Latest News Report as of 28th of December 2012:

A whole lot changed during this past year.

After having been screwed by a number of people who do now run around and claim that I screwed them, I decided to no longer offer my service on a commercial basis.

I also gave up on the realisation of my own dream of recreating the Fokker factory. There is no use to it, at least not on German soil in the way I planned to do it.

I will solely continue in this field of personal interest for my own enjoyment.

There is a lot of hearsay about my decision to retreat from airplane building for others. For those who want to continue guessing, feel free to do so. I really do not care any more about anybodies opinion about me. Those who know me, know better, those who do not know, don´t need to know better about me.

I have established a whole new workshop which is own property now and I will continue to finish my own airplanes that I enjoy. Also there is signs on  the horizon that my own E.III, D.VII, Dr.I and D.VIII may have found a new home far away from home. Nothing is set in stone yet, but in the meantime enjoy what you see here.

There will be no updates on this website any more. It will stay frozen the way it is for the time being until I decide co canvcel it completely.

 

"E6 002" is one of the the sister ships of "E6 001 200238" which are flown on regular display at Hood Aerodrome - Masterton - New Zealand.

 

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"Fokker D.VIII - In Detail"

Release date 1st of February

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Volume 1 - The structure

278 images on 120 pages.

 

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Volume 2 - history, colours, reproduction and certification.

80 photographs, history, colour plates, use ... 60 Pages.

These two books come as high quality downloadable PDF files.

 

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Latest News Report as of 8th of May 2011:

Slowly the things turn out to look like what it is all about. To show these aeroplanes in their "natural" habitat.

For the past 25 years I was focusing on trying to build me my own time machine. A time machine that allows me to experience how these aeroplanes of the early days have been built and operated on a daily basis back at that time. I did not just want to stand and look. I want to experience, to be part of it. The only way to make this happen was to do it. Very slowly. Step by step.

Yes, there is still not flying a single aeroplane that I built for myself. And there are many out there who still claim and use this to "prove" it is just talk. But I think I have come a long way with the great help of a few already. And this time with the attached images I can show for the first time what I really want to do and what I will create.

For the Engels E.6 / Fokker D.VIII the second and third appraisal are still open. The Engels E.4 / Fokker E.III has got its first appraisal and is approved by the LBA as a homebuilt project now also. The raw built is almost finished, too. The same holds true for the Engels E.3 / Fokker D.VII. The first appraisal for the Engels E.1 / Fokker Dr.I is currently under way...Now we are talking...

At the beginning of this year we started to work filming of our TV documentary "A Dream Grows Wings". This is a joint venture between Oliver Gortat´s UTOPIA Filmproduktion (Vision Unlimited) and me. For the documentary many movie sequences will be filmed using my aeroplanes.

This takes us back to todays review. During the first set of filming we took some nice photographs. These photographs show in a wonderfull way what I want to establish. A living museum is the plan. It shall show the production of the airplanes in a exact reproduction of the Fokker factory. Everyday day-in-a-life reenectment shall feature all aspects of airplane construction and use at the airfield and in the air.

For this I am seeking support.Either financial support or hands on help!

The below images speak for themselves. In addition to this I want to point to the above video on youtube which also features and illustrates the idea.

Together with a fellow "Fokker Nutz" we are currentlyworking on a complete new version of the website. So it may be that soon we will have some significant changes here.

But for now enjoy the images and this quick sentimental journey back in time.....

 

Flanders 1918. Early morning on a Jasta 6 airfield. The pilot inspects his airplane and talks to his mechanics before he flies another sortie

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The Fokker Factory at Schwerin

1916

The Kaiser demands more airplanes for the Fliegertruppe. Fuselage production of Fokker E.IIIs

 

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The Fokker Factory at Schwerin

1916

Wings for the Kaiser!

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Latest News of  March 17th 2011:

Since I have been asked repeatedly to make the museum concept of what I have in mind to create more reccognized in public, I decided to have a brochure printed which I would like to show you here.

The following images are of rather poor resolution and I would like to encourage anybody to download a PDF file copy here: Brochure

Unless you can get hold of some printed versions, feel free to download it and to distribute it to whatever person  you think might be interested in learning about the project!

Some may also be interested to learn that the Fokker E.III reproduction will be shown on display at the AERO 2011 expo at Friedrichshafen on Lake Constance. If you like to see it and talk to me, feel invited to show up there.

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What was in the past can be reproduced for all to experience again....

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Latest News of  March 1st 2011:

The monoplanes are now in their final stages. Most of the built is done. Currently I am in the final preparations of making the fuel tank, ammo boxes and cowlings.

A very lovely feature of these planes is the way the wings have been folded back and put into storage brackets alongside the fuselage frame for road transportation.

There is also some progress to report in the making of the wing ribs for the Fokker C.I project.

With a little bit of luck the next year may bring the find of a partner with lots of money in his ockets who might want to see our dream of the recreation of the Fokker factory facilities along with a flying museum come true. Here once again the link to the draft of what I do have in mind.

http://www.collectors-edition.de/Downloads/FTSMuseumdraft.pdf

The progress of the build is depicted with the following images:

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This is a well known shot of one of the Fokker E.II´s as they have been dispatched from the factory. The wing is stored in special mounts alongside the fuselage for road and railway transport.

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The wing transportation feature is shown in these images of the almost completed airplanes.

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Latest News of  December 21st 2010:

Christmas is closing in and another year is nearing its end. I want to wish all our friends and partners a Merry Christmas and a healthy and succesful upcomming 2011!

With a little bit of luck the next year may bring the find of a partner with lots of money in his ockets who might want to see our dream of the recreation of the Fokker factory facilities along with a flying museum come true. Here once again the link to the draft of what I do have in mind.

http://www.collectors-edition.de/Downloads/FTSMuseumdraft.pdf

The Fokker E.III reproductions are also comming along pretty nice. Although I planed on having all three airframes done by the end of this year, this will be delayed for a few more weeks. There is always so many small bits and pieces to be done. These are a true hold up :-)

 

The progress of the build is depicted with the following images:

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Both costumer fuselages are waiting for small items, cowlings, control stick grips etc...

 

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The empty belt box of the Fokker E.III is made from 0.7mm

Aluminum sheet metal and weights just 758 gr.

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Stick grip and empty belt box test fitted to the "prototype" airplane.

Allmounting clambs will be done next.

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The mounting frame for the rotary engine with teh splash plate installed.

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The forward belly cowling with the attached wind deflector and heel rests under the rudder bar.

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Latest News as of  11th of   September  2010:

The last months have been pretty tough for me. Half a year ago I was asked to bring the airplane to the bi-annual airfield festival at Aalen-Elchingen. Since I wanted to show the airplane to the public in a fairly optically finished stage, I was "forced" to put in a lot of hours and money into this plane after my regular work every day. There were a few long nights to fill up with work, but it was well worth it as you will see in the images posted along with this update.

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The top fuselage metalcowling andblast shields under the gun muzzles.

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The airplane also finally got it´s nickname. It is named "Cuckoo". There is of course a story behind it. The Cuckoo is a bird that gives his eggs into foreign nests and once the chick hatches it takes over full dominance in the nest. This even goes as far as that the little bird throws out other chicks from the nest. This all holds true for this plane as well. I never wanted to have a Fokker D.VIII as first plane. However it was the last one I begun to work on and for some reason is the first one to be completed. It even threw out another bird from this nest,  but this is a different story..... 

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This way the airscrew locker nut is secured. I still do have some engine problems, mainly because of the lack of money. This is one of the reasons why the first test flights may have to wait still. I am however, looking for someone who wants to support my work financially. If you know someone who might be interested in helping to bring this plane into the air faster than I could on my own, please mention my name to him ;-) 

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Some details of the Propeller and its hub.

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All airscrews are hand carved, just like they did back then. There is no CAD or any other modern macine involved.

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These are the hubs for the wheels, wich we made only just before the show on 4th and 5th of September

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The wheels were finished just in time for the show. It was a real presure upon me and it was a huge relieve after they were done.

The following shots have been taken at the airfield. Unfortunately the wheather was not very good and I am not a professional photographer. We will repeatt his soon and come upwith some very nice shots.

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Rear view of the completed airplane.

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Port side view of the aircraft. The aircraft is now stationed at my home airbase. This is the airfield at Aalen-Elchingen. My plan is to eventually fly the airplane here for the public. I will not take her around for other airshows. Anybody who wants to see it flying, should be prepared to come here and visit us.

