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Thread: Simon's F-86 Sabre of the Patrullia Ascua.
12/12/2019 21:26:57

As I said, it is quite common to stop the shear webs at the point shown in Simon's picture. Due to the decreasing bending moment as you move out towards the tips I mentioned previously, what actually happens is a more graduated reduction in bending stress along the spar and shear web. I've seen it done on literally dozens of model wing plans and have probably done it a dozen or more times on my own models. I'm totally happy with it as a method and I've never had structural failure on a model.

So perhaps it is not so bad as you think Chris .

Thread: Bespoke water slide decals
12/12/2019 16:05:05

I haven't had problems with either fragility or peeling, I used acrylic artists spray varnish by Pebeo as I figured it would be gentle on the transfer.

My average results came from the fact that, despite placing the transfer over a very glossy surface, I still experienced a bit of "silvering" of the clear film. I can put modern transfers on a plastic kit and they look painted on, while the inkjet transfers are very obviously transfers.

12/12/2019 14:50:28

I have used clear decal paper to make small stencilling text for my Hurricane. The text size was too small for my vinyl cutter to be able to cut paint masks.

Results were adequate but I prefer painting where possible as I can get better results. What sort of things are you looking to do?

I'd be interested to hear from others who have had good results.

Thread: Horizon Hobby Parkflyer 1100mm Spitfire Mk.IX parts
12/12/2019 12:12:34

Worst case surely you can make the aerial mast and U/C doors from thin plasticard and the spinner from a small block of blue foam? If you have the skills to repaint the markings then the replacement parts will be simple.

Probably cheaper than sourcing genuine parts too?

Thread: Simon's F-86 Sabre of the Patrullia Ascua.
12/12/2019 12:03:47

It's common practise on wings built in this manner.

The lifting force will diminish towards the wing tips (not least because of the wings taper) and thus the bending moment on the spars is less towards the tip.

Thread: Graupner
10/12/2019 17:28:01


Thread: Torque rods vs wing servos
04/12/2019 15:51:02

I might be old fashioned but I still prefer torque rods to servos in the wings for most smallish models.

The proviso is that the torque rods are made and installed so that they cannot develop slop over time. I have several models with torque rods and 2 servos (one per rod!).

Thread: Folland gnat
29/11/2019 10:08:19

Nice result that Dave! you must be pleased.

Thread: Pete's Cavallino Rampante Italian Aerobatic Team Sabre
27/11/2019 17:31:17

You could paint it yellow if you want a visit from the Scale police....

27/11/2019 17:17:32

These two pics seem to be "of the period" pictures showing the same shade of ivory on the fuz and wings. I think an aerobatic team aircraft wouldn't be allowed to fade?



27/11/2019 17:06:19

All the pictures of full size a/c that I have seen are all ivory. I have seen some artwork that suggests yellow but no actual photographs.

Looks like it's ivory or ivory....

Thread: great service
26/11/2019 16:53:23

I've been a happy mail-order and then online customer of SMC for over 30 years and their level of service has always been excellent.

Thread: Canadair F4 Sabre XB812
26/11/2019 14:45:31


26/11/2019 14:40:54

Let me present exhibits A and B:

A: The Meade Spitfire Mk.IX

Observe the carefully modelled Frise ailerons, fuselage bulkhead with headrest for pilot, antenna mast, cannons.

You get a -1 for leaving off the aircraft serial number though. Beautiful detail!


B. The Barlow Hurricane 11a. Festooned with such details as: cam cover bulges, antenna mast, simulated structure on the tail surfaces, rudder trim tab and the tail lamp. Lovely stuff....


You both love the details....

Edited By Alan Gorham_ on 26/11/2019 14:44:32

26/11/2019 14:26:21

I'll remember that phrase next time I see some dinky detailing on the Barlow and Meade fleets....

Thread: Getting my head around electric motors ??
26/11/2019 14:24:11

I'd consider prop clearance on a 40 sized trainer before thinking about using a 13 or 14" diameter prop. You might be restricted to 10 or 11" (12" at a push) unless you fitted larger diameter wheels.

Edited By Alan Gorham_ on 26/11/2019 14:24:35

Thread: Canadair F4 Sabre XB812
26/11/2019 14:07:11

Just helping to keep everyone's standards high. No fear or favour here yes

26/11/2019 13:56:43

Aw c'mon! Chris is doing a great job here. I'm just making sure he doesn't forget the "gilt-plating".

26/11/2019 12:29:58

Cough....rudder mass balance...cough...

Thread: Solar film sales
26/11/2019 09:55:26

Until stock runs out. Solarfilm Sales seems to be a separate company set up to dispose of stocks after Solarfilm stopped production.

I thought THAT was common knowledge...

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