|Welcome to Sam Buchanan's Fokker
D.VII project web log. This site includes construction details of the
fabrication of my 1918 Fokker D.VII replica aircraft
(N1918Q). This replica was designed by Robert Baslee to be easily constructed with
conventional light aircraft techniques and fabric covering. Kits for this aircraft and
many other WWI replicas are manufactured by Airdrome
Aeroplanes in Holden, Missouri.
The Airdrome Aeroplanes Fokker D.VII is the latest in a series of shop
projects. The past two decades have seen the shop busy with four airplane projects, a
StalkerV6 kit car, two VW restorations, a custom truck, and the occasional cedar strip
canoe project. The RV Journal
is a detailed website that documents the construction of my RV-6 which has
been flying since September, 1999.
So...if there is an RV-6 available to fly whenever the mood strikes, why the desire to build a WWI replica? The answer probably revolves around an interest in returning to my aviation roots which were R/C and light aircraft. My first full-scale aircraft project was a Fisher Flying Products Super Koala, and that was quickly followed by a TEAM Minimax. Both aircraft were a delight to fly, but two-hundred hours was deemed all the two-stroke engine experience I wanted. These aircraft were the precursor to a restoration of a 1940 J-3 Cub which delivered an enormous amount of flying enjoyment.
But a busy shop is a happy shop. So the allure of building an aircraft with historical significance while retaining the advantages of LSA flight brings us to the current project, an Airdrome Aeroplanes Fokker D.VII replica.
I hope you enjoy following the construction of the D.VII. The 100th anniversary of the D.VII will be in 2018!
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