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Ray Wood 426/01/2020 18:27:06
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Hi All,

I thought it would be good to start a proper scale model build after 6 years of model boat building for a change, I have finished & flown Brian's small Harvard 68" and started a couple of others now in the loft Mossie & ME 109. But thought the Valiant with it's fixed undercart could be a good scale hack, so here goes......

It won't be a quick build as I'm normally building 3-4 other projects at the same time 😀 here is the front inner section of the fuselage, trying to keep it light.

Regards Rayimg_20200125_195207.jpg

martin collins 126/01/2020 20:16:09
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Will keep tabs on your build, always liked the Valiant............

Ray Wood 427/01/2020 21:07:14
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Hi all,

Front bulkhead in place with a brand new ASP90FS in place, should do the the job ok 😀

Regards Rayimg_20200127_200032.jpg

Ray Wood 430/01/2020 20:59:23
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Hi all,

Slowly making progress, and thought it would be a good idea to take some of the 1/4" sheet out behind the c of g to reduce the nose ballast required , so away with my Gaskin hole cutter we go 😀

Regards Rayimg_20200130_204934.jpg

Ray Wood 431/01/2020 20:39:58
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Hi all,

Big step forward with the rear fuselage sides glued to the front assembly, inverted over the drawing to get it straight.

Coming up soon lots of bulkheads to cut & fit and the start of the planking 😀I

Regards Rayimg_20200131_202838.jpg

Martian31/01/2020 20:59:08
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Looking lovely so far

Ray Wood 431/01/2020 21:09:47
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Thanks Martian,

Early days yet, £100 of balsa turned up from SLEC today, great service 2 days from me phoning the order over 😀

Regards Ray

Martian31/01/2020 22:09:35
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Which variant is this one are you going to use a dummy PW engine ?

Ray Wood 431/01/2020 22:24:36
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Not to sure which variant i' m building yet just following the drawing at present, it would be nice to fill the cowl with a dummy P&W radial 😀

Gary Clark 101/02/2020 00:06:49
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Looking forward to following along Ray, I've always been a big fan of Brian Taylor. A 3d printed radial is simple, cheap and looks great for very little effort

Gary

Ray Wood 401/02/2020 19:24:40
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Hi Gary,

When I get further I will be very interested to commission a printed engine, who would you recommend?

Regards Ray

Gary Clark 101/02/2020 19:30:15
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Hi Ray

I can print one for you. That's why I got the printer in the first place, great for exhaust stacks, engines, pilots, cockpits, everything really!

Just let me know what size youd like and I can sort you out with something.

Gary

Ray Wood 401/02/2020 21:41:36
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Thanks Gary

That is a kind offer I will take you up on 😀 I make a living with a computer, so any connection with my hobby is a no no ! Balsa bashing has been a life long passion 😀 happy days!

Rear lower formers in position now, with lots lightness added

Regards Rayimg_20200201_205351.jpg

Ray Wood 408/02/2020 20:01:32
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Hi all,

On with the tank access hatch and cockpit and rear formers, planking next 😀

Regards Rayimg_20200208_195030.jpg

Ray Wood 415/02/2020 20:47:10
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Hi All,

As Dennis is howling outside what better evening to start planking the fuselage 😀 with 1/8th x 3/8" strips cut from 4" sheet with my 36" steel rule, best investment ever.

regards Rayimg_20200215_193318.jpg

Ray Wood 418/02/2020 20:32:43
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Hi All,

With such a large canopy this fuselage doesn't need that much planking, with a bit of work with the razor plane & Permagrit sanding block it will be less like a thrupenny bit 😀

Regards Rayimg_20200218_201341.jpg

john stones 118/02/2020 22:14:47
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Looking good Ray. yes

maurice northcott19/02/2020 09:50:41
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Great work Ray. Nice to see another of Brian's designs being built. Keep at it yes

Ray Wood 419/02/2020 10:21:19
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Thanks Guys,

I find the balsa is a very therapeutic medium

Here's my 68" BT Harvard way back in 1996.

Picture of an old photo!

Regards Rayimg_20200109_204424.jpg

maurice northcott19/02/2020 13:45:39
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Nice looking Harvard Ray. Yep the old balsa bashing can be therapeutic when it goes right... smiley

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