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Got Ed's 1/3 scale DVII DVII all done and flying. 40 lbs 118" wingspan 90cc. Flies sweet, Ed did all the building and I just covered and painted it along with some odds and ends. Still need to paint the wings and install some Spandaus.   Ed's 33% Fokker DVII
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Wow! Neat. Wish I had seen it fly, perhaps, after we move. Good job! :thumbs:

Onward and Upward.
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Gary, call me when you are going to bring that down again. Any problems with ground handling without a tail wheel? That must be a transportation and assembly chore.

Thermals---I need thermals!
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I gotta see that thing fly!
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I'll try to let you guys know next time we take it out, its kind of a production to transport it. It actually handles pretty well on the ground but takes up a lot of runway to turn. I'm installing a tail-wheel because at $50 apiece I don't want to break to many props running off in the weeds!
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If it will help, I have 2 tail draggers and have figured out how to turn them around in a small area. It may not work with the DVll but it is worth a try. I hate to put a tailwheel on  one of the old ones if it is not necessary!
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I understand Mike, but I don't think Gary intends to enter it into a scale contest where it'll be judged. If it's a Balsa USA kit, they take some liberties with things. Not quite exact scale. I'll bet, knowing how creative Gary can be, that he can probably come up with a way to be able to swap back and forth between tail wheel and skid.

Thermals---I need thermals!
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Gary, you just need some wing walkers!:lol:

Onward and Upward.
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Hi Gary       What a joy to see this bird finally take flight! You finished it off really nice.  I always wince at putting a tail wheel on a vintage airplane but with the BUSA kits I have generally done so as it is sport scale and I am not into serious competition. I hope you have many years of enjoyment with the DVll.
 
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After some thought I decided I'll fly it a few more times before I install a tail wheel. It isn't really prone to ground looping and the sprung tail skid is really cool in action. That's funny you mention wing walkers Randy, that's exactly what we did on the maiden flight! Sabin got his exercise that day. I built a couple of Spandau machine guns and if the wind ever stops blowing I'll get the wings painted and take her up again. I also need to engineer a way to keep the muffler from vibrating off. Safety wiring looks promising but access is tight. Ed, you really nailed it with the airframe construction, it flies as straight as an arrow with virtually no trim.
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