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Quarter front view.

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This front view of the airlplane makes the little area clear that reduces drag immensly. In addition to that it makes the airplane harder to reccognize in the air which added up to the danger of the plane as a weapon.

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This airplane is just a milestone in the development of fighter aircraft. It is so clean in its design and so unique for its time.

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This is me posing with my new airplane.

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The paint scheme of the wing and its lower surface as well is based on what is provided in the original Fokker factory drawings. This drawing makes mention of four different wood stains. It also makes mention of the company that delivered these. Believe it or not, but the same company is still in existance today and is also still producing the same stains. There is also some photographic evidience that shows the differend coloured fields and streaks, typical for stained surfaces like seen here. I am pretty satisfied with the outcome.

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Latest News as of 3rd of   November   2009:

Year long work finally shows results!

After I have delivered two Fokker D.VIII already two years ago, now my owl Fokker D.VIII finally looks like an airplane! Although there is still a lot to do, I think I am done at about 75%.

I also delivered the first f the D.VIIs a few weeks ago. As a final assembly test, the plane was put together at my place. I will show photographs with this update.

Although the D.VII already is shipped, the D.VIII can still be seen at my place, since it is my personal bird. It will be registered in Germany as an Experimental.

The project Engels E.6 / Fokker D.VIII by now also is registered with the German authorities as an Experimental. Independant expert of the OUV is Mr. Jürgen Fecher, the construction supervisor is Hartmut Sammet of Sammet LTB and all the test flying will be carried out by Mr. Paul Erhardt, my flyin instructor and former German Champion in classic aerobatics.

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All markings are handpainted as was done back in those days.

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Construction supervisor Hartmut Sammet is checking the internal structure of the airplane.

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Three planes are waiting for their wings.

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The finished stained and varnished wing of the Fokker D.VIII.

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The stains used are the same as they used back then. The Fokker works drawings for the E.V/D.VIII wings provide brand name and colour name as well quantities used. The same company is still producing these stains today.

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A great sight!

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For this photograph the propeller only is hung from the engine! But the optical impression still is great.

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The asembly shed now finally looks like a real aircraft Hangar!

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The test assembly of the Engels E.3 / Fokker D.VII was carried out without any problems.

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The final finishing, like cover and engne intallation will be carried out by the costumer.

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Latest News as of  11th of October 2009:

It was a very productive summer this year. It again was so productive, that I am having a hard time trying to keep these updates comming as frequently as I would like to do. I hope you see my point and that you  are not too bored by this website! ;-)

The following images show some of the progress we made. More will hopefully follow soonish.

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One detail of the undercarriage wing like fairing of Fokker aircraft.

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The Fokker D.VII undercarriage before the fairing is attached to it.

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Ribs for the undercarriage fairings are in process of being made.

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Cap strips are ready to go onto rib webs.

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The Fokker D.VII´s lower wing is put into place in one of our fuselages.

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Ribs for our Fokker C.I project are comming along nicely.

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The warm weather was used to do a lot of wood work. Here you see me preparing beams for the Fokker D.VII lower wing spars.

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This is one of the scarf joints on the plywood planking of the Fokker D.r.I´s middle wing spar.

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Hardware for the Fokker D.VII upper wing.

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The fuselage of the Fokker D.VI as well as the undercarriage and the tailplane passed its load test with flying colours. Check out our small movie on Youtube about this event! I think it is quite impressive.

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Latest News as of  4th of December:

In the meantime the first lower wing of the Fokker D.VII reproduction is almost done. A lot of time was invested into the making of the dies to bend the main wing bracket. These are made from strong 3mm thick steel sheet. A short movie clip showing the processing of these parts cen be seen when clicking on the links above.

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The lower wing in front of our assembly shed.

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Marking the position of where the main wing mounting brackets have to go.

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And this shows where they have to fit evntually.

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To ensure that all pices fit together as desired, the fuselage was put onto the wing prior to drilling the attachment holes.

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One of our fuselage frames receive the undercarriage ball sockets.

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After cleaning with the wire brush all parts are base coated and hand painted..

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The lower wing main brackets during and after bending.

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Latest News as of  24th of October:

And another article appeared in the local press which I would not want to keep away of you. Suddenly there was a man standing in my gateway who was looking with eyes opening more and more. He could hardly believe what he just discovered! It turned out he was from the local press and when he left he did it with the promise to return very soon to tellall the local  world about what he found happening here. So he did. He returned a few days later and had a photographer accompanying him. As a result came out a very nice article about me, my work and my dear Alexandra.  

Although the article is in German language only and has some minor mistakes in the text, you may nevertheless enjoy it´s outlook. To download the PDF file just click on the image below..

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This summer was spent with the making of wings. One Fokker D.VII top wing was completely finished, one partially. Another Fokker D.VII lower wing was built and in my spare time after hours I also managed to build the first wing of my Fokker Dr.I, also the lower wing.

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And I continued to fly my 1946 Aermacchi MB 308 often during this flying season.

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Little Finn can not yet walk, but already loves to sit in Jannik´s pedal planes built by Mami!

 

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Latest News as of January 20th 2008:

And again here appeared another article in one of our German aviation periodicals. Although all text is in German language, we thought that we should not hide this nicely looking atricle away from our foreign readers and visitors.

The magazine in which it appeared is called "Flugzeug Classic". 

Feel free to download a complete PDF file of the article by just clicking on the image below. Hope you enjoy it as much as we do although the text, - as mentioned - is not in English.

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The aircraft have been shippend and even arrived safe at   their destination already. They are currently being unloaded and checked in detail to receive their approval. As soon as images are available, I will be happy to show them to you here.

In the moment the rotary engines that will power the planes are prepared for their final test runs. Also the final test prints of the German multi colour camouflage printed fabric (you Englsih seem to prefer to call this "lozenge") are curently also double checked with the original samples that have been used as samples for the reproduction.

These sample prints have been made in a digital printing way for the moment, but as soon as we have the colours and shapes of the polygones matching the original samples perfectly the final way of printing them will be done with dyes and rollers as they did back then.

For the covering of my personal plane I decided to use the slightly off sample patterns. This will make my plane a bit more colourfull and less accurate from the historic point of few, but it will also make the plane unique in as far as the fabric used to cover it represents the process of making actual accurate printed fabric...:-).

In the meantime I will finish the still missing items for the planes, such as ammo boxes, tail skid, fuel tank, cowlings etc. These will be send to the costumer once done. The following photo series shows some of that stuff.

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Non stearable tail skid end of the plane.

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Alexandra and me are working out the wooden tail skids.

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Completed tail skids are waiting for further processing.

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Attachment of the spliced control cables to the rudder.

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Fuselage sternpost with tailskid in place.

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Fresh covered stabilizer and elevator. The different colours for top and lower side are evidient.

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The holes for the passing through of the control cables are leather reinforced, just as done on the original.

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Steps in the making of the fuel on/off/drain cock.

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It took a while and some experiments until I have figgured out how to process etched aluminum plates and how to colour them, but finally I succeeded and can make my own now..

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Finished mixture lever and fuel cock with etched plaquettes.

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For every piece I create, I make my own drawings. Here we see the comming into existance of the ammo belt box for the Fokker D.VIII.

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Completed ammo boxes with hand shaped metal ammo chutes.

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Close up view of one of the hand made ammo chutes. The burnished surface of the outside of these and the boxes themselves have been made for anti reflexion proposes.

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A lot of feeling is required to hand shape the ammo chutes. The side walls of the chutes are made by stretching and shrinking the thin shet metal. But the result eventually is a perfectly fitting sheet metal part.

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One of the very first tries of creating an etched Fokker nameplate. The originals have been stamped rather then etched. We will figgure this out later.

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Finished control grip frames for the control stick top end.

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Latest News as of October 21st:

Lots of stuff was done during the past months. The Engels E6 (Fokker E.V/D.VIII reproductions) are close to be almost finished now.

As a matter of fact we will finally put fuselages and wings together for test fitting on October 28th. The following week the planes will be leaving, heading towards thir new home. Finally things like engine instellation and covering will be done at he place of the new owner. 

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Three black and white images of the machine gun instellation.

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Alexandra and me are illustrating how a person fits into the frame.

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The three frames side by side. Jannik is checking out the cockpit of mine. His Alexandra build pedal triplane waits.

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Rudder and fin completed and wrapped with fabric.

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Proud owner of one of the three D.VIIIs.

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Rudder is covered also now.
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Control cables during splicing.

