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Thread: Design & Build Sport Twin
03/10/2019 22:37:04

Hi Nigel,

I have been watching your build with great interest. Beautiful neat and precise build. I will be interested to see how you get on with the set up/flying as I have plans for a Grumman Cougar that is getting further up my build list.

Keep up the good work

Cheers

Mark

Thread: Mark's Peggy Sue 2 Build
03/10/2019 22:29:13

Hi Nigel,

Many thanks for your kind comments.

Been out and done a little bit more. I had a bit of scrap light ply that was just the right size for the nose ring, so I got it marked out and ready for routing the hole. I had made up a spacer tool when I built the Ballerina, so I cut out the hole 35mm to fit the spacer tool.

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This follows Peter's cowl build sequence, it works really well and gives a great finish:

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The inner hole of the spacer is a snug fit on the engine prop driver.

Cheers

Mark

 

Edited By Mark Elen on 03/10/2019 22:47:25

03/10/2019 21:40:10

A little bit more done tonight. Port stringers sanded down, then Fin glued into place. I used a couple of spare engine bearers to hold the fin straight.

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Glued in with normal Aliphatic, so I'm going to leave it overnight to go off before I move it about too much.

Cheers

Mark

02/10/2019 21:14:14

Hi Peter,

Many thanks for your kind comments. I have done a little more tonight, just pottering about with it.

Sanded down the Starboard Stringers to rough finish:

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Then sanded the fin to rough finish. I spent a little time sanding a vee into the rear to match both sides, but I went a little too far, so added a couple of little filler pieces. The fin sits nicely on the 1/8 filler piece above the vertical stab slot.

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I really need to clear the bench and get on with repairing the Ballerina, after my mishap with the hedge a couple of weeks ago, but I'm enjoying building this too much.

Cheers

Mark

01/10/2019 21:13:21

Hi Peter,

Yes, anything that makes things easier is good in my book.

Bit more done tonight, starting with sanding down the filler block and filing out a slot for the top stringer. The photo below shows me using masking tape to protect the wing seat from the sanding bar. It leaves a very small step, that is sanded down very gently once the tape is removed.

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Stringer installed:

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And sanded down to blend in:

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Then blank made up for vertical stabiliser. I like to add a small piece of cross grain at the top to help stop it from warping:

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Cheers

Mark

30/09/2019 21:32:52

Hi Peter,

It is a bit OTT, but the mill was sat doing nothing, so it got used.

I have got a few ‘bits’ done the last couple of days. I got the wing seat sanded to final finish, F2 was a little short, so I put a 45 degree onto a piece of 1/8 light ply, then cut and fitted it.

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I also made up a couple of tiny fairing pieces to blend the rear sides in at the top:

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And made a start on the filler piece at the rear of the wing seat:

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Cheers

Mark

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

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