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Eric Shepherd10/09/2018 09:01:51
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Started the build, new pictures in my album, see

https://www.modelflying.co.uk/albums/member_album.asp?a=48991

Edited By Eric Shepherd on 10/09/2018 09:08:05

Eric Shepherd10/09/2018 18:11:54
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More build pics, first cock up!!!.

**LINK**

John Tee10/09/2018 21:52:04
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Hi Eric. I'm confused your link in the second post takes me to my own photo album.

John

Eric Shepherd10/09/2018 22:09:09
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Hi John

Are you talking about the Youtube link? If it is it's Googles way of protecting their system. It happens on a number of sites. If you are looking for my Youtube channel search for stearman65 on Youtube exactly as it's written. If it's the link in my last post on the stinson build, not sure, not sure. To see the latest pics look at my album.

Regs Eric,

John Tee10/09/2018 22:12:25
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The first web address works and goes to your album for the Stearman, the one marked "link" in your second post goes to my photo album. Not computer literate enough to sort that one out. Weird

John

Eric Shepherd11/09/2018 06:54:29
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Hi Again John

Did you find what you are looking for? On the two previous posts, the links are to my album on here.

The first one is a URL (web address), the second one was used when I found how to post a link on here using the link icon on the toolbar above. The thread on the Stinson build is on RC Universe & goes into more verbal detail it should appear here-

http://www.rcuniverse.com/forum/e-flight-power-sources-126/11653331-electriflying-top-flite-stinson-reliant.html

**LINK**

Don't understand about the Stearman album, didn't know I had one? It was 2007 when I sold it.

John Tee11/09/2018 08:04:09
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Hi Eric. Yes I found your photos . Don't know why I typed Stearman. Haven't had a good look yet - got as far as the deliberate mistake. Will have a look later.

John

Edited By John Tee on 11/09/2018 08:04:32

Eric Shepherd11/09/2018 18:10:29
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Build started, pictures on my album, today's work- Woke early, so took advantage & checked progress. As the adhesives hadn't arrived I had to jump to the next stage, the elevators, so after joining the cores, the adhesives arrived, so I was able to proceed with the tailplane. I used a combo of cyno & aliphatic glue to glue the ribs, tailplane leading edge brace, angled ribs, leading edges & the cross bracing. I also laminated the two set of 3 parts of the tip leading edge. I must be getting old but this is the most complicated rear end I can remember, so many pieces & to ensure the tip is square, in my opinion I will have to remove the structure & eyeball the tip construction.

eflightray11/09/2018 19:11:53
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If it helps, there is this thread on RCGroups --- Top Flite Stinson Reliant Giant Scale on Electric

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Eric Shepherd12/09/2018 08:18:52
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Thanks Eflightray, had a quick look, it goes back quite a while. Will have a troll through it later. Thanks very much, didn't know the site existed.

Eric Shepherd12/09/2018 16:42:55
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Started lated today, combination of visit to the docs & receiving our online food shop. Things did not go well, I received an email from UPS to say the UK shipper had tried to deliver the TF cockpit kit I ordered ages ago. They said they had called at 8.30am, which they hadn't, Checked the UK shippers web site "Parcelforce" their tracking said the kit was in the local depot awaiting payment of custom dues & vat. I rang them & they said I could pay online, cost £27 on a 54 dollar order, I nearly fell on the floor. It was no use complaining, I will try later with HMRC (Her Majesties Revenue & Customs) No wonder Prince Charles can afford the new electric Jag' to add to his 100 car collection:mad:.
After lunch I set to with the build, I had received some spring clamps & ratchet clamps, so had nothing to hold me back, other than the fumes from the cyno, which I haven't got used to yet. I managed to build the tailplane tips with the TP still fixed to the board. Next the topside cap strips & the hinge blocks, then called it a draw & edited the pics.

Pictures in my album sr45 to sr50

Eric Shepherd13/09/2018 19:37:05
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Managed to get a couple of hours building this morning before a house party for the leaving manager. First I sheeted the top centre section of the tailplane. Then removed the pins holding it to the building board. The manual says ❏ 17. Use a hobby knife to carefully trim the jig tabs from the bottom of the stab ribs. Simple statement, took me 21/2 hours. The ribs are quite hard & you have to be careful not to split off too much balsa. During this time, the bell rang, it was the courier with the cockpit kit. Had a quick look then dressed for the party.
Back home, I unpacked the cockpit kit, what a cheap nasty effort TF have made of it. The ABS mouldings are so thin, I've seen better quality mouldings in throw away food packaging. One of them was split, not surprising as they are packed in a polythene bag, inside a cardboard shipping carton.
That's my lot for today, hopefully things will look better in the morning?
pictures in my album 50 to 57

Eric Shepherd14/09/2018 17:52:10
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After a short day yesterday I wanted to finish the tailplane, nothing more boring than fitting cap strips, especially on a tapered flying surface. Finished the underside of the tailplane & sheeted the centre section before lunch, then realised the ply support strut anchors had to be fitted. After lunch rifled through the ply parts, eventually found them. Then began an hours hunt for the blind nuts & bolts. Emptied the bag of accessories on the building board & located one of them & the bolt, an hour later I had found the second bolt but not the blind nut. So I replaced each item one by one in the bag, I was about to drop the last quick link in the bag when I spied something trapped in the fork, the missing blind nut****. By this time it was almost 3pm & I had promised a neighbour I would take pictures of her furniture for an add on Gumtree & Preloved. So that ended my building for the day, still have to watch today's practice for the Singapore GP which I recorded.
Pictures in my album.

Eric Shepherd15/09/2018 16:27:45
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Just squeezed a couple of hours building between practice & qualifying for the Singapore F1 GP. Fitted the tailplane support strut fixings, laminated the elevator leading edges & marked the center & alignment lines.

Pictures in my album.

Lewis on pole.

Eric Shepherd16/09/2018 17:59:29
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Managed an hours build after Lewis's magnificent win in the Singapore GP.

Pictures in my album.

Eric Shepherd18/09/2018 13:29:51
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Didn't get a chance for any building yesterday & don't really feel up to it today. However, I sat at the building board with the intention of cleaning the decks & a general tidy. But, the tailplane & elevators were sat awaiting finishing so I progressed a bit further by clamping the elevators to the tailplane & glueing the tip ribs into place & a little shaping. Then I re-read the next stage in the manual & cursed the designer for the protracted method of construction. The next stage involves constructing 24 elevator ribs of different sizes, then adding cap strips to them. No wonder people are moving to ARTF's or RTF's, you really have to be dedicated to build this so called kit. Rant over, a couple of pictures follow, might leave the elevator ribs until tomorrow..

Pics in my album.

Eric Shepherd18/09/2018 16:36:09
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Went for a haircut, then set to making elevator ribs & fitting them. Not as bad as I predicted, took 1 hour for 1 elevator, still has to be cap stripped.

Eric Shepherd19/09/2018 18:46:23
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Completed the elevator riba & cap strips.

Pics in my album.

Eric Shepherd20/09/2018 16:11:58
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Got 4 hours build in today, added the trailing edges to the elevators, sanded on elevator to near finish, added tip braces to one elevator.

Pics in my album.

Rich too22/09/2018 07:29:45
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Nice build Eric, why not post photos in the thread? And how’s the plasterboard? wink

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