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Stephen Bowdler12/03/2018 18:36:29
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Stephen Bowdler12/03/2018 18:46:21
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Started my build of the Hurricane this evening. I've decided to model Hurricane JXE "Night Reaper" as this is a little different with a totally black underside and a couple of interesting "things" under the wings. I assume they are fuel tanks but I could well be wrong. May be someone can enlighten me?

As I will be away for June through to August I will have to finish Night Reaper by the end of May if I am going to get to the Orme in September. I'll do my best but it's going to be tight.

I am still waiting for the remaining sheet and strip materials to arrive so I started on the battery box assembly and the radiator to get going. Photos when they are finished - may be tomorrow.

Stephen Bowdler12/03/2018 18:48:34
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............... more details of Night Reaper ...........

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Steve J12/03/2018 19:00:30
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This scheme is discussed at length over on Britmodeller. The Sky band is questionable.

**LINK**

Steve, trainee rivet counter

Phil Cooke12/03/2018 21:42:02
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Nice one Stephen, we will be watching! smile d

Stephen Bowdler13/03/2018 20:59:17
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Thanks for the link Steve. I hadn't realised that the colour scheme of one aircraft could cause so much debate!

I'll continue with this colour scheme, even if it may not be totally correct.

Alan Gorham_13/03/2018 21:50:30
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Good to see another 1 Squadron Hurricane Stephen! We'll have to arrange a squadron patrol over the Orme in September.

Karel Kuttelwascher became famous for flying over German nightfighter stations and picking off the enemy fighters when they were vulnerable when taking off or landing.

The colour profile you show does have long-range fuel tanks under the wings.

Andy Meade14/03/2018 09:56:39
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What a nice scheme yes Looking forward to this one!

Steve J14/03/2018 10:02:42
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Posted by Stephen Bowdler on 13/03/2018 20:59:17:

I hadn't realised that the colour scheme of one aircraft could cause so much debate!

IMO it's always worth checking the plastic kit sites if your are doing anything scale.

I like the Medium Sea Gray/Dark Green/Night intruder schemes. Much better in typical UK conditions than MSG or Sky undersides. I will probably spray my ParkZone Mosquito in such a scheme this year.

Steve

Stephen Bowdler17/03/2018 17:51:34
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Fuselage basic assembly is now done. It went together nicely with no issues. I just had to ease F3 and F7 slightly to get a good fit over the ply wing doubler.

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You may notice the position markings for the formers on the outside of the fuselage. I made the stupid mistake of marking up two right hand sides .... Deeeer! Fortunately I spotted my mistake before adding te centre stringer and wing seat.

Now F8 and F9 are in position and the adhesive is curing - on edges below the central stinger only at this point.....

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Next it's time to start torturing some balsa.

Phil Cooke17/03/2018 18:59:14
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Nice one Stephen - glad that's gone together so easily. Do please double check the height of the formers you've yet to let in from the top - as if your fuselage doubler is set as per sheet 2 - as I'm sure it will be - you will find you need to add 2.5mm of material to the doubler recess on these top mounted formers to maintain them at the required height.

It applies to F4, F5 and F6. This would be consistent with the issue identified last night as written up in the woodpack thread.

Chris Barlow17/03/2018 21:09:17
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Won't be the last time somebody makes the same two sides to a fuselage! Nice to hear you spotted it before glueing up.yes

Stephen Bowdler18/03/2018 17:47:38
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Thanks Phil.

I fitted formers 4, 5 and 6 this afternoon and you are correct, all three sat a few mms low in the fuselage. I found that the easiest way to correct this was to add a 10mm length of 2.5mm balsa on top of the doubler and glued to the side wall. F4 needed slight surgery to the doubler recess to allow it to fit. Now all three are correct as per the plan.

Stephen Bowdler26/03/2018 20:03:00
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I finished to lower rear fuselage today - except for final sanding to shape. Triangular sections added and trimmed to profile, lower surface sheeted with cross grain balsa, and then rough sanded to shape ....

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Every time I have been waiting for adhesive to set I have been working on the radiator housing and that is now ready for covering with glass / epoxy. I used styrofoam instead of balsa for the infill as I have loads of off cuts lying around .....

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I just wish I could work out why all my photos taken in the workshop are sown inverted on this thread. Anyone got any suggestions?

Chris Barlow31/03/2018 12:58:06
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Looks good Stephen, still following! (balanced on my head) laugh

r.e the photos. Are you left handed and using the shutter button on your phone on the left side of the screen? Try flipping the phone 180 deg so the button is on the right, camera lens on the left. If that makes any sense?

Peter Garsden03/04/2018 08:34:33
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Will be watching this one - is the radiator going to be a fibreglass moulding or just full of foam? I assume the latter, but as a bit of a fibreglass buff, it may not be a bad idea to make it all our of fibreglass and use the lost foam method?

Stephen Bowdler03/04/2018 11:08:56
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Hi Chris, I'm right handed but may well be using the phone as you suggest - perhaps I am just caggy handed! I think I'll revert to the good, old fashioned camera for the rest of the build.

Stephen Bowdler03/04/2018 11:14:33
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Hi Peter, I'm not planning on dissolving the foam, I'm going to cover the entire model in 25g glass and epoxy but I suspect that the radiator will get a hard time on landing (?) so I will give this part an extra layer or two of glass. I'm also thinking of mounting the radiator with magnets so that is 'breakawayable' . Same for the oil cooler moulding.

Andy Meade03/04/2018 11:18:32
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That's certainly how the prototype worked, and worked well too yes

The face with the magnets had a large patch of fluorescent orange trim on it, so that it could be seen in the undergrowth.

Stephen Bowdler20/04/2018 20:59:14
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Been struggling to find any spare time in the last couple of weeks but finally got into the workshop today.

Finished the fuselage internals with the servo trays (rudder and elevator) 1/4" higher than on the plan to make sure the snakes align with the servo arms.

Fitted the internal structure around F4, F5 and F6

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Then out with the ammonia!

I started with the lower area in front of F3. The balsa grade seems to vary a lot between each side. The left hand side softened really quickly and curved easily while the other side took two doses of ammonia and about 30 minutes before it could be safely bent over. I glued it all together with CA and then added the lower sheeting to strengthen the whole area.

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Tomorrow i'll have a go at the rear fuselage. Should be interesting!

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