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Big PSS on budget ...

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Scott Edwards 214/08/2015 11:27:40
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Welcome to my first attempt at a build log.

If you're looking for beautiful model that looks like its been carved by Michelangelo, and painted by Salvador Dali, then take a look at Matt Jones Sea Vixen.

If you want to watch an English Electric Cranberry evolve on the cheap from a pile of old balsa wood and a gallon of PVA, then look 'ere

The subject is a Cranberry B2 built from the most excellent plan from Andy Blackburn. Only doubled in size (obviously) to make it 86 inches span. This will involve quite a bit of jiggling about, and rethinking how to do things along the way.

One more thing - I bought a new house recently and the modelling budget is up there with the Greek deficit. Consequently, this project is Austerity PSS !

On with the first photo .... The classic 'before' shot .....









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Scott Edwards 214/08/2015 11:29:35
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I had to spend the monthly dog food budget on Glue.


Dave Hopkin14/08/2015 11:30:30
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Please slosh some paint and glue on the workbench its disgustingly pristine.....

Looking forwards to the build.....

Scott Edwards 214/08/2015 11:32:13
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This is how Austerity PSS starts.

A plan ponced off a mate, an Airfix kit from Ebay, a kids geometry set and a roll of cheap wallpaper.


Scott Edwards 214/08/2015 11:45:58
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Fuselage is conveniently round, which makes knocking out the formers something my mum could do after her evenings sherry ration. Made by laminating two sheets of 1/8 balsa together with their grain at 90 degrees to each other.

I've got a band saw How anyone survives without one is beyond me ! One should be issued to every child on their 5th birthday.




Scott Edwards 214/08/2015 12:26:07
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Even though the fuselage is round, its a complex curve on both ends, so the most realistic and cheapest option for this size is planking. Some people hate planking, others love it. I'm somewhere in the middle, but do enjoy seeing beautiful curved shapes emerge from flat balsa.

I'm building the fuselage in two halves split vertically, like a giant easter egg. At this scale there is always a bit of shape variance from the plan. Therefore, I build one half as accurately as I can, and then draw around it to use as a template for the second half. This will hopefully minimise differences when they are mated together.



Matt Jones14/08/2015 12:37:33
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Ooooh, love it, I built a 110" one years back which Si Cocker is still abusing. Gorgeous shape and wing that's perfect for PSS.


Scott Edwards 214/08/2015 12:46:05
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Saw pics of your Cranberry Matt and that was one of my influences ! 110 inches though, that's a fuselage over 9 feet long ! Sheesh ! How do you transport that thing ??
Matt Jones14/08/2015 13:52:10
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2 piece fus wink

Andy Meade14/08/2015 14:30:58
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Signing in for build watching yes

Phil Cooke14/08/2015 19:24:50
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Nice one Scott, looking good! Will be watching this one develop with interest. Have you a scheme in mind??

Scott Edwards 214/08/2015 23:04:35
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The colour scheme jury is still out at the mo, possibly light stone, maybe sea grey/dark green camo, maybe silver ... I'm sure it will emerge with time !

Knocked up some tailplane halves. 2.4 mm skin over 3.2 mm ribbing. Nice and light ! My regular slope is Ivinghoe Beacon, the big slopes like the Orme are a very rare treat, so this things gotta be light. I'm aiming for under 12 lbs, so that's an airframe weight of under 10 lbs plus the inevitable lump of 24 carat lead up front.

Tailplane halves have significant dihedral, so have to be built in two halves with an angled ply joiner inserted vertically. I'm trying to make them with elevators that I can cut out, so trailing edge is elevated by half the rib width. Havn't tried that before .....


Matt Jones14/08/2015 23:29:26
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Don't forget the Raspberry Ripple scheme heart

Scott Edwards 215/08/2015 23:21:55
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Andy Blackburn, him who designed this plan, and thoroughly top spiffing chap, has not only redesigned the wings to work better at x2 scale, but also printed me off a set of double sized wing rib patterns ! To ice the cake, he even delivered them personally to me on his new Triumph Bonneville (which I am not jealous of in any way incidentally)

You meet the most fabulous people through this hobby, you really do

The re-designed wing is an Eppler 205 centre section and Clark Y outer panels. This makes the whole wing flat bottomed, which for an intermediate builder like myself is ace.

So, I've spent some quality time with my band saw. Did I say I've got a band saw ? I might have mentioned I have a band saw. I like my band saw. I may have mentioned that.


Peter Garsden15/08/2015 23:22:08
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If its a Cranberry, does that mean it will be ready for Christmas as sauce for the Turkey - it obviously won't be a Turkey, so as I am a complete ignoramus and don't do plane spotting even in Welsh valleys at 3am, can I please have a full size picture of what it will look like?

This sounds very interesting and something I want to see at the Orme in October? But which year?

Peter Garsden15/08/2015 23:25:19
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I want a band saw, but my mate Keith said that if you want a band saw you have to be prepared to lose fingers? Is it true? Would it mean that you can't type H - there you see - proves I haven't got a band saw.

Scott Edwards 215/08/2015 23:36:00
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This is the closest I could get to a raspberry ripple Cranberry. I now need to bleach my eyes.


Braddock, VC16/08/2015 00:17:21
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A thumbnail of the WB-57 Brochure

Braddock, VC16/08/2015 00:20:24
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Oops, missed message. Three of these aircraft still operational with NASA, including one that spent 41 years in the arizona desert storage facility.

Always fancied a model of one but lacked the skills to pull the stunt.

Devcon116/08/2015 00:32:46
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Excellent work..... Watching with interest.

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