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Citabria Pro (1/8 scale)

A 48", parasol-winged, aerobat.

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Ton van Munsteren05/03/2013 22:40:29
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Woooo Tim that looks just great yes and that big hatch is also very handy.


Lindsay Todd05/03/2013 22:59:20
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Well that looks rather good, think you nailed that fuz shape. Linds

Martian06/03/2013 09:05:51
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superb work as always Tim, very skilled. will have to be patient but am anxious to see it covered


Edited By Martian on 06/03/2013 09:06:43

Tim Hooper06/03/2013 21:17:12
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Thanks Gents!

There's lots of details to tidy up before I get to the covering stage. For instance, the servo tray was fitted this evening.....


Tim Hooper10/03/2013 19:28:45
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.....and a weekend of filling and sanding!

I've had a bash at making the cowl for the exhaust outlets below the cowl. Thre strips of balsa and a smear of filler. Easy peasy!



Danny Fenton10/03/2013 19:37:22
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looks great Tim, the balsa has a sheen, is that sanding sealer? Cheers Danny

Edited By Danny Fenton on 10/03/2013 19:38:32

Tim Hooper11/03/2013 18:26:20
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Yes Danny, I've doused all the fiddly bits in sanding sealer in a bid to fill/hide all the defects. All I need to do now is to persuade the covering film to stretch itself around all those horrible corners.....


Danny Fenton11/03/2013 18:44:25
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Oooo can I be a fly on the wall when you try and film cover that exhaust shroud. Theres a great covering material for that, comes in aerosol wink 2 called PAINT lol

Looks really good Tim, I look forward to seeing it at Greenacres



Ian Easton14/03/2013 01:08:42
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Another cracker Tim. I wish I could build with such speed as you. I was about to ask how you fashion your clamps when I saw the bit about the swage block - perfect timing. Do you use that to make the P clamps too?


Tim Hooper14/03/2013 21:47:52
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Hi Ian!

I make the P-clips by bending a pice of brass over a short length of appropriately sized piano wire with my fingers, then popping the 'tails' into the vice to finish the bending process. Whislt still griped in the vice, I gently tap the protruding loop to one side to give the offset.

I really ought to take some pics of the process, yes?

Hey, are you in the UK for a trip to Old Warden sometime this year?


Tim Hooper17/03/2013 21:12:07
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Definite progress, as the iron comes out of hibernation. The wing's underside is covered and then the aileron servos fitted. The servfos are connected to a Y-lead which exits the wing at the centre-section. Once the leads are connected I should be able to tuck the connection back inside the wing out of sight. That's the theory anyway!


I'm fitting the servos before covering the top of the wing, so I haven't got reams of excess cabling spilling out everywhere.


When it comes to covering struts etc. I like to cover all of the fiddly bits first, before doing the larger areas.




I know my trusty old travel iron gives amusement to some, but this is really all you need for the job!


The top of the wing is covered in white, and awaits the sunburst rays. The cabane and undercart fairings are also white and can just be seen lurking on the window cill.



Edited By Tim Hooper on 17/03/2013 21:13:00

Martian18/03/2013 10:52:56
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it's looking good Tim,on your advice I got a lightweight iron form asda only £4 ,good eh I guess I can also iron a shirt or 2 :0

Tim Hooper20/03/2013 21:38:55
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Good work Martin!

My iron has been working overtime this evening.....

Here's the fuselage in its red and white Solarfilm base colours.


....and then the postman brought the graphics pack from Tim Calvert at

Fuselage registrations.


Some very clever double-layer chequerboard logos for the nose. I added the pin stripes, cut from Solartrim.


Quite a transformation, yes?


Lindsay Todd20/03/2013 21:45:45
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Looks very smart Tim, your catching me up! which will fly first? Linds

Andrew76720/03/2013 21:51:14
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Tim.....Do you use standard Solarfilm or the Supershrink Polyester please?......Nice covering job BTW thumbs up


Robin Kearney20/03/2013 22:33:02
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Looking nice Tim, I like the detail where the white around the cowl makes a little arrow shape into the red.

Its a little bit off topic, but what are you using as a backdrop in those photos?


Tim Hooper20/03/2013 22:49:58
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Linds, I'm hoping to have it ready for a maiden by Easter. Well, that's the plan anyway......

Andrew, it's normal, shiny Solarfilm.

Robin, I'm lucky enough to have a sort of studio up in the attic. There's an 8ft wide roll of paper, that comes down the wall and then across the floor in one sweep, so there's no hard transition between them. I have a couple of old studio flashes, which means I can shoot at f22 (ISO 400) for maximum depth of field.


Martian21/03/2013 12:17:58
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looking really good Tim.

Bob Cotsford21/03/2013 13:14:28
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Tim, on a Gladitor I restored a few years ago I ran the upper wing servo cable up the cabanes as per yours, but I fitted a fuselage charge socket in the wing to terminate the extension on that side. All I did was plug it in while assembling the model. There wasn't enough slack where the extension exited the cabane for it to unplug itself. No pics I'm afraid as the overweight pig model lunched itself big stylee.

Futaba, JR or Spektrum External charging holder halfway down the page

Tim Hooper21/03/2013 21:48:57
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That's a great idea about the charging socket. Too late for this model, but one I'll certainly file away in the mental forgettary for future reference!


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