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Tim Hooper02/01/2011 14:51:00
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Posted by Peter Miller on 30/12/2010 18:24:49:

 
I am intrigued by the slot under the cabin windows though.
 
 
That's where the middle wing fits, right?
 
tim
Lindsay Todd02/01/2011 20:14:45
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Ah, still there due to a lack of 3mm balsa until the shops open, and to help install the cockpit floor thats all.
 
Lindsay Todd02/01/2011 21:32:37
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Ooh found some 3mm balsa, and enough to start the interior floors so a bit more work done today.
Rear tail sheeting now completed, just needs a little sanding.
Interior cabin floors now started and step in door.
Soft block for cockpit roof sanded.
Nearly time to start on the tail plane and then sort out the linkage runs to the tail.
 
Tracked down and ordered a radial cowl with moulded radial from Vortex Vacforms CWR15 that could have been made for her, so that will save a fair amount of time.
 
more soon
 
Lindsay

 

Lindsay Todd07/01/2011 20:10:47
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Bit more work done this week with the construction of the tailplane and fin from 6mm balsa and the rudder made up of 1.5mm centre core sheet and 2.25mm strip cut laminates.
Tailplane slides neatly through fuselage with clearance at rear for wire elevator joiner
Quick snap of progress to date. Now to make the elevators again like the rudder from 1.5mm cores and 2.25strip laminates to both sides.
more soon
Lindsay
 



Peter Miller08/01/2011 08:25:56
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Looking great.
Ton van Munsteren08/01/2011 11:43:56
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Lindsay,
 
Nice and looks really big.
 

What is the use of the small pieces of balsa underneath the stringers, is there a former missing that should have be there to suport the stringers.
 
Love the looks of the model keep up the good work.
 
Ton
Lindsay Todd08/01/2011 15:13:24
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Hi Ton,
 
well yes and no really, as you rightly suggest they are there to support the stringers and yes other formers could have been added, however all they need to do is maintain the spacing of the stringers when covered with a heat shrink material rather than structural so I decided that this was the appropriate way to achieve the integrity and keep the weight down in the tail. It may be that they were not completely necessary at all but they were a little more flexible than I would have liked and its an easy solution.
 
cheers
 
Lindsay

Edited By Lindsay Todd on 08/01/2011 15:14:37

Biggles' Elder Brother - Moderator08/01/2011 15:25:17
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Its looking great Lyndsay - its going to be a smashing model.
 
Maybe David is looking on - plan feature in the fullness of time David?
 
BEB
Peter Miller08/01/2011 19:51:30
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It has inspired me. When the current program (Three designs) has been completed I think I will do something really sadistic!!!
Lindsay Todd08/01/2011 21:11:47
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Peter, so i'm not the only one who spends too much time designing and building multiple models, does that mean i'm not insane then or just not alone? Something sadistic hey? I look forward to that. I'm sure David and Graham are keeping a silent whatching brief as they always do. I would be delighted to see it as another free plan. Actually writing the build and tweaking the plan as I go. Hint, hint.
 
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Lindsay Todd08/01/2011 22:39:38
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Not much done today really but elevators pretty much finished and made up the elevator wire joiner with silver soldered control horn that will sit in the centre of the fuselage, which will be accessable by a removable hatch on the underside.
Final job is to apply thinply doublers were the elevator wire is located in the elevators for additional strength.
more soon
Lindsay
 


Peter Miller09/01/2011 08:20:52
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I never work on more than one model at a time but I do have a list of future projects. Sometimes it changes but not always/
 
Klippy09/01/2011 08:35:22
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Hi Lindsay, I take it you're going to put the horn in place first, then push the tailplane through, then attach the elevators! Unless you've got a special trick?
Lindsay Todd09/01/2011 10:16:25
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Tony, yes absolutely, elevator wire first, then the tailplane, it is one of those critical steps to get right, although for sure I have forgotten in the past and ended up having to make up a double ended push rod.
Lindsay
 
Klippy09/01/2011 11:32:43
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I have to confess it was a bit tongue in cheek, I've done it myself!
Lindsay Todd10/01/2011 22:10:52
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Elevator snake fixed internally on centre line at the tail to connect with the elevator horn.
Rudder closed loop tubes run through to the top of the rear fuselage.
the snake and cloop tubes are secured at several points down the fuselage prior to the underside stringers being fixed in place.
Underside stringers now glued in place and nearly time to start on the wing.
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Lindsay
 



Lindsay Todd15/01/2011 21:41:32
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Rear of wing fillets built up of soft balsa block and sanded to shape
Ply plate for rear tailwheel unit and then softblock shaped and sanded around, this is not a stearable unit but a castering type, why, well I had one spare on the shelf else a brass tube throught to the rudder would have been employed.
Well I made a start on the covering, silver solartex, as a base with some pin stripe highlights I think.
A little more work to the fuselage and she is ready for covering also.
Cowl from Vortex Vac Forms, great service £12 including P&P and came within a week! plus its a near perfect fit and saves a good deal of work.
more soon
Lindsay
 





Ton van Munsteren16/01/2011 13:05:28
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Nice, did you design the model around the size of the cowl.
 
Have been looking on the Vortex Vac Forms page they make some nice vac parts.
 
Ton
Lindsay Todd16/01/2011 15:18:25
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Hi Ton, incredibly, no i didn't, I just though I would check what they did and came across this one witch is almost a perfect fit. I have used them before for the cowls on my Grumman Goose, due to be published sometime by RCM&E and they are great value and really good service.
Lindsay
 
Danny Fenton16/01/2011 15:29:05
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Looks really good Lindsay, coming along great
 
I was told on a US forum that those snakes will expand in the sun and cause trim problems, I reminded them that we are in England and it probably isn't an issue for us, what sun! But worth noting
 
Cheers
Danny

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