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daveyboy25/01/2016 14:30:17
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Pictures and text will be uploaded later today. A real builders paradise.

Percy Verance25/01/2016 15:28:14
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Hi Daveyboy

Seen this one a while ago on the Falcon Aviation site, and it looked impressive. I wonder how it compares to the Mick Reeves one?

I'll be watching for sure, as I just love models of light aircraft types.....

daveyboy25/01/2016 17:32:04
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So this is what you get for your money, super laser cut ply and i opted for the additional retract again great piece of engineering.

daveyboy25/01/2016 17:34:28
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So far so good everything fits very well indeed and results in a very strong but light construction, i will add some weights as we go along,

daveyboy25/01/2016 18:33:15
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In reply to the earlier post , i dont know how it compares to the mick reeves version. This uses the latest technology laser cut parts which are a perfect fit, quite a simple build for the main fuselage frame.Spruce stringers are supplied in one piece which will be great when we get to the wings. Power plant will be a 35cc petrol engine which should pull it through some scale aerobatics nicely. Any questions please ask ?.

john stones 125/01/2016 18:41:55
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Not a question Davey, I'm sure folks are as intrigued as myself, description works better with the pictures photo

John

P.S sounds a big un

daveyboy26/01/2016 12:20:12
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Hi John point taken and thanks for the advice, so here is basically what you get for your money. superb laser cut ply which unlike some suppliers does not distort if left out of mask overnight. All parts are supplied in a neat box all have been taken out of their masks, neatly taped together and clearly identified.I don't intend to be critical of the kit in any shape or form, that is for yourselves to judge. So first few pictures are of the contents of the kit.001.jpg

daveyboy26/01/2016 12:21:25
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daveyboy26/01/2016 12:21:41
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daveyboy26/01/2016 12:21:55
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daveyboy26/01/2016 12:23:37
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Retracting undercarridge, not cheap but what a great piece of engineering, light and very robust and obviously a lot of thought gone into this, it really was a must have.009.jpg

daveyboy26/01/2016 12:24:27
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GRP Cowl.010.jpg

daveyboy26/01/2016 12:27:15
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Build started so just follow the basic instructions.This kit is aimed at the experienced modeller so instructions are brief with reference to the plan for more info. Here i have assembled the main parts dry , yes they are a perfect fit and i used a small block of MDF just to knock the joints tight with small taps.011.jpg

daveyboy26/01/2016 12:29:39
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All joints now secured with cyano and as recommended a small bead of PVA along the main seams and any access wiped off. Clamps are securing the sruce rails which i have secured with PVA.014.jpg

daveyboy26/01/2016 12:31:59
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Next is the rear half of the fuselage,again assemble as per instructions and hold parts in place with elastic bands,this allows any adjustment if needed when aligning to main front fuselage.016.jpg

John F26/01/2016 12:35:29
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Looking good so far. Nice quality laser cut parts. Looking forward to seeing the build progress.

I see you go to Ikea for your storage solutions too! yes

daveyboy26/01/2016 12:35:54
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So we now join the two halfs together, the plans are not to scale but are good reference points. I marked a large piece of card with the former dimensions along the centre line,this was backed up with aline straight down the centre of the fuselage. I must say the parts are very accurate and very little adjustment needed. My addition was two small light ply supports across the back of the joints.018.jpg

daveyboy26/01/2016 12:47:45
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Last part of the fuselage till moving onto wings, add all the remaining spruce stringers ensuring the fuselage remains true.The weight of the fuselage at this point is 87g. I must point out that this is version two which included mods to the fuselage and the instructions show version one. Not an issue for a modeller with some experience. This has produced a sturdy light weight construction.002.jpg

daveyboy26/01/2016 12:49:10
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Just a note Richard has provided the spruce stringers for the fuz and wings at 6ft lengths so no need to splice.001.jpg

AVC26/01/2016 12:56:23
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Wow, you don't waste the time...

I agree with you that it must be a real paradise for builders. What engine are you planning to use?

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