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Gary Clark 118/05/2020 00:35:03
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Hi All,

I have just shelved my BT Spitfire as I'm not happy with how it was going and have decided to start something new instead. I've had the kit for this thunderbolt for a while and got it from a friend who had already made a start.

Would people be interested in a thread for this? It's not going to be competition scale but I plan on making it fairly scale.

Happy to continue a thread if it's something that interests enough people.

Gary

Jesus Cardin18/05/2020 01:17:40
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Gary, very, vey interested!

I always like learning from others members´ BT building experiences, regarless if they go for competition or sport finishes.

Start the thread and keep safe!

Ray Wood 418/05/2020 09:01:14
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Hi Gary,

Go for it 😄 I'm building 2 BT models but more for the enjoyment rather slowly, if and when they get finished it will be a bonus ✔✈

Regards Ray

Nick Somerville18/05/2020 09:20:27
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Hi Gary, certainly I would be interested as am building the same model. When you say kit do you mean the plan pack from Sarik. I wasn’t aware of a full kit.

Martian18/05/2020 09:38:46
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Go for it always great to follow a build

Gary Clark 118/05/2020 10:01:28
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Well it looks like some of you would be interested so I'll go ahead an do a thread. It's great for getting some help when needed due to the wealth of experience on here.

Sorry Nick, that was poorly worded. It's actually a laser cut kit from Bob Holman in the USA. My friend picked it up years ago when he was over there but not sure where the canopy (I have 2) and cowl came from. There is also a set of Unitracts retracts in there and Oleos. He started the build already and has done most of the tail and the starboard wing but the build quality is excellent so I'll hopefully just have the other parts to do so big time saver.

I started the Fuse last night, she is a big lass!

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Gary Clark 118/05/2020 18:25:21
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Hi All,

I got the opposite side of the fuselage box built this afternoon. I built it directly on top of the other one so that the sides come out identical. It's only 76" wingspan but you forget just how chunky the fuselage is for this plane!

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fly-navy18/05/2020 19:43:43
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Way to go Gary, good to see you have extracted your digit. All the more motivation to think about mine. Decorating the spare bedroom so put my bits in the loft,reason I mention this is I'm a bit perplexed about the "Model World" bottom right, I would swear it isn't on mine,so now I need to go and have a look to put my mind at rest. Build looks grand lad, idle hands and all that winkwink

Jesus Cardin18/05/2020 20:44:53
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That progress sweetly!

Dwain Dibley.18/05/2020 21:14:08
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Be careful up that ladder John.......cheeky

Build is looking super Gary.

D.D.

fly-navy18/05/2020 21:28:00
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Been up and down ladders like a fiddlers elbow for two weeks now Steve, getting to old for that lark. Rewired the lights last week two hours on my knees in loft, talk about pain, just getting over it. Sorry Gary, I blame Dibley, back on topic now. What are you putting up front? Electric and I will have word with draftie and get you grounded.cheeky

Nick Somerville18/05/2020 21:59:44
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Looks good already Gary. That's great you got the retracts and oleos with the purchase. As Unitracts appear not operating anymore I went for Electron retracts and Robart oleos cut back a tad to be a perfect fit. Not cheap! The steerable tailwheel retract as shown on the plan is more straightforward to construct than I first thought and works fine, apart from the centering springs shown (they just lock up), so I am currently looking to source some light expansion springs to do the task instead. I will upload some pictures tomorrow.

Looking forward to hearing what power plant you will be using.

Trevor18/05/2020 22:08:17
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Always good to see another of these being built. The build diary for mine is here: **LINK**

It is electric powered and film covered though, so arguably not a traditional BT build.

A first attempt at onboard video here: **LINK**

I must have another go at it sometime with a more secure camera mount.

Enjoy the build.

Trevor

Mark Elen18/05/2020 22:11:10
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Hi Gary,

Looking good👍
We all love a build thread.

Cheers

Mark

Martyn K18/05/2020 22:29:47
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Following this, I fancy a BT design - but what was wrong with the spitfire?

