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Dwain Dibley.30/10/2018 23:05:58
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My part kit from Sarik arrived today. YAY. laugh

I thought I would have a change from Warbirds, and get a civilian vibe going.


I got a plan, some wooden bits, a fiberglass cowl, and a preformed screen.

The screen should save some cussing in the future. LOL


Also a big sheet of paper with the build article from the other magazine. !!


Edited By Dwain Dibley. on 30/10/2018 23:07:06

Dwain Dibley.30/10/2018 23:13:41
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It was designed for a .30. I will be going Electric (Of course), and attempting to add a little scale detail into the bargain. opening doors, cockpit detail, pilot etc.


Dwain Dibley.30/10/2018 23:24:50
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Something along these lines.




Tim Chambers30/10/2018 23:44:20
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I remember the first flight of the prototype, Brian had designed it to be an easy first step in to scale modelling.

Dwain Dibley.30/10/2018 23:55:31
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Yes Tim, the build looks straight forward enough, giving plenty of time/room for embellishment, without having the worry of "will it fly", when it comes to a maiden carrying loads of work. LOL


Shane Sunday15/11/2018 22:46:23
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ive bookmarked this thread now and will be following along. i have the same kit perhaps this'll be the thing to spurn me on. looking forward to the build.

David Davis16/11/2018 08:10:10
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I saw one fly on an OS 20 fourstroke up in Yorkshire years ago. It was very atmospheric. I'm subscribed.

trebor16/11/2018 08:24:09
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Notification box ticked. yes

J V R16/11/2018 09:37:48
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I've had this kit under my bench for 10 years, this thread might just kick start me into building mine

G194016/11/2018 10:50:59
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Looks to be a very full and complete set of parts and even includes instructions. What can go wrong ?

OK so what's the power train going to be? For me that's always the first thought for an electric conversion. Well, that and how an I going to change the battery.

I'll be watching.


Charles Galloway16/11/2018 11:37:01
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I'm building one at the moment. Fus is glassed and I'm just finishing the wing ready to cover. I've also gone electric.

barryt16/11/2018 12:18:26
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Lots of soiid balsa in this kit, which is unnecessary for an electric plane. Try to lighten it as much as you can. I cut an access panel under the cabin floor. The battery slides up and forward over the undercarriage mountings. The other mod I would recommend is to use spruce wing spars instead of the balsa indicated on the plan, Lots of scope for detailing. Good luck, i'm following your posts with interest.

cymaz17/11/2018 21:03:52
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Dwain, how will you replicate the shiny fuselage yes smile d

Martian18/11/2018 21:20:05
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Subscribed ,love the Cessna

Dwain Dibley.01/04/2019 18:29:57
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Well guys, I have only just started this model today. A whole five months after getting it, can't believe its been that long. frown I notice there are a few interested parties, who have the same model, and who have been patiently waiting for me to start...............I have rebuilt the kitchen in the mean time tho.

So to get the ball rolling I started with the engine bay, as mine will be electric I thought this was the area that will need the most alteration, but apart from a hatch, it all seems quite straight forward.

Barryt........ I think my hatch will be on top, however, having put the tank floor on a slope for my battery I can see how it could slide in from the bottom...

I will peruse 4-Max and see what I think will do the job.

I just like the silver/chrome look, I don't know if I will be able to replicate it.... frown

Geoff, the parts are very Good, the only criticism would be that some of the laser cuts are not all the way through the ply parts, which can cause break outs if you don't spot them.

I will post some pics later.


Dwain Dibley.02/04/2019 00:51:23
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Pictures as promised......

The plan gives a clue as to how things go.


The tank bay as was, I have lowered the tank bay floor.


Another view.


And another.


Where the battery will go.


The fire wall clamped up. It is two pieces of ply, laminated, glued with Aliphatic. I used Cyano on the rest, but also ran a bead of aliphatic around the battery tray, top and bottom. The instructions suggest replacing the ply tray with balsa, but I kept the ply.



Edited By Dwain Dibley. on 02/04/2019 00:54:30

barryt03/04/2019 11:40:08
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Looking good Dwain.

Something else I should have mentioned earlier is that while scale air intakes are cut in the cowl, you need to arrange for venting of warm air out of the fuselage. This is not part of the plan. The air needs to flow over the motor, speed controller and battery before exiting, in my case, through some slots in the battery hatch cover.

I'm looking forward to some more pictures.

Dwain Dibley.03/04/2019 17:04:25
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There is a cutout on the cowl on my plan Barry, designed for I.C. i know but defo on there. I have realised that there is no way a top hatch is room inbetween the cowl and the screen, only about an inch.

I need to get some undercarriage bought.

I have just made the rear fuselage formers from 3/16 sheet.

I also need to go to the LMS to get some more sheet for the rear fuz, I've got everything except 3/32. crying


Dwain Dibley.03/04/2019 17:18:14
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Progress Pics.

All the formers, theses are square with an added reinforcement, top and bottom. You have to allow for a mistake on the plan of 3/32. the lazer cut formers, top and bottom, are correct. The formers have to be 3/16 wider, as the sheeting is 3/32 NOT 3/16.


Cabin parts added.


Another view.


Triangle bracing added. Needed because it's all butt joints.


2nd lamination of 1/8 balsa to the side, other side still to do. you will notice i have added bottom former 2, and a length of 1/4 sq. I am contemplating an under carriage cover that will allow me to remove the U/C if necessary, there is no allowance for this on the plan. It is all built in, and I want to get to it, plus there has to a hatch there somewhere.


So far, so good, thinking ahead is a good idea with this build as there are a few ambiguous bits and some faux pas on the plan. Nothing to worry about really, as long as you read, read, and then read some more.




Edited By Dwain Dibley. on 03/04/2019 17:23:18

McG 696903/04/2019 18:47:28
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... subscription box ticked, DD. wink

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