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Complete instrumentation of vintage instruments for one of the Engels E3 projects.

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"Turtledeck" and plywood side fairings are in place.

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Engine is test fitted to the engine mounting frame and the frame is test fitted into the fuselage.

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All three engine mounts for the rotary engines side by side.

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One of the new made stabilizers.

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Elevator and stabilizer put together and during test fitting to the fuselage.

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Spliced bracing cable on the undercarriage.

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One of the three undercarriages awaits its plywood covering.

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Covering of aircraft parts with new reproduced printed camaouflage fabric.

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Latest News as of March 25th:

A huge step forward was done with the project Engels E6. The fuselages of these Fokker D.VIII reproductions are very well in progress.

The wings are also completed now and have been fittedt to the airframes.

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Wings in the holding pattern.

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Pulling in the bracing wires in one of the E6 fuselages.

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Completely braced fuselage frame of an Engels E6 (Fokker D.VIII).

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For the initial test sitting no seat was required at all. The bracing wires served well for that propose.

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But with seat installed it was twice as much fun!

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And then it was the turn of the grown ups.

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View into the business office of the E6.

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View over the weapons.

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On the side line the drawings for the Engels E5 (Rumpler C.IV) also made good progress. In the meantime the major upper wing components and the entire under carriage have been brought to paper.

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Complete instrumentation of vintage instruments for one of the Engels E3 projects.

 

 

 

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Latest news of 9th of December:

Safety belts and undercarriage parts in the making.

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Brackets for the attachment of the leap seat belts..

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Completed belt brackets.

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Above: Way of attachment of seat belt brackets to the belts as done at Fokker.

Bottom: way of attachment as done on post war Swiss D.VIIs.

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Test loading of the rivited bracket/belt joint. This thing here weights 120kg /~250lb

Detailed trials with the entire belt/seat system will be carried out at a later time.

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Deep drawn axle guides for the undercarriage axle boxes.

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Welded axle boxes for the undercarriages of the Fokker D.VIII and the Dr.I.

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Pieces for the undercarriages.

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Latest News as of December 3rd:

Further details and pieces of the seat parts are in progress.

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Reinforcement angles that go to the front bottom of the seat flor and serve also as border frame for the upholstery.

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The very first of the seat belt brackets in its parts...

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And finished after brazing and soldering.

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Some of seat frames, seat shels and controls of the various projects going on here at present.

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Latest News as of December 1st:

The new seat mountingframes are all done now except for the paint.

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The plates for the back rest attachments of the seats are cut from rounded steel sheet.

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The curve suits the shape of the back rest.

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Some finished plates.

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Fokker D.VII.

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Fokker Dr.I

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Fokker E.V/D.VIII

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Result of 4 days of work (14 hours each).

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Letzte Meldung vom 28.November:

At first I want to take the oportunity to express my thanks and apreciation to all of my friends at "The Aerodrome Forum" for their very kind and unbelievable support. Manfred Thiemeyer (Acer) und Dan San Abbott have repeatedly exceeded any form of civilized behaviour, indeed.

The form of support shows in a tremendously way how fruitless their attacks and attempts have been to discredit my work.

I never have expected this scale of support from so many of you nice fellows out there.

Thank you!

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Seat frame adjustment clambs before, during and after welding. One set is already completed.

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The seat shell bucket fit perfectly in the new home.

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The very first two of the new number of seat mounting frames are finished. These are for the Fokker D.VII. One of these is for the new plane of Oliver Wulff.

Today my attempt is to finish all other mounting frames for the Fokker D.VIIIs and C.Is. Next Saturday I will finish up my fery own Fokker Dr.I seat mounting frame.

The frames of the D.VII, the D.VIII and the Dr.I also differ slightly, but I will show side by side images when all are done.

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Latest News as of November 26th: The build of the aircraft proceeds step by step. Just as quick as a single man can work.

Meanwhile two Fokker D.VII upper wings are almost complete. There is still some work to be done on them, but this has to wait until warmers days, since we do not have heat at the assembly shed.

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Hand shaped sheet metal panels for the pulley inspection frames in the upper wing.

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Hartmut posing with the new made undercarriage legs for his Fokker C.I.

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Alexandra is also progressing well on Janniks new pedal plane.

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One of the first main wing fitting for the attachment of the upper wings of the Fokker D.VII

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Hartmut Sammet of Samet LTB, obviouisly satisfied with the quality of the wing structure.

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Wing fittings under preparation.

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Mounting of the wing fittings to the wing spars.

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Pedals for the various aircraft I am working on.

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Bronce bearings and attachment clambs for the mounting of the torque tube and control stick.

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Different types of control sticks and torque tubes. (from top to bottom: Fokker D.VIII, Fokker D.VII, Fokker Dr.I.)

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Intereim fitting of the controls to a Fokker D.VIII fuselage frame.

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All parts will receive a anti rust primer and will subsequently be painted black.

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The very first of the compression tubes for the Fokker E.III wing structure is built as well.

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New seats for the various planes are being manufactured.

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All is handcrafted, of course.

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Finished aluminum shell buckets await their further processing.

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All tubings for the seat mounting frames are prepared.

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This is Janik. A young man who suddenly stood in my workshop and expressed interest in early aviation building. He asked whether he could learn something from me and I agreed. Now he is building himself a Fokker E.III rudder as a start! :-).

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One of the seat mounting base frames prepared for welding.

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And during welding.

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This illustrates where it will go in the end.

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Latest News announcement as of September 18th: The months pass away and it starts to cool down again in this swabian land. It seems as if the weather is working agains us.

In the meantime however we have finished the main wing spars for four upper wings of the Fokker D.VII.

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Here we see a nice comparision of the two upper wing spars side by side.

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Alltogether eight of these spars have been finished until today.

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With the plane the cross sections of the spar are trimmed to fit the ribs exactly.

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The wing tib bow is planed down by hand as well.

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Thie is a detail shot of the rear plate that reinforces the joint of the wing tip bow.

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The very first upper wing is almost complte. All that is still missing is the metal fittings and the nose planking.

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More wing details.

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Test fitting of the first spar brackets.

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The weapons also arrived already and have been test fitted.

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The very first of the three Fokker D.VIII fuselages also is welded up in the meantime..

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Latest News as of 10. Juni: Finally the work on the wings of the D.VII´s have commenced.

The start was made with the making of the front spar of the Top wing.

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The very first spar during planing and just before closing.

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The entire interieur of the spar is painted with clear boat varnish.

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All the scarf joints are made in a ratio of 1/20.

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In the meantime the side frames for the three new Fokker D.VIII monoplanes have been welded up as well. 

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Jannik celebrated his fourth birthday on Saturday. The whole past year through my dear Alexandra was working on a very sweet pedal plane for him as a birthday present.

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The "Nose Art" and the entire paint selection and combination was purely his idea!

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It is unbelievable how much he likes his new "toy". I think this is his best birthay present ever. He hardly gets out of it any more.

Alexandra now decided to offer to make such planes. She even has idea for further planes such like a Fokker D.VII with real steel tube fuselage and fabric cover. Or even a Me 109 made from real sheet aluminum. In case of interst contact her for more detail at: Lansky@aquarell-galerien.de

Achim

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Latest news as of 16th of April: And still the months do pass.....

Last time we have seen some images of the test covering of the Fokker Dr.I rudder. The linen fabric we had reproduced was handled without problems.

Now we have covered the tail feathers of our reproduction of the very early Fokker built D.VII. This is the plane that still stands for sale at highest bid once completed. By now we have decided to cover this plane completely and let our other one uncovered to grand insight into the structure as long as possible. This will certainly benefit to some of the visitors that show up here occasionally.

The undercarriages of the new planes also are in good progress now..

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This is no courtain! No, this is going to be the envelope of a stabilizer.

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Alexandra is examining a piece of vintage Fokker D.VII cover to make sure we will reproduce all seams correctly. In this very case she is looking at a long seam that joined two pieces of fabric at the rear of the stabilizer..

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Here we have the "nun-courtain" being test fit to the structure and pinned in place before finall sewing to the structure.

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Alexandra and my hand stitching the fabric to the wrapping underneath. 

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The closing seam at the front of the elevator. The entire bag is sewn with the machine, except for the front which is hand closed this way.

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To protect the stitching, another strip of linen is glued on top of it.

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Since this is going to be a reproduction of a very early Fokker built Fokker D.VII carrying the serial number 2310, the entire aircraft will be painted in this streaky camouflage paint scheme which is typical for fokker before the introduction of the printed pattern camouflage fabric.

