one of my questions. What is the easiest way to add what appear to be rivets to an aluminum cowl? I don't own a drill-press and hope there is an easier way to create the appearance of rivets.

Next question is that after spending a lot of money for this kit I want to create an accurate model of M. Von Richthofen's aircraft. Does anyone know if Richthofen's aircraft(s) was all red or red & white. I believe the Dr. 1 he died in was not the all red aircraft. Another question on this topic concerns what would be the best covering material for the model. I was thinking about using Fokker Red Monokote (if there is such a color). Does anyone have any suggestions?

The rotary engine included with the model is a Le Rhone Rotary by Williams Brothers Model Products. What does everyone recommend for a scale wooden prop for this model as far as size and pitch? This will be a static model when completed but again I would like to try to build for accuracy if possible.

Next is anyone aware of Fokker Dr. 1 decals in 1/8 scale? Does anyone know if there are any cockpit instrument gauges in 1/8 scale or will I need to scratch build?

I could think of no better group to ask for assistance than this group. You folks are one of the reasons I decided to build a large scale model of what I believe was one of the most interesting aircraft of many from the WW1 era.

Any help or suggestions will be much appreciated. Thanks - Bob

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