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!!!!


Friday, 18 November 2016

LAA Rally 2016

The 2016 Rally was a special event for the LAA as they were celebrating their 70th year, I don't think the weather realised as it poured with rain all Saturday with strong winds through the night.  It wasn't all bad, we at GSAL arrived Thursday lunchtime and setup the pitch quickly so we could sit back and enjoy the lovely sunny day and watch everybody setting up while enjoying a few beers.
 

Friday was another fine day with a reasonable attendance and quite a few aircraft arriving by air.  The evening weather was especially pleasant as the wind dropped, and again we enjoyed a few beers with fellow exhibitors and friends.


Shaun had prepared a splendid feast of roast pork, new potatoes, green beans, and carrots, all washed down with some lovely red wine..........well you might as well enjoy being at the show!!!


Of course we had the Eindecker on show as usual, but we also had Roger Peirce's (7/8th scale) N11/16 in the builders marquee, which caused quite a stir.  He had exhibited it last year with a bare airframe which was pretty much complete and many people couldn't believe it was an SSDR.  This year it was covered with the engine and beautiful Hercules prop fitted, and caused even more of a sensation, poor Roger made up a big sign saying YES THIS IS SSDR to stop the same question being asked hundreds of times over the weekend.  The images below show what a magnificent aircraft it is in the authentic camouflage.

 
However, on Saturday the heavens opened and everybody ran for the marquees, we at GSAL cover the Eindecker with a plastic sheet but the wind decided to make our life hell as we fought to keep it on the aircraft.  I managed to take a couple of pictures while in the caravan just to show people how bad it was!

GSAL look forward to the LAA 2017 Rally and will pray for fine weather the whole weekend.