Three wings are better than two?

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  1. dfarrell

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    I decided I just couldn't live with the banana fuselage of my Albatros D.V., so I will salvage the motor and the experience from it to put into a new D.V. Not one to sit around and wait I've begun construction of a Sopwith Triplane. It is the freebie from a russian site, and those of you who don't already have it can find it in the internet finds section. So far I have the fuselage completed. Here are some pictures

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  2. dfarrell

    dfarrell Member

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    Look! No bananas!

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  3. dfarrell

    dfarrell Member

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    On to the wings!

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    Yes we have no bananas! Good start!
  5. therapy

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    yes, bring it on :)

    Me too was planing to build that one, but I'm still stuck repainting it and adding some details. Still want to see how you will get along with the original :)
  6. dfarrell

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    Last time I saw this many wings, they were backing up Paul McCartney! This plane has been going together really easily so far. But now things are going to get interesring. The bottom wings butt joint on to the fuselage, middle wings just float on the struts and the top wing balances on top. Its going to be fun. . .

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  7. dfarrell

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    Here come the wings:

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    The lower wing sags a bit, so when I put on the middle wings, I glued them to the center struts and let them dry. Then, after attaching the outside struts to the bottom wing, I was able to push the bottom wings up a bit then glue the middle wings to the outside struts, and get rid of the sag. The center struts extend all the way through the fuselage and attach to the floor, so the are really strong.

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  9. dfarrell

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    Here is the top wing. By this time the glue is dry on the middle wings and the whole thing is pretty strong. Again I attach the center struts first and then tweak the wing alignment again before gluing the outside struts.

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  10. dfarrell

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    One more picture with the tail, and I'm done for the night

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  11. Mark_1984

    Mark_1984 Guest

    Looks good - I'm impressed that you got all three wings square and in line.

    How is the beading round the cockpit done ?

    Cheers
    Mark
  12. RAleischman

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    Great looking plane! Does anyone have the link handy?

    Thanks,
    Russ

    P.S. Are "scale Cylinders" replacing "scale cubes" to display models on?? Who's going to be the first to do a NOAA Corps "Scale Cylinder"??
  13. cgutzmer

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    Mark,
    I built a Marek and it had beading and it was really just another layer of cardstock around the cockpit. Nothing special but it adds a nice detail :)

    Russ,
    scale cylinders? did I miss something?

    Dfarrell,
    Looking awesome! we have another speed builder among us :)
    Chris
  14. therapy

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    Sorry for the little cryticism, but isn't there supposed to be a little dihedral on the tripe wings?

    Anyway, your progress is great and it looks very good so far. It's a great inspiration for me.
    Are you going to do any rigging?
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    sorry...I'm just being a smart a**!. There have been so many "scale cubes" built lately. I saw the coffee mug the plane is sitting on and thought "scale cylinder"!!??

    Russ
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    That's lookin' awesome! Tri-planes are too cool!

    Rick
  17. a6m

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    I like triplane too :)
    this is currently under building

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  18. dfarrell

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    The beading around the cockpit is cut out from paper. I think therapy is right about the dihedral. I was going on the 3 veiw supplied with the kit which shows the wings flat. I probably would have done well to have done a little research into the matter. I think I should do the rigging on this one, but I don't know what to use. What are you guys using? I know the link for it is in the internet finds forum someplace. I can't find the web address on the kit anywhere. Being in the Seattle area, I thought the espresso cup would give it a little local touch. Nice looking Fokker, a6m!
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    ?? are you perhaps looking for this link?
    http://www.cardmodels.net/forum/showthread.php?t=5563&highlight=triplane

    my fokker is a mix-up of two models, one in 1:48 and the other in 1:33 (rescaled in 1:48 )
    and I used it to try some tricks, as rubber wheels and other few ideas
    now is finished, except the engine

    sopwith tripe is one of my favourite, I have Osprey's Tripe Ace book
    I'll like to build one of the 'Black squadron' somewhere in the future :roll:
  20. dfarrell

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    That's it! I hope you can show some more pictures of your Fokker. I really like those colors!