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The Andy Conway Tornado at 150% plan

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Flyer01/12/2018 16:07:52
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Looking good Dave. Apologies for delay in canopy, although things are back on track now. On reflection, it's a large area, so have gone down the mdf plug route. Here's a taster.....

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Certainly a large brute! Hope to be pulling the plug next weekend, so should be with you shortly after. Just got to glass the surface to ensure that it is smooth for forming.

Cheers

Ade

Stephen Belshaw01/12/2018 16:28:25
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I built the original one more years ago than I care to remember and spent many a happy hour on the slope with it, covered it in Solartex and painted it grey I seem to recall. Great model and a superb flyer, I'm sure your enlarged version will be even better.

Flyer19/02/2019 21:17:14
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img_0526.jpgThe canopy is huge !!!

Few more coats of primer and a few more hours going down the grit and it will be pullable.

Frame to add and the plug is ready.

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onetenor19/02/2019 21:49:08
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Talking of Tornados they are to fly over N Wales for last time this week

Flyer04/04/2019 21:56:25
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The plug was huge, so a local manufacturer has just installed a large vac former ( 40 inches by 44 inches). Am quite please with the results

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Flyer04/04/2019 21:57:28
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David Gilder04/04/2019 22:51:55
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They look great Ade.

Cant wait to sit one on top of the model soon.

I will update the blog soon as things have moved on quite a bit since the last update.

Andy Meade05/04/2019 13:52:14
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Looks like some lovely work there Ade, well done!

Get that Mig painted though you slacker laugh

Flyer05/04/2019 13:58:04
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Posted by Andy Meade on 05/04/2019 13:52:14:

Looks like some lovely work there Ade, well done!

Get that Mig painted though you slacker laugh

Cheers Andy, just packing up the car with a repaired A4 and tatty P80 (old rough hack model) As far as the Mig is concerned, paints have arrived, and am awaiting suitable weather to finish it. The pilot figure under the canopy is destined for the Mig . See you on teh slope in the morning.

Ade

Andy Meade05/04/2019 13:59:26
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I'm afraid I'm not going chap, decided to go flying a bit more local instead. Have a good weekend yes

Harry Twist05/04/2019 17:40:47
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Nice work on the canopies Ade, why three? One spare I assume! Hope to see you at the weekend.

David Gilder17/03/2020 21:57:46
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How can it be almost a year since my last update?

Well to be honest, quite easily!

I lost my build mojo last year and then before I knew it it was time for our 2019 Isle of White Caravan Holiday followed by Christmas and another holiday to Turkey in January this year... SO time has literally flown past!

Anyway, I have been back at the Tornado in fits and starts and it has moved along considerably.

My original plan was to not glass the model..... Yeah yeah... That's changed and it is going to be glassed! This decision was pushed along with the demise of the Solar company meaning Film and Text became rarer and more expensive.. So glass and spraying it will be!

Pilots and seats were printed and purchased form fellow PSS member Andy Meade. (I now have my own 3D Printer, courtesy of SWMBO)

You will be able to see how things have progressed in the series of pictures below with the last two being taken just an hour ago!

I promise to try and update again soon!

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As always, your comments and observations are always welcome.

Dave

Flyer17/03/2020 22:02:12
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Great progress Dave, looks brilliant. Tail fin is the size of most PSS wings !!

regards

Ade

Peter Garsden18/03/2020 09:28:47
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Great progress Dave, well done. Nice detail in cockpit.

What scheme are you following?

Good luck with the glassing.

Having one of the smaller ones, I can see that you have gone for a formed top to the wing rather than solid block as per mine which is a great idea as it will save weight.

Are you doing the Andy Blackburn original plan enlarged area wing or the cut down more scale wing which Phil did? I would favour the former as it will perform better in light winds.

So we will see it at the Orme in April? yeswink

alan p18/03/2020 09:51:22
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That looks good, gives that its flying standing still feeling.thumbs up

Nice to see some one's workshop looks normal (used not pristine)

David Gilder18/03/2020 22:34:30
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Posted by alan p on 18/03/2020 09:51:22:

That looks good, gives that its flying standing still feeling.thumbs up

Nice to see some one's workshop looks normal (used not pristine)

Thanks Alan. Yep. It does look quite fast even sat still.. Something about jet fighter lines!

The workshop is only a mess as I have other stuff in there over winter. its not normally that bad!

David Gilder18/03/2020 22:43:27
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Posted by Peter Garsden on 18/03/2020 09:28:47:

Great progress Dave, well done. Nice detail in cockpit.

What scheme are you following?

Good luck with the glassing.

Having one of the smaller ones, I can see that you have gone for a formed top to the wing rather than solid block as per mine which is a great idea as it will save weight.

Are you doing the Andy Blackburn original plan enlarged area wing or the cut down more scale wing which Phil did? I would favour the former as it will perform better in light winds.

So we will see it at the Orme in April? yeswink

Thanks Peter.

Not decided on a scheme yet... Will need to look soon though. The 3d printed cockpit parts I designed and printed myself. something else I have been slowly learning to do!

I have glassed he fin and elevators so far and hey have turned out okay so fingers crossed it continues on the res of the model.. I'm new to this glassing lark!

Originally the spine was a block one but that slipped whilst the glue was drying so had to be removed. I then decided to do the frame version and as you say, it saves a few grams.

The wing... apart from the version change from the plan F variety to the GR version, I have decided to keep everything as per the plan. I hear the scale wing needed a bit more of a blow being smaller so the plan wing is being used. These were made to a fantastic standard by the chaps at Cloud Models at a very reasonable price.

Unfortunately I wont be at the April meet now. Due to the madness that is Covid19 and my line of work, we are under instruction to minimise risk to ourselves so non essential trips away are culled for now!

Obviously I will be assessing each meet in turn on how things are moving along.

David Gilder18/03/2020 22:45:37
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Posted by Flyer on 17/03/2020 22:02:12:

Great progress Dave, looks brilliant. Tail fin is the size of most PSS wings !!

regards

Ade

Cheers Ade. Yeah, the fin is a fair size... id say its a smidge smaller than one side of an A4 wing.

Similar to the B52 size ones from the Simon Cocker plan.

Mark Stevens 119/03/2020 04:46:27
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Often wondered what happened with this one but glad to see you are back at it and it's looking great so far. I'm looking forwards to seeing the finished product, I'm pretty sure it's going to be a stunner.

Mark

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