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Piper Twin Apache PA23 -150 74"

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Danny Fenton15/07/2020 19:30:25
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I was worried you might have lost the files when you had a PC crash? Really glad you are still enthusiastic about the project

I have had a few equiries about a kit or at least a plan. Lets hope it flies okay

Cheers

Danny

 

Edited By Danny Fenton on 15/07/2020 19:31:50

Lindsay Todd16/07/2020 12:59:12
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Super job Danny, been quietly watching in the background and looking forward to seeing this one completed, must catch up soon. Linds

Danny Fenton16/07/2020 22:58:16
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Hi Linds, and thanks, good to know you are keeping an eye on me, waiting for an update on your twin teeth 2

Not much to report, still glassing, with only being able to mix 20 minute batches it is taking a while, and boy am I fed up with glassing......

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Closed up all the gaps and holes in the tail cone area, this means I can glass the fuselage. It will have to be done in overlapping sections. The tail-plane/fin are just positioned not attached permanently yet.

But we are making progress teeth 2

Cheers

Danny

Vecchio Austriaco17/07/2020 14:16:13
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Had a forum break for about 4 years - looking at your thread I thought - impossible - this model must have been ready by now .... But as it looks you had a few little breaks as well.

Well always a pleasure to look at your builds.

VA

Danny Fenton17/07/2020 14:43:02
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Hi VA lovely to see you back Yes a few breaks, other models kept getting in the way.

Glad you are enjoying the build

Cheers

Danny

Danny Fenton20/07/2020 11:36:34
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Seem to have been glassing forever, really fiddly little sections, but we are almost there.

Must be bad when you have to order foam brushes in bags of 120!! These are not a patch on the real "Jenny" brush, but are fine for resin work.

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Cheers

Danny

Martian20/07/2020 12:01:34
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That's a lot of brushes

Danny Fenton20/07/2020 14:49:20
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I have got through twenty on this build already, never used so many, lots of surface area on this ere Apache smile o

Cheers

Danny.

Ton van Munsteren20/07/2020 22:03:20
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Woooo Danny thats a lot, I use some foam a stick and some tape.

Danny Fenton21/07/2020 08:59:08
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Hi Ton, only £10.99 for 120 with free shipping, not worth messing around you gotta love Amazon (sometimes..)

Danny Fenton22/07/2020 17:50:35
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I have been sanding the fus upper to level it all off before flipping it over to do the underside. Unfortunately another area that we did wrong and will now cause real issues is the way we included the fus side in the PETG windows, The area around the windows doesn't match, and cannot be made level.

The fix is to remove all the side windows and the surrounding PETG, fill with balsa, sand to shape and then fit individual windows, in recesses. This was another area that halted me two years ago, but i thought I had gotten around it, I have not, and cannot live with the lumps.

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But It can be flown as it is just to prove it flies

Cheers

Danny

Danny Fenton29/07/2020 10:17:13
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In case you thought I had wandered off again lol, I am still plodding on. A bit of an illness over the last few days had slowed things down, but got the port underside wing stub and nacelle glassed. Very pleased that the 25gsm cloth conformed really well and allowed me to do the area in one piece.

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As I think I said previously I would normally use peel ply to reduce the sanding and to remove excess resin. The L285 sands really well so I am just accepting the extra sanding.

Cheers

Danny

Martin Roberts29/07/2020 13:10:31
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Hi Danny,

I am back after a few years away, looking real good, never mind the windows, just take a deep breath...no, not whilst you are mixing the resin!!!!!

Danny Fenton29/07/2020 13:31:55
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Hi and welcome back smile

The windows will be a pain, but easier to do than to think and worry about. They can wait until after I test fly, who knows, after the flight there may be no windows left to worry about crying 2

Cheers

Danny

Danny Fenton09/08/2020 22:18:53
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well all this glassing is really boring but, I am pleased to say a final two hour session sanding in the garden has it done.

There seems little point in adding primer until it flies. So that is the next step, after gluing the fin and tail-plane on of course

I will also roto-mold some new hollow cowls.

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Cheers

Danny

Danny Fenton11/08/2020 15:48:04
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Not much to report, but I have aligned and attached the tail-plane.

The elevators were then attached after oiling the hinges, just to be sure no epoxy got in and gummed up the works.

The fin and rudder are also proving difficult ti get just right, but I am working on it

There is not much wriggle room in the tail area, not helped by the pivot point for the rudder and the elevator being in the same piece of real estate!

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Cheers

Danny

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