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The Dark Nights Fix-up 2020

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Toni Reynaud11/10/2020 12:03:45
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Mine is indeed a Hercules. Polystyrene foam with lightweight glass applied using water based varnish

Build log here

ron evans11/10/2020 16:37:19
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img_20201011_120656114.jpgDid a whoopsy with this one a couple of weeks ago. On launch it went clunk as the lipo slipped back an inch or so into the fuz, ( ground crew failed to secure it properly )

The brave pilot wrestled it around the circuit, but it stalled on the final turn, and it went in.

I'd already put the jigsaw puzzle of the wing together when I spotted this topic, can I join in please.

The model is very simple, but might end up like Frankenstein's monster if I can't find the right paint.pb303020.jpg

leccyflyer11/10/2020 17:32:53
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Big tidy up and then a bit more on the Mini Astro Hog today, culminating in finally getting the balsa cowl how I wanted it, building up a few damaged bits with epoxy and microballoons and then giving the fuselage, cowl and hatch a coat of sanding sealer ready for final finish sanding. In the meantime I covered the elevators and the hardest job of the day was getting the backing film layer off the Hobbyking film. It must have taken me 15 minutes to get the backing off one particular piece, it just wouldn't let go.

Doc Marten11/10/2020 20:20:55
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Solarfilm removed with the iron set really hot (a job I hate doing), residue cleaned off with cellulose thinner and planking over tank bay removed, I may give it a dust over with white acrylic as a block to give an even background when I recover it to stop the old colours grinning through.

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Edited By Doc Marten on 11/10/2020 20:22:02

MattyB12/10/2020 12:01:13
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Posted by Doc Marten on 11/10/2020 20:20:55:

Solarfilm removed with the iron set really hot (a job I hate doing), residue cleaned off with cellulose thinner and planking over tank bay removed, I may give it a dust over with white acrylic as a block to give an even background when I recover it to stop the old colours grinning through.

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Looking good Doc - seems like most of the wood was in pretty good condition under there despite the initial appearance. Should be flying in no time...

A quick progress update - We are up to 40 airframes entered, with 3 completed so far. smile d Keep on keeping on everyone, I am enjoying watching all the progress!

Edited By MattyB on 12/10/2020 12:03:38

Doc Marten12/10/2020 19:31:28
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Posted by MattyB on 12/10/2020 12:01:13:
Posted by Doc Marten on 11/10/2020 20:20:55:

Solarfilm removed with the iron set really hot (a job I hate doing), residue cleaned off with cellulose thinner and planking over tank bay removed, I may give it a dust over with white acrylic as a block to give an even background when I recover it to stop the old colours grinning through.

Looking good Doc - seems like most of the wood was in pretty good condition under there despite the initial appearance. Should be flying in no time...

A quick progress update - We are up to 40 airframes entered, with 3 completed so far. smile d Keep on keeping on everyone, I am enjoying watching all the progress!

Edited By MattyB on 12/10/2020 12:03:38

Yes, it's in pretty good shape for a 36 year old model Matt, whether it's ready is yet to be seen as I'm not known for the speed of my builds but that's not the point, another model resurrected to airworthy and some regular forum activity to look in on as a bonus. Really glad you started this as it would've sat for another 30 years in that state, maybe even have ended up as land fill!

Good call on your part.

McG 696912/10/2020 19:48:59
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Hi Matty,

I've started prudently to get the Oracover off that vintage Graupner E-glider.

Having a go at the tailplanes, I doesn't seem to come off very easily, leaving a lot of coloured bits and stain to the wood. Quite a long task, I'm afraid... blush

Just a question, please.

Wouldn't it be better for me to start a separate/new thread for the glider instead of clogging this opening thread?

Cheers & keep safe

Chris

Doc Marten12/10/2020 20:57:44
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Posted by McG 6969 on 12/10/2020 19:48:59:

Having a go at the tailplanes, I doesn't seem to come off very easily, leaving a lot of coloured bits and stain to the wood. Quite a long task, I'm afraid... blush

Using a overly hot iron works well for the majority of removal, then the tedious job of cleaning with cellulose thinners for the areas where the colour has parted from the film, staining of the wood can't be avoided so a heavier covering or a blast over with a light undercoat before re-covering will minimise the old colour grinning through.

MattyB12/10/2020 21:27:19
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Posted by McG 6969 on 12/10/2020 19:48:59:

...Just a question, please.

Wouldn't it be better for me to start a separate/new thread for the glider instead of clogging this opening thread?

Cheers & keep safe

Chris

Whatever you prefer Chris - by all means start another thread if you want, just post a link in this one once it’s up. I wouldn’t see contributing here as “clogging” the thread though - part of why I started this was to motivate myself and others with pics of progress, so seeing a hodge podge of different model types taking shape is rather gratifying IMO.

