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dirk tinck16/01/2020 23:32:09
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Hello all,

I've changed my mind about the fin fairings,i will do that later.

First i prepaired the dorsal fin in front of the fin and the rear part and glued them to the fin that is still remouvable for easy sanding.

I'm not glueing it in place yet,for easy handling of the fuse20200111_221850.jpg

dirk tinck16/01/2020 23:33:16
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And the rear part in place...20200111_221855.jpg

dirk tinck16/01/2020 23:38:54
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20200112_204500.jpg20200112_215022.jpgNext is the all moving tail (elevator).

I made up 4 parts of 5mm and 2 parts of 3mm. the 3mm pieces are sanwiched between the 5mm parts .In the 3mm parts i've made the slots for the joiners.20200112_215022.jpg

dirk tinck16/01/2020 23:40:10
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Dry fitted them looks like this20200112_214227.jpg

dirk tinck16/01/2020 23:41:48
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Added the tips and sanded them. Looks good !wink20200113_224538.jpg

dirk tinck16/01/2020 23:44:33
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With all the tail parts waiting for a final sand i took a shot at the exhaust and the rear end.More sanding !!20200114_223943.jpg

dirk tinck16/01/2020 23:48:04
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Got the rest of the planking on the front part of the fuse done before the nose -part is tackled.20200115_225639.jpg

dirk tinck17/01/2020 00:00:50
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I saved the hardest part of the fuse for last...The canope ! There's a lot that can go wrong here so i'm not going to rush this !

After looking to canope pics for a few hours i finally started cutting it out of the frame.It's a little smaller than the plan shows so it's a little searching for the right position.

Then made up the front fairing out of a few parts of balsa.

I'll be making a frame in epoxy sinds there are no panel lines on the plasticsad.Therefor i'm going to try and ''mould it''.

Hopefully it comes out in one piece and un-damaged....See you later !!

Cheers , Dirk20200116_233026.jpg

Phil Cooke17/01/2020 07:03:01
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like the canopy fairing - lovely! thumbs up

dirk tinck19/01/2020 00:06:44
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20200118_232630.jpg20200118_232612.jpgGood evening all,

I got the canope adapted to the fuse by placing a fillet along the inside to have some glueing surface.

To give the canope some scale effect ,we certainly need a frame to cover it. You can do this with tape or just paint them on . I'm going to try and make a frame in epoxy and glass cloth by moulding the canope. This will give me the perfect shape an the chance to blend it in with the fuse.

I'm going to use a second canopy from a spare kit ,so if something goes wrong in the process ,i don't have to wait for a new one.winkWish me luck,i will need it !!20200118_232612.jpg

Chris Barlow19/01/2020 02:53:13
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Those airbrakes look very impressive Dirk, can't wait to see them in action. yes

I was thinking along the same lines for the canopy and will also be fitting it to some formers glued to the fuselage, that is after I've fixed the cockpit hole which I have cut a little bit too low at the back! laugh

McG 696919/01/2020 08:59:28
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Hi Dirk,

I love your idea of the internal fillets to fix the canopy.

I've been pondering about a similar idea regarding the 'framing' of the canopy. I thought about heat shrinking a large bottle to obtain a 'copy', then cutting out the PET to obtain a framing that you can slide over the original Vortex one.

Of course you need to make a plug first...

Cheers

Chris

dirk tinck20/01/2020 22:32:21
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Hello all,

As promised :The framing of the canope !

I taped the spare canope to the working board to have my hands free to laminate.

Firt thing to do is wax it a couple of times20200120_211616.jpg

dirk tinck20/01/2020 22:36:51
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When the wax is evaporated and the canope polished i'm brushing on a layer of PVA to protect the plastic and to prevent the epoxy to stick .I'm using a piece of spunge here.20200120_212557.jpg

dirk tinck20/01/2020 22:44:13
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20200120_223013.jpgAfter drying (1/2 h) i brush on the epoxy and a first layer of glass cloth (25 gr).Another 3 layers (100gr)follow without drying.

It's now waiting and hoping they part easely without damage to the canopesmile p20200120_224650.jpg

Phil Cooke20/01/2020 23:00:47
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Excellent. I must admit when I read your previous posts earlier today stating you were using a second canopy that you were simply cutting a frame from that and sliding it over the first - this is a much more thorough job (as always!) Imprressive stuff!

I hope that canopy pops out of the glass cloth with the wax and pva - we eagerly await the next installment!

Stephen Jones22/01/2020 21:15:00
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Dirk,

I hope you do not mind me pointing out the obvious .

You sir are a master in your class we can learn a lot from watching you're builds.

Impressed by your workmanship

Steve.

dirk tinck22/01/2020 22:56:52
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Thanks Steve , it's much appreciated !blush

As much as i love your comment,i don't think of me that way. I see a lot of builders here that i admire.Specially because real modellers are a dying breed.

I must say that this mass build ''competition'' brings out the best in me.Besides that ,In my daily job i have to constantly search for the best solution for various problems for the best price , not very different from building flying planes !!

Cheers ,Dirk.

Just a quick update about the canope he's out and perfectly usable !! Pics tomorrow ! Good night all.moon

Peter Garsden23/01/2020 14:42:49
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Great blog and fine building Dirk. I know now why you win(g) prizes and I don't. Something I just have to accept.

Anyway, I am just about to print off my decals on my vinyl cutter, and it would make sense, as we are doing the same model to do a set for you too. If you pm me your address I can post them to you - cost you a beer of course.

If you accept my offer then please let me know what registration numbers you are going for. Mine are

420 on the side of the fuselage and 19685 - here is a screen shot

So if you can let me know what extra decals you need and what numbers you want and your address, then, when I print, I can double up

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Edited By Peter Garsden on 23/01/2020 14:43:15

Andy Meade23/01/2020 16:25:11
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Have you forgotten you and your A4 won a prize on the Lleyn Peninsula Mr Garsden? cool

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