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Chris Freeman 324/12/2019 09:16:20
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fb32.jpgfb31.jpgMy son has been making good progress on the Fly Baby, he is on leave and I have to work. We received the nice metal brackets that were laser cut for us by a club member. Really nice and will make a big difference to the finished airframe as they allow us to follow the fullsize aircraft quite closely. The covering has been completed and Byron sanded some foam to the shape of the spats and I glassed them. Filling and sanding is now in progress and it is planned to get the first colour sprayed today.fb30.jpg

Chris Freeman 324/12/2019 09:18:00
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More progress pictures


Chris Freeman 327/12/2019 10:52:29
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fb66.jpgAfter a base coate of white 2 k paint and much sanding we started the colours yesterday and my son continued today as I am back at work. The airframe is really starting to look like it will be a nice aircraft and should be stunning in the colour scheme choosen. I have mounted the g38 that is going to be used on my test bed stick that was built for this purpose, it has a power module to assist with engine changes and servicing.

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Chris Freeman 330/12/2019 08:56:50
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The painting is now complete and my son really did a great job of it, the detail still shows and the colours should look great in the air. it is now time for it to move up the road again so that I can install all the required bits to get it flying( my son and I live in the same street).


Martyn K30/12/2019 11:27:32
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That's a lovely paint job. Well done

cymaz30/12/2019 11:34:26
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Dad’s chuffed then yes

Chris Freeman 307/01/2020 06:13:12
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I am very happy with the progress and Byron has done more work including getting the undercarriage brackets done with the help of a mate who machined some parts for us. Byron had the seats made at his work which is a company that does full size aircraft refurbishment. The pilot will have an easy ride in this model! I now have the airframe for final fitting of all the equipment includint the Zenoah which was teast flown and found to be very good.




Chris Freeman 320/01/2020 07:48:39
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Weather predictions were good for early Saturday morning so I arrange with Byron that we would test fly the Fly Baby. Byron also wanted to test fly his Vega that he had bought from a moddeler who had not flown it in nearly 20 years. We got to the field at 06:00 and assembeled the airframes, conditions were perfect with the temprature around 18 and no wind. We test ran the engines and the ENYA 240 in the Vega is one of the nicest motors I have ever run with a sound that is hard to beat. The Zenoah 38 was also on form so it was time to fly. Both these arcraft are childhood dream arcraft with Byron being with me when I flew it for the owner all those years ago. Byron asked me to fly the Vega and it was as good as it always was, very nice to fly. Once trimmed Byron took over and enjoyed the flight.

Now for the Fly Baby, Byron did the flight and the take off was longer than expected but it was nose heavy and I had a little extra dwn in the trim so this was removed. No other trimming was needed and we soon felt comfortable with the aircraft. The Zenoah has plenty of power but I think we can go up in prop from the 18x8 used with a little less pitch to slow it down. Landings are good but need to be as gentle as possible as no suspension is built in. (just like the real one) We had two flights and nothing broke so it was good.



Chris Freeman 320/01/2020 07:49:37
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Frank Skilbeck20/01/2020 08:41:20
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Cracking, I'll bet you are still smiling yes

Martyn K20/01/2020 09:28:24
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Love that colour scheme. I thought it was a fantasy scheme when i first saw it.

I was wrong. Beautiful

Well done


Chris Freeman 320/01/2020 10:46:48
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Thanks Frank and Martyn. It has been a great project and even more special as it was done with my son using many bits from my departed mates workshop. Dennis would have loved the outcome.

Byron has made the baggage bomb and I still have to do the mounting of it. Should be on with the spats the next time we fly it.

Denis Watkins20/01/2020 11:05:32
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Absolutely splendid Chris

When it looks right .......It most certainly is

Watched you right from the start, big and beautiful And Lightweight

Very well done, striking colour scheme too

stu knowles20/01/2020 13:09:26
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Lovely model and LOVELY colour scheme.

On your prop choice

I have always taken a 19x10 prop as the starting point for a z38. If you have an excess of power I would go up in diameter to 20x10. On a boddo 1/3 Neiuport I used a 22x10 very successfully and it kept the noise and rpm down.

I wish many happy landings yes

Chris Freeman 321/01/2020 11:03:04
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Thanks for the nice comments, it has been a great project and one which had few issues which was nice.


Thanks for the info on the props, I am surprised how big some of them are. I know that 19x10 was regarded as the optimum prop but I found them a little big for our altitude as we are around 6000 feet above sea level so the motors are down on power. I do have a few big props that we can experiment with.

Chris Freeman 331/01/2020 08:20:43
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The Full size was a small aircraft with very little space for additional items to be carried with especially for away trips. The prototype had an additional baggage case that could be carried under the aircraft if required. The builder of our Fly Baby had a baggage bomb that could be used so I have now done the mounts for the baggage bomb that byron made. Looks good I think, will have to take it to the next warbirds event!



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