Workshop Update: Gerry’s Fokker Triplane

Jan 06, 2013 3 Comments by

It had been a while since I updated you all with my Balsa USA Fokker Triplane project so here we go. This 1/3-scale project really is an easy build, when you break everything down to it basic assembly tasks. I started roughly in October and I began the project by building the tail surfaces including the horizontal stabilizer, the elevator halves and the rudder. These surfaces have laminated edges so you have to use the included laminating templates/forming pieces.

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Next I worked on the main fuselage structure and then installed the functional shock absorbing tailskid. A loop of 1/8 inch bungee is used inside the fuselage anchored to a strong dowel to hold the tailskid in place.

Next I installed the engine onto the firewall and then glued the firewall into place inside the front of the fuselage.

After this was done, including the engine soft mounts, I worked on the landing gear and then assembled the axles and shock-absorbing end plates, again with bungee cord loops.

With that finished I built and installed the sub wing structure that covers the axles and fits between the wheels.

Then I started on the wing panels. I started with the bottom wing and then moved onto the middle wing.

That’s where we are now, and I am cleaning up the bench so I can layout the plans for the top wing.  All in all, not too bad for a kit built 1/3-scale triplane. In about two weeks or so, we’ll be ready to start covering!

Stay tuned!

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3 Responses to “Workshop Update: Gerry’s Fokker Triplane”

  1. Mike Gross says:

    Nice work Gerry! Can’t wait to see it fly at Skyhawks Over the Front event this summer.

  2. Gerry Yarrish says:

    Me too Mike. the whole family is excited about attending the Over the Front event this year! SHould be fun!

  3. Eric Johnson says:


    Very impressive model Fokker you have there. I love these old planes especially since my cousins father, Jack Frye flew them and included them in his new airline company, Standard Airlines. Jack as you know became TWA’s first president and the rest is history.

    If interested in my new Jack Frye blog site, here is the link.

    There are some great photos of his Fokkers and loads of historical content on Jack Frye’s illustrious career. Wish you the best on her maiden voyage.

    Eric Johnson
    Jack Frye – Aviation Pioneer blog

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