Latest News as of 13th of August 2021:
Current things: Again there is a great deal of news to report on.
MUSEUM FÜR FLUGZEUGBAU UND TECHNISCHE GESCHICHTE (MFtG) - WÄSCHENBEUREN
After we have reproduced all of the control stick handles designed and built by Fokker for the museum exhibition, we wanted to put the handle of the Albatros D.Va alongside as a comparison.
The original handle from Michael Doveton's collection, which unfortunately has since been sold again, served as a historical template for this.
We made ten of these handles, two of them remained in the collection. 6 have already gone to collectors worldwide and there are still 2 that can be the subject of a trade. Just contact us if you are interested.
The most technically interesting thing about these Albatros grips is their weight. While at Fokker a lot of time was devoted to the design of new grips that met the Idflieg requirement for the additional throttle lever for the left hand, Albatros simply provided the already very heavy handle with a throttle lever that was attached to the left grip by means of a heavy steel clamp. For comparison: The handle of the Fokker D.VII weighs 620 grams, that of the Albatros 1050 grams.
We have now also been able to reproduce the handle of the Pfalz D.III for the collection. Copies of this are also still available.
Our museum contributions on YouTube are also new. There is now a workshop show in which, among other things, the construction of the handles is documented and other works of the museum can be seen. You can find all of this in our channel: "Achim Engels - Museum f. Flugzeugbau". We are now also represented on Facebook with our own group under the name "Museum für Flugzeugbau und technsiche Geschichte - Wäschenbeuren".
As far as the long-planned expansion of our museum by roofing the courtyard between our two halls is concerned, this also seems to be progressing. The rough draft has now been completed and planning is underway.
Since then we have only been able to set up the planes on nice days because there was no roofed space. Up to and including this Saturday, the three-decker can still be admired assembled.
Latest News as of 18th of March 2021:
News: A lot has happened again in the past month. First is the foundation of the
MUSEUM FÜR FLUGZEUGBAU UND TECHNISCHE GESCHICHTE (MFtG) - WÄSCHENBEUREN
The museum now also has its own Facebook page under the title "Museum für Flugzeugbau und technische Geschichte - Wäschenbeuren"
New exhibits have also been created in the workshops. For the Fokker D.VII 228/18, which is currently under construction, the ailerons were prepared for the covering and an additional aileron was also made as an exhibit. In contrast to 228/18, this exhibition aileron is covered with 4-colored aircraft fabric, as was the case with the first series machines.
In addition, the previously missing version with the first round main frame and the first version of the trigger device was released for the collection of all Fokker control stick grips. The special features of this design are the 13mm main frame structure, the flattened assembly neck and the nickel-plating of the metal surface
The long-term test of the covering of our tail unit of the Fokker D.VII 228/18 was finished and one side of the horizontal tail unit was cut open so that the inner workings can now be seen in the exhibition. The separated pieces of the covering can currently be auctioned on E-Bay, you can bid on it to support our work.
February 8th 2021:
Reminder: I just wanted to remind you of the fact, that we are trying to set up a small aviation museum. In order to achive this we require a new rooftop. As a trade for a new rooftop we offer a Engels E.6 which is currently under construction.
The aircraft will come less engine and certification but with the full built-log, of course. In case of interest contact us. First come, first serve, of course.
Current stage of construction can be followed on our facebook page in a photo Album.Here are a few shots of another D.VIII I built that is corrently on long term loan to TAVAS and will eventually be part of the museum to be.
31st of January 2021:
Current work: Engels E.1 (Fokker Dr.I) As some may already know, I am doing a full collection of Fokker Dr.I rudders featuring all national insignia cross styles found on teh triplane.
I will do 12 rudders this year of which 6 will remain with the collection. The other six rudders are available for trade. Four are already gone so only two are left. In case of interest contact me.
While working on the rudder bits I did the strap blocks for the fabric cover and decided to finally do the strap blocks for the aileron as well.
The following images do show the strap blocks and their assembly with the ailerons as well as aileron fitting to the wing..
18th of November 2020:
Engels E.1 (Fokker Dr.I) I did some more work on my personal triplane. The aircraft may be available as a trade. The control stick grip received all its bowden cable attachments for the triggers and the throttle.
I also did the spent cartrige slide for the right hand gun.
14th of November 2020:
The five new control grips for the Fokker Triplane are now done. Four of them are gone, one is still available as a trade. In case of interest, just send an E-Mail.
Two of the five I did to represent Richthofens field modification, one is a early style without the dual trigger lever.
The last remaining one is mid serial production and could be modified to Richthoifens style.
Apart from that I started to make wall mounts for rudders and display stands for grips.
Next year I will continue to make Dr.I rudders to complete my collection of all know cross shapes. I may also do several more for trade.
13th of October 2020:
New book release. Finally volume 1 of our new "In Detail" about the making of various Engels E.3s (Fokker D.VII)is out now.
This first volume shows how different airplanes (Pre Production, early serial production and late production) looked with respect to their structural detail.
It also includes the new airplane recently revealed by TVAL at Masterton, flying in Willy Gabriels Livery of Fok. D.VII 286/18 while it was under construction in my workshop.
Volume 2 is under preparation.
28th of September 2020:
Building of the upper wing´s front spar of my reproduction of Fokker D.VII 228/18 is in progress.
22nd of September 2020:
As many of you may know, my dear Alexandra passed away a few months ago. At that time we were in the middle of the creation of our new book about the Fokker D.VII in our "In Detail" series. She was very fond of the project and wanted to see it, but this did not happen.
There is still lots of work to do, but I will now resume work on it. Volume 1 is almost complete and proofread. This volume deals with the structurel details of the various aircraft of the type I built.
Volume 2 may still take some time since my interest is to work out all the historic data we have collected over the past decates and to show all the historic details of it´s development.
September 21st 2020::
Riveting wooden handles to the steel tube structures of Fokker control grips. This style of grip was used with the very late Dr.Is, the D.VI and the D.VIII as well as with very few very early Fokker D.VIIs.
Fokker-Team-Schorndorf offers some of these for sale/trade. Only as long as they are available. Of the five of each in the making one of each is already gone.
19th of September 2020:
I am laminating the wing spar main beams for the front spar of the Upper wing of my reproduction of Fokker D.VII 228/18.
16th of September 2020:
Current work: All ribs for the new Engels E.6 (Fokker D.VIII) are done. This airplane is available for a trade. In case of interest contact me.
All steps are recorded properly and glueing samples are made for a future registration of the project.
10th of September 2020:
Current work: Building of wing ribs for the Engels E.6 (Fokker D.VIII). Click on the image to see the whole project on Facebook
7th of September
My latest work is now available. It details the development and evolution of control coloumn grips of Fokker fighter aircraft up to 1918.
This si the very first time in over 100 years that anybody takes care of this topic, and this although it is quite of interest.
"Fokker D.VIII - In Detail"
Volume 1 - The structure
278 Fotos auf 120 Seiten.
Volume 2 - history, colour schemes, reproduction, certification...
80 Photographs, history text, colour plates, use... ... 60 pages.
Both books appear as downloadable files. The quality is much improoved
over previous releases in the same series.
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