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charlie holdford24/02/2020 20:38:15
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Thanks Peter, I will await my Palace invitation devil

Some progress started the upper decking, just used soft balsa, brush and a jar of boiling water.

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charlie holdford24/02/2020 20:39:01
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Peter Miller24/02/2020 21:02:07
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Toldyou it is easy!!!

Or at least I told someone on this forum!!!???

charlie holdford25/02/2020 18:52:27
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Well its certainly straight forward laugh

Fuselage now ready for servo mounting and tail fitting.

Put a bit of filler on the joints and the side dents, as I used some old stock sheet left overs.

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charlie holdford25/02/2020 18:56:27
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Whist the fuselage was drying, thought I would start the wing on the other bench.

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It is so easy I got carried away and got this far pretty quickly...

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charlie holdford27/02/2020 19:34:37
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Well nearly completed the wing just the cap strips to add. Having never done this before, should the grain be the same direction as the ribs or across?

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charlie holdford27/02/2020 19:36:48
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Pilot painted and the tail supports moulded.

Nearly done the build. Can you guess the colour scheme yet?

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Piers Bowlan27/02/2020 20:28:44
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Same direction.

Gosh, that was quick!

charlie holdford27/02/2020 21:00:22
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Hi Piers,

Thanks for that.

Yes, its not not taken long it is a very straightforward build. The weather has been crap so no flying...

My last build took just under 400 hours....

Waiting for some piano wire, captive nuts etc. and the covering to arrive, so that may stop progress for a while as I never seem to get any deliveries on a Saturday?

Peter Miller27/02/2020 21:06:55
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The capstripgrain runs along the length of gthe strip. It is there to reinforce the rib.

In the days of dope and nylon and tissue I have seen ribs with no capstrips made into S shapes as tye traiing edge was pulled towards the front part of the wing

Not that that happens with film covering but it does stiffen up the assembly

charlie holdford27/02/2020 21:12:41
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Thanks for the reasoning, I must admit the ribs seem to need something, having used soft balsa.

kc28/02/2020 09:54:43
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Having cap strips will simplify rib production as it avoids having to recess the ribs for the LE and TE sheeting, stiffens the ribs and uses up offcuts of LE sheeting. Highly recommended to use the offcuts as the thickness is exactly the same. 1/16 sheeting can vary in thickness and cause a problem if you use wrong stuff.

A simple balsa stripper makes light work of capstrip production. Either the variable size type or a very simple one size version.

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charlie holdford28/02/2020 11:35:13
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Hi kc

Your right about varied thickness of sheet balsa, as I have found out it can be a lot different...

I have a stripper, I found that pre-cut strip is usually always hard balsa and expensive.

Cheers.

David Hazell 129/02/2020 20:48:05
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Is there a stock list anywhere for this plan, I couldn't see it?!

I need to compile some inventory and starting from scratch in that respect so I need to place a "sensible" order with SLEC and want to consolidate a few plans worth together. I'm gonna do both the phantom and the moon dancer from this months RCME, the phantom has a stock list.

Thanks in anticipation!

Peter Miller29/02/2020 21:08:07
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I am afraid that if you want to build from plans you are going to have to learn one of the basic skills of estimating wood.

I have written an article on the subject available on this forum

**LINK**

David Hazell 129/02/2020 21:58:44
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Posted by Peter Miller on 29/02/2020 21:08:07:

I am afraid that if you want to build from plans you are going to have to learn one of the basic skills of estimating wood.

I have written an article on the subject available on this forum

**LINK**

Thanks, I guessed that would pretty much be the answer. I'll get my thinking hat on!

Peter Miller01/03/2020 08:18:18
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Back in the 50s they often used to put a list of materials on the plan(In the days when a big plan cost about 30p and could be afforded on pocket money even if you were not working)

But we very soon learned that this meant nothing. The designer had added it afterwards and forgotten that he had used a lot of wood from his scrap box.

So you went off and bought the listed materials on a Saturday. and on about Wednesday evening your found that the list was missing several items.

So you had to wait until Saturday and then cycle a round trip of 12 miles to the local model shop to get the odd couple of sheets (And pray that it wasn't raining.) before you could carry on with the building.

Trust me, you only did that once before you made your own list out.

These days I keep a good stock of balsa etc but I often use large ammounts of wood from my copious scrap box so I could produce a list just like those old ones and listen to the screams when they find I didn't allow for the scrap materials.

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charlie holdford01/03/2020 10:22:25
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Well the balsa bashing is complete, all sanded ready for some covering, that I am still waiting for....

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Peter Miller01/03/2020 12:26:42
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That looks really neat and tidy

charlie holdford01/03/2020 17:22:04
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Hi Peter, thanks for that, I try not to rush and have been known to throw it away and start again....

Still I had a few scraps of oracover left so decided to start the tail feathers. Just put in place for the photo...

As you can see its going to be in Red Bull Aerobatic colours... well its aerobatic!

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