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Skip06/10/2020 10:52:28
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Thanks Martin, email received, the usual very fast and helpful response!

If anyone else has ideas for attaching things such as the missiles for display purposes it would be great to hear please.

Thanks also for your comments Chris, it's surprising how many warnings etc. are on the aircraft when you get up close. I think I'll stick to some roundels and the other large markings!

Craig

Flyer06/10/2020 11:45:05
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Hi Skip, if it's just for display purposes, I'd use small magnets. Some of the lads fly theirs with missiles and drop tanks held with magnets that knock off on landings.

Nice work too.

Cheers

Ade

McG 696906/10/2020 18:36:02
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... +1 for Ade's magnets.

They can be used with a steel roundel on one side or, if you want a stronger fix, just use two of them.

One of them can easily be 'buried' in the wing sheeting and even painted as your wing will be.

Of course taking into account to use the correct pole when gluing them in both parts... angel

Cheers & keep safe

Chris

McG 696906/10/2020 18:36:03
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SORRY, twitchy fingers

Chris

Edited By McG 6969 on 06/10/2020 18:37:34

Skip07/10/2020 04:05:21
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Thanks Ade and Chris for your comments, I've done a quick search, there are quite a lot of magnets to choose from and some of them seem quite light as well. More to ponder, decisions to be made ....

Cheers,

Craig

Skip22/11/2020 04:12:22
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Not much progress to report I’m afraid. Over the last three to four months I have developed what I’m now told is a “frozen shoulder”. It can be quite painful and as the name suggests some movements with that arm are quite restricted.

Its my right shoulder and I’m right handed so some modelling activities have been difficult.

So I have spent a fair bit of time tracking down some things online that will help with the build. The photos in the blogs have been very helpful in showing some tools and techniques that may not necessarily be described in the words in the blogs and they have given me a number of ideas.

I decided to build the fuselage first. So I’ve been looking at how I’ll cut the balsa sheets into strips for the stringers and the planking. I inherited such a device that my father had made some time ago. I’ve been modifying it, more on that soon.

I check the blogs every day, thank you to those who are posting, as a novice it is very helpful.

Craig

Skip04/12/2020 23:51:06
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I’d like to acknowledge the recent help, great customer service and generosity of Steve Davis at Vortex when I ordered my canopy.

The response to my email and then dispatching the order was very fast however the postal services were not so responsive. After four weeks I let Steve know that the canopy hadn’t arrived and could he chase it at his end which he promptly did and was told to give it another week. Straight away and without asking me he gave me a refund and also explained how he had given me a significant discount due to the high cost of mailing the canopy to Australia.

I said that I wanted to bear some of the cost however Steve didn’t want to do that.

Lo and behold the canopy did turn up a week later and I asked Steve to set up another payment for me which he refused to do and said to treat it as an early Christmas present!

If I wasn’t nervous enough thinking about cutting it and attaching it to the fuselage I will be even more so now.

This is how it arrived, there were four “Fragile” stickers on the box, it looks like it went one and a half times around the world rather than just half way (noting that I did cut the tape on the top of the box to open it). The canopy was in perfect condition though! Thanks again Steve.

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Skip05/12/2020 00:38:45
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Re the above post:

Neglected to say that Steve told me that he gave me the discount on the price to offset the high mailing costs "only because the canopy was produced for the PSSA UK Mass Build".

Dallas Crisp08/12/2020 06:50:40
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Hi Skip, Great to see another Aussie based builder? My F-86 is just waiting covering, have been looking at the Black Diamond's colour scheme, so many to choose from. I found all the blogs very informative and they all have a vast array of knowledge.

Dallas

Phil Cooke08/12/2020 07:33:40
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Posted by Skip on 05/12/2020 00:38:45:

Re the above post:

Neglected to say that Steve told me that he gave me the discount on the price to offset the high mailing costs "only because the canopy was produced for the PSSA UK Mass Build".

Steve is very good to us like that, he does a lot of work to support our PSSA activities!! Great stuff!

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