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Completely covered and painted tail feathers. The paint job is done by hand as they did it back then.

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The new Fokker D.VII undercarriage struts.

Achim

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Latest News as of 19th of March 2006: And the months pass...

But we will not forgett to update the website. This update tells you what happened lately at our place.

Finally the assembly shed is completed. However it only looks big when viewed from outside. As soon as you enter you will find it filled up with stuff already.

In the flow of this year some better organizing has to take place. Workbenches have to be installed and some mountings on the ceiling have to ensure that only the planes are down on which we actually work right now.

Here now some of the images that we have shot during the past months:

One of the new fuselage frames of the two additional Fokker D.VII´s.

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A movie that shows the making of these fuselages is already available. You can learn more when following this link below:

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As already mentioned, the assembly shed already is full of things. As long as no beter organizing takes place, this is a waste of space.

Some of the new fuselage frames. In the foreground you see the two new D.VII´s, while in the background three Fokker E.III await further process. 

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Detail shots of welded joints in the Fokker D.VII stabilizer.

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D.VII stabilizers in the making.

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Finished Fokker D.VII rudders.

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Assembly for a load test on a Fokker E.III rudder that we carried out.

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200 kg/sq mtr. is considdered the maximum load at full deflection that act on the rudder. With a total area of 0,6 sq. meters 120 kg is 100% of this load.

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This proves that we did not fill the sand bags with whool :-). A Movie showing this load test will be available soon.

A semiliar film on a load test on a Fokker E.III wing rib is already available.

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You can learn more about it here:

http://www.collectors-edition.de/f-t-s_buchbestellung_english.htm

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According to the original Foker factory drawings the control cables for elevator and rudder have been spliced.

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Here you see the control cables installed.

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Of course did we also conduct a load test on the spliced control cables. The cable is capable of holding 800 kg. Our spliced cable failed at a load of 708 kg. Pretty safe, don´t you agree?

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The undercarriages for the new D.VII´s and the C.I´s are well in progress. Here we see the steel sheet axle boxes.

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We will soon start to cover the very first aircraft parts. For this reason we had rewooven some linen fabric with the correct thread number and thickness in both directions.

As a first exercise we have covered the rudder for our Fokker Triplane.

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The entire paint job was done in pure handwork, just like they did it back then.

However, since we had more time and have not been in the hurry of mass production, the outcome is much more beautiful as all we know from actual historic samples that survived. Indeed the paint jobs often have been carried out rather sloppy and rough.

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Doesn´t that look great?

Achim

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Latest News as of December 11th: The saga continues. :-)

A lot happened since the last update.

The assembly shed unforunately still is not completed. What was thought to be errected by August of this year will take until next year. Well, sometimes you have to take things as they are.

Here are the new images of the progress as it goes on:

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Jannik and Achim siting in the cockpit of the D.VII for sale. You can see the ammo box and the empty belt box installed.

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Fokker E.III elevator control horns.

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Brass fuel tank during pressurization of one of the inner chambers.

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Airfoil drawings of the Rumpler C.IV are coming together.

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Thousands and thousands of radiator core tubes have been made..

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Aluminum radiator shutter flaps.

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Paper models to determine the wrapping of the radiator main housing.

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The very first main radiator housing made from brass sheet.

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Stages in the life of a radiator core tube.

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These tubes are put together to rows and blocks....

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...and then again from the blocks the radiator core acumulates. This system of radiator making originates from race car radiators.

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The fuselages of the Fokker E.III monoplanes are coming together.

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First triplane ribs are made by Rudi and Conrad. We are woring on two Foker Dr.I triplanes of which one will be for sale against highest bid in the end.

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"Only" the hangar gates have to be finsihed.

Achim

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Latest news as of 11th of September: Work...work...so much work....

There is hardly enough time available to me to keep this website up to date for you.

Our present projects cover four Fokker D.VII´s. One of these planes is the well known for sale repro of the pre production model "Fok. D.VII 228/18". Two others are early production birds of which one will become our friend Oliver Wulff´s reproduction of Willy Gabriel´s D.VII. The second early production bird is not yet planed to get any specific personal markings. The fourth airplane is a late production model for another foreign costumer.

Furthermore we have started to work on three Fokker C.I´s. This is the two seater version of the Fokker D.VII. It was the last war design made by Fokker, although it did not see service any more. The build of these three planes is supervised by our member Hartmut Weber. 

Another new member of our group is Rudolf Beutel. He has started to work on the reproduction of two Fokker Dr.I triplanes. Progress on these will be somewhat slow, since his time is limited.

One more order covers the making of a complete set of engineering drawings for the Rumpler C.IV. The drawings will be developed using the meassurments of Marco Sommerau´s surviving wreckage and other historic documents. The costumer will build the planes himself as the drawings become available. However, we will cut the metric steel tubings for this project here and ship those to him.

Our space problems will hopefully soon be solved, since the construction of our new asembly shed is well in progress. With a bit of luck the hall will be finished by the end of this month. We will have another open house by mid of October. You all are welcome to attent. I will let you know specific date when we have decided.

The progress will speed up immensly once the assembly shed becomes available. There will be only two work stations in it. One will be only for the handling of sheet metal, the other one will be for the splicing of cables.

But now some images of the progress so far:

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Some of the routing templates and assembly jigs for the making of the D.VII wing ribs.

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Finished routed wing webs for the D.VII´s upper wing.

 

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Construction of wing ribs in the jig.

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Cleaning of wing ribs after nailing and glueing.

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Glued test pieces for the CAA

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This image shows the solid monoplane wing spars to be.

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Manufacturing of ribs

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Well seasoned wood for the creation of the Fokker D.VII spars.

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Wood of the spars to be.

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Rumpler C.IV aileron drawing in the making

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Laminated wing beam of Fokker D.VII top wing front spar

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Fokker D.VII and Fokker C.I control grips coming together.

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Construction of the assembly hall is in progress

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Fuel fillers

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Ammunition box and empty belt box of the Fokker D.VII.

Achim

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Latest News as of May 1st 2005: Some more things happened since our last news report.

The rudders for all three of our new Fokker E.III projects are almost completed. We did one additional piece for a future load test, just to pin down what the structure can hold before complete failure.

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Furthermore the fuselage side frames for two more Fokker D.VII biplanes and three new Fokker E.III monoplanes of the E.III type have been put together and completely welded including the corner bracing loops made from 8mm diameter steel tubings of 2mm wall thickness.

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In the meantime the company of "Engels Flugzeugbau" ("Engels Aircraft Manufacturing") was founded officially.

In the course of the founding of the company, an enlargement of the drawing office quickly turned out to be needed. The new office now really looks nice.

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Since work space always is required, we will soon start with the errection of another assembly shed on our area. As soon as this shed is finished, we will certainly invite all of you to another "Open House"-barbeque. We will inform you in time through this media.

Due to health problems I was not able to hold my speach at the OUV as promissed last time. I am hoping that I can attent the meeting next time.

Achim

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Latest News as of 3rd of March: Some things happened since the last time I reported about news.

In the meantime the ribs for the E.III project are all completed.

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To investigate and demonstrate the strenght of the original Fokker Wing rib design, we decided to conduct a load test.

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The test arrangement is identical to the rib installment into the wing structure. The rib is supported by two main spars. The cross tape bracing also is identical to the original wing structure design.

At a wing load of 38kg/square Meter a calculated load of 25 kg must be carried by one rib alone. We tested the rib in load case A in which the major load resultant attack the wing in 1/3 of wing depth meassured from the leading edge. At that time the calculated safety factor of 5 had to be aproved by a achieved load factor of 6 with no failure.

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Our rib collapsed at a load factor of almost 9 (but as you can see we took 30kg for load factor 1). If we had taken the real rib load of 25kg, the rib could almost show up with a load factor of almost 11! It might be interesting to hear that at a weight of only 340 grams, the rib could take aload of almost 800 fold its own weight.!

Impressive, isn´t it?

Achim

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Latest News As Of December 18th: Soon one more year will be gone and this project enters the next stage. The original engine along with the airscrew we made new is now accepted by the German aviation authorities and therefore accepted as the powerplant for this aircraft.

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The engine reached 1320 RPM during its acceptance run with the new airscrew without problems. At idle it ran with sweet 230 RPM. The new airscrew produced its own unique sound that could well be distinguished from the run of the engine.

