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.