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Thread: 7 Day challenge Nigel Hawes 30" Tucano...............
14/01/2020 23:25:29

Thanks for the encouragement guys, well tonight i have all the parts cut out and the wing sections have been glued and pinned down, i had hoped to have the fuselage glued and in my SLEC jig but it is now 23.15 and i have to be up for work at 5am..........i know light weight!!

Tomorrow won`t see a huge amount done as i have the editorial to write for my car club magazine but i hope to have the wing tips on, fuselage formers in and the fuselage glued together and in the jig, plus the ply motor mount and dihedral braces cut out.

Memsahb has finished the first book and is 2/3rds of the way through the second! Still she has that War & Peace hanging over her, apparently that will be the last one read.

Update late tomorrow evening..............



Edited By martin collins 1 on 14/01/2020 23:26:57

14/01/2020 15:04:51

Yes T is going to be done on a whoever is nearest the kitchen basis, if i make the deadline i am fully prepared to be up at the crack of dawn to get a flight in before the wind gets up if necessary, i have a day off work on Monday so i will be aiming for then. I should add that it won`t be built with Cyano which would have speeded up the build as i get breathing problems if i use it, Good old Aliphatic will be my weapon of choice with a small amount done with epoxy. The airframe and motor set up should handle a fair amount of wind but it is always better not to have to maiden a plane in a force 9 gale disgust

Edited By martin collins 1 on 14/01/2020 15:09:07

14/01/2020 14:47:24

My wife and i have agreed on a 7 day challenge which kicks off today, mine is to cut, build, cover AND fly a Nigel Hawes 30" Tucano, hers is to read 7 books from her large collection of unread ones, books to read are of my choice from those on the shelves. I have given her a good selection of fiction and non fiction including War & Peace devil, that should slow her down a bit!

I am not the most experienced or the fastest builder by a long way but I was looking at the Tucano plan as a chaser for the Nijhuis Gnat that will be my entry into the 2020 Mass build. The Tucano looks to be an easy straight forward build and on checking my wood stock i found i had everything required, i also have a Mega 400/15/7 motor and a suitable controller and 3s battery packs. It should go like stink on that motor, i flew a friends Tucano back in 2001 when the free plan came out, it was on a brushed 400 and 8 Can cells and that went pretty well till he sprayed it all over the strip having done an inverted low pass and pulled up instead of down at the far end!

The colour scheme will be non scale but bright as it will get small quickly, i have plenty of Profilm that i dont use these days so i will make something up from what i have. The only thing i need to buy is a canopy, Sarik does them and Vortex used to but i have had no reply to the message i sent so i guess they have now gone.........

Will post an update at the end of each evening with that days progress........wish me luck!



Edited By martin collins 1 on 14/01/2020 14:49:42

Thread: Cambrian ME109 Funfighter electric build
14/01/2020 14:19:54

Build is finished now, covering will be done this weekend, i have a Nijhuis Gnat which i will be doing for the forum 2020 mass build but i am slipping a Nigel Hawes 30" span Tucano in first. My wife and i have given each other a 7 day challenge, mine to build, cover AND fly the Tucano in 7 days, hers to read 7 books of my choosing from her `library` of unread books! I will be starting a separate thread for the Tucano build today...........

Edited By martin collins 1 on 14/01/2020 14:24:42

12/01/2020 09:56:49

Very nice Superfreighter Ray, my brother and i spent our childhood summer hols with our grandparents in Hadleigh, just up the road from Southend during the British Air Ferries period and were always looking/listening out for the Carvairs. Time there was split between visits to the airport and the Marshes were the local model club flew.........

11/01/2020 21:06:16

Yes Ray, the Carvair is a 100" span control line model built in the 60`s by two guys who ran the Wings and Wheels model shop in Leigh on Sea Essex. It is powered by four diesel engines and was flown at country shows etc, i have a couple of original pictures of it being flown. After it was retired it hung in their shop till it was purchased by a full size Carvair Captain Laurie Rowe and it was then hung in his dining room until his death several years ago. His widow sold a lot of his stuff off including the model and some carvair engine parts and an original prop unit, i purchased all the stuff being a Carvair fan since i was in my teens. It is one piece so was a bu**er to transport and it now hangs in my lobby at the top of the stairs. I have sent you a pm regarding the covering of the 109.

