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K3731 Martians Fury 1

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Martian29/06/2018 20:09:51
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Martian29/06/2018 20:12:40
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This is the Fury I,m going to attempt to emulate it is the worlds only flying Fury based at Duxford

some history

Hawker Fury 1

Some of the handsomest biplanes ever built were British and U.S. end-of-an-era fighters of the 1930s. Gloster Gladiators, Curtiss P-6E Hawks, Bristol Bull­dogs, Boeing P-12/F4Bs, the fat-bellied Grum­man F3F…but the handsomest of all was the shiny, sharp-nosed Hawker Fury, an open-cockpit biplane that pushed the struts-and-fabric limits hard enough to become the RAF’s first airplane able to exceed 200 mph (207 was its top speed) in level flight. Not many were made—a total of 263 Mk. Is and IIs—and only one has survived. Gerald Yagen’s Military Avia­tion Museum, in Virginia Beach, Va., has a Fury replica that last flew in 2003, but the world’s only real Fury biplane proudly took to the air in Britain last July after a painstaking restoration that probably should be called a reconstruction.

The Fury is owned by the Historic Aircraft Collection, which displays most of its airplanes, including the Fury, at the Im­perial War Museum in Cambridgeshire. HAC’s sister company, Retrotec, did the rebuild. Much of the manufacturing of the Furies (and other interwar Hawker biplanes such as the Demon and Hind) was accomplished with archaic devices that no longer exist, so Retrotec had to build not only a biplane but some of the machine tools that originally created it. Much of the metal in the donor Fury’s fuselage, scrapped in South Africa in the early 1940s, had terminally corroded and needed to be remanufactured. Unlike typical steel-tube airplanes, the Fury’s tubes were not welded but mechanically fastened through squared tubing ends and complex joining plates (facilitating maintenance and repair in remote corners of the British empire, where welding torches were rare).

Like the original Furies, Retrotec’s restoration is powered by a rare 700-hp Rolls-Royce Kestrel V12, a progenitor of the Merlin. As a bomber interceptor, the Fury was light and efficient enough that its nearly 2,400-feet-per-minute climb could put it at 20,000 feet just 7½ miles from its takeoff point.

The Fury was truly a transitional airplane. Some of its construction derives from the Sopwith fighters of WWI, yet it was also the direct predecessor of the WWII Hawker Hurricane. The Hurricane had a fuselage that was essentially a Fury’s with an enclosed cockpit, though its wing, retractable gear and Merlin engine were all new. While export Furies served with the Iranian air force until 1949, its last combat mission apparently occurred in April 1941, when a squadron of Yugo­slav Furies intercepted incoming Messerschmitt Me-109s and -110s. Eleven Furies were quickly massacred; the only Fury victory was scored by a pilot who rammed an Me-110.

Tom Sharp 230/06/2018 23:52:17
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Looking back from here, it seems ridiculous that biplanes were still being produced in the 1930's.

Martian01/07/2018 10:54:22
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And still are Tom although not as fighters

Martyn K04/07/2018 16:26:05
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Danny Fenton04/07/2018 16:34:31
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Lovely clean lines

Martian05/07/2018 10:01:28
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Let's see if I can do the same

Martian05/11/2018 20:14:26
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Well I did start on the first of October and have taken pics , there isn't much to add that other Fury builders have already said the only thing I had with the parts cut by Dylan are the fuselage parts were cut in 1/8th balsa not 3/16th so I made new ones. So here are the pics up to date not in any particular order by the way ignore the date stamp on the pics battery went on the camera I couldn't be bothered to set it

The bits


Meanwhile in the corner














McG 696905/11/2018 20:34:52
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Subscribed as well, Martian.

You seem to have done a lot of progress 'in the shadow'. yes



Danny Fenton05/11/2018 20:55:42
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Looking good well done that man



Tony Bennett05/11/2018 21:01:17
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well done sir

coming on a treat.

Tony B

Martian11/11/2018 20:26:18
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Hello there The Fury moves on by doing a bit everyday and while the glues dries I print planes .

anyway here are some pics showing progress



below this weird lump will become the tail skid ,it will be psrung


The I must put it together so far shot


Fin and rudder with wire support in placedscf8052.jpg

Tailplane with wire support in place


Tail skid assembly all done and fitted will fully compress with 400 gms weight


My latest little home hack tool electric toothbrush sander for small areas dscf8056.jpg

Martian14/11/2018 21:58:26
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I think I'm going to fit retracts

Martyn K15/11/2018 21:56:27
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Retracts. 😂.

I like the sander. How do you attach the disks?
Martian16/11/2018 11:06:22
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Posted by Martyn K on 15/11/2018 21:56:27:
Retracts. 😂.

I like the sander. How do you attach the disks?

I used hot glue but you can cut disks out of the large self adhesive disks .

Martian06/12/2018 21:14:10
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Hello chums,

I made the decision to keep working on the fuselage as far as possible then I can get it out the way to crack on with the wings so progress up to date. I,m using the miss fitting cowl and spinner but I have built up the cowl to blend into the spinner using bumper filler and plastic model filler still needs a bit of work and it has been sprayed with rustoleum chrome , I am inclined to permanently fix the cowl in place

bye for now










Colin Leighfield06/12/2018 21:25:53
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It looks brilliant.

Martyn K06/12/2018 21:36:31
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I agree Martian. That looks lovely

Martian06/12/2018 21:49:17
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Thank you both i really appreciate those comments

McG 696907/12/2018 07:54:21
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Great progress, Martian.

Well done.yes

By the way, The LotH insisted on leaving our toothbrushes where they are and in the 'unmodified & standard' configuration... angel



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