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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










A couple parts made. 



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.


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?


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.


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.


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.

Edited By Mark Kettle 1 on 06/09/2016 04:50:02

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.



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.


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


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


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. 

Edited By Mark Kettle 1 on 09/09/2016 12:56:49

Edited By Mark Kettle 1 on 09/09/2016 13:02:13

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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