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Paul Johnson 408/02/2018 06:36:17
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Not a good picture but my cowl is about 38mm


David Poulter08/02/2018 22:44:11
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Hi Paul.

My cowl is slightly wider at 44mm, thats a tight fit to former, i had to chamfer former to make it fit ring.

Fuss, fuss ring and spinner ring all line up.

i would need to take 10mm off of cowling, then it would be a poor fit at front.

should have checked before i fitted adj mount.

10mm off the front of mount and all would be fine.

Still got some spacers,just slipped it back a couple of notches.

Richards plan did say dont glue, think he was right.

Still i am enjoying this build, if i did it right, i would be Bored.


Paul Johnson 409/02/2018 06:42:38
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Dave just had a thought... I hope you haven't fallen for the same thing I did! Check the way you have...are fitting the cowl. The steepest angle is on the top! 'Inverted engine' I had to lower my motor to align it all. Check back in the posts for the info.
David Poulter09/02/2018 13:08:26
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HI Phil

No did not make that one, but i would have if you did not point it out.

I think my cowl may be slightly out.

my spinner slightly overlaps the cowl.

Could do with lopping off 10mm at front. ( 1mm all round overhang).

Not going there its ok as it is.

Should have fitted all before glueing, then it was an easy fix.

The mount notches give you false sense of security, they are for rough fit,mount slides in and out.

Easy to get spot on, hands up MY MISTAKE.

Paul Johnson 412/02/2018 06:54:39
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I learnt the hard way with the tail wheel on the Spitfire, made it swivel.... soon glued that in place!

Taxied like a rabid squirrel....

Used nylon cord and resin to fix in place added a few kinks to prevent it twisting.... mind you most of my wire bending has kinks!


David Poulter13/02/2018 16:14:20
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David Poulter13/02/2018 16:17:49
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David Poulter13/02/2018 16:35:36
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Hi Phil.

Wish you had sent tail wheel info earlier.

Spit is Finished with castoring tail wheel (so is 109).

We shall see. (or as i intend to get Richard to do Maidens,I will see from a distance)

Done the Flaps or should i say they nearly did me.

Fitted them, they were perfect for about 3 days,then wood being wood they warped.

So i decided that they would always warp no matter what i did.

Decided to do something different.

Screwed the flap into position ( small bits of ply under to reinforce veneer).

Adjusted gap/hinge line,Then Screwed in Rad using cut in ply as your earlier posting.

Then added hinges, extra hinge to keep all tight.

I will keep lower screws in position when storing to stop Warping.

Got about 45 deg max main flap.

Oh and by the way, your lulu with the cowl, does not register to what i did, not telling on web, will give Richard a laugh when i see him next.

Graham R14/02/2018 16:23:20
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Has anybody else found that the cutouts in the foam panels are a little bit big and so glueing to the plywood crutch is not possible without packing. 498ed02d-4a39-4eaf-8d72-2947f0b65c3d.jpeg


David Poulter14/02/2018 23:33:43
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Hi Graham.

Check Pauls posting on page 5 where he shows inner foam packing to check size of fuzz / wing bolt ply.

I had no probs with foam size,just GORILLA glued frame to foam,slightly sanded wingbolt ply for moveable fit.

Used scrap foam to force ply to foam down fuselage.

When lower foam fuzz is glued together it all aligned.

Then glue wingbolt ply.

I attatched frame to foam all the length of fuzz, Paul did it differently, take your pick.


Paul Johnson 415/02/2018 06:35:52
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Graham also check page 7 posting at 18:26 this is where I discovered the ply wing bolt needs to be left until the rear is on and pushed out first then glue in the wing bolt place..
Graham R15/02/2018 11:40:02
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Hi Paul, I am being a bit thick. I’m not quite sure what you mean by “pushed out first.

If I push the crutch side into the rear foam then the wing plate will not quite be log enough to straddle the two sides.(see 1st picture.

One other question, the gap at the bottom of the rear foam block. Is it filled with balsa or are the two sides clamped together and glued.

Thanks for your and David’s help.

Paul Johnson 415/02/2018 12:03:03
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My wing bolt plate was oversize being a prototype and i cut it to fit the piece of foam that came out of the fuz rear, full length triangular scrap section. Not allowing for the distance the cut wire melted therefore i had to cut the plate and rejoin it after pushing the crutch sides out to fit the fuz. It's no biggee if you do the same or better still make another to fit the crutch when it is pushed out to meet the fuz foam.

Graham R15/02/2018 18:22:32
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Cockpit.jpegfront.jpegSuggestions needed. Having problems with the ply crutch not lining up with the wing cutouts on the foam cheeks. Everything else seems to line up ok. Pictures show the problem. Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.


Paul Johnson 415/02/2018 18:33:02
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Looking at that it looks like they have given you a little more foam deck to play with. My prototype had a little less at the back near the mounting plate that I had to fill to bring it level with the ply crutch. I mentioned this in my feedback to Richard. This is probably the result of that. You can see in the last picture on the lower left the ply lines up with the rear deck. This is where you want it all to be. Follow the ply crutch line. It'll be fine.

Looking good Graham...!

Graham R15/02/2018 20:22:09
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Thanks for the info Paul.

I used the rear foam block as the datum and aligned all the top mouldings to it. I wasn't sure whether it was the ply crutch or the foam pieces which caused the problem. I was surprised how much foam I had to remove from the bottom of the foam moulding to accommodate the ply crutch assembly. I will take the ply crutch as gospel and adjust the foam wing seat.

Paul Johnson 415/02/2018 20:47:03
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Graham check ya pm inbox

Flyer15/02/2018 22:11:39
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Nice postie delivered a motor to me today, along with the servo reverser. No excuse now, will be starting this weekend. Also, found something very much like a half eaten haribo in the bottom of the box..........

Thank the lads

Ade smiley

Graham R15/02/2018 22:40:54
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Half eaten Haribo!!!!! You were lucky. Those boys of Richard are getting careless.

Paul Johnson 417/02/2018 14:16:19
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I found the best way when I have been to visit Richard is creep up to the door, poke a dozen or so Haribo through the letter box first.... safer that way!

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