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Anthony Crawford08/11/2019 20:10:43
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Tony’s PSSA Mass Build 2020 - F- 86 North American Sabre.

Anthony Crawford08/11/2019 20:12:33
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My chosen colour scheme is to replicate the USAF(E) display team “The SkyBlazers” based in West Germany during the 1950s. I do appreciate that Martyn K is also building an aircraft from the same display team but is happy for me to continue my build. This will be my first attempt at building a PSS model.

John H. Rood08/11/2019 20:30:37
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Well, Sir, welcome aboard! This is going to be great fun. Best wishes on your build.

Martin Gay08/11/2019 21:42:40
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Hi Tony,

You could always choose a different tail number from Martyn's version!

Martin.

Anthony Crawford08/11/2019 22:32:26
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McG 696908/11/2019 23:27:31
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Welcome aboard from the Belgian side of the MB, Tony.

Great deco scheme choice... yes

Cheers

Chris

Anthony Crawford09/11/2019 13:17:38
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Chris, thanks very much for your kind welcome and I am looking forward to the building process. Tony.

Anthony Crawford09/11/2019 17:10:36
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First task was to carry out a full check of all parts. Everything was in order and I am very impressed with the quality of both the kit and the plans.

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Anthony Crawford09/11/2019 17:13:32
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The wing plan was then cut to a shape that fitted the work surface.

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Anthony Crawford09/11/2019 17:27:18
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My first schoolboy error, and one of many I expect in the build. During the dry fitting process I inadvertently miss-assembled the formers. However, this was very easy to rectify.

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Anthony Crawford09/11/2019 17:29:09
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The joints only required slight sanding to make a good tight joint.

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Anthony Crawford09/11/2019 17:30:28
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The wing jig taking shape.

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Anthony Crawford09/11/2019 17:31:26
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The wing jig now complete and ready for the next phase of the build.

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Danny Fenton09/11/2019 20:19:20
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Looking good Tony

Cheers

Danny

Anthony Crawford16/11/2019 20:55:06
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Re-posting a photograph that has disappeared from my 9/11/19 post.5.jpg

Anthony Crawford16/11/2019 20:56:56
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Next step is to build the wings. Has anybody thought about fitting navigation lights into the wing build?

Anthony Crawford01/12/2019 16:57:45
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Battery box now assembled.12.jpg

Anthony Crawford01/12/2019 16:59:36
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Navigation lights have arrived. I intend to use 2 white ones in the nose as landing lights. One more white on the tail and one green and red for the wings.14.jpg

Chris Barlow01/12/2019 21:07:26
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Very festive Tony. yes

A few PSS models have benefited from high intensity LED lights in the nose, especially when dropping below the skyline when landing.

I would consider replacing the white nose lights with bigger or brighter LED's if they'll work with the controller? Standard LED's don't seem to stand out very well in daylight.

Anthony Crawford08/12/2019 16:53:49
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Chris, many thanks for your advice and insight into the use of LED lights. As an inexperienced first time builder I will stick with the contents of the standard kit at this time as I do not yet have the knowledge to add/mix other electrical components but I will keep your suggestion in mind for the next build project. Also, I have decided to assemble all 4 wing skins before the wing jig is placed on the building board. I have ensured that I have allowed some extra width for the curvature of the wing ribs. Photograph to follow later. Advice from Martin Gay regarding "Straws" for the servo wires has resulted in the purchase of some jumbo straws from a well known internet site that has an internal diameter of 10mm which will allow both the wires and connectors to pass through them without the need to dis-assemble and re-solder.

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