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p-11.cAce
09-14-2006, 01:35 PM
With all the talk about flyboys, knights of the sky (can't wait!!!) and WW1 in general I thought you might get a kick out of this little airplane (sorry aeroplane) company in Holden Mo. Most of the a/c are 80% scale but a few - including the DR1 - are full scale. These are the guys who built the reproduction neuports for flyboys http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif
Airdrome Airplanes (http://www.airdromeaeroplanes.com/Default.asp?page=60)
http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c99/acmeaviator/134.jpg
http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c99/acmeaviator/1cN28-DSC01686.jpg
http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c99/acmeaviator/2.jpg
http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c99/acmeaviator/11.jpg

PBNA-Boosher
09-14-2006, 02:19 PM
Sweet! I want my own Se.5a!

BillyTheKid_22
09-14-2006, 03:15 PM
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/clap.gif

tom19073
09-14-2006, 03:23 PM
wow, they look really good. I would like a trusty rotax engine in mine!

Last weekend I was at Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome NY, USA. They fly vintage and reproduction golden era and WWI planes there. I saw a number of WWI aircraft fly that day along with a WWI radio controlled airplane show. Both events were held at the same place at different times.

www.oldrhinebeck.org (http://www.oldrhinebeck.org)

Viper2005_
09-14-2006, 04:53 PM
Well, inspection reveals that these are best described as "aeroplanes which look like WWI aeroplanes". They've got modern aerofoils, are built using modern materials and methods and are likely to be fitted with modern engines.

If you really want to see WWI aeroplanes built properly, have a look at this website:

http://mysite.wanadoo-members.co.uk/NAW1/NAW.HTM

Sir Thomas Sopwith himself claimed their work was so accurate that the Sopwith Triplane they were building might more properly be called a "late production example" than a replica. In short, they are the best.

BaronUnderpants
09-14-2006, 05:27 PM
Im seriously thinking of getting one. Hope the company is still arround in a couple of years.

luftluuver
09-14-2006, 06:31 PM
Originally posted by PBNA-Boosher:
Sweet! I want my own Se.5a! Did some say they wanted a SE5a?

http://www.replicraft.us.fm/

For those in North American visit Old Rhinebeck
http://www.oldrhinebeck.org/

p-11.cAce
09-14-2006, 06:52 PM
Well, inspection reveals that these are best described as "aeroplanes which look like WWI aeroplanes". They've got modern aerofoils, are built using modern materials and methods and are likely to be fitted with modern engines.
Personaly if my butt is going to be in it I'd be happy knowing that its built with "AN" hardware, stainless steel wires, aircraft grade aluminum and wood, a modern powerplant, and all wrapped up in stits polyfabric. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif Considering that most (even great) WW1 aircraft were built with little of the aerodynamic knowledge we have today I'd feel safer in a replica that took advantage of modern materials and designs.

Spinnetti
09-15-2006, 08:47 PM
I came pretty close to buying the Eindecker, but want a two seater that I can take the wife places in... these are too slow http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif (but really nicely done)

Doug_Thompson
09-15-2006, 09:25 PM
Originally posted by p-11.cAce:
Personaly if my butt is going to be in it I'd be happy knowing that its built with "AN" hardware, stainless steel wires, aircraft grade aluminum and wood, a modern powerplant, and all wrapped up in stits polyfabric. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif Considering that most (even great) WW1 aircraft were built with little of the aerodynamic knowledge we have today I'd feel safer in a replica that took advantage of modern materials and designs.

Exactly. World War I aircraft simply were not safe. As many of us have read, Nieuports were particularly fragile. And the Camel had a problem with a fastener in the wire bracing that wasn't discovered until after the war. No telling how many pilots died of it.

Feathered_IV
09-15-2006, 11:02 PM
Very nice. It's one of my long term goals to own/build my own triplane.