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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.

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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.

Peter Garsden13/11/2019 16:22:08
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Good tip Steven and good to see you on board. Will look good as all your models always do.

Mark Kettle 113/11/2019 18:11:59
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I see Steve your the No: 1 - Leader in a mixed Aerobatic Team. Must be your flying nice, smooth and steady.

Steve McLaren13/11/2019 22:34:13
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Uh-huh!?!? You've lost me there Mark! Are you sure you have the right Steve McLaren? It's not that bloke that used to manage the England football team is it? He probably has more aerobatic skills than me.

Mark Kettle 113/11/2019 23:52:48
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.......laugh your making me laugh there Steve.

 

Look up the link Your up in front

And this link Sabre

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Steve McLaren19/01/2020 20:56:32
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Just a quick progress report. I have pretty much finished the wing. I though I would leave the dowels and wing bolts until I can see better how it meets the fuselage.

Mine is the very simple wing - no flaps, no drop tank drop mechanism.

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So today, I started on the first fuselage half. All seems to pretty straight-forward so far.

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I added some cockpit floors to try to stabilise F3 and F5 whilst fitting the stringers and planking. I'm not sure they're in the right place, but I figured I can always remove them later.

Steve Houghton20/01/2020 22:51:48
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Good to see you ticking over, Steve. Neat as always. Happy planking!

Phil Cooke20/01/2020 22:56:57
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Nice work Steve, nice to see you back on the blog!

dirk tinck24/01/2020 00:09:43
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Guess we found the axe killer here !teeth

Great progress Steve !!

Steve McLaren13/02/2020 19:51:18
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I feel like time is slipping away and I'm not making much progress. Mid Feb already!

After what seems like days of planking, I have 2 half planked fuselage sides.

Don't look too closely! I've discovered that you shouldn't put short planks on the most curved areas around the nose - cos you end up having to double them up!

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McG 696913/02/2020 21:16:57
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Hi Steve,

Short planks combined with tight curves isn't probably your best bed...

But you're ' in time' so far, so keep up the 'mojo'. smiley

Cheers

Chris

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