09/01/2020 20:33:39

Here are the three scale scheme options i am considering, any thoughts from the forum? All courtesy of the wings palette website


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09/01/2020 19:44:04

Interesting way of applying the tissue Ray, not heard the use of wallpaper paste before. Do you have any pictures of your planes?................

09/01/2020 19:14:58

Many thanks for the kind comments Dan, i have really enjoyed the build, getting closer to my favourite bit which is the painting of the model with an airbrush. Still wavering on the scale colour scheme to finish it in.

08/01/2020 22:31:08

Sanding phase now complete after a stuttering start, i was using one of those paper masks with an excuse for a filter in the end of it but my breath kept steaming my glasses up when wearing it, not good if you want to see the wood you are removing! Today i swung by Screwfix and picked up a proper rubber one with twin removable filters on it, works a treat, just in from the workshop now as i was determined to finish the sanding tonight. Going to spend tomorrow evening reading up on tissue and dope finishing on a solid airframe before i tackle the covering..............

Sorry about the poor quality pictures, i will take some better ones in daylight


Edited By martin collins 1 on 08/01/2020 22:33:12

Thread: Folland Gnat
08/01/2020 16:45:19

Interesting experiment, look forward to test flight results!

Thread: Priory Models Silhouette
07/01/2020 20:38:25

Any Priory models plane would be welcome, not sure i have ever seen a Priory Models Wombat, care to share a picture of it!

Thread: Lightweight foam pilots, any suppliers?
07/01/2020 20:32:56

Looking for a lightweight foam pilot for my Cambrian Funfighter, any links to a supplier, also gonna need a smaller one for my TN Gnat. .........

Thread: TN Hunter Plus
06/01/2020 19:57:59

Although oversize i guess it still qualifies for the 2020 mas build smiley

Thread: Priory Models Silhouette
06/01/2020 18:26:09

Ok sounds like a plan, i have a flyer plus a refurb project that i could sort out to make two, any one else interested in joining in if we sort a date out?

06/01/2020 17:28:01

Look forward to seeing a pic of yours Andy, get it recovered, We should have enough on here shortly for a Silhouette fly in at Buckminster!

Thread: Cambrian ME109 Funfighter electric build
05/01/2020 21:05:29

Plenty of progress in the last few evenings, elevator snake fitted, bottom sheeting glued on, motor fitted and nose cowling and nose ring glued on, i found i can still remove the 4 motor screws with the cowl fixed in place so there was no need to make it removable. Also fitted was the block bottom to the forward fuselage, the fin has also now been added and the front edge rounded to shape.

Hopefully tomorrow after work i can get my teeth into sanding the nose cowling to shape and also the center wing bandage, once done we are coming towards the end of the build phase and i will then start the covering.

As a note, there was enough sheeting left to cover the bottom of the fuselage, having looked at the plan again it notes that the grain direction for this should be across the fuselage. This means cutting it into sections to do the job and there was some to spare in the end............

Pictures once the nose sanding has been completed.

Thread: Priory Models Silhouette
05/01/2020 18:01:16

Nice job, two of you waiting for maiden flights now, good luck, they are really nice to fly, enjoy them guys....

Thread: Modelling Board / Pin Board.
03/01/2020 16:37:42

Another thumbs up here for plasterboard...........

Thread: Cambrian ME109 Funfighter electric build
02/01/2020 15:49:14

img_20200102_132315_resized_20200102_031434079.jpgFuselage is now sanded to the rough shape, cowling has yet to be tackled, i want to make sure the motor is in the centre of the cowl so the spinner lines up nicely and then i will be adding some dowels and magnets to hold the cowl in place. The sanding can then commence! Pretty pleased with the way it is coming along. I have narrowed the colour scheme down to two German, one Swiss and one Bulgarian. Maybe in need to buy more FunFighter 109`s!!!


Edited By martin collins 1 on 02/01/2020 15:55:32

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