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kevin b23/11/2020 14:32:21
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As part of a long term project I am putting together a Grumman F6F Hellcat.

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The intention is not necessarily to complete the build. It is more a "proof of concept".

This was the starting point along with the plan.

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The fuselage slotted together very nicely, as did the tail.

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Bob Cotsford23/11/2020 15:43:48
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Kevin, is there some reasoning behind staining the wood other than highlighting the various components for photographic purposes?

kevin b23/11/2020 16:25:52
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No Bob. As you say it is for photographic purposes (and also to remind me which bits were laser cut !)

kevin b27/11/2020 18:42:51
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The next stage was the wing centre section (actually at the same time while waiting for glue to dry).

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The motor mount is for electric power.

The fuselage was then sheeted

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and a bit more work on the tail.

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the wings came out nice as well.

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kevin b04/12/2020 19:58:46
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There we are !

All built up. This is as far as I want to take it. It needs filling and sanding, then covering. If anyone fancies finishing it off let me know. a small donation towards the balsa costs would be appreciated (and I mean small !). Unfortunately it would have to be collect only from just North of Harrogate. Anybody interested pm me.

P.S. Retracts are not included.

Right, on with the next one. A Little Stinker (for electric).

Edited By kevin b on 04/12/2020 20:00:31

Bob Cotsford05/12/2020 11:33:43
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That came together quickly! Is it the .60 size version? 

Hard to tell from the box pic!

Edited By Bob Cotsford on 05/12/2020 11:35:45

kevin b05/12/2020 11:56:13
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Yes Bob it is for 60 to 90 size engines.

I did cheat a bit. It actually took me about 2 weeks to build it. I was surprised as to how quickly it went together and not as heavy as I expected at this stage of the build. The difficult part was sorting out for retracts. The original kit wasn't fitted with them (must have been an early one). However when I had done that a friend in America sent me over a plan revision, which was in later versions !!!

Nigel R05/12/2020 11:57:26
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Wow.

Nigel R05/12/2020 11:58:23
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Are you part of the effort to put together laser cut files for all the old royal scale designs?

kevin b05/12/2020 12:22:34
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Nigel.

My interest is Marutaka and MK kits. The Marutaka kits were sold in the U.S. as Royal kits, but Royal did their "own thing" as well. Most of Royal kits can be obtained in the U.S. as laser cut kits from various sources. However you only get the wood and a plan and they are expensive for what you get. Particularly when you add in the cost of a cowl and canopy (If you can find them).

I am finding that due to the weather where I live being very unpredictable I am not able to fly as much as I thought (in retirement), so I am spending a lot of time building. However though I am improving my skills, nice accurate scale models are not my forte. I am good at the "nuts and bolts" side of things though, so thought I would "reverse engineer" some of my kit collection. To that end I have been doing research and made friends with a few people in the U.S., who have been and are most helpful. Laser cutting and vacuum forming are now no longer mysteries to me, though I have a lot to learn about CAD.

Next up is the Little Stinker for electric power. That one should be easier (no mouldings, but lots of wings) and shouldn't take long to complete.

Edited By kevin b on 05/12/2020 12:23:35

Dwain Dibley.05/12/2020 13:15:55
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I am impressed with the Ultra-neatness of the whole thing, Well Done Kevin B.

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kevin b05/12/2020 13:24:52
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Thanks Dwain. However it is still a little rough around the edges as they are at this stage of build.

David Ovenden05/12/2020 18:00:14
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Kevin, Lovely job on the Hellcat. Are you thinking of tackling the Marutaka "Big Scale" Cessna L-19 BirdDog (1/5th scale) as a future project?

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kevin b05/12/2020 18:19:14
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Posted by David Ovenden on 05/12/2020 18:00:14:

Kevin, Lovely job on the Hellcat. Are you thinking of tackling the Marutaka "Big Scale" Cessna L-19 BirdDog (1/5th scale) as a future project?

Edited By David Ovenden on 05/12/2020 18:01:44

It's on the list. P.M. me if you want it higher on there.

David Ovenden05/12/2020 19:03:53
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Kevin,

I actually have a Bird Dog kit waiting to be built! It would be most interesting if you did your build before I get round to building mine. If you need any details or info from the kit, let me know.

Nigel R05/12/2020 23:48:18
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Let me know if you change your mind about couriering the airframe

kevin b06/12/2020 11:01:00
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David.

Thanks for the offer. I will be working with a kit from my own collection.

Nigel.

I won't be shipping the kit as it has now been sold. The problem is that it would cost more to ship than it is worth due to the size. It is ridiculous. A box 1200 x 500 x 500 weighing 15kg costs about £12.00 to send. One at 1400 x 500 x 500 weighing 5kg costs over £30.00. 

Edited By kevin b on 06/12/2020 11:07:00

Bob Cotsford06/12/2020 12:30:58
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If you considered it worth less than the £30 courier fee then I think you must be undervaluing your work and the cost of materials Kevin! I'd have happily paid more than that for a project to complete - if I could find space for it.

Nigel R07/12/2020 09:19:40
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quite so, bob

value is in the eye of the purchaser, if I can mangle an expression

kevin b07/12/2020 19:04:06
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Thanks for the kind words Bob. Nigel is right regarding value. I am doing this for the pleasure of doing it. The reward is knowledge and improving my skills. The aeroplanes are great fun, but how many do you need ?

There are thousands of model plans freely available to print out these days, but still a lot of people prefer to build from kits. I would like to make some of the old, no longer available kits available again (in a stripped down form), so that these people have access to them. I know many are already available, but a lot of them are overpriced for what you actually get and then you might have to pay large shipping costs as well.

This is a long term project and in the meantime I will be building airframes from quite a few "prototype" kits. Some of them already have potential owners and I will continue to offer others here on the forum. I have recently retired and this project was part of my retirement planning. All is good. smile

The next one may already be spoken for, but the one after might have 2 motors.

Edited By kevin b on 07/12/2020 19:06:14

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