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VQ Hawker Hurricane rework

Reworking the VQ Hurricane in to a more scale like model

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Walts23/07/2017 11:54:28
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The original flaps, whilst a welcome addition on this model, were quite crude affairs, just square edged pieces of balsa. So I also binned them, opened up the flap bays to a nearer scale position and made new flaps, with the outer flaps being driven by the inner flap using a method Ian Redshaw showed me using inset brass tubes with a short piece of bowden cable glued to the inside of the inner flap brass tube. This is a great way of driving split flaps that are spread from centre section to outer wing panel, as it is stiff enough to drive the flap precisely, but also acts like a universal joint,allowing the cable to slide freely in the outer flap tube as the flap moves through different angles.

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Walts23/07/2017 12:09:17
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Next Job was to rework the U/C in to something much closer to scale. The original bearers were extremely short! I removed them and made some much longer ones that would pass out in to the outer wing panels, allowing me to move the retract units further out to a better scale position and open up the bay completely. I had to fill in the area where the original wheels retracted as it was too far out. Then used electric retract units with longer oleo's so the wheels almost met at the centre line as per the full size.

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Once I got the geometry right the three wing sections were joined so the retract bearers could be fitted permanently.

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Walts23/07/2017 12:23:43
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Then the wing was tissued and doped. Then filled, primed, and wet & dried continuously until it was perfectly smooth. After which, surface detail was added using thin plasticard and sticky back foil. Also panel line tape was laid ready for final primer. 

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Edited By Walts on 23/07/2017 12:24:56

Walts23/07/2017 12:26:12
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Nearly up to date laugh

Edited By Walts on 23/07/2017 12:26:41

Walts23/07/2017 12:41:58
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Once I was happy with the surface detail the wing was primed building up heavier coats over the panel line tape. Then once dry the panel line tape was removed to leave panel line groves. Gear doors were made from litho plate with balsa liners.

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I had also used Robart style hinges for the ailerons, along with half round L/E's, and hinge line shrouds for a more scale look.

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Edited By Walts on 23/07/2017 12:47:09

Walts23/07/2017 12:56:12
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And this is as far as I got with it before shelving it for 5 years!!!

All ready for spraying. I have recently bought a new cheapo gazebo to use as my new spray booth as the old one got lost somewhere in the house move of 7 years ago. I did do the priming in the workshop but it just covers everything in over spray, so will be using a gazebo with sides again in future!

I had intended to start on the camo colours today right after catching up with this thread, but It's been tipping it down, so will wait for a nicer day to stick the gazebo up!

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Walts23/07/2017 12:58:54
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As she stands today smiley

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anthony wild12/08/2017 15:07:07
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Hi walts looking good, I've got the smaller version and I did the same in ripping of that covering and redid it in desert camo.
Unfortunately I'm redoing it as it had an argument with the ground 🙁
Walts16/08/2017 14:04:28
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Oh dear Anthony! :D Any pic's mate? I've finally got around to starting the spraying of mine, But it's coming along slowly in spits and spats, as and when the interest kicks in!

anthony wild16/08/2017 16:31:38
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Hi walts will do when I can figure it out!!!http://www.modelflying.co.uk/albums/member_photo.asp?a=45852&p=760080

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Ron Gray16/08/2017 17:09:34
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Hi Walts, really good what you're doing. Any chance you could expand on the linked flaps using the Bowden cable please?

john stones 116/08/2017 17:28:13
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That's beautiful work Walt. yes

Walts12/09/2017 23:59:48
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sorry guyz not been checking back regular enough! Ron, i'll try and dig out some pictures for the flap linkage tomorrow for you.
Cuban813/09/2017 05:08:49
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A wonderful job. Must have been tricky to get the very neat interface between where the rear fabric covering meets the sheeted front. How did you go about it?
Walts13/09/2017 09:44:53
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Thanks. The rear stringer section is covered with fabric, the sheeted areas are tissue and dope. once covered the stringer section is masked off, and the sheeted area built up with dope, then wet & dried back until perfectly smooth, then panel line tape laid down and built up over with primer. Once the masking is removed it leaves clean edges to the panelled section.

Walts13/09/2017 09:57:56
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All finished apart from sorting out the flaps that seem to have gone a bit wonky during the storage years!

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anthony wild13/09/2017 15:53:44
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finally figured it out walt this my reworked vq hurricanedsc_0151.jpg

fly-navy13/09/2017 16:46:35
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Posted by Walts on 13/09/2017 09:57:56:

All finished apart from sorting out the flaps that seem to have gone a bit wonky during the storage years!

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I see you ain't lost yer touch Ian, stunning mate, proper job lad yes

Cuban813/09/2017 17:29:01
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Posted by Walts on 13/09/2017 09:44:53:

Thanks. The rear stringer section is covered with fabric, the sheeted areas are tissue and dope. once covered the stringer section is masked off, and the sheeted area built up with dope, then wet & dried back until perfectly smooth, then panel line tape laid down and built up over with primer. Once the masking is removed it leaves clean edges to the panelled section.

Many thanks for the explanation, it makes pefect sense and is a great help. . My next project, now that my BT Spitfire is nearing completion will be a Hurricane but making a neat job of the rear covering was worrying me a bit.

Walts13/09/2017 23:58:34
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Thanks John. I do love a Hurricane!

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