Tuesday, 24 April 2018

GSAL Eindecker EIII Kit Number 10

A very happy looking young man, with hours of reading, and a bottle of bubbly to celebrate the kit purchase.
On the 14th of April Matthew and his mother Anna, collected GSAL Eindecker kit number 10.  During correspondence I was asked what size of vehicle would be required, I replied the longest tubes are 12ft, so either a van or an average size car with roof rack.  They surprised me by turning up in a little Fiat Panda/roof-rack with ladder mounted on top...........we managed to get it all in and on top (rear seats had been removed) goodness knows how.  They arrived back home safely with everything in tacked.

I look forward to posting updates from Matthew's build as it progresses.

Friday, 16 March 2018

First UK DH2 Kit Update

Brian Appleby Received a bottle of bubbly as a thank you for purchasing a kit.

GSAL will be working closely with Brian to iron out any build issues that might arise from a new kit.  However, Brian hasn't wasted any time in getting started and has already completed the rudder,  stabiliser and elevator.

Brian with the Rudder and his favorite red jumper.

Stab & Elevator
GSAL has produced full size CAD drawings of these parts which has greatly helped speed up the build, and we are currently working on other CAD drawings for the kit.  We will off course keep posting images of Brian's progress.

Sunday, 26 November 2017

Dream Classic Update 2

GSAL recently visited Chris and Mike building their Dream Classic.  They're almost finished, with just fuel system, throttle cable / lever, some instruments and exhaust system to finalise before first test runs / flights.  I was very impressed by how well they had done in giving the DC a period feel, with painting of frame tubes and colour doping the fabric.  The following images were taken during the visit, which was primarily to check the aircraft weight and confirm C of G.

Looking very period.
Colour tubes, dope, and Demoiselle shape rudder work a treat.
Wing - fold detail.
Looks like a lot of fun.
Love the hat.
Period looking prop.
Rotax 447 with pull start.
Swan neck catch for quick relase when derigging.
One very period looking chap.
We look forward to a flight review in MF Magazine early in 2018.

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

First UK DH2

GSAL has taken an order for a DH2 basic kit and we are very excited by the prospect that somebody will be building the Fokker Eindecker's nemesis.

In fact the DH2 is one of the aircraft GSAL had on their list of possible build projects after the Eindecker.  We would love to develop the DH2 into an advanced kit as we did for the Eindecker, and perhaps a fast build kit.  GSAL have decided to fund this project by selling the only factory built Eindecker, so if anybody is interested in a lovely WW1 replica Eindecker please contact George at the workshop on: 01285 760117,  If I don't pick up please leave a message or wait for my mobile number on the answerphone message.  We are asking £25,000 inclusive of VAT.

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Fokker Summer

Towards the end of summer 2016 we had a perfect weekend of flying weather locally, and the availability of all the GSAL team to enjoy it.  We took the GSAL Eindecker up to the strip for some fun, and we all got to enjoy running, taxiing, and flying her over Saturday and Sunday.  We had to do some light maintenance work replacing a couple of fuel lines before running her up and pre-flighting.  The following images were taken over the weekend and show how nice it was, we even had a visiting aircraft.

Fitting the all important machine gun, after all the Eindecker was the first aircraft with an interrupter gear, and the first true fighter that used the airframe as a gun platform (point the aircraft towards the target and shoot).
Shaun (above) was the first to run up the Eindecker, and that's when we found the fuel leak through a perished fuel line, it was a quick and easy job to sort out as GSAL's Eindecker has been designed with many access panels for servicing.  (Below was the visiting aircraft)
Then it was the turn of Robin Morton, GSAL's most experienced Fokker Eindecker pilot.
Then Ricky the Rockstar had a go.
A very happy and pleased Rick, unfortunately everybody was having such fun they forgot to take pictures of me....never mind maybe next time.  Over the weekend the GSAL team talked about another build project since the Eindecker has been around for a few years now.  We felt it would be necessary to sell the GSAL Eindecker to fund the project, although we would be extremely sad to see her go.  So if anybody out there fancy owning a Fokker Eindecker, but doesn't fancy building, contact us.

Saturday, 19 November 2016

Dream Classic Update

In March 214, GSAL delivered a Dream Classic kit to Mike and Chris in Wiltshire and although we had been in touch regularly over the telephone and a few meetings at the GSAL headquarters, we thought it was time to go down and see the progress.

This was always going to be a slow burning project as both Mike and Chris are retired and they had always intended to build the kit in their spare time.

I'd popped down a couple of times to sort out bolt lengths as GSAL had made design changes to simplify building the kit and also a wing-fold mechanism.  Each time I visited them they seemed to have made some progress and I took the pictures below.

The next time I visited Mike and Chris they had completed the wings and tail feathers, Chris had made changes to the rudder so it looked very much like a Demoiselle's.

After the second visit things went quiet until we got a call about the stitching used for the fabric covering, so we arranged to drive down and check out the progress in June this year, and the following images show good progress and that they were indeed ready for the fabric covering.

I saw Mike and Chris at the LAA Rally in September, they confirmed that the covering had been completed and were working on the engine installation which is a Rotax 447, it should be finished soon!!!!