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(Daily Mail)   A retired British Royal Air Force Wing Commander died when he lost control of his replica First World War biplane and plummeted into a field. Curse you Red Baron   ( dailymail.co.uk) divider line
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2012-11-23 11:04:15 PM  
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The Gordie Howe Hat Trick: Expense and complexity, I think. I've only been to a couple EAA meetings so I don't know much about the process. I'm hitting middle agedness, gotta find other things to waste money on besides bar tabs and sports.

Building an accurate WWI fighter repro is difficult, expensive, and most of them balance the edge between dangerous and lethal to fly, and if you use period engines, none too reliable. The SE5a and D.VII were exceptions, both relatively benign, and with modern engines are reasonable and fun airplanes to fly.

There would be no kits and no ready subassemblies. For drawings the best were Achim Engel's Fokker Team Schorndorf set, but he's gone out of business. Next best is Jim Kiger's Replicraft drawings. A guy I know built a production accurate SE5a in Tulsa from Replicraft drawings.

If you want to see a 100% accurate D.VII fly, check out Mikael Carlson's site.

Even better, see something that hasn't been seen in 90 years or so, a totally production accurate Dr.I being flown to its limits. And watch Mikael come within a hair's breadth of killing himself about 40 seconds in when he enters a barrel roll too slow and it departs at the top.

If you are serious about building a repro, I suggest you discuss it with the gentleman at the Aerodrome's builder forum.

You should also buy and read WWI Aero.

And for more fun check out Peter Jackson's (yes the LOTR guy) company that's semi-production building WWI aircraft.
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