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We have now also begun to build the radiator. For this we made a test of the production of hexagonal end brass tubes. 5000 of these tubes are required for the honeycomb radiator and will be hand made each one.

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Latest News as of 6th of November 2004: The very first wing rib is finished according to Fokker factory drawings. This one is a first test rib which resembles a wing root box rib of the lower wing assembly.

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In the moment we are busy with the completion of the airscrew. It is a exact repro of an 1918 airscrew that was manufactured by the company of Axial and used with many early Fokker D.VII´s, including the two planes we are building.

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The airscrew is almost finished and will do its acceptance run on the weekend of 20th and 21st Nowember on the Daimler D.III engine.A short movie clip of the ballanced propeller can be downloaded here:

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The Acceptance run, of course, willalso be filmed and published here.

Achim

 

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Latest news as of  16th October: As already mentioned with the last news ticker, the engine is now installed into the airframe. As a compensation for the poor quality pics I posted last time, I will show up with some new and high quality images this time. These pictures have been shot by a much more talented photographer, as you can see. Thanks to Dirk Bende for sharing these images with us. :-)

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As you can see it runs perfectly!

Thanks to Dirk Bende and his boys it appears as if we now have the only original Daimler D.IIIa engine in Europe that was so perfectly restored, that it starts up just using the starting magneto! You can learn more about Dirk Bende and his excellent engine restoring company by visiting his website at:

http://www.motobende.de

The Staff of Dirk even shot a short movie clip that shows the first test run of the engine. If you like, you can go and download it from here and let it run continuosly for hours, as I did :-)

MOVIE CLIP

At present the engine runs smoothly up to 800 RPM. Dirk did not let it run at full RPM yet, since the engine at present is equipped with a historic airscrew. Since it is not clear whether the layers of wood are still clued perfectly the long awaited final acceptance run has to wait until I have finished the new airscrew which we will finally use for flying.

However:  The intellation of the engine is a rather big stap forward towards bringing the aircraft into the air!

At present I am seriously thinking of quitting my every day job and start doing this as a business. So, If anybody is interested in owning a Fokker D.VII repro like this one, please feel free to contact me for a proposal.

Achim

 

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Latest News as of 28th of September: The Exhibition at Speyer was a true success and very interesting. A whole lot of high ranking people have been there. WE met Peter M. Grosz for instance who appeared to be very impressed by the whole project and loved to see it will be powered with an original Daimler D.III engine.

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Unfortunately, the pictures taken during the exhibition are of low quality. This might have been due to the poor light inside the hall. However, the engine is a real dream! The Company of "Moto Bende", owned and run by Dirk Bende did an extraordinary excellent job on the engine. I can only reccoment him and his company for any engine you would like to have restored! Why don´t you just visit his website right from here:

http://www.motobende.de

The acceptence run for the engine and the airscrew is sheduled for October. For this we need to build an new airscrew first.

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This airscrew is for another airplane. As soon as it will be finished we will start working on the one for this project.

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Isn´t it a real beauty to look at? The airscrew featured here is one made by Heine in 1918 and will be replaced as soon as our Axial Repro is finished.

By the way: You can support our projects by the purchase of a wunderfull coffee mug that we have produced for you.

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Latest News of 3rd of September: The fuselage of the first plane is almost in the stage to prepare for the installment of the engine. The engine is completely restored now and awaits its first test run in the fuselage.This will take place in October. For this reason we will put both projects, the engine and the plane, on public display together for the first time on

Saturday, September 18th

at the Technik Museum Speyer on the Rhine. We are happy to invite everybody to come and see the projects there.

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These images show the fusalage that will be shown to the public at Speyer. It rests on its undercarriage that still sports the typical Fokker factory interim wheels made from wood.

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The restored Daimler D.III engine.

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Detail of the cable that limits the tail skid movement.

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Latest News of 1st of August: The undercarriages of the first aircraft is almost finished. Exactly as back then I have made some temporary factory wheels. The handling of the planes in the workshop is eased considerably with these! All parts for the second undercarriage are also finished, but not yet assembled.

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Our open house on July 28th was a true success. There was even a film company there that asked about the possibility of the Fokker-Team-Schorndorf manufacturing some planes for a movie about Manfred von Richthofen they are about to do. Well.....we will see...:-)

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The cross wires for the undercariage are also spliced the same way they did it back then. Looks a bit confusing? It is...:-)

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Doesn´t it look quite impressive on its legs, even it is just on "temporary, stone age" wooden wheels?

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View over the cockpit as it is for now.

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The compass also is an original produced by "Carl Bamberg" of Berlin Friedenau.

The whole project slowly takes shape, don´t you agree?  

Achim

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Latest News as of  30th June: Both airplanes do now slowly take shape! It is just a pitty that we do not have more time to post news and changes here more constantly.

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In the meantime we have built the first seat for the aircraft.

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The undercarriage ball and socket attachments are also finished and the ball ends welded to the streamlined undercarriage struts.

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Even the "turtledecks" for both planes are completed by now. The whole thing slowly replicates and aircraft now!

We will try to to bring up both planes to the same standard by July 28th. It is even planed to finish the undercarriages for both planes by that day.

We have planed an open house for July 28th, starting at 2 PM  and would love to invite all of you - who are interested in the project and will go to the trouble of traveling to Schrondorf - to come and see the planes at our workshop.

In case of interested; here is the address:

Remsstrasse 22 - 73614 Schorndorf - Germany

phone: Achim Engels - ++49/0172/6333607

It will be very funny and interesting - for sure!

As a sideline: It might be of interest to you to hear that we have now decided to extant the registaration and certification process of the airplanes from the cathegory of "Normal" to "Aerobatic". This means that the aircraft now, once certified, is capable of doing aerobatics!

Achim

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Latest News as of March 11th 2004: We have now been busy for a while with solving the problem of creating the correct size and shape of the streamlined tubes need for our two reproduction Fokker D.VII´s. Now we have indeed managed not only to create the correct size, but also to replicate successfully the correct shape of the tubes required for these planes.

But this is not all! We are now also able to do almost any shape and size of streamlined struts you may need for your project. In Case of interest just contact us via e-mail.

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Here you can see the image of a cut through a original Fokker D.VII center cabane tripod strut. At the right you see the result of our replication of the exact shape.

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Up to now we can offer to produce tubes of a lenght of 2100mm.

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Using these tubes we have by now finished the first cabane strut tripod of one of our two planes.

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Latest News of 25th December: Now, that we have missed to update our online archive for quite some time due to technical problems and the lack of time, we have finally managed to resume work on this.

We Germans started in 1917 to concentrate on the developing of standardisations for parts needed for the production of aircraft. For this there was an institution established that was called "Normenausschuss der Flugzeugindustrie" or "Norm Commitee of the Aircraft Industry". This commitee developed norm sheets that have been called "FLUGNORMEN" or "Aviation Norms"

We have some 60 of these norms in our archive and will make them available as downloads in steps.

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A first Download is already established and comprises some 20 sheets. We will continue in steps until all 60 are available. Members can find the download concerned in the MEMBERS SECTION - DOCUMENT ARCHIVE - INDUSTRY.

The build of our D.VII´s also is well in progress. Only a short time ago we have spent most of our effords in rebuilding the chistorically correct turnbuckles. Now that we have completed them, we braced the first fuselage already by now. We have also finished the seat mountings for both aircraft and will soon start to do the seats themselves.

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The main throttle device which attached to left cockpit side now is also completed and one of them is already installed into one of the frames.

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Alles Gute! Happy holidays and a happy new year as well to all of you!

Achim

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Latest Report of  November 1st: The work on the fuselages of our two Fokker D.VII reproductions are in very good progress. Only some small pieces are missing to complete the raw fuselage frames with all parts welded in place.

In the following I want to show you the latest images that document the progress of the build:

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Adjusting the engine bearers using a laser.

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Front fuselage section with the engine bearers in place.

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Both fuselages are side by side in the workshop. The discrepancies in the pre production machine and the early production D.VII are well in advance. The initial first run - including the first three pre-production aircraft - had the MG´s situated slightly higher. In the later version these have been lowered and therefore it was neccessary to dent the cowling bow underneath the gun muzzle to make space there. Even later in the production run the MG´s have raised again to a point higher as on the initial run.

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Almost completed fuselage of the later version. This fuselage represents one of the later 300- numbers. Left Achim Engels, right Katrin Schreyer

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As another news I have to report that we might soon be in a position to offer limited edition posters and postcards of colorized old B/W WWI aviation images. Please find a sample attached below. This one is a well known image showing Manfred von Richthofen playing with his dog Moritz in front of a Fokker Triplane. This is one of the last shots showing Manfred von Richthofen alive.

