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Martian02/03/2018 10:34:39
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Posted by Robert Hay 4 on 01/03/2018 21:58:31:

Thanks Martian, I will put mine together and post a pic of where I am at soon but believe me; yours is better than mine 😀.

Cheers for info re the printed exhaust stacks - they have been bamboozling me a bit for some reason and I still may just play it safe and stick the ‘stock’ ones on the side but let’s see what the morning brings...

Like what you have done with the cockpit too, Mick Reeves was kind enough to make me a special 1/8 version of his spitfire dash but I am having merry hell getting it to fit.

Rob the stock ones would still look better glued inside to give a slight impression of depth. Rd the cockpit dash cut a piece of paper over size and ease it to the cash former in the cockpit then gently press into all corners and edges cut to shape of the creases now you have a template. If it is you just cannot position in place because of cockpit side just carefully cut a slot to slide in panel then remake side

David P Williams02/03/2018 12:12:19
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I've just gone back to my Spitfire build after a lengthy break doing other stuff, and am at about the same stage as you Martian. Mine's covered with glass cloth and Poly-C, another coat and rub back and it will be ready for primer when the weather improves enough for spraying.



I also have the printed exhausts, and I also managed to bag a glass fibre cowling from Richard. I also scratched my head a lot about how best to fix them, and after studying lots of photos of the full size, I cut the slots then built boxes behind them out of styrene sheet that the exhausts will slot into. Bit more fetting to do, and working out the painting sequence, but I think they'll look OK.




Had to cut clearance slots in the firewall, see the first picture, but it all fits OK.

Martian02/03/2018 12:33:04
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Very nice David ,I noticed the relief slots on firewall and that glass fibre coal looks the business , I covered my missus in glass and poly but wanted to try the brown paper route and it does cover very well

David P Williams02/03/2018 12:44:27
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Thanks Martian. Your missus sounds much more tolerant than minewink

Edited By David P Williams on 02/03/2018 12:44:44

Martian02/03/2018 13:01:15
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oops predictive text that was supposed to say Mossie ,never the less she is very tolerant otherwise she would not put up with me

Robert Hay 402/03/2018 17:27:30
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Thanks Martian and David for the tips, I butchered the instrument panel in earlier, it was clearly oversized for the aircraft so it doesn’t look great now I have cut it down but hopefully will do when the cockpit is painted etc...

Exhaust stacks next!

BTW, David, your build also looks awesome.

Dickw02/03/2018 17:56:54
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My build has slowed to a crawl because I have too much going on, including the recent arrival of a new competition electric glider that I need to get ready quickly.

However progress is being made and I very pleased with the printed exhaust stacks from Richard - pic attached plus pic of the one I am modelling. I hadn't realised how old my sanding sealer was hence the colour of the air scoop blush.

I have managed to source a reasonable attempt at the rear cockpit canopy thanks to help from Votex Vacforms.


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Edited By Dickw on 02/03/2018 17:58:19

Martian02/03/2018 19:58:10
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looks good Dick you took on a hard one with a double cockpit. just an observation but if you are doing the late MKIX then the air scoop starts from approx the cg position on the wing

Dickw02/03/2018 20:29:06
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Yes I am aware, but I could have missed it so thanks for the tip anyway yes.

I have had to split the scoop, with part on the wing and part on the cowl, so I could get the wing off without removing the cowl or making the scoop a separate removeable item. I have tried to make the split point so it is normally hidden by the wing, but obviously it shows up from underneath - a compromise in the effort to get a practical flying model that looks reasonably good.


Martian02/03/2018 20:33:15
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Ah I see that's what I'm proposing to do , the radiator scoop on my Mustang is the same only obviously it's at the trailing edge, And thanks to all for sharing your progress It's nice to know I'm not on my own

Martian02/03/2018 20:41:18
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detail on the rudder and elevator, slow and time consuming

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inside the cowl and outside with exhaust stacks

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David P Williams02/03/2018 20:48:14
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Looking good Martian. I spent what felt like hundreds of hours of my life doing lots of scale detailing on my last build (Chipmunk), so this one is going to be Stand (way) Off scale. I just want to get it finished and flying and get on with the next project.

Martian02/03/2018 21:12:47
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At the moment I'm ok until October when the Fury build starts

Martian16/03/2018 16:47:59
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Hi modellers

still working away but nearly at the paint stage ,it's covered in brown paper awaiting dope then paint, UC has to be fiddled with to get a good alignment Ailerons to be hinged plus servos , I guess about a month got fed up with detailing but will crack on with a bit more. I wasnt keen on the radiators supplied so made some out of balsa and the carb inlet out of blue foam.

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Martian17/03/2018 19:44:20
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I forgot to mention as it stands with battery and no ae servos and paint its less than four pounds that's using helium impregnated balsa devil

McG 696917/03/2018 20:29:05
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Still following, Martian.

I think I will try some brown paper covering on my Vicomte as well. I wrote "try", didn't I? indecision

By the way, where do you buy that 'helium impregnated balsa' wood? question surprise



Martian17/03/2018 20:39:32
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I,m not authorised to tell you it,s classified only weird people are allowed to know, I would never have believed brown paper would be so easy to use but messy at times but you can smooth it out with your hands also an old credit or gift card to spread the paper flat , it takes cope so well and sands beautifully, can you tell i,m now a fan

Martian28/03/2018 21:38:18
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I,m still working away on Jonny he,s all primer /filled sanded carb inlet made and fitted , ailerons fitted ,cannon blisters fitted ready to spray in next few days then post some pics .

Dickw28/03/2018 22:53:04
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Hi Martian

Looking forward to seeing your pics.

Life seems to be conspiring to slow me down, but I have managed to make some progress recently - pic attached.


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Martian29/03/2018 19:33:58
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That spit is looking good and neat Dick. The last states seem to take forever.

Edited By Martian on 29/03/2018 19:34:44

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