Good luck

Martyn

Gary Clark 118/05/2020 22:51:01
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Hi Gents,

Thank you for all the comments, this stage is easy so hopefully I can keep up the momentum and make a nice job of it.

Always great to hear from you John, and good to hear you're still getting up and down ladders like you were back in the Ark days! I got these plans from Traplet years ago and they had the RC Model World stuff on. They also say 70" wingspan despite being 76" so I don't know what is going on there. The draftie has got his pound of flesh out of me plenty of times so I'm taking advantage of this quiet time!

Thanks Nick, yes it is great to have the Unitracts stuff ready to go . It is a real pity they're not operating anymore as I really like their stuff. My plan is to attempt the steerable tailwheel as it is in the plan and just waiting on some mild steel sheet to arrive to get the parts cut. The centering springs did confuse me a bit whilst I looked at the plan so seeing what you do would be great.

Your thread is very helpful Trevor, I have looked through it all in the past on RCU I think? so will go through in detail again as I progress with the build.

Right, back to the actual build. My plan is to use an Evolution 26GX petrol motor as I have it sitting around and think it will be ideal for this big lass. I sat it on the plan tonight and can't decide if I want it in the more forward position shown so that it puts the prop in the correct place but makes it difficult to put a scale engine in because the carb is so for forward. The other photo shows it further back and I could get a scale radial in but would need to put a spacer in which might work especially if i need nose weight. Thoughts?

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Still a bit of time before I need that sorted.

I got some more of the fuselage box done and i need to get the tail wheel and control rods through before closing it up. I am glad to see that Trevor managed to use 3/32 sheet to curve around the fuselage as I was not particularly excited about all that planking!

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Below are the photos of what is done already. I'd love to claim speedy building but this is how I got the parts. They are well built so I have no concerns and can copy the wing for the other side. I will probably change the aileron control to a RDS but I will decide when I start building the other wing

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Also, the cowl for this plane reminds you that it is not a slick little racer we are building!

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Keep the tips and ideas coming guys, I love to hear your thoughts.

Gary

Gary Clark 118/05/2020 22:58:40
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Hi Martyn,

The spit is a frustrating one. I had it on the bench yesterday and there were just too many parts I wasn't happy with. I had rushed parts leading up to the birth of my son and a house move had not been kind on it. The wing will be a total restart but the fuselage is probably saveable but will need a lot of work. It had also got a little damp at some point so that made it look a bit grubby. I essentially just lost motivation due to damage and it not being at the standard I would accept now and not be totally happy with it (if we ever are totally happy with any of them!). What is funny though, I made the decision to long term postpone the build and when I was away having dinner, this happened

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A little bird had got into the garage and delivered its verdict......very apt

Gary

Edited By Gary Clark 1 on 18/05/2020 23:02:11

fly-navy18/05/2020 23:07:34
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If budget allows Gary a radial all day long, if only for the sound. As for nose weight that may be required there is always that lump of a spinner nicely turned and balanced. I was contemplated a split wing on mine if possible, what are your thoughts about that?

Edited By fly-navy on 18/05/2020 23:08:12

Gary Clark 118/05/2020 23:23:37
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Unfortunately I don't think my wife would accept me spending that amount on an engine for a plane. I'd also be too scared to fly it with that up front just incase!! Maybe one day I'll pluck up the courage and get one because the sound is unbeatable. In the meantime it will be a 3d printed one in front of the Evo!

I'd need to have a proper look at the plan tomorrow and see John but anything is possible. The dihedral makes it a tad more difficult but using something like the Sig heavy duty wing joiner and make a new bar that has the dihedral already in it. This would bolt onto the dihedral brace so essentially giving you a metal brace doubler. It's a big wing so would certainly help with transport.

Just an initial thought anyway

Gary

Edited By Gary Clark 1 on 18/05/2020 23:24:29

Martyn K19/05/2020 11:19:24
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Thanks Gary

I can see the problem. Stuff like that can weigh down heavily. Stick it all in the loft for a year (after cleaning the muck off) and come back to it when all the bad memories have gone. It will look much better.

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