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ZK BAP26/03/2013 08:32:24
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just ordered 1/4 scale kit from my reliable local hobby shop. Airsail made a limited run of these kits again since many years and i was lucky enough to secure one. apart from talking to anyone who has built one, my question is what motor? a twin would be good sound wise. i think petrol is the way to go. kit says 20cc min. i tend to go bigger like in the beaver and chipmunk. any ideas? i will try take a build blog too. i love airsail kits. they are a true builders breed. Many thanks. Happy flying.

ps. beaver flew superb on maiden. tracked straght and lifted perfectly ) an old timer who restored the origional one tested it for me. what an honor!

regards

ZK

ZK BAP28/03/2013 08:05:18
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Kit arrived today. Wow. Heavy box. Upon inspection, first impressions.....great!

The roll of plans weighs what the balsa does lol. will do a checklist and take some pics this weekend.

ZK BAP02/04/2013 08:26:49
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Just added a few pics to my albums of first construction sequence. The air frame is started from building the nose engine firewall to the dashboard as to say. I have read a bit about these kits on various overseas sites, your being one of them. I am pleased to say that the 'little bugs' in fitment is sorted as far as i found.

The only really tricky bit with this section is fitting the top triangle on sides where 3 triangles meet, but nothing an experienced model builder should not be able to overcome. After all the kit is for such a modeller. I hope to have this section complete tomoro and start on the cabin sides.

Regards

ZK

ZK BAP07/04/2013 21:11:10
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just put up a few more picsin my album, this time the cabin sides. I deviated from the instructions at this point and decided to build 1 side on top of the other to ensure accuracy using small bits of plastic over the glue joins. Balsa doublers were added last after a check fit to fuselarge. result is two mirror image cabin sides so wing incidence etc is spot on. Hope to place the sides on in next couple days and start wire work.

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ZK

ZK BAP05/07/2013 08:25:23
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just recieved my dla 35ra today. will have to have a play on the weekend lol. have not done too much more on the airframe as been bbusy with work, but it is now sitting on big 6in inflatable balloon tyres.

ZK BAP07/08/2013 09:02:00
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Well I must say sorry for not posting more updates, I have been busy at work what with the rebuild and being a Linemarker. Too many roads and runways to paint lol...Anyways, the DLE35RA runs a treat throwing a 20 x 8 prop. Plenty power for the Auster at about half at a guess. About 18kg pulling power i think, anyways great engine. designed for planes with the rear carb and exhaust. Talking of which, i will build a muffler to plug into the 2 exhaust just to make it quieter. I am currently working on the interior. Seats are made and the Mrs being a seemstres is currently doing the upholstry. I have half done the rear false floor and all linkages are working body only. The wings i have not even started due to space....so i decided complete one section first.

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Tony Bennett07/08/2013 09:19:32
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very nice seats sir.

watching this build with interest.

ZK BAP10/08/2013 04:48:02
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I am having trouble finding some good cabin/cockpit pictures of XR246. There are no Austers in NZ. So im taking a guess on colours and inside trim etc.

David Davis10/08/2013 06:21:13
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If you were to get in touch with the people at www.eggesfordairfield.co.uk they might be able to help with pictures of the interior of an Auster.

Tony Bennett10/08/2013 09:27:44
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ZK BAP10/08/2013 22:11:16
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Hi guys, and thaks for the info. I will email the airfield and see if they can help. With all that space in the cabin it would be a shame not to detail it.

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ZK BAP12/08/2013 11:09:53
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The floor and side panels are primed and test fit ok. Every aircraft should have one of these

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ZK BAP12/08/2013 11:11:13
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Tony Bennett12/08/2013 11:11:31
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very nice work sir.

must get started on mine this year.

ZK BAP12/08/2013 11:16:57
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Think ill go to town with the cabin )

Still got beaver and chippy to fly.

Tony Bennett12/08/2013 11:28:05
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yes.

go town with the cabin details please.

so i can steal (i mean borrow) some of your methods. cheeky

Biggles' Elder Brother - Moderator12/08/2013 13:49:28
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Nice work ZK - the Auster really invites loads of interior detailling with all that space and glass!

BEB

ZK BAP12/08/2013 20:53:33
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Tony, if you do need some of my ;methods; i will be morethan happy to share when you start your 1. This plane is a true 'builders' kit, and thinking outside the square from day dot and pre planning is the way to go. There were a few tricky sections, like wire up top of cabin etc very hard to get right, but is really enjoyable building as space is plenty to work in. Yes Biggles, i hope i can replicate in good fashion, my skills are not that good but learning more with every component i build. Interior pictures of the rear cabin etc are very hard to find, so sort of 'guessing' what may be in there.

cheers

ZK BAP

Biggles' Elder Brother - Moderator12/08/2013 20:59:38
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Well your skills look good to me ZK! I like the first aid box - a nice touch!

BEB

Tony Bennett12/08/2013 21:07:07
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mine will be from my own plans

hope to copy the structure completely as scale.

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