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Graham Davies 325/11/2020 19:55:20
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Hi Phil,

I used brown paper for the first time on my Warbirds Replicas Tempest (there's a thread on here) as a result of Richard Wills suggestion. It's really easy to do. Apply thinned PVA to the paper, apply the paper to the airframe and iron it down. Leave it for a good day to dry and then give it a coat of sanding sealer or non-shrinking dope, then paint with whatever paint you favour. I used acrylic rattle cans.

My Tempest is electric, so no need for any fuel proofing, and 30 odd flights (and 2, er, 'heavy landings with a triple sulko finish' later and it still looks great. It's pretty tough and creates a hard shell, but has no flex. This is good as it shows underlying damage. I may have not noticed the damaged fin had it not been for the fine crack in the paper.

It's a good method, and dirt cheap.

Graham

Eric Robson26/11/2020 00:22:05
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Hi Graham, I should have twisted Richards arm for a Tempest wing for my Seafury as they are very similar. It would have saved a lot of work and UHU POR.

Graham Davies 326/11/2020 22:22:16
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You could have Eric, but I really enjoyed the hybrid material construction. Whilst we may not have much balsa, there's plenty of ingenuity out there!

Mike Blandford26/11/2020 23:07:03
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Posted by Eric Robson on 26/11/2020 00:22:05:

Hi Graham, I should have twisted Richards arm for a Tempest wing for my Seafury as they are very similar. It would have saved a lot of work and UHU POR.

So they should be! The Fury started out as the "Tempest light fighter", and used the outer wing panels of the Tempest.

Mike

Eric Robson27/11/2020 00:14:29
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Spent the evening covering the fuselage. I formed the exhaust outlet and cooling gills from a Forster's can . The wing fillet is from card mounted on thin ply. Mike the wing outer panels are built from the Brian Taylor Tempest plan as my first attempt was not right .I have the Tempest part kit from Sarik which was going to be my next build but the Warbirds Mustang kit arrived so I will probably do that first.dsc_0736[1160].jpg

Eric Robson30/11/2020 23:30:58
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Almost ready to cover the wing, I must be allergic to building Hawker aircraft I have had a heavy cold which is just easing and today I looked on my Fury biplane build for a reference for Coin Leighfield and I had time off building that due to a heavy cold._20201130_230217[1162].jpg

Eric Robson04/12/2020 19:38:51
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Starting to get back to it now the cold has finally gone, I've been trying to cover the pink foam cowl ,the best way would be to glass it I tried laminating film but it did not like the curve so its back to brown paper. as I have no materials for glassing and have never done it before. I need some oleo legs for the under carriage but can't locate any, 4Max advertise them but have no stock, Hobbyking only have them on Global but I am not keen on ordering them as I have been caught out by Hobby king's addons before. any suggestions would be appreciated.dsc_0740[1167].jpg

Danny Fenton04/12/2020 21:55:19
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F4c competitor, Brian Wood has been making oleos for a few people, and he does lovely work

Not sure if you are after retracts units or just oleos?

Cheers

Danny

Eric Robson04/12/2020 23:05:16
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Just the oleo's Danny, I will probably make some like I did for the Fury. I have 5 kits in the queue but with covid and the weather there should be plenty of building time.

Cheers Eric.

Eric Robson06/12/2020 16:52:20
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Managed to get some grey and white primer on today. o I used felt tip pens for the roundel ._20201206_163746[1173].jpg_20201206_163432[1174].jpg

Eric Robson13/12/2020 11:03:32
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dsc_0753[1191] - copy.jpgReady for testing when the weather improves, the U/C legs are temporary they are for my next build a P51 Mustang from Richard's Warbirds Replicas , I also need to get a 4" spinner. Still some numbers to go on and other details. As it is now it is 57" span and weighs just under 5lb with 4s battery it has a 42/48 650kv Prop Drive motor , the prop is 12 x 8 . I have the same set up in my Flair SE 5 and get 12 min. flights but I only fly the SE 5 at half throttle as it is too fast over that.

Merry Christmas too all and looking forward to a better 2021.dsc_0754[1192].jpg

Eric Robson14/12/2020 23:57:19
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Due to lack of good flying weather I started marking some panels on and weathering.dsc_0764[1206].jpg

GrumpyGnome15/12/2020 04:10:58
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Looking good Eric! Hopefully get some air under the wings soon.....

GG

Eric Robson15/12/2020 08:43:30
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Thanks GG, after all the rain we have had up here the field will be messy and today I have to wait in for a delivery so it may be a while longer before I can see if is as good as the last one.

Eric r.

Eric Robson17/12/2020 15:41:23
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Had it's maiden today very windy but it flew as good as the old one only needed a lot of down trim but that was probably with the high wind, I done a wheels up landing as the strip is soggy at the moment and it did not taxi too well with the ground conditions . I had to put the up trim back in to get it off the ground for the second flight as it was wanting to nose over. It was too cold to have any more flights. Very happy!dsc_0770[1232] (2).jpg

McG 696917/12/2020 16:25:03
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Congrats on the maiden, Eric. yes

If I'm allowed a tip regarding the glassing without the 'mess' that you mentioned earlier.

You can use some light glass cloth (25gr/m² but replacing the epoxy resin by Water Based Varnish (the Ronseal Diamond hard type). The advantage resides in the ease of cleaning and the lower weight. Of course, it is not as strong as epoxy but makes even Depron very ding-proof.

Cheers & stay careful

Chris

Martian17/12/2020 17:36:58
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super work Eric and well done on the maiden yes

Eric Robson17/12/2020 18:58:43
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Thanks Chris and Martian, Chris I will try the glass cloth and varnish method in the future I have a Brian Taylor Tempest in the queue and that will be Laser powered so no brown paper on that one..

Martian I hope you are well you have been quiet lately, how is the Tigercat?

Cheers Eric.

David Ovenden17/12/2020 19:37:48
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Well done Eric. Very happy to hear that the tests flights were successful.

Time to start the P51 now?

Danny Fenton17/12/2020 19:42:42
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Well done Eric, looks great

Cheers

Danny

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