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Thread: Flair Fokker DVII
09/11/2020 10:38:03

Brilliant looking guns.

Thread: Topflite GS P47 Build
10/10/2020 12:11:16

accf5a46-e1fa-46d6-a068-80cb5b21d909.jpege6d2ac06-1812-4f13-86e8-f7981dac3225.jpeg0fe2bf7e-85c1-4e09-91b5-2722ad5fcfeb.jpegWheeeeeee! Looked what just arrived in the post from Fiberglass Specialities in the US. Craig Schmidt has been an absolute star. The first cowl I ordered arrived squashed and distorted due to damage in transit. Despite my best efforts I could not re-shape it to its original shape. Craig immediately made another and posted it out within 48 hours.

it arrived this morning in pristine condition. Absolutely delighted with the quality and detail. Great level of service and customer care! I would highly recommend the quality of their products and the value for money.

now I can properly get on with building!

07/10/2020 17:08:20

working between 2 homes at the moment so I've decided to build a portable building board, large enough at least for the tailplane and fin to be built on..... otherwise I'm never going to get started.

I really will have some photos of the build on here soon!

Thread: Flair Fokker DVII
21/09/2020 21:18:12

Coming along nicely Chris. Yours will be finished before mine!

Thread: Topflite GS P47 Build
19/09/2020 18:18:18

Thanks for the info reference the ABS cowl... I had heard all sorts of horror stories about it. What did you use to glue it together?????

All credit to ‘Fiberglass Specialities’. I sent them some photos of how the cowl arrived and the packaging.... and they immediately said they will make and send another, appropriately packaged. Can’t complain at that.

but having the abs version too will be useful as a spare and to practise the likely chequerboard paint scheme!

17/09/2020 21:30:09

Thanks Kevin.... I was thinking just that.... with a hairdryer first to see if that even starts to cure the problem... and if that fails, using a wallpaper stripping hot air gun, whilst carefully ensuring I don’t generate any local heat spots. If that doesn’t work, the only solution is probably to make up the cheap and nasty ABS plastic cowl provided!

17/09/2020 20:32:52

Well..... first hiccup! Having waited a month for delivery of the ‘Fiberglass Specialities’ glass fibre cowl from the States, it arrived massively distorted in a half crushed thin cardboard box!!! Not sure whether application of heat whilst bracing it to the correct shape will work. The rep from Fiberglass Specialities simply said ‘let me know how you get on’!!!

anyone know of any reputable glass fibre cowl manufacturers here in UK?????

on a positive note.... the robart retracts arrived, well packed and Undamaged!

13/09/2020 20:32:50

Hmmmmm! Not sure why the last few photos have rotated themselves!surprise

13/09/2020 20:20:22

img_4895.jpgScaled up the line drawings to 1:5.75, the exact scale of the model to review the models outline in comparison to the real profile.... Topflite has done a pretty good job as the attached photos of the fin/rudder and tailplane/elevator show. Ive already decided on self adhesive aluminium foil to make the layered reinforcement of leading edge skin for elevator and rudder.


13/09/2020 20:15:06

In the interim, Ive dug out my definitive reference material.... 3 volumes of the Kagero books detail the P47 from its inception through to the N model. Beautiful line drawings and colour schemes.... even free decals for 1;48 and 1:72 scale models.... just got to choose the scheme now.....img_4881.jpg

13/09/2020 20:12:32

I decided that I want to build the razorback version and have been waiting patiently (weeks!!!) for the canopy and fibreglass cowlings from Fibreglass Specialities in US, together with the robart retracts from Tower Hobbies.

According to USPS Tracking, they have cleared UK customs and will be delivered early next week. It feels like waiting for Christmas!!

13/09/2020 20:09:44

Thats a lot of wood..... this is the original kit and not the ARF that followed!img_4899.jpg

13/09/2020 20:08:48


13/09/2020 20:07:57

OK... so I know we are really meant to focus on one build at once but I can't wait any longer to set about a Topflite GS P47 Thunderbolt that I picked up years ago at the BMFA Nationals from TJD Model for a bargain price as a discontinued kit.

Its been sitting in the attic ever since and a recent house move made me sell lots on eBay... but couldn't part with the Jug!

So in parallel with my Flair Fokker DVII, Here goes!

Thread: Flair Fokker DVII
13/09/2020 16:40:28

Hi Chris,

if there’s an instruction book, I never got one! I think the notes on the plans are really easy to follow. My brother also built one a few years back and I know he didn’t have anything other than the plans and notes on the plan. 😎

10/09/2020 14:39:55


Mine were long ones too... cut them to fit. It’s not quite half and half... but neither is the depth of lower and upper wing. So each metal strip makes one long and one short.

10/09/2020 09:46:51


Hope they make sense. I realise looking back that I originally planned on sliding the metal tabs into the sandwich after covering... but then realised that I couldn't guarantee the strength of the epoxy joint if i couldn't see it beneath the covering. So I chose to epoxy the metal tabs in as I built the sandwich. Would have been even better had I thought about it before gluing the ribs in because than I could have also drilled holes through the entire sandwich on the bench and reinforced with cocktail stick dowels.... but I doubt they will pull out!!

10/09/2020 09:42:25


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