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by Mark Kettle

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Mark Kettle 106/07/2016 11:54:37
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I've had the balsa wood delivered and I've found some space to build my Skyhawk. Still not decided on a scheme yet, I have a book with lots of schemes in.

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Checked off the balsa to the list.

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and moved it to the shed I'm going to build it in.

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I'm looking forward to this build.

Steve Houghton06/07/2016 12:29:34
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Welcome to the mad dash, Mark. I thought I had started late, so I'm not on my own!

Looking forward to your revealing insights.


Phil Cooke06/07/2016 12:31:25
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Glad you are blogging your fast paced journey Mark, glad too you are looking forward to a balsa build for a change from EPP or card!

Mark Kettle 106/07/2016 12:45:04
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Cheers boys, Helen's son said "are you feeling well, making it out of balsa?"

Mark Kettle 104/08/2016 11:11:00
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Jet Pipe 44mm round with a 6mm lip:

I know it's a bit out of sequence but I've made my jet pipe with brown paper and pva. Save's on finding a 'Elizabeth Earle' bottle. The actual bottle I have found is cheap enough to trim and cut up and you could use the bottom of it, however my method does show another way of making the A4 jet pipe.

Next few photo's will help:

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You can buy a cheap bottle from Wilko's ( Hardware store in UK)

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I made a 3mm thick lite ply ring that fits over the bottle, the outer wood from the hole is 6mm deep and marked off with spaced out graduations. I covered the ply ring with clear tape to stop it being stuck to anything.

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Using the ply ring as a pattern, I marked on the brown paper and cut out 3 circles and cut 6mm down the graduation lines. The 6mm wide x 300mm long brown paper is the glued and wrapped around the edge to make the pipe/tube end stout.

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Coat the brown paper in neat pva and form and mould around the bottom of the bottle with all 3 pieces.

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When dry you can slip it off the bottle.

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Looks about right. What do you think?

 

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Mark Kettle 104/08/2016 18:11:11
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Dry and just popped it off 6 hours later.

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Phil Cooke04/08/2016 19:08:22
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Wow you must feel you've got time on your hands Mark!! Clever stuff!

Mark Kettle 104/08/2016 20:07:42
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Well Phil -DIY- finished fixing the front door and got the shower installed and with only doing 20 hours a week at work there's a little more time ( not many business people going too Heathrow in the holidays) so before I went to Soho London today I made it, it was dry when I got back.

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Mark Kettle 124/08/2016 09:59:23
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Jet Pipe Shroud. Found a glass seems correct dimensions - put some 3/8" balsa on it for fitting around the fin and moulded with pva and paper.

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Andy Meade24/08/2016 10:10:19
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That's a whole page on the tailpipe! Let's see some airframe Mr Kettle yes

Mark Kettle 127/08/2016 17:19:04
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Airframe? Well it didn't work the paper struck to the glass indecision, I've got to do it again. This time I put some grease proof paper in between paper / pva and glass applied with glue stick.

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Mark Kettle 131/08/2016 11:07:21
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It's worked, it came off the mould.

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Mark Kettle 131/08/2016 11:26:47
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I've chosen the scheme for my Skyhawk. Its going to be the VMA-224 << Bengals >>. A Marine Attack Squadron, in 1956 the squadron started conversion to the A4D-1, after this training they transferred to Iwakuni Japan in October 1957 to support ground forces in the area of the Philippines. At the end of 1958 VMA-224 settled at MCAS Cherry Point. August 1960 came a tour of duty in the Mediterranean on board USS Saratoga and took part in exercises led by the Vlth Fleet

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The main reason for choosing this scheme is the WK on the fin. My mum's initials. W = Winifred.

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After many tour and manoeuvres around the world they returned to Cherry Point North Carolina in November 1966 and renamed Marine All-Weather Attack Squadron however re-equipped with Grumman A-6 Intruders. 

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Andy Meade31/08/2016 11:33:27
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Nice scheme Mark yes Will she be done in time for the 11th?

Mark Kettle 131/08/2016 12:06:48
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Not sure, but I've got this afternoon off and I'm going to make a start. I fell like Mr O'Reilly on 'Faulty Towers'

"This one hear (fuselage) 1 1/2 hours, look look this one is easy (wing) lick of paint - lick of paint 1 hour, lick paint, What time is it now? Ten past twelve, so that's 4 1/2 hours plenty of time"

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Mark Kettle 131/08/2016 12:09:58
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Just got on to Tim at Model Markings and he as asked for the fin and nose outline with measurements at the side.

Mark Kettle 131/08/2016 12:12:34
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**LINK**

Mark Kettle 131/08/2016 18:41:59
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Started on the wing done the wing skins, torque rods and wing build.

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Mark Kettle 101/09/2016 00:13:03
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Propped up the trailing edge with a wedge of balsa and put the top balsa skin on, and made a mount for the small Hitec MG65's I'm using on the ailerons.

 

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Cutting off the oversized balsa trailing edge to spec.

 

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Mark Kettle 101/09/2016 00:40:12
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Had the fan heater on the pair of wing halfs on two building boards to speed up the drying process.

Cut the dihedral slot and the ailerons out after marking up. It's been a busy day.

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The wash-out is trapped withing the balsa sheeting saves on sanding a separate trailing edge stock, it's saved a bit of time.

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