Fokker Dr1 - World War I airplane

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Project by Sheisserick posted 06-01-2013 03:57 PM 1948 views 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Ever since my Amiga days, I loved the Cinemaware game “Wings”. A facination of World War I airplanes was born.
This is my first finer woodworking project, and Im quite pleased with the result, to be honest.

The plane is built to scale of the original german Fokker Dr1, but adjusted to be more estetic than anatomicly correct. Not like I plan on throwing it in the air, and expecting anything but a devastating crashlanding.

Dark wood: Cumaru
Light wood: Plain Pinewood
Finish: 3 x Linseed oil

In the future, I have planned to make an allied “Sopwith Camel” in beech to hit the right colour.
I dislike painting on woodprojects, but is considdering painting the german cross symbol on wings and tailrudder.
Thin line to avoid “cheapening it” with paint. Hmmm… Inlayed symbols in different wood?


-- I doubt, therefore I might be

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#1 posted 06-01-2013 10:22 PM

Good plane. Ive done a few of them, and i have thought about doing the same thing, putting different wood in formthe markings. Ive started on a fighter, like a zero, or spitfire, and am pitting different wood species circles in the wings before shaping them for the right look. Not too tough of youre using thicker stock, tougher if its thin. The german cross would be cool, sharpen those chisels.

-- Witty signature line still pending

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#2 posted 06-02-2013 07:06 AM

Cool build.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#3 posted 06-02-2013 02:03 PM

Great job I did a couple similar I have pictures in my project gallery.

-- Ray

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#4 posted 06-02-2013 02:54 PM

Nice looking miniature. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#5 posted 06-04-2013 04:48 PM

Fantastic mini airplane! Great design and attention to details. Love the natural colors of the wood. Well done!

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#7 posted 06-09-2013 03:41 AM

You’ve done one fine job on your plane, something the “red baron” would have wanted to grab & fly.

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#8 posted 06-09-2013 09:33 AM

Thanks for all the kind words. I hope to find time for the Sopwith Camel soon.. I have been inspired to build some of the cool miniatures, which you guys have in your projects too, though.

Funny thing, someone actually wanted to buy my Dr1 the other day, which I declined. :-)

Soooo many things to make…. so little time!

-- I doubt, therefore I might be

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#9 posted 12-19-2013 02:32 PM

I really like what you have done here! You’ve inspired me to try one like this! I look forward to the Sopwith Camel! Great job!

-- I make sawdust. I think thats a fair assessment of my finished products!

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