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Blackburn B2 - a 30's bipe with a whole lot of shiny bits!

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Tim Hooper26/01/2019 14:00:39
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Posted by Jim Mansfield on 25/01/2019 13:49:46:

Hi Tim......

A couple of questions, what did you use for the rigging wire & what is the colour are the struts & U/C painted?

It's a long time ago, Jim, but thanks for the interest!

The rigging wire was, I think, 30lb coated fishing trace - my 'standard' rigging gauge.

As for the shade of blue, a quick look through the paint stocks, reveals an opened pot of Humbrol #47 Sea Blue, so that's probably what I used.

My B2 is still flight worthy, you'll be pleased to hear, and gets an airing several times a year as a matter of course. The OW B2 was there when I last visited a few months ago too - as was another B2 built from my plan!

Good look with the project, Jim. Let me know if there's anything I can do to help.

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Jim Mansfield26/01/2019 17:45:48
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Great looking duo Tim, I was wondering anyone else had built a B2.

Thanks for the info, I like to put some detail in the cockpit of my models, with that in mind I searched for photos, manage to get on showing the instrument panel but only part of the seats. Do you know where I might get photo of the them?

Current progress, thanks to your posts, wings and center section, horizontal stabalizer, rudder, cabane & wing struts built. Fuse is under way, though the motor you installed is no longer available so I plan on an E Flite Power 60 not sure what if any dimensions are different yet.

Tim Hooper26/01/2019 21:31:52
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Jim,

I was lucky enough to have a walk around of the B2 whilst researching the upcoming build. There are a couple of shots of the seats in my album;

**LINK**

Any use?

Tim

Alwyn Gee26/01/2019 22:34:26
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Hi Jim
I've sent you a private message

Alwyn
Jim Mansfield27/01/2019 01:14:15
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Aiwyn, I don't know how to read private messages, I have just joined the Forum

Jim Mansfield27/01/2019 01:17:10
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Tim, the photo are great, it's given me lots to work with, they are more than useful thank you so very much.

I do know I will have questions so I will be pleased with any help

kc27/01/2019 11:38:00
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Jim,

If you go to the top of this page when logged in there is a box marked "Inbox" clicking on that will reveal your Private messages. You reply privately that way too.

Tim Hooper27/01/2019 13:05:22
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Posted by Jim Mansfield on 27/01/2019 01:17:10:

Tim, the photo are great, it's given me lots to work with, they are more than useful thank you so very much.

I do know I will have questions so I will be pleased with any help

My pleasure, Jim!

There's a host of ways that my model could be improved - folding wings might be an option -and if the photos help a bit, then that's all good!

Tim

Jim Mansfield03/02/2019 15:58:48
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Hi Tim, couple of questions for you, where did you get your instrumentation and how have you secured the cowl?

building coming along now almost completed the fuse, have to redo the nose As I "over sanded" the bits, lol

Jim Mansfield03/02/2019 16:01:07
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U/C built though I having difficulty finding 3/16" springs, I may have to go 1 size larger tube so I can use 1/4" springs

kc03/02/2019 18:09:58
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What about springs from old ballpoint pens or liquid soap dispensers? Springs are often 4.5mm OD from ballpoints.

Tim Hooper03/02/2019 22:52:01
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Posted by Jim Mansfield on 03/02/2019 15:58:48:

Hi Tim, couple of questions for you, where did you get your instrumentation and how have you secured the cowl?

building coming along now almost completed the fuse, have to redo the nose As I "over sanded" the bits, lol

Hi JIm,

The dials in mine are from from scale - just stick-on items that came from Multiplex years ago.

The cowl is retained by a short dowel that locates into a hole on the top of F1. Magnets at the rear stop the cowl from sliding free.

Tim

Jim Mansfield03/02/2019 23:10:57
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Thanks Tim, have you permanently att the front intake? What did you cover the wings with?

Jim

Tim Hooper04/02/2019 22:44:13
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Jim,

The front lower part of the cowl (with air intake) is a separate item, which is attached by a screw to the front of the fuselage.

The flying surfaces are covered in silver Solartex, with more strips of the same pretending to be rib tapes

Tim

Jim Mansfield04/02/2019 23:21:01
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Thanks again Tim, That's kinda thinking the same way to facilitate motor removal if required.

Solartex is not available here anymore so my thought was non shiny "aluminum" Monocote, I like the idea of am additional strip pretending to be rib tapes. I purchased 9/32" brass tube and remade the oleo struts to accommodate the 1/4" springs, also slightly squashed some aluminum airfoil to cover the oleo struts, so my U/C is built except for paint. I'm not sure about the fairing the struts yet as small nosing does not seem to be available either. I'll think of something .

Thanks again for your assistance

Jim

Jim Mansfield26/02/2019 21:08:34
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b2 ready to cover 2.jpgb2 almost ready to cover 1.jpgScale tail skidb2 trimmed.jpgwings b2.jpgHi Tim, not sure if you are still following your post, just a couple of photos of my progress.

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