If there is interest in such prints, please let us know since your feedback will provide the basis for the decision if we will do this or not. There are more images like this that we will offer if it comes to it.

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Alles Gute!

Achim

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Latest News of 17th of September: By now the expert of the independant Oskar   Ursinus-Vereinigung (Oskar Ursinus Association - an association that supports the homebuilding of aircraft in Germany) finished his report on our project and forwarded it to the German aviation authority. Due to this most favorate report the German LBA (Luftfahrt-Bundesamt - German Aeronautical Authority) finally approved the certification process of the aircraft as an experimantal. The project now officially is filed under the number 1203.

The next big step is "finishing" the aircraft and to conduct the static load tests then which are part of the second report on the projects certification.

Here are the latest images of the projects stage:

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We are furthermore very happy to announce the release of another book. This time it is a German one that is of interest to our readers in English anyway for some reason. Check out more details by clicking on the cover image below.

Click on the image to learn about this book

Alles Gute!

Achim

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Latest News of 31st July: In the meantime we have taken the first fuselage sides out of the jig and have put together the first fuselage frame.

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Achim Engels welding a fuselage side frame in the jig. As back at that time using oxyacethylene.

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Fitting the tailplane to the fuselage for the first time.

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The completed fuslege end with rudder attachment.

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The throttle quadrants are also finished in the raw stage.

Our making inspector also was in the workshop in the meantime and controled the parts made so far. He was very pleased with what he saw and gave green light to complete the fuseleges.

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Alles Gute!

Achim

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Latest News as of  08th June: The construction of our two Fokker D.VII aircraft is getting shape. The first parts find together. One tailplane is complete while the second one is still under construction.

Here are a few images of the present stage of the project.

Fokker D.VII tail feathers

Fokker D.VII tail feathers

The first tailplane put together.

 

Elevator kit will be produced o request

Also available by now is the rudder kit

The kits for the elevator and the rudder and fin are now developed to a stage where we can make them avaialable to you on request..

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In the meantime we also got a new computer. We do hope that once it is set up correct and is running as it should, the scanner also will resume to work with us. This means nothing but that we will by then continue to update our online archive of historic dokuments and photographs.

All the best!

Achim

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Latest News of April 24th: In the meantime we have completed almost every single piece of the elevator, the rudder and the rest of the tailplane. The Tail fin is even completely finished now. Before the elevator and the rudder can be finally assembled we have to take them to the construction supervisor for he wants to see them first. This will still take some time since the hinges yet have to be done.

Below you can see some shots of the parts done so far.

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The Kit also makes good progress.Since we offer every part of the aircraft individually we are able to offer the ktabilizer kit and the tail fin by now. Inn case of interest, please request prices directly using our e-mail address. The following is a photograph of the stabilizer kit as we will do it.

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Alles Gute!

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Latest Report of 10th of March: Two days ago we have received a visit by the responsible construction supervisor for our project. He was quite pleased with what he saw while inspecting the workshop and the plans. He gave his O.K. to continue the construction of the airworthy Fokker D.VII.

The first parts are also finished. You can see some images of the stabilizer below.

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We do also seriously consider to offer a kit for this full size aircraft which could contain pre manufactured pieces. The degree of pre manufacturing could be decided by you. A kit of the stabilizer of the aircraft for instance could consist of all metric tubes cut to lenght and pre manufactured ribs. The rest could be welded by you.

In case of interest, just drop us a line. We will go on and develop the kit along the construction of our two aircraft.

Alles Gute!

Achim

 

Last report of February 20th: We have located a supplier for the delivery of the steel tubings and have placed the orders. Promise was made that the tubings will be delivered by this week so we may be able to start working on the actual airframe by next week. First thing we will do is to construct the stabilizer of our aircraft which is for sale using oxyacetylene welding. This one will be followed by Wulffo´s stabilizer which will be welded using TIG.

According to the McCook Field reports on D.VII 7774/18 we exclusively use steel tubings with seams, although it appears that both types (seamless and welded tubings) have been used by Fokker at that time.

We have been discussing things for the first time with the German air traffic authorities construction supervisor and have not detected any major difficulties so far which could hinder the course of traffic certificate in Germany for Wulffo´s original D.III powered aircraft.

We have made first experiments with our drop shape tubing producing tool and it works quite good. We are able to generate drop shape struts of 2m length with it so far. I must admit we have a serious problem how to achieve the correct shape of the tubes, but we are working on the problem and are convinced that we can overcome it after a view modifications of the tools. In the meantime we are just happy to be able to get those round shaped tubes into that drop shaped cross section without the addition of any heat.

Apart from that we are also working on some other tools which we will need to let the course of construction run in a smooth way.

I will show you some images as soon as I have them available.

Best

Achim

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Last report of January 14th: Our first workshop is almost up and running now.

We have decided to first establish our metal shop and to start working on all the metal parts. Later when we come down to do wooden parts we will establish our wood shop.

We are presently about to construct a jig for the welding of the two Fokker D.VII fuselages. If all goes as it should and as is planed we will order the steel tubings required for all steel tube components of the aircraft either late this week or next week.

We will then start to weld the fuselage frames first followed by the stabilizer, elevator, rudder tail fin and ailerons.

We will also construct a special tool that will allow us to produce the exact dimensions for the required drop shaped steel tubes for the center cabane struts and the undercarriage as well as for the stabilizer and interplane struts. The design work of this special tool is finished and we will start to construct it by next week. It then just has to proof that it works. Once it has proofed its functionality we can also offer to do any size of drop shaped struts at a reasonable price!!!

Speaking of reasonable prices we can also offer to do any tubular steel structure using metric tubings at a reasonable price by now. Welding can be executed either in TIG or oxyacetylene. A complete Fokker E.V/D.VIII fuselage frame (without interieur and bracing) done according to the original Fokker factory drawings completely welded, painted and where required wrapped (the tubings) with fabric can be offered at as low as $ 4400 US (+ material + shipping) . We can also do any other thing. Just ask. Perhaps a decorative D.VII rudder and fin for your home?

I will post images of the fuselages and other parts as soon as they are available!

Best to all of you!

Achim

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Last report of December 22nd: Our Christmas lottery is closing on 23rd. This is the last chance to participate with it!!! :-) To check out what´s in it for you, just follow the popup window that opens when entering our main page at http://www.fokker-team.de

Our new workshop is up and running now. We still need to invest some work until everything works fine, but wecan get some work done in it now.

We will soon inform you about a new webpage that will be linked to this one which will report on the progress of the construction of our two Fokker D.VII´s. As you know one of these will get the air traffic certificate according to the German law and will be registered as an "Experimental". The original Mercedes D.III engine is allready purchased. It was overhauled by Mercedes and is now with a British aerospace company for a second general overhauling. It is engine Number 41050. It was first delivered on April 1918.

The second airframe will be executed to the same standards but without air traffic certificate. We are offering this airframe completely finished and covered less engine at a starting price of $ 50.000 US. It will go to the highest bidder once completed. We expect both aircraft to be finished by early 2005. Inspection of the airframe under construction is possible at any time.

We will let you know about further details once the new website is set up.

Unfortunately some of our other activities must be set back a little bit through this. The website and the archive is operated by myself alone and I only have two hands to work with. I hope you understand. But don´t worry too much. With the help of some friends I will be able to provide further interesting documents as downloads as time goes by.

However - I have one for you right away. Thanks to our latest member Piotr Wilbik from Poland, we have been able to provide you with a copy of a polish handbook for the Albatros D.III. The book can be found in our archive document section. It is a very interesting thing and although written in Polish, it is usefull because of many drawings that explain themselves. Perhaps Piotr will do a translation for the comunity as well???

New books on CD -Rom are also under preparation. My friend Michael Aten for instance is working on one on the Ryan "Spirit of St. Louis" and on another one on the San Diego Aerospace Museum´s Spad VII. Both will be in our "Aviation - In Detail" series. I have also almost finished the translation of my book on the aerodynamics of the Fokker Triplane which I hopefully will be able to release by early next year.

That is the news so far. Me and the rest of my staff wish you a very nice Christmas season and happy hollidays as well. Be well and take care of all of you.

