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David Barker 206/08/2019 20:15:42
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Anyone out there building a DB Auster J1 in the Basingstoke (Hampshire Area).? As ground to a halt. Help needed. Tea & Biscuits supplied.

Limobob08/08/2019 21:02:59
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I have a DB Auster all but finished, a great model from Dave Boddington.

Whilst building mine i referred many times to a series of posts by ‘Dwain Dibley’. This chap is a real master and helped me tremendously.

he is still about on the forums and i think is at present building a Brian Taylor Cessna. You may be able to PM him and i am sure he would be willing to help.

Good luck, a very nice big model which should fly like a dream. My first full size flight in an Auster 5 way back around 1956 if my memory serves me well. All along the coast from lovely Shoreham Airport, and the cost,...just one English Pound, now that really does show my age. G-ANHR by the way which i believe still survives but needs some TLC.

Dwain Dibley.09/08/2019 14:23:07
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Only just seen this. PM sent David. yes


Dwain Dibley.10/08/2019 12:37:46
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Pics for you David.


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auster cockpit detail5 002.jpg


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Graham R10/08/2019 21:49:38
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Who’s been a busy boy then? Looking very nice DD.

Edited By Graham R on 10/08/2019 21:50:23

ian ludwell29/04/2020 11:19:52
128 forum posts
85 photos

to Dwain Dibley,

having trouble with The Auster front glazing.

I know its some time since you built yours.can you remember if the glazing had to be cut to fit?

I have fitted the glazing either side as per your pics but the glazing will not fold back over the ribs on the fuz side without trying to spring out at either side under the ribs.

many thanks

Piers Acland29/04/2020 22:33:11
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4 photos

Hi Ian,

I built the DB Auster a couple of years ago. Flew like a dream. However I had problems with the front glazing. Several failed attempts (using additional polycarbonate(?) sheet purchased elsewhere) for much the same reasons as you describe. Solution was a combination of very careful cutting and softening the sheet with a heat gun to get it to adopt the right profile (upon cooling). Hope that helps.


Dwain Dibley.29/04/2020 22:35:57
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Hello Mate,

Yes I am afraid it was a great deal of trial and error to get the glazing around those ribs. If you look at pic one and then pic five you will see that I had to take out even more on the final fit. A bit, and I stress, A BIT, of heat from a hair dryer helps with the bending.

Hope that helps bud. Post a few pics of how you are doing.

Ahh Piers beat me to it.  laugh



Edited By Dwain Dibley. on 29/04/2020 22:37:15

Chris Stevenson11/05/2020 07:42:59
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10 photos

Hi Dwain,

I am currently battling with the front glazing on the DB Auster and your pictures a great help thanks. Did you glue the top glazing in place or use screws as in the front? Two separate kit reviews I have are not that clear to me. I would prefer not to glue but cannot see where I could screw it down. Thanks, Chris

Dwain Dibley.11/05/2020 12:37:08
1356 forum posts
1367 photos

Hi Chris,

I dug out a couple more photos for you that show the top glazing.

There are two screws in the back, but it is mainly glued on. I use a canopy glue, there are many available, that goes clear when dry. Pins and tape help while the drying takes place. The front screen is over the top sheet at the front, to stop it lifting in the airflow.

Hope this helps you out.


auster cockpit detail4    003.jpg

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Chris Stevenson11/05/2020 19:39:21
38 forum posts
10 photos

Hi Dwain,

Very helpful many thanks, Chris

Mark Kettle 112/05/2020 07:48:00
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1541 photos

I like Auster's.

Below and just a few miles from my home are some pictures outside the old factory.  Map Link:   Look for  -  ECF Ltd - on the map. 

Also look at the Auster website :-








Edited By Mark Kettle 1 on 12/05/2020 08:11:14

Dwain Dibley.12/05/2020 11:48:48
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1367 photos

How Cool is that ??

Nice One Mark.


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