Edited By MattyB on 12/10/2020 21:28:26

Low pass Pete13/10/2020 14:54:22
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I'm in Just plucked my old Acrowot from the loft. Used to have an OS 70 4 stroke upfront but decided to put an OS55 2 stroke in her this time.

Expect to strip her and do a brand new colour scheme.  No idea what yet, but it will maybe have to be based on what I have in stock.

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Edited By Low pass Pete on 13/10/2020 14:57:40

McG 696913/10/2020 19:58:07
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Whatever you prefer Chris - by all means start another thread if you want, just post a link in this one once it’s up. I wouldn’t see contributing here as “clogging” the thread though - part of why I started this was to motivate myself and others with pics of progress, so seeing a hodge podge of different model types taking shape is rather gratifying IMO.

Thanks for your reply, Matty.

I guess I'll be starting a refurb thread when the time comes.

Still a lot of covering to remove which I'm trying to do in between the building progress on the Sabre Dog.

Still some time left before I can start the proper rebuild of the e-glider though.

Cheers & stay safe all

Chris

MattyB15/10/2020 15:53:57
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Posted by Low pass Pete on 13/10/2020 14:54:22:

I'm in Just plucked my old Acrowot from the loft. Used to have an OS 70 4 stroke upfront but decided to put an OS55 2 stroke in her this time.

Expect to strip her and do a brand new colour scheme. No idea what yet, but it will maybe have to be based on what I have in stock.

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That covering looks pretty good to me Pete! Might a deep clean be sufficient?

Anyway, in other developments Bob has started on his P40...

Bob Cotsford15/10/2020 16:08:30
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Posted by MattyB on 15/10/2020 15:53:57:

....

Anyway, in other developments Bob has started on his P40...

Thanks Matt, it's a placeholder. Progress will be slow and it had to queue while I assembled a 'new' Wot'sWot ARTF from my stock of wreckage and spares. As I salvaged an old set of wings I even have a new top wing set left over laugh- amazing what you come across when you start rummaging!

Low pass Pete16/10/2020 07:14:55
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Posted by MattyB on 15/10/2020 15:53:57:
Posted by Low pass Pete on 13/10/2020 14:54:22:

I'm in Just plucked my old Acrowot from the loft. Used to have an OS 70 4 stroke upfront but decided to put an OS55 2 stroke in her this time.

Expect to strip her and do a brand new colour scheme. No idea what yet, but it will maybe have to be based on what I have in stock.

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That covering looks pretty good to me Pete! Might a deep clean be sufficient?

Anyway, in other developments Bob has started on his P40...

Wing was not too bad but the fus is poor condition finish wise, as it was painted and has been eaten. Not so keen on the colour scheme now so time for a complete change. Just needed the motivation to get going.

Cheers Pete

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leccyflyer18/10/2020 18:03:47
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Finished the basic colour scheme covering on the Mini Astro Hog - just got the trim to finish off and some smears of adhesive to clean off, but I'm out of isopropanol at the moment. Then onto hinging the control surface and that's it mostly done - still a little bit of detail work around the cockpit, headrest and pilot.

Oh and after making that wooden cowl and covering it with aluminium tape I just found a nicer moulded plastic cowl in a drawer which will be an almost perfect fit with just a bit of trimming.Mini Astro Hog covered

MattyB21/10/2020 10:30:11
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To bump up our numbers wink 2 I took one for the team and bumped my old HK Spad VIII parkflyer on a lunchtime sortie. Amusingly poor Georges Madon was taken out by a worm-cast, nosed over and the whole top wing and struts came astray! It looked like it would take mins to fix, but several hours of fiddly unscrewing and regluing later we are finally back ready to fly again...

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Oops!

Spad repair 1

Spad repair 2

Back ready to fly again

Edited By MattyB on 21/10/2020 10:31:07

Doc Marten21/10/2020 10:53:03
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The thing I've found about digging out a decades old model to refurb is the difference in the standard of the build to now. I've got to admit that the way I built the QB20 then was borderline abysmal! None of the control components were lined up properly or level, the fuselage was twisted, there's no wing joining bandage of any description and the spar shear gussets were never fitted! luckily it only did a handful of flights and was trimmed by the instructor. He never commented on it, just set the trims and flew it.

disgust

In my defence it was my first model.

 

Edited By Doc Marten on 21/10/2020 10:55:54

leccyflyer21/10/2020 11:02:51
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Good point Doc - I think standards of finish in particular, of the average club model have improved over time and on an individual basis it would be nice to think that we learn and improve our modelling skills over time, with more experience and practice.

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