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Ron Gray21/10/2017 21:01:22
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In 2016, at the Cosford show, I visited the tent where Micro Aces were displaying their range of WW1 indoor models. In my club we have a fair selection of the usual WW1 indoor suspects, DR1, Albatross, SE5a, Spad, Neiuport etc so their prototype of the Brisfit caught my eye as it was different. Back home I placed my pre-order for the kit, thinking that I would get it by September (this was June). Roll the clock on and eventually I got my kit in February this year so it was put away as most of our indoor season had been and gone.

Today I decided to get it out and make a start on it, bearing in mind that the 2017-2018 indoor season is just round the corner!

The starting point

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You may have noticed that the instructions are a BETA version (wasn't told that)!

The bits

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Ron Gray21/10/2017 21:10:01
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The fuse crutch

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Applying stickers to the cockpit formers before fitting. The bits are so small it would be very difficult to fit them after fixing the formers, in fact every part is so small tweezers come in very handy!

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Formers fitted to the crutch, Uhu Por used throughout.

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Fuse sheeting fitted to sides, top and bottom. The Uhu Por was used as a contact adhesive to make this easier. Made a mistake here, I didn't bevel the edges of the sides (it does say so in the destructions, I just forgot!)

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To get the depron to curve you have to score the reverse of the sheet using the back of the knife.

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Nice curve

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Edited By Ron Gray on 21/10/2017 21:11:47

Ron Gray21/10/2017 21:35:16
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Curved pieces fitted to fuse

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Starting on the tail feathers, the elevator has to have a thin (1.0mm x 0.4mm) carbon rod stuck to it

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Control horns blast they are small

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Steve Hargreaves - Moderator22/10/2017 16:54:58
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Watching with interest Ron....I like the BrisFit...thumbs up

Clearly a range of tweezers is essential for this one....

Geoff Sleath22/10/2017 17:52:51
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There's no way my hands are steady enough to build a model this small but it looks an interesting build. The village hall we rent for winter indoor flying is a bit small, too. I notice the video of the SE5a models flying on the Micro Aces web site is a hall that accommodates 4 badminton courts and is also very high.

I remember watching my grandfather repair watches at his bench when he must have been in his 80s ( I would have been under 5). He always clipped his apron to the bench to catch anything he dropped from his tweezers. I keep thinking I should do the same.

Geoff

Don Fry22/10/2017 19:38:45
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Geoff, if yer gut is big enough, it does the job.

But keep going, I am fascinated by these things. Going to spend some money.

Tim Hooper22/10/2017 20:43:09
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I've just completed the SE5a from the same range. A bit fiddly, it's true, but it does look gorgeous. Just waiting the wind to drop a bit.....

Tim

Geoff Sleath22/10/2017 21:02:07
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I have an Eachine SE5a about the same size but wood. It's the second one, as I made such a hash of the first thus demonstrating my clumsiness Still, they're only about £15 IIRC from Banggood and (hopefully) my experience with the first will help with the second.

The big advantage with the Micro Aces models is that they're ready finished. The Eachine ones are bare wood.

Tim, the wind would have to drop to zero to fly one of these tiny models outside or you risk having a blow-away as I did at Ashbourne The Bristol looks like it'll be a stunning little model though and I'm watching with interest.

Geoff

Andrew76722/10/2017 21:14:26
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This is fantastic,but what rx does it use please?

Andrew

Geoff Sleath22/10/2017 21:57:51
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I'm using a Flysky compatible receiver which has a brushed esc and 2 servos incorporated on the board which measures about 28mm x 22mm and weighs about 5gms. I got from Banggood and it cost around £10 or perhaps a bit less. It takes a single cell LiPo.

It binds OK with a Flysky module plugged into the back of my Taranis. The module is the same one I use to fly my V911 helicopter.

The main problem is fixing it firmly as it needs to be because of the servos. I haven't solved that yet.

Geoff

Ron Gray23/10/2017 13:54:08
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Elevator hinged and operational

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Rudder next

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Now onto the U/C

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The 2 carbon rods in the photo above are for the lower wing support.

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All made from plastic sheet, in some cases folded over and stuck together. Main legs have short lengths of carbon rod stuck inside the 2 pieces.

UHU Por applied ready to fit to underside of fuse.

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All stuck on. The is a coloured sticker to apply to the underside of the U/C to cover the white Depron (go back to the start of the U/C photos and you will see what I mean). The destructions say to use soapy water or 'tongue water' to allow it to be positioned as there is very little room for manoeuvring, must admit that I've never used 'tongue water' before but it does work and meant that I didn't have to get out of my seat to do it!

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Ron Gray23/10/2017 14:03:47
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Next up, the rear gunners equipment (so to speak!). Now I thought this build had been fiddly, but this next bit of work really tested the eyesight, dexterity and patience!

Scarff ring gun support arm

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Both mounted to the scarf ring which has been formed out of a Depron ring with stickers on top, round the outside and later will have same applied to the inside!

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Twin Vickers formed out of folded plastic, plastic tube and stickers. 8 pieces in all make up the guns.

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Vickers mounted to the scarf ring arms. Note the ammo drums, each made from 2 pieces of Depron, a sticker on top and one round the outside. Boy were my eyes straining at this point.

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And finally, mounted to the fuse and that was me done for the night (last night).

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Ron Gray23/10/2017 14:11:06
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Reality check. Size check against a tube of UHU Por.

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So, yes, tweezers are an essential part of the build! Here are the ones that I use.

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Edited By Ron Gray on 23/10/2017 14:12:25

Edited By Ron Gray on 23/10/2017 14:13:24

Geoff Sleath23/10/2017 17:09:55
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That looks really tiny as well as beautiful.

I find I have a head magnifier permanently attached when I'm building despite having my workshop safety glasses which are set to focus closer than my usual reading lens. Might be worth trying if you're having to strain to see small parts.

Geoff

Ron Gray23/10/2017 17:33:44
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I can see them Geoff but usually have a problem finding out where they go!

Daithi O Buitigh23/10/2017 18:38:22
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Them Vickerses are Lewises cheekylaughwink

Ron Gray23/10/2017 22:06:45
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You are, of course, correct! The forward facing one was a Vickers.

John Keywood24/10/2017 07:43:55
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Good work. Watching with interest.

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