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Martian12/09/2017 18:33:31
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Coming along nicely Geoff

Martin McIntosh12/09/2017 19:53:05
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Mine is just fixed and retractable,

Martin

Allan Bennett12/09/2017 20:06:28
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My build is at about the same stage as yours Geoff, and I'll be glassing and airbrushing.

My rear wheel is retractable, but I doubt if I'll make it steerable. But, being electric, it's quite easy to programme motor differential if you want to help ground handling when returning from a flight. I've done it on my Multiplex Twinstar (which I've added tail-dragger undercarriage to) with motor throttles mixed with rudder, with a switch to disable it so that I don't inadvertently use it during flight.

Martian12/09/2017 21:18:28
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Posted by Geoff Gardiner on 12/09/2017 18:30:07:

Thanks chaps.

Rog - I am going to go for a glass fibre/epoxy resin finish and spray paint

Martin and Martian - if you read this, can I ask if you used a steerable tail wheel in your models?

I ask because the one if have, the steering arm protrudes outside of the fuselage side which will mean cutting away some of the balsa. From your pictures you don't appear to have had that problem.

Geoff...

Non steering and retractable ,with the retract unit I used the steering link was just an irritation so I abandoned it I can make it castoring if necessary . The real mossie had a castoring tailwheel .

Geoff Gardiner15/10/2017 20:48:34
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After much pondering I have decided to go with a steerable tail wheel.

Here is a quick test to see if it works, before tidying things up.

More later...
Geoff Gardiner17/10/2017 20:28:20
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I have been thinking about how to fit the canons into the nose, so.......

Cranked up the trusty 3D printer and came up with this.

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More later...

Martian17/10/2017 21:06:46
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they look fantastic Geoff

Geoff Gardiner22/10/2017 20:02:40
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Got a little bit more done today:

A slight adaption to the canon mountings

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Also made, fitted and fettled the rear cone.

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Broken Prop22/10/2017 20:36:15
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Mouthwatering....

Martian23/10/2017 11:25:08
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coming along nicely Geoff I like the cannons very impressive

Geoff Gardiner23/10/2017 21:34:59
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Here's a couple of designs for the 'recessed' canons:

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I will see which one is the easiest to fit.

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Mike Beard 131/10/2017 18:32:03
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Been following along and picked up some great tips! Here is mine so far, under cote done and waiting for paint job.

Mike Beard 131/10/2017 18:32:36
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Geoff Gardiner03/11/2017 23:44:47
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Hi Mike.

That looks fantastic - I hope mine turns out that good.

What did you cover her with?

Looking forward to seeing the finished article.

Geoff...

Mike Beard 106/11/2017 14:15:40
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Geoff.

Normal prep for balsa with filler. Then fiberglass with Eze-Kote. So much easier than epoxy and just as good (in my opinion). Then my trick, after a good sanding, is to fill all the normal fiberglass "micro holes" with Perfect Plastic Putty mixed 50/50 with water. This followed by a sanding creates almost glass. Then on to Klass Kote epoxy paint (So far just undercoat). Super hard and strong finish..

Mike

Geoff Gardiner19/11/2017 22:02:08
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A few more bits done:

Using a laser that I got from ebay, I fitted the vertical stab.

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Cut the holes for the recessed canons.

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Started on the cockpit/battery area.

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Martian20/11/2017 11:15:22
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Great stuff soon be painting it Geoff

Martin McIntosh20/11/2017 15:32:03
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Exactly what size of batteries are those Geoff?

Geoff Gardiner20/11/2017 18:29:53
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These (4S).

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Mike Beard 128/11/2017 16:01:29
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Jeoff,

What engines will you be using with 4S Batteries?

Mike

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