Achim Engels

 

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Last report of November 8th: Little news are to report this time. In the most parts we are still preparing for the beginning construction of two Fokker D.VII´s. I thought I could provide you with the news that we finally have been able to move into the new workshop, but this still may require some time. Anyway, we have started to look for the machines needed during construction and all the other stuff to equip the work shop. We have also started to prepare some of the drawings needed to detarmine what quantity of which material is needed to be ordered. All in all things go ahaed, although slow.

Anyway, we have done the first 100 pieces! These are the so called "Fokker-Nadeln". Security needles to prevent nuts and bolts from getting loose. Here is a first image:

Fokker-Nadel, the first 100 of these form the beginning of our D.VII projects.

A start has been made ;-)

We have also only recently released our latest CD-Rom book of the "Aviation - In Detail" series. We are very proud of this one. For the first time it also contains a historic caption including historic background information and images. A beautiful thing, indeed. A real improvement in this series. We will of course keep this quality with all subsequent volumes.

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Ah, yes, and make sure to participate with our second Christmast lottery. With a little luck you will win one of these books on the E.III. Just follow the popup window that opens when entering this site. Have fun!

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Last report of September 17th: In our online archive we have provided another interesting download for our members. This is a correspondence between the head of the department aircraft construction of the Hungarian general engineering works in Matyasfhöld, Friedrich Wilhelm Seekatz, and the central office of the company Fokker in Berlin. The letter is available as a copy of the original letter, an English translation is also enclosed with. The letter in question is often partly quoted in the technical literature and covers the problems having been at the agenda too at that time in the regular working sequence. Contents of the letter are the delivery of the prototype triplane to MAG in Budapest. Our members can download this letter in the corresponding section of the triplane in the department of the document archives. The link carries the identification "V.5-3 20".

As a piece of further news we can announce that the Fokker Team Schorndorf has only recently signed contract for the construction of two Fokker D.VII biplanes. We are still in the preparation phase and on the search for a suitable workroom in our neigborhood. We will, as soon as the practical works have started, establish a special page on which interested people can themselves inform about the advances of the works.

In connection with this, we also would like to point out, that, as soon as our workshop is established will also take orders for the production of parts of the aeroplane for others - no matter whether for a complete reproduction project or just as decoration piece for your living room wall. We hereby hope to refresh our register a little. At interest, please contact:

engels@fokker-team-schorndorf.de

With this communication we also would like to point to a discussion started by us about the Fokker streaky view protection in the English-speaking forum "The Aerodrom". Who is interested to take part in it is cordially invited for it to contribute information? The discussion thread is here:

Fokker Streaky Factory Finish - Duration Experiment

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Latest News as of  25th of August:   For a long time now we have experienced severe proplems with our scanner. Unfortunately two replacement scanners did not solve the problem so that we by now think it is a problem with our entire computer system. Because of these difficulties we have not been able lately to upload new documents or photographs for our memebrs in the archive section.

To be able to get at least partly back into business again, we have recently decided to finally aquire a digital camera. With the help of the camera we have been able to put another contemporary book into the shelves of our online library. This time it is a very interesting book that is called

"Skizzenbuch für Flugzeugkonstrukteure"

("sketchbook for aircraft designers"). It contains a lot of usefull information on structural details of both, German and Allied WWI aircraft and includes 40 plates of sketches with dimensions. We welcome our members to download the book directly from our  library. It is provided there in a zipped file that contains both, a MS-Word and a Acrobat PDF file.

As being of great interest I have to mention our latest visit at the last remaining factory building which saw production of Fokker fighters during WWI. During this visit we have been able to aquire a factory sign reading "Halle 2" (shed no. 2) that hung from the wall for the last 85 years there. After this we finally meassured the sign closely and did reproduce it in the original way. We have by now decided to put it up on auction at E-BAY. It is a very decorative sign. In case you want to learn more about the sign or even wish to place a bid and support our work with the purchase of it, just feel free to click on the image below.

Dekoratives Schild der Fokker Halle 2

We will - by the way - also be going to offer reproductions of this sign in our shop, but for sure these will not be available as cheap as you might be able to get it on E-bay if you bid now :-) !!!

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Letzte Meldung vom 23rd May: Thanks to our newest member Martin Dürrwächter we have been able to establish a new book download with our online library. The following book now also is downloadable:

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This nice little book contains some 45 pages. Unfortunately there is no date of publication given, but we would place it somewhere around 1912/13. The download contains all pages of the book in the following file formats: .gif, doc and .pdf. It for sure is an enrichment of each library dedicated to the technological aspects of early aviation.

Our members can go and download this book for free from our library section.

We should not miss to express our greatest thanks to Martin Dürrwächter who was kind enough to spend his time in scanning and forwarding this book to us to let us share it with you out there!

Besides this we are busy at present with the creation of 3D models of all the various versions of rotary engines produced at Oberursel. These models are intented to illustrate the English edition of our book on this topic. Please find a sample of the Oberursel U.I 9-cylinder 100 PS engine attached. Although the model is not completely finished yet, it might be fun to look at:

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Latest News as of  4th of April: Unfortunately we have not been able to continue to scan further photographs from our Fokker D.VII file, since our system apears to be that overloaded that our scanner simply parted company with us. We will resume that work once the problem is solved and maybe a new system is installed.

For our English speaking friends we have therefor in the meantime started to add translations to the documents concerning the Fokker Dr.I´s type evaluation testings. These can be found in the document section of the archive. The related documents can be located by looking out for the word "translation" standing next to the file link.

We also would like to point your attention to a new web address established by one of our latest members. Laserlloyd only recently started to develop a website dealing with all the Fokker Triplanes that saw service. It will include a list of historic photographs of all available triplanes. Take a look at his site at: www.fokkerdr1.com. The site is very new and there is a lot of work left on it, but we think it will become a valuable source, so book mark it!


We finally also released our latest books:

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Just click at them to get closer information.

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Latest News as of  11th of February: No, this time it was not a break that kept me from here. We have just been very, very busy!!! :-)

For all those of you who did not know about yet, we have just launched a new series of books bearing the subtitle "In Detail". The first one of these was only recently released and is called "Fokker Dr.I - In Detail". This series will be composed digital books in CD-Rom format which should provide lots of detail photographs showing the technical features of early German aviation. The upcomming next two booklets will be the following:

1. "Halberstadt CL.IV - In Detail"

2. "Phylax 1911 - In Detail"

We will keep you posted. Further detail you may find here: http://www.collectors-edition.de/QAU/dft_english.htm

Apart from that we are busy with the translation of two more books. The first one is our "Fokker - and his aircraft" and the other one will be about "The synchronized l.M.G.08/15". Both of these will include amazing 3D artwork. So watch out for news on these!

Last but not least we have established further downloads. These are of the Fokker D.VII photofile and can be downloaded in the members only section following the links to these aircraft: Fok D.VII 2009/18, 2010/18, 4097/18, 4174/18 and 4464/18.

Have fun and take care! 

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Latest News as of  14th of January: Well, I quess I better keep that painting :-).

Alright then. After a short brake I can announce that we have finally released the last load of photographs of unidentified Fokker D.VII´s. These 19 images can now be downloaded by our members for free in our Photo archive section following the link "D.VII 33-51".

We will soon continue to set up the remaining images of identified aircraft.

I appologize for the delay, but your webmaster has been busy with the preparation of a new book and apart from that he finally moved and will marry soon. So all I can do is to ask for your patience. Thanks a lot!

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Latest News as of  27th of November: The second batch of downloads of photographs from our Fokker D.VII file is now available.  Members are invited to download these following the link D.VII 24-32 from our members only photo archive section.

In adition we have established a download of 7 small .avi movie files of original movies showing the Fokker D.VII in action. You will find these there, too.

The participation with our first lottery is by far not what it could be. Are our German books on CD-rom that uninteresting that you out there don´t even want to get them as a gift? Or is the question too difficult to answer?

Participate by following the pop up window when entering the website.

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Latest News as of  14th of November: At first rather sad news. Unfortunately we have not been able to succeed in the purchase of the Oberursel Ur.II rotary engine that was offered to us, because of a higher bid that came in in last minute. It is a pitty. Now one more piece of German heritage will leave Germany.

According to a request by member Charles Gosse we will continue now to upload photographic files.

We started this with a first bunch of 20 downloadable files of photographs of the Fokker D.VII. Members can go and download these from the member section of our photo archive. To get them just follow the two links "D.VII 1-10" and "D.VII 11-20".

There will be more soon - hopefully!

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Latest News as of  5th of October: Thanks to Marco Férnandez-Sommerau, we have been able to include some photographs of Rumpler C.IV 1463 with our archive. These are some shots of the remains of the aircraft as owned by him.

