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Old 11-13-2010, 06:15 AM
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It was neat to see the photos from the very first notebook scribbles to the final thing.
Thank you.
Please continue with more of these.
Thanks for your words

This is the first time I ever design a paper model, and I'm liking it!!! :D
I will surely make some more things in the future. Don't know what, but I will!




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She is a beauty! A suggestion? If you take about 4 feet of steel wire, tie one end to something solid, thank steadily pull it, you will feel it give and the subsequent wire will be very stiff. Once cut into small pieces (2 or 3 inches) they become very very stiff and sandwiched between struts could make for pretty solid assemblies. This is how you harden wire. Works great for axles of biplanes, propeller shafts for rubber band planes, wing wring on the cross sections, like real bi-planes, they won't stress out the paper.

This what we did when I worked for a company that made aircraft instrument parts. It works with any gauge wire, it just gets a little tricking with really thin stiff. Works great on Silver wire also.

The plane needs nothing. I only offfer this suggestion because I (still) play with most things I build, even if it is just siting on the sofa making vroom and rat ta tatat tat sounds.
Thanks for this interesting suggestion!
It sounds like a nice add-on and a great way to add strenght to a model when they go on those special missions :D
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Old 11-14-2010, 03:35 PM
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Great little model!
But I have done a lot of workshops with kids 7 to 12 years old and your Fokker is too complex for a first model in my opinion...

Be warned: once you start designing your models, you'll be trapped forever

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Old 11-17-2010, 10:28 AM
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Very nice!

Ruben, thank you for sharing your design process with everyone. Good point about the need for interation during the design - nothing is perfect the first time!

Regarding simplicity/complexity - I believe you have struck a good balance for a 'beginner' model. Whether *all* 8-year olds could meet it's challenge could be discussed, however, I certainly think any 10-year old (of normal development) would have the needed dexterity. I have run many 'make & take' plastic modeling events, and have found children do not fit any standard 'mold', at least not simply based on their age. All are individuals and the only rule is that they follow their own pace and path. What is important to remember is that a challenge never hurt anyone who at least makes the attempt. Good lessons are everywhere, just as there are *bad* ones!

By including a picture of the finished model, you have included the inspiration as well as the means. Good job!

Pulping joy to all!
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Old 12-24-2010, 12:47 PM
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First attempts

Fabulous !
I remember my first designs, if fact i`ve kept all the freehand drawings and photocopies.
I would make the models that were left out of certain series and send them to publishers, to see them slightly modified and rereleased by these publishers...who`s going to believe a teenager over an established company ?
...i digress
It`s so much more satisfying to research and build a model from scratch
Thanks for your reminder

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Old 12-24-2010, 06:01 PM
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I allways liked these little Fokkers. Would it be
possible to get a copy of your plans before
the color. I think I would lile to build this plane
all white. All the best Chats
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Old 12-25-2010, 02:55 PM
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I allways liked these little Fokkers. Would it be
possible to get a copy of your plans before
the color. I think I would lile to build this plane
all white. All the best Chats
Chats, since I read your post yesterday I've been trying to locate the original Corel file of the Fokker, but it seems like I lost it
I had to format the hard drive a couple of weeks ago, and lost many personal files. The only thing I have of it is the final PDF :(

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Old 12-26-2010, 05:49 AM
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Thank you for looking Ruben. Sorry to hear about your lost files.
Computers can get nasty sometimes. Chats
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Old 12-30-2010, 04:03 PM
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Very tempted to share my very first card model now !
A slightly later version was published in the aeromodeller magazine....
....From little acorns !

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Old 12-31-2010, 02:03 AM
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Terrible luck Ruben! At least you have the final PDF, so it could have been even worst!
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Old 12-31-2010, 05:49 AM
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Thank you for looking Ruben. Sorry to hear about your lost files.
Computers can get nasty sometimes. Chats
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Terrible luck Ruben! At least you have the final PDF, so it could have been even worst!
Happy New Year!
It was very unfortunate indeed, and it was all my fault
I wasn't careful with this as I used to be with other things.

At least the final product is preserved, but I should have been
a bit more cautious and make back up files or have burned more frequently.

But this lesson has been learned: In the new project I'm making,
I email to myself the files each time I advance in the project
to be sure nothing will get lost in case of another accident.

For bigger files that cannot be sent through mail I'm burning
right when they're done, or using on-line file storage services.

Hopefully a thing like this will not happen again.
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