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Martin McIntosh28/10/2020 14:49:43
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Thanks Geoff, it was the colour which threw me.

Geoff Gardiner30/10/2020 10:56:39
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I decided to glass the air intakes as I think it will add a bit of strength and also be a better surface for painting.

I used epoxy resin for this.

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Geoff Gardiner01/11/2020 21:59:39
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I have added the air vents to the top hatch and also 3d printed and fitted a sprung catch.

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Geoff Gardiner09/11/2020 22:43:49
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Been a bit busy with other stuff lately but have fitted the mylar hinges into the control surfaces and pinned them with cocktail sticks.

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Geoff Gardiner13/11/2020 22:41:49
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I have finished fitting and pinning all the control surfaces and thought I would put all the pieces together, for the first time, and see how it looks.

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As we are in lockdown again, I think I will go ahead with the painting and have it fully finished before the maiden.

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Dan Sadler22/11/2020 15:02:54
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Geoff, looks like you have been making some great progress! I stalled for a while with life getting in the way, but looking to pick it up again now.

Im left with a couple of problems I need to solve after I was sent the wrong retracts. First one is that I’ve got holes in the place that the front retract goes that I need to close off before trying to mount the new retract.

Any tips on the best way to do that? I remember seeing an article on this for firewalls a while back so I might start digging through old magazines, but thought it was worth asking before I do that.

Thanks

Martin McIntosh22/11/2020 17:11:35
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If the holes are just a little out as is usually the case you could try filling them with epoxy or gluing a thin ply plate over or underneath.

Geoff Gardiner04/12/2020 17:50:34
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I have been doing little bits here and there:

Glued one the side air intakes

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Installed the LiFe batteries, lighting PCB and redundancy receiver as far forward as I could.

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And added some detail to the cockpit.

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Almost ready for painting I think.

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Martin McIntosh04/12/2020 17:57:58
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Looking great. What size of LiFe batteries are they?

Assuming that you are going to paint it red you will need to apply white primer first because red by itself tends to be a bit translucent and it could turn out blotchy. White underneath will bring out the colour.

Geoff Gardiner04/12/2020 18:16:13
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Thanks Martin, the batteries are Zippy 1100's

As I had used red in the 'sauce' i was hoping that I would get away without having to use primer, as I am doing all I can to try and keep the weight down. The paint is B&Q Valspar that I had mixed and seems to cover quite well. I might have to do some tests.

Martin McIntosh04/12/2020 18:45:04
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I had some Ferarri Red water based paint mixed up at great expense; a mistake because I should have got acrylic which I thought at the time was the same thing. It would not harden over Halfords primer but it fine with a coat of fuel proof lacquer. Surprisingly it also bled very badly through the masking tape edges.

Dad_flyer04/12/2020 19:55:30
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I have just noticed your clamp joiner. Very good idea, makes a long clamp without going to one that is really too heavy.

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