May 18th, 2013, 10:30
Thank you Mike, Matt, and Huub, I appreciate it!
Here is a work in progress on Mikael Carlson's Fokker Dr.1 - which I believe is regarded as the most authentic reproduction flying (all original materials-construction (including the original types of metal and wood), original period instruments (the very few there are), and a 110 hp Le Rhone rotary engine). It also has a very authentic factory-type finish over-all.
I went back to square one on the fabric streaked paint, and tried to recreate the same general look/colors as seen on Mikael Carlson's example (for those wondering, the paint kit doesn't come with the fantastic streaked-fabric paint as seen in the textures that come with the Neoqb Dr.1). What you see is about five layers over the top of each other to try and get that look of the fabric paint. All that I believe I need to correct now is the color of the horizontal tail struts, a couple of small parts around the tail, and enlarge and re-position the stencils on the main wing struts.
This is not only my favorite of the replicas flying today, due to its fantastic originality, but also because of the pilot that flies it (one of my top 3 or so favorite pilots in the world). Not only is it probably the most authentic example flying today, but it is also flown more to its max capabilities than any other that I am aware of. Through Mikael Carlson's displays, you can really see what an aircraft of this type can do, through loops, rolls, and spins.
The aircraft is located in Sweden (along with the rest of Mikael Carlson's amazing collection of very authentic reproduction and original aircraft from the WWI and pre-WWI era), registered SE-XXZ, and has been displayed at several countries throughout Europe, including Germany and England, and has even displayed in Russia. (There is also a less-authentic example based in France that is finished in the same markings)