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Martin Levy15/01/2019 22:32:38
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img-0526.jpgSo. here is my build blog. Had the plans blown up 150% so about 60" span. Obviously now have to recalculate all the wood thickness to suit. Am converting these plans from Electric to a shiny new Saito 82FS. Starting with the easy bit, the stab and elevators

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Edited By Martin Levy on 15/01/2019 22:35:49

Martin Levy15/01/2019 22:42:59
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By the way does anyone know how I rotate photos in my album. been into edit and cant see the feature anywhere?

Ron Gray15/01/2019 22:50:22
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How are you going to start the engine as it’s in the birdcage fuse?

Martin Levy15/01/2019 22:54:09
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Hi Ron. The top pf the fuse has no rigging and is very wide. The sides are rigged and the booms will be metal tubing so strong and rigid. There is very little weight bearing at the rear end.

Denis Watkins16/01/2019 09:09:12
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img_20190116_090317_661.jpgTake your photos 1st to your device gallery, then put them the right way round, then transfer to model flying folder

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Martin Levy18/01/2019 23:05:48
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Started on the fuse. cut slots for cabane struts and glued in place with a sheet ply doubler to strengthen. Will be adding strength through the build as this was designed for electric power but I will be using a hefty Saito 80FS. Thankfully managed to get in touch with Mike Roach who designed this for some handy tips. Thanks Mike

Martin Levy18/01/2019 23:06:19
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Colin Leighfield18/01/2019 23:18:50
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That’s a great project Martin. It’s the plane Lanoe Hawker VC was flying when he was killed in combat with Richthofen flying a much superior Albatros DII. Richthofen only nailed him when he was running short of fuel and had to turn to try and get back to allied lines, otherwise it might have gone the other way. That would be a great choice of subject! I’m going to enjoy watching this one going together.

Edited By Colin Leighfield on 18/01/2019 23:32:28

Martin Levy18/01/2019 23:27:11
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Interesting, thanks for that Colin. Quite a lot of modifying to do on this. New firewall to support the engine, adding ailerons etc. I don't hang around when I build so you wont have to wait months for completion. will keep the updates coming

Colin Leighfield18/01/2019 23:33:17
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You are clearly faster than me Martin. Sounds good.

Robert Parker19/01/2019 09:29:48
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Watching with interest

Regards

Robert

jeff2wings19/01/2019 11:20:08
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Will also be watching with interest, but you could have saved yourself some effort and got the plans by Peter Neate ,I think the plans are on outerzone and may helpful with mods to your plansyes

Colin Leighfield19/01/2019 13:00:21
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44f69425-19b3-4df9-b237-f6035167d9e4.jpegI am sure the IWM and Micro Aces won’t object to showing these!5f132686-34c6-45fe-98be-3a5ffdd7f237.jpeg

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Martin Levy20/01/2019 01:16:01
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Thanks Jeff2wings and Colin. Will make references to those plans too. Have already started with some modifications. Got the elevators, fin and rudder done today and cut the three main fuse forms. The rear one from 1/4" ply which will be the firewall for the engine mount. This will sit further forwards through to allow for length of the crank. Dry fitting at the moment. picking up the courage to start gluing.

Martin Levy20/01/2019 01:16:47
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Martin Levy24/01/2019 22:22:59
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Have added 1/32 ply doublers for added strength and to reinforce the cabane struts. Joined the two sides. will glue rear firewall once I've drilled and fixed the engine mount. Have cut hole in middle former for fuel tank and started to construct the elevator control assembly (bottom right)

Edited By Martin Levy on 24/01/2019 22:23:56

Martin Levy24/01/2019 22:23:20
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Colin Leighfield24/01/2019 22:30:40
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A really interesting build.

Wingman25/01/2019 10:39:33
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A brave man indeed! My Maxford DH2 is lovely in the air (have had spontaneous applause from passers by) but is a handful in any kind of wind and is extremely and I mean EXTREMELY sensitive to the slightest sniff of a rearward CofG. - following with interest.

Martin Levy25/01/2019 22:47:23
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I'll bear that in mind Wingman. The plan was to leave a nice hollow cowl so can be filled with as much lead as I need. One advantage of a rear engine. Will be interesting to see how much I'll need but I do have a nice powerful FA 82 so should be ok.So despite a chest infection, the shivers and a cold I soldiered on and fitted the engine mount to the firewall, glued in place reinforced it and cut out the fuselage top from 1/32 ply. That doesn't seem to quite overlap enough so will have to cut a new, slightly wider one. Feeling rough now so called it a night

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