Rudi’s Fokker E-III ‘Eindecker’ Build

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Re: Rudi’s Fokker E-III ‘Eindecker’ Build

Unread post by Theuns v V » Mon May 01, 2017 6:50 pm

Damn, dit maak my lus om weer aerie te bou.....sal moet gaan stilsit in doe hoek totdat die gevoel wegaan :lol:
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Re: Rudi’s Fokker E-III ‘Eindecker’ Build

Unread post by Bearcat » Mon May 01, 2017 9:46 pm

Congrats Rudi,
With you behind this build we know its going to be fantastic .. and probably quick =D>

If New Zealand can have a thriving collection of WWI replicas then why cant we have one as well :)
We have got used to them beating us in rugby ... but when they beat us in aviation it really is offsides :(
Hopefully your build will prompt others to give it a go.

Cant wait !
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Re: Rudi’s Fokker E-III ‘Eindecker’ Build

Unread post by Rudix » Tue May 02, 2017 6:01 am

Hi Rudi!

Ok, now this is exciting! I have looked at the Airdrome Airplanes kits quite a few times over the years but the CAA situation has really stopped me from proceeding every time. Since it seems like sanity has returned this is suddenly a real option again.

The thought of flying a WW1 replica is really attractive, and it seems the kits won't take that long to build.

Time to go look at options, thanks for taking this project on and sharing it with us Rudi!

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Unread post by Arie de Wet » Tue May 02, 2017 7:02 am

Hi Rudi.
I think this is fantastic. I have one question. Do you think that a VW engine would be an option ? The only reason I ask is that those rotax engines does "scream" a bit at cruise power settings, which would just sound wrong on a WW1 replica plane ( my opinion only). A VW would sound more the part, and I think those aero vee engines are very dependable ,and they seem to be not to expensive as well.
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Unread post by bullet » Tue May 02, 2017 7:10 am

Very nice Rudi! World War 1 aircraft are special. Would love to see a tri-decker Fokker!
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Unread post by Ray W » Tue May 02, 2017 10:26 am

This is very very exciting - looking forward to seeing her
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Re: Rudi’s Fokker E-III ‘Eindecker’ Build

Unread post by RudiGreyling » Wed May 03, 2017 8:50 am

Arie de Wet wrote:Hi Rudi.
I think this is fantastic. I have one question. Do you think that a VW engine would be an option ? The only reason I ask is that those rotax engines does "scream" a bit at cruise power settings, which would just sound wrong on a WW1 replica plane ( my opinion only). A VW would sound more the part, and I think those aero vee engines are very dependable ,and they seem to be not to expensive as well.
Yes VW and even 1/2 VW and other 4 strokes are options, depending on model and scale, see Data Sheet on bottom of post.

I don't think there is ANY Engine on the market currently that sounded anything like the original! The original had a 2-Stroke ROTARY engine running with Caster Oil (looking similar to a RADIAL) but the whole Engine Rotated, making a very unique engine noise, as the cylinder heads created wind noise.

Go look here: http://thevintageaviator.co.nz/projects ... ld-history

See and Listen to the Engine Here: http://thevintageaviator.co.nz/projects ... rii-action

ROTARY Engine Operation:
AA Rotary_engine_-_animation_slower.gif
Engine exploded view:
AA engine-assembly-cad.jpg
PS:here is a list of WW1 Replicas and engine choices Data sheet (The blue cross outs are non WW1).
AA Plane Specs.JPG
My choice currently for the 75% scale Fokker E-3 will be the rotax, because i have experience and trust them. For the Larger scale replicas the VW should be good, but I am told by old timers to limit VW to 85HP max. (I have no experience on VW, so it is hearsay on my part)
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Unread post by Theuns v V » Wed May 03, 2017 2:03 pm

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Re: Rudi’s Fokker E-III ‘Eindecker’ Build

Unread post by RudiGreyling » Wed May 10, 2017 3:36 pm

Excellent news, I just received my Build Number from CAA!

It sounds even better in Afrikaans:
"Ek het nou net my Fokker se bou nommer gekry!" :twisted:

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Unread post by BigglesSA » Wed May 10, 2017 3:52 pm

=D> =D> =D> =D>
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Re: Rudi’s Fokker E-III ‘Eindecker’ Build

Unread post by Fransw » Wed May 10, 2017 4:29 pm

RudiGreyling wrote:Excellent news, I just received my Build Number from CAA!

It sounds even better in Afrikaans:
"Ek het nou net my Fokker se bou nommer gekry!" :twisted:

Let the journey begin....
Befokker! :lol:
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Unread post by Pete » Wed May 10, 2017 9:16 pm

RudiGreyling wrote:Excellent news, I just received my Build Number from CAA!

It sounds even better in Afrikaans:
"Ek het nou net my Fokker se bou nommer gekry!" :twisted:

Let the journey begin....
Fantastic news Rudi and I wish you all the best for the build.. no doubt it will be a beaut when complete! =D>

I must finish my Isaacs Fury biplane (ZS-UET started many moons ago) then we can go fly down the valley together 8)
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Unread post by Pete » Wed May 10, 2017 9:41 pm

Am also passionate about WW1 aeries and visited TVAL http://thevintageaviator.co.nz/ in 2005 whilst they were building a batch of exact replica SE5A's (including brand new reverse engineered Wolsley Viper V8 engines) in Wellington NZ.. amazing attention to detail but alas out of my reach so the simpler kits and alternative powerplants are the way to go.

A nice little replica Nieuport Bebe is nestling at Krugersdorp and I can wait to see it fly soon as well.
There is also rumour of a Flitzer Z3 Falke in the area under construction.. magnificent..

This is the true spirit of recreational aviation and I look forward to seeing more of this type of enthusiast and era of aircraft around.. to boot not requiring a guilt edged bank account :D
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Re: Rudi’s Fokker E-III ‘Eindecker’ Build

Unread post by Pilot Dreamer » Thu May 11, 2017 10:02 am

Very interesting. Good luck with the build.

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Unread post by RudiGreyling » Thu May 11, 2017 1:08 pm

Pete wrote:<SNIP>

I must finish my Isaacs Fury biplane (ZS-UET started many moons ago) then we can go fly down the valley together 8)
Hi Pete, YES that Isaacs Fury is a beautiful airplane! Then we can do a proper formation Dawn Patrol in the Magalies valley! =D>
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