Gary’s Ramblings

2011 South American cruise photos

March 1st, 2015

Photos from our 2011 South American cruise are now posted.

Sugarloaf Mountain

Northern Michigan

February 7th, 2015

And now I’ve added pictures from our 2011 Northern Michigan trip

.Petroglyphs in Lake Superior Provincial Park

2011 Crown Princess Caribbean Cruise photos

February 7th, 2015

Ok, and now we have the photos from the 2011 Crown Princess Caribbean Cruise up.

2010 Common Ground Pictures

February 3rd, 2015

And now we have pictures from the 2010 Common Ground Festival.

New photos!

February 2nd, 2015

After a very long time of not getting any work done on photo arrangement, I’ve finally added some new photos.  I’m still a ways behind though, so the new photos are still from an older cruise, our 2010 Emerald Princess Caribbean cruise.

Leading edge

March 21st, 2014

Next the outer leading edge gets installed.


After this, built the second wing panel, but doesn’t look like I took any photos of it, so on to the center section.

Cap strips and shear webs

March 10th, 2014

Next the shear webs are added to the wing, and the top cap strips.


Top sheeting and cap strips

March 9th, 2014

Then we do the upper sheeting.


And the cap strips on the bottom of the wing.


Beginning the bottom wing

March 8th, 2014

Of course, the Fokker D.VII is a biplane, so that means of course that after the top wing is done, well, there’s another one yet to be built.  Here we have the ribs and spars laid out, and the inner leading edge glued in place.


Then the bottom sheeting is put into place.  I’m finding that it’s going a lot better than it did on the top wing.  The join between the sheeting and the leading edge is much more uniform than it was when I did the top wing.


Leading edge

March 2nd, 2014

Finishing up attaching the outer leading edge to the top wing.


And here we are, finally, 2 years and 4 months after I started this project, and I finally have the top wing done.  This may yet be the slowest build project ever (although I have a few years to go to beat the last plane I built from a kit).  (Ok, technically it’s not quite complete.  The leading edge hasn’t been shaped, mainly because I don’t want to do that inside, and it’s been way too cold to do that work outside.)


(Sorry, some of my plane photos are somewhat blurry from now on, I’ve been using the cell phone to take the pictures, and it doesn’t do a great job).