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Old 06-12-2021, 03:15 AM
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Fokker F.XXXVI - 1/100

A second coming, this is. No one has seen the first one.Well, until now. It is not bad. it certainly isn’t bad. The shape is great, the parts all fit very well.


(PS. Nevermind the hand in the brace, I had some temporary trouble with my tendons or joints in my hand but that is gone now.)

It was the print that made me stop.
I must have messed up the settings. With printers, I always end up being like a Quixotic figure, fighting, shouting and cursing the darn machines. When robots finally will take over this messed-up world, I will be put on trial for insulting them so severely, I am sure.

Anyway, far advanced in the building process already, fuselage, wings and empennage finished, I looked at the original sheets on my laptop again. And I found so many detail was missing, I immediately was disappointed in my build. I just couldn’t go on. there wasn’t any other option than to abandon it. right after that decision, a moment of doubt followed, as always: Should I actually abandon the build? Start something new? But no, this plane has something special. It is a wonderful shape, a very rare plane and it is Dutch. The design is very well executed and so i decided to try again. Quite unique.



So here we go again:

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Old 06-12-2021, 03:30 AM
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Step one: reprint. I chose different paper (matte photo paper 180 gram (which means I will have to sand the ‘skeleton’ further back because the paper is thicker.)) and better settings (of course). Ruler test checked out: all pages were of similar size and scale and the print was so. much. better. Look at the difference in detail and the crispness of the lettering. Hurray!



So, framework. Cereal cardboard box, simple 80 gram A4 paper with the parts, and some cutting and pasting. And drying. Weight on the parts for a somewhat straight shaped set. I did all this before so I guess this time it went a little faster.
The ‘skeleton’ of the Fokker is sturdy and perhaps maybe a little over-engineered. But it sure gives the plane a lot of strength. The flat shape of the fuselage and wing spars are given body by the cross-section inserts. Pieces of cardboard are placed laterally between the parts to provide sturdiness and prevent skewing.



The tail section is perhaps a little tricky because of its small parts. When the frame is ready, you might think the ‘cladding’ with the skin might be peanuts. But prepare yourself for some sanding. Nothing fits perfect immediately, like Chris already said. You need to sand down the frame at least a millimeter all together. Quite a new experience for me.

Wings were built first. I added a thin layer of paper over the central section of the wing skeleton to give the wing section a bigger glue surface. The wings fit perfectly and went on without any problem. The building advice to use a little water for bending the wing was amazing and worked surprisingly well.




(more on that late, I promise.)
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Old 06-12-2021, 03:39 AM
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The fuselage is very nice and easy to build. Good fit. Chris provided glue strips and they actually go over the spars and bulkheads of the skeleton. You have to sand the frame down a bit. What I did was to create the middle half-section first. Strips on the inside on both sides.





Then I worked my way towards the front and tail ends, one segment at the time. Where the cockpit will come you’ll get this indent in the hull.
Then the first section behind where the wings will come. The next set of tapered parts also can be constructed as one single part and then slid on. Just make sure the skeleton fits inside.
Next is fitting the wing inside the cradle. It should be snug, but not super tight. Over the wing go two caps to follow the shape of the hull.



While the nose awaits its cladding, I did the tail section.

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