Members are encouraged to feel free to download these pictures from our pphoto archive whithin the members only section of this website.

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Latest News as of  29th of September:

A Small Contribution, Please!

The Fokker-Team-Schorndorf received an offer to buy an original Oberursel Ur.II rotary engine.

The Engine concerned is in good condition and can easily be brought to running condition again.

Since we can not afford the money needed to make a serious offer for the purchase of the engine, we are now asking you to support us by donating some money for the purchase of the engine.

Our plans with the engine are the following:

1. Returning it to Germany,

2. Overhauling it to running condition,

3. Taking close meassurments of every part and to develop a complete set of drawings for the engine.

4. To preserve it from getting lost.

To any donation higher $ 200 US for this project, we offer the following:

1. One full copy of the set of drawings we will create with the promised right to use it in any way the donator likes to.

2. Access to the engine on request here at our homebase.

If in any case the deal might fell through, we will return any made donations to the donators immediately.

Please contact as soon as possible in case you are interested in adding a contribution at: engels@fokker-team-schorndorf.de

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Latest News as of  24th of September: Thanks to our new swedish member Stefan Sonestedt we have been able to update our folder of historic photographs of the Fokker M.21 (D.IV) with three new photographs.

Among these is one very interesting image showing the front fuselage with omited engine covering panels.

Members can go and find this update when downloading the Fokker D.IV file from the photo archive of our member section.

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Latest News as of  16th of September: With some kind of regret I have to admit that the development of our online archive is going ahead rather slow at present. As you might know I am solely responsible for this website and am very busy at present with the completetion of our 3D models for the Fokker Triplane.

So all I can do is to ask you for some sort of patience in this field.

Anyway, you should not miss to visit our 3D-Project site to see many new models. This time even including a .avi motion file to display the movements of the control system.

Be sure to take a look.

This page is accessable through the below link "3D-Project" and displays a small galery of images of 3D graphics. Be sure to keep an eye on that one - or better yet go and sign the special mailing list for news about that project directly from the galery page.

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Latest News as of  15th of August: In correspondance with the constantly growing number of 3D-Models for our future virtual museum displaying the Fokker Works, we have established a new side whithin our website.

This page is accessable through the below link "3D-Project" and displays a small galery of images of 3D graphics. Be sure to keep an eye on that one - or better yet go and sign the special mailing list for news about that project directly from the galery page.

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Latest News as of  10th of August:

We have some new 3D graphics done. Here is a sample of the D.VIII´s undercarriage. Go to see more from our "3D-Project" link below.

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I hope you enjoy these new amazing graphics!

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Latest News as of  12th of July: Whithin our archive on our members only pages we have established two new downloads covered in the D.VII file. These are:

1. Verspannungsvorschrift (Assembly order). This document covers orders for the assembly of the aircraft. The sheet was glued to the left outside of the fuselage. The download covers two versions of the documents. The first represents the one used by the Fokker company, while the second is a somewhat modified version used by Albatros for their license built D.VII´s.

2. A detailed Report by the american NACA that was done in 1921 under the file Number 254. This reports shows the findings of a wind tunnel test of a model upper wing with aileron attached to determine the pressure delivered over the entire wing. This report is in English.

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Latest News as of  7th of July: Here now the promised photograph of the finished airscrew for our Fokker D.VI project. In connection with this we would like to also point your attention to our www.holzpropeller.de 

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Latest News as of 23rd of May: Today we provide some more documents as free downloads available from the document archive of our member section.

The following are new:

1 Update whithin the file of the AEG G.IV, 1 new document related to the Etrich-Rumpler Taube of 1911, 1 document of the Hannover Limousine type F.10 of 1919, 2 documents about the  Grade-Monoplane of 1911 as well as 1 "Flugsport"-article about the Rumpler Limousine type 5A2 of 1919/20.

All downloads are available from the document archive of our member section.

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Latest News as of 15th of May: Thanks to our australian member Langdon Badger, we now have four more historic articles on the Fokker Triplane in our archive that we did not have listed before. These four articles are now available as downloads to our members from our "Document Archive" section whithin our member area.

The following are the concerned articles:
"L´Aérophile" 1918 (in French language), "Aeronautics" 1918 (in English language), "Aeronautical Engineering" 1918 (in English language) and "Flying" 1918 (also in English).

In case you posess any semiliar article concerning German aircraft prior to 1920, please feel free to donate a copy to our archive. Every donation of a piece we did not hold before will lead to a totally free membership with access to our online-archive in return.

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Latest News as of 12th of May: The development of our archive is very time consuming. We would like to thank all our members who have donated such a lot of material - especially photographs - that make our archive constantly growing. We would like to ask for your understanding when the procedure of updating available downloads is getting slow. All donations have to be cataloged, listed and put onto data sheets.

Today we have updated some of our archive folders concerning Halberstadt aircraft. The member section now contains some more 13 pictures on data sheets. These are of the following types:

Halberstadt CL.II (6), Halberstadt C.VIII (1), Halberstadt D.II (5) und Halberstadt D.V (1).

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Latest News as of 8th of May: The last four weeks I have been away from keyboard to recover a little bit from the hard internet work :-). Therefore I beg for your pardon for not having put any news onto this site.

My spar time during this period I have used to try myself as some kind of an "artist". The result of my effords you can see below:

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You can click at the drawing to view it in larger size. The idea behind this painting is to produce such color plates of all of the 60 aircraft produced by the company of Fokker up until 1920.

We plan to make these paintings available as postcards and frame pictures from our "shop". Each original painting may perhaps be subject to an auction at eBay to raise some more money for our museum dream.

Since this was my first attempt on the creation of such a painting I would like to ask you to not be too critic. I am going to improve - hopefully!

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Latest News as of 12th of April: In the meantime we have finished the report on the meassurment of Rudolf Stark`s Fokker D.VII 4523/18 (O.A.W.) control coloumn grip. This report is now available to our members as Download.

The download is located whithin our document archive in the member section below the link called "D.VII-4523".

To view it you will need Adobe´s Acrobat Reader which you can get as free download directly from Adobe´s website.

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Latest News as of 7th of April: In connection with the observations during the meassurment of the original control stick grip of Rudolf Stark´s Fokker D.VII 4523/18 (O.A.W.) we are working at present on a findings report for the Bavarian Army Museum, which will also be discuss in short version with one of our subsequent volumes of our online magazine "WINGS". Especially we will discuss the descrepancies noticed between the actual stick grip and the original Fokker working drawing of the piece. Up front we would like to give you a small insight into our working procedures. At hand of the observation results, meassurments and the original Fokker factory drawing we have developed the first new drawing of that piece. Please feel free to take a look at a small sample here. We also did put the fragments we have of the original Fokker drawing along to it to show you the way our new drawings meet the original Fokker style. We should not miss to mention our two members Dave Watts and Langdon Badger here for kindly donating this original drawing to the FTS archive collection.

At the same time we would like to inform our members that a large JPEG copy of the original Fokker grip drawing is available now as download from our members document archive section.

Our new drawing belongs to our growing set of D.VII drawings.

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Latest News as of 4th of April: On 3rd of April we have been visiting the Bavarian Army Museum to meassure the original control stick grip that belonged to the collection of the former fighter pilot Rudolf Stark and was part of his O.A.W.-built Fokker D.VII 4523/18. During the meassuremnt we have been allowed to use their professional photo labor to take high quality photographs of the piece. As a result we took a slides film of 9 fotographs showing every detail of the grip including the dissasembled throttle lever. These photographs are now available as downloads to our members. here is a small sample:

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Of course we also took all dimensiones and drew some sketches. Using these we will develop new construction drawings and add these to our growing set of drawings for the Fokker D.VII.

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Latest News as of 18th of March: Thanks to our two members Scott Saunders and Markus Pleyer we have been able to open a new section whithin our online archive. In this section we want to make available downloads of documents related to the German Army Air Service in general.

To open this section we have put together some very nice colored paintings of German Army Air Service personel which depict the state of uniforms at diferent times. Below is shown a small sample.

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This first serie comprises some seven such paintings wich are downloadable for free for our members. The downloads are located in a new section called "Air Service" whithin our "Document Archive". The pictures are covered as usual on our data sheets. We hope to enlarge this collection soon and complete it with more such paintings and other relevant documents.

By the way, we also have decided to offer these very nice paintings in letter format size and as postcards as well. You can find these in our little shopping center.

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