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Old 10-02-2009, 08:32 AM
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Airco Dh-2 1:24 Fiddler's Green

I've been building this plane since January. I had started a build on the other forum (I think), but it's gone (and I am too) from there.

This is the Airco Dh-2 published buy Fiddler's Green. I've enlarged it to 1:24, my chosen plane scale.

The model is nicely illustrated, it a little on the bright side for the wings. As with all the newer FG Models they've done a great job capturing the shape while making an easy build.
This is my first early airplane, first bi-plane, and first with rigging.

The model is pretty close to being completed but thought I'd run the build through for entertainment and maybe to give someone else ideas.
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Basic Fuselage

I like to connect using strips attached to the inside edges when possible.
I laminated a print of the fuselage with the tabs trimmed off to another print of it with the tabs intact. This also gave the piece a little more body.
After trimming out the final piece it was easy to shape. I moistened the top to make it easier to curl and it worked great. Connect the top, fold and connect the bottom and it's well on it's way.
I cut the inside panes from the cockpit, added strips and thread (for rigging) and glued to the insides (before folding and glueing).
I inserted and glued the floor and the back of the cockpit. Next, I attached a thick piece of board to the back of the fuselage and glued closed. This thick piece added strength and helps keep the shape of the top rear hump.
I messed up the nose, so I cut off the offending (offended) pieces and added new prints. Glued, sanded, glued, sanded until I thought it was OK. It lost a little of theat nice Dh-2 shape, but I'll live with it.
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Old 10-02-2009, 08:40 AM
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Yes I remember that thread. I see you have the convex nose problem. I sometimes cut that part that has the convex shape and form it with the edge of my paintbrush on a thick felt pad and re-glue it in place. I like this aircraft and I almost was thinking of building it with plans from a balsa wood model.
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Old 10-02-2009, 08:54 AM
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It's no so much the convex nose as much as the side flaps did not fit well for me. It was me and not the model - I've seen other builds that looked fine.
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Old 10-02-2009, 09:08 AM
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Cockpit Details

I wanted to add a rudimentary cockpit so it was off to the 'net for reference. I did not find a lot. I went with a design that seemed the most duplicated and used.

I had some small dials already drawn from an ME-163 model so I used those. The cockpit is not accurate but is pretty suggestive of what the cockpit was like.

The seat was very plain so I went ahead and made my own. I enlarged it a little from what had been supplied. To simulate the wicker I used a piece of counted cross-stitch material. I really like the effect. I glued, then painted a "leather" edging on the seat. Added a base and the control stick. The little ratchety-thingy was fun to build and adds some nice detail.
Yes, yes, the seat belts are enormous but I saw that in many pieces of reference so...I did it!
Added some other little pieces of detail - foot pedals and compass on the floor and another "leather" rim around the cockpit itself.
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Old 10-02-2009, 09:20 AM
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Love the detail, and the idea of using the cross-stich backing to simulate wicker is a fantastic idea. I'll use it for the gondola of my FG Dumont airship model (whenever I get started on it that is).
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Old 10-02-2009, 09:29 AM
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Love the detail, and the idea of using the cross-stich backing to simulate wicker is a fantastic idea. I'll use it for the gondola of my FG Dumont airship model (whenever I get started on it that is).
Thanks Steve. Wish I had it when I did the S-D #6. Are you going to build the #6? It's a great model!

See: http://www.tinpaper.net/airship_6.html
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Old 10-02-2009, 11:17 AM
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woaw....I do likes the fuselage. Great Detail:D
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Old 10-03-2009, 05:16 AM
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I've had this model sitting on my work bench printed and ready to go since January. I'll be watching this thread close for more great ideas.

The cockpit looks great!

Thanks
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Old 10-03-2009, 05:31 AM
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Brilliant job thus far... I love COCKPITS and what you have achieved is really nice - made with LOVE you can tell that for sure Will keep watching
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Old 10-03-2009, 05:46 AM
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This is looking great! Just goes to show how great an FG model can become. Nice thought on using the cross stich material. Very sharp.
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