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Steve McLaren05/09/2019 22:17:00
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I have searched around and it doesn't look like anybody else is doing this scheme. If I'm wrong and you've already chosen this one, just let me know and I'll find another!alaska ang scheme.jpg

Phil Cooke05/09/2019 22:44:30
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Nice one Steve - will be a good contrast between the silver and the orange! thumbs up

Alan Gorham_06/09/2019 10:19:26
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Deceptively simple scheme. You get a gold star if you paint the yellow/black chevrons though!

Harry Twist06/09/2019 12:08:21
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Nice choice Steve, I do like many of the US ANG schemes.


Edited By Harry Twist on 06/09/2019 12:11:55

Steve McLaren06/09/2019 21:10:10
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It reminds me of your A4 Skyhawk Harry, which looked Ace. So I'm hoping I can get the same effect.

I hadn't even spotted the yellow/black chevrons - but they can't be so difficult can they? - just need the right width of masking tape!

Alan Gorham_06/09/2019 22:22:44
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That sounds like a challenge being accepted Steve!

Mark Kettle 112/09/2019 12:01:12
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Sure will be easy to see Steve.

Steve McLaren10/11/2019 18:50:46
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Well, I've made a start on the wings. I was very impressed by how well the jig went together and how well it sat over the plan.

I found it a little tricky to line up the construction of the wing over the jig and plan, due to the height difference and parallax errors, etc, but I think I've got it close enough. I noticed the same problem as Harry with the height of the jig at R1, so fixed it the same way with a strip of 1/16th balsa. Maybe there's a reason for this gap? I must read some of the blogs of the other guys starting on the wing!

I've never built a wing this way before, and was a little apprehensive, but it seems to be going pretty well so far and I think it should make the process of achieving the correct wash-out, a lot more straight-forward than many other methods.


Chris Barlow11/11/2019 02:16:35
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Not to be pedantic Steve but you should have put the red pins on the left wing and the green pins on the right wing! laugh

Did you have to fix the wing jig down to the bench or just weighed it down under the wing?

Steve McLaren11/11/2019 20:25:13
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HaHa! I shall try to be more systematic Chris!

I fixed the jig down to the bench Chris, by cutting and pre-drilling about 16 small spruce blocks and glueing them to the sides of 8 ribs, then tacking through these with some small panel pins. I notice that most people are glueing their jigs together, but I didn't bother. Mine is just pressed together and then tacked to the bench. Mainly because I wanted to be able to dismantle it and keep it, but also because I thought it would be sturdy enough like this. You just need to check that all the jig ribs are lying flat on the building board before you start to assemble the wing.

I realise now that the reason I had trouble aligning the wing on the jig is because I had far too much excess on the lower skin. This obscures your view of the jig and the plan and makes things difficult. If I did it again I would reduce the extra wing skin to about 1mm all round.

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