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Thread: Mark’s Peggy Sue 2 Build
29/09/2019 15:17:54

Thanks Peter,

I will now admit to cheating with that...

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Lots of setting up to do, with there being 3 different centres for the arcs. I cut the 3 arcs first on an oversized blank, then sanded the sides down to fit. I made the rotary table fixture plate and clamp set myself last year. It was a project in itself.

Once set up, I used a 5mm 2 flute slot drill at 2000 rpm to route out the curves. Once done, it just needed a quick go over with some fine sandpaper to finish.

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I have glued the side plates on along with a couple of small 1/16 sheet bits at the front to fair the plates in. (On one side it will also sort out my sanding mistake - I went a bit mad with the sanding block and took too much off)

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Cheers

Mark

28/09/2019 23:21:29

Thanks Gents,

I’m trying hard to be precise with this build, as I’m going to be using transparent covering. I’m nearly there in my head, with the final colour scheme, but I’m sure it will evolve further yet.

Not much done in the last few days, as I have been busy with work, I have got the 1/4” wing bolt plates made up and epoxied into place:

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Cheers

Mark

24/09/2019 22:26:35

Bit more done tonight. I spent quite a while measuring and marking out for the bottom side stringers and got them on. Also sanded down the sloping tops of the fuselage sides ready for the side 1/32” window ply. I notched the stringers so that the sides will be flush at the back.

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Cheers

Mark

Thread: Complete newbie.
24/09/2019 13:38:44

Welcome to the Forum Neil.

KC has a good point above. Generally, us modellers are a friendly bunch and will give advice and encouragement to newcomers. We were all there once.

Cheers

Mark

Thread: Mark’s Peggy Sue 2 Build
23/09/2019 18:44:07

Bit more done this afternoon, I got the cabin sides cut out, my trick with these was to use upholsterers spray glue to stick the 2 blanks together, along with the pattern - traced onto greaseproof paper then glued on to the blank.

Half hour with the fretsaw, then probably another half hour with a Permagrit rotary tool in the Dremel. Separate, then clean off the glue with Cellulose Thinners.

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I also made up a card template and cut, wetted and stuck on the front end of the fuselage.

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I’m giving thought to not fitting the tank bay floor, then if need be, the battery can go under the tank if I need some additional weight at the front.

Cheers

Mark

23/09/2019 14:40:14

I got the first couple of stringers added this morning, along with the tapered window supports. All of them are oversize, ready to be sanded down to correct size.

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Cheers

Mark

22/09/2019 18:33:47

Servo mounting rails done and in with mini doublers:

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Cheers

Mark

22/09/2019 13:33:45

Hi KC,

Great tip there. Bit too late for this build, but I’ll bank that one for the future.

I got the slots filed out last night, then I have epoxied this all together this morning. Now waiting for it all to set.

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Cheers

Mark

21/09/2019 15:41:24

I have been away on holiday this week, so nothing done. Got home today, fully recharged and did a little bit on the undercarriage mounts.

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Still got to make the slots. As far as I can see, the plan isn’t quite correct, as the 2 slots need to be offset so that the piano wire legs can sit next to each other on the bottom. No big deal.

Something like this:

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Cheers

Mark

Edited By Mark Elen on 21/09/2019 15:46:44

Thread: Werewolf free plan
20/09/2019 07:49:47

Hi Jeff,

If you click on Features>Building Technique you will find it’s the first article. It is Subscriber Only though.

Cheers

Mark

19/09/2019 21:34:21

Yes, there is nothing more satisfying than finding ‘enough’ of whatever in the scrap box.

I personally view the work entailed in making up a list of wood for a build, part of the build itself. The time taken reviewing the plan in detail, to work out the list, often highlights the areas that need further thought.

To be honest, it’s probably one of my favourite parts of any build.

Cheers

Mark

19/09/2019 11:19:27

Another one on my list to build. I bought the plan and canopy for it a couple of weeks ago. I’m thinking of putting flaps and retracts on it, along with a saito 40.

Cheers

Mark

Thread: Repair of a Hanger 9 P-51 Mustang.
16/09/2019 21:24:24

Yes, please continue Paul. I’m interested to see the work involved

Cheers

Mark

Thread: Mark’s Peggy Sue 2 Build
15/09/2019 20:42:01

Hi Chris,

Hope you are well mate.👍

Have you got anything on the board at the moment?

Cheers

Mark

15/09/2019 19:21:51

Hi Gents,

Many thanks for your comments

I followed your recommendations on the Ballerina Peter, and did just that with the silicone for the tank. It works great and, like you say, it’s no great hassle to get the tank back out if you need to. I had need to do this just recently.

The Saito 40 that I have in the Ballerina has been the sweetest thing, never any problem starting, normally first flick, but recently, it has been giving me problems. I first thought I had tank problems, so it all came out and it still wouldn’t start on the bench. I finally found the problem - a small slit in the fuel feed line.

Feed line sorted, and it back to normal. Starts a treat, it now just needs a decent pilot😂 (I’ve always said, ‘I’m more of a builder than a flier&rsquo

KC, I’m still weighing up options. Knowing me, I’ll take the hard route, strip and sort. We’ll see

Cheers

Mark

15/09/2019 18:04:10

Hi Peter,

Yes, it shouldn’t be too hard to repair. I’m toying with the idea at the moment of stripping off the white covering, repairing the damage and recovering, rather than having patches. The hedge had a load of thorns in it and it’s done more damage than I thought.

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I did a bit more on PS2 today. Starting with F2a. I had to relieve the bottom a little to get the tank to fit.

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Cheers

Mark

15/09/2019 11:12:41

Thanks Peter.

I went flying the Ballerina on Saturday afternoon. Went really well, but our field has a short hedge on finals if the wind is from the west. Apparently, it’s a bit taller than I thought. Just clipped it with the wheels, but it dragged her in. It’s broken the wing sheeting on one side.

A bit more done on PS2:

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Cheers

Mark

14/09/2019 12:20:27

A little more done:

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Cheers

Mark

10/09/2019 19:20:08

Tonight’s update.

Cut out the doublers and got them glued in, formers are coming along.

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Cheers

Mark

Thread: Even Later In The Day
10/09/2019 19:13:24

Thanks Mark👍

I really enjoyed it. Really good that Peter is here too, to give you a nudge in the right direction if you need it.

Keep posting the pictures. We all love a build blog.

Cheers

Mark

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