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Mark's Rutland A4 Skyhawk

by Mark Kettle

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Mark Kettle 102/09/2016 23:14:58
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Well the radio gear is in, even done a ribbon for the battery / tube

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A couple parts made. 

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Edited By Mark Kettle 1 on 02/09/2016 23:19:36

Mark Kettle 103/09/2016 09:40:24
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Big thanks to Andy Meade for the A4 pilot who's just arrived via the letter box.

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John A H03/09/2016 21:02:33
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The cardboard chap is a very good likeness of you cheeky

How are you going to get the paint on and finished in time for next weekend - are we about to see a secret Kettle invention for drying paint quickly made from cardboard, sticky back plastic and connected to a car heating system !

Mark Kettle 103/09/2016 21:27:34
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Mr Hay, hello John. Times a little short now this weekend with many trips to Heathrow to do. I'm film covering. I was going to do a flair and didn't have time, here's my pattern. See you next week John, will your model be done?

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Mark Kettle 104/09/2016 10:51:34
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I 've got a couple of hours this morning, I tidy up some imperfections.

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Mark Kettle 106/09/2016 04:38:44
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Look at the time  - | -  I've got up to work on my model.

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All sanded and filled. Coated with pva to a egg shell finish, I'll lightly rough finish top surface with a foam sanding pad dust off with the vacuum and ready for film covering.

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Edited By Mark Kettle 1 on 06/09/2016 04:50:58

Phil Cooke06/09/2016 06:48:23
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10/10 for commitment Mark - great job!

Mark Kettle 106/09/2016 07:20:19
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Cheers Phil.

Andy Meade06/09/2016 08:57:11
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Fantastic rapid work Mark, well done yes

Mark Kettle 107/09/2016 02:40:38
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Thanks Andy, work is getting in the way now, however I'm up early to do some more.

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Steve McLaren07/09/2016 21:07:08
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Up early? or is that up late? Either way, I admire your your commitment Mark. Hope you make it in time!

Mark Kettle 107/09/2016 21:46:27
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No up early, had a pick up in Nottingham at 04:00 for Stansted so I did about 1 hour worth.

Mark Kettle 109/09/2016 09:56:06
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Now running out of grey film and time.

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Mark Kettle 109/09/2016 10:53:17
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Well I've patched it.

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Mark Kettle 109/09/2016 12:53:26
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Well I've bolted it together other than the cockpit.

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Radio works just need to tame control deflections, and put he decals on. Weighed it with battery, cockpit stuff and shrouds and hook - 36 oz and balanced with no lead ballast needed, I did bring some of the gear forward a little to help with that. 

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John H. Rood09/09/2016 16:14:53
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Lookin' GOOD .... go man, go! You got this!

Harry Twist09/09/2016 16:51:47
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Rapid progress Mark and she is shaping up to look great !

Mark Kettle 109/09/2016 22:09:29
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Cheers lads, we arrived in the area - we are at Rhuddlan 19:00 just had an evening meal, I'll do a little more to my Skyhawk.
Tim Mackey09/09/2016 23:06:59
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GO Mark !!!

Chris Barlow09/09/2016 23:43:44
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You'll be finishing it slopeside tomorrow then Mark?

Will the glue be dry before the maiden?

Very impressive speed build. yes

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