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Christopher Eeles16/09/2020 04:31:39
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Posted by Ted Khinsoe on 22/08/2020 14:34:14:

c11013ca-fe1a-4bd9-beff-54e98c39ec7b.jpegHello good to see a fellow colonial

i built one a couple of years back. The covers supplied with the kit are very flimsy and I think would be a simple matter to make from ply and add vents from styrene or litho (aluminium cans are useful). I’d be happy to take measurements of mine if you wish. The photo is mine before I crashed and had to rebuild the front end requiring reshaping the lower part of the nose

Ted

Hi Ted,

Can you tell me about the finishing of your model please? Is it an antique solartex colour and/or painted fuselage etc...thinking of also goimg that colour scheme...

Cheers

Chris

Edited By Ted Khinsoe on 22/08/2020 14:38:14

Christopher Eeles18/09/2020 10:53:31
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Posted by jeff2wings on 04/02/2016 21:55:50:

A bit like this then

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Jeff or Nigel...I'm assuming when building the aileron as a separate unit and using the method above you used a thicker or laminated leading edge piece so you could make the half round shape? I'm also assuming that the aileron ribs front faces are then cut square (perpendicular) as there's no need to tapes them like the original plan?

Christopher Eeles21/09/2020 10:56:21
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Top wingA wet and windy day here today, typical spring weather in Southern Australia. No chance to go flying so a productive day in the workshop. Top wing basically complete apart from servo covers and sanding. I've used LOTS of tips from members here which has helped a great deal to improve the build and avoid stuff ups etc. I also tackled the interplane struts which were actually pretty easy. Still need final sanding and shaping.

Next are the ailerons...building them like Jeff and Nigel with rounded leading edge, robart hinges etc.

I have to scratch-₩build the undercarriage "wing" because the ribs were missing from the kit but I have the templates on the main rib sheets and I can use the waste ply from the same sheets to make new ribs. Easy job...fortunately all the hardware for the undercarriage is still there. (I know the original kit owner started on the build but stopped almost straight away so I think that's where the undercart ribs ended up..in his shed somewhere lol)

I found, like Nigel, that the strut mounting system in the wings was actually pretty straight forward once I stopped stressing about it lol.

Cheers Chris

Interplane struts

Edited By Christopher Eeles on 21/09/2020 10:58:19

Harrier Mate21/09/2020 21:18:12
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Coming along nicely Chris. Yours will be finished before mine!

Christopher Eeles22/09/2020 04:31:17
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Maybe Nigel, but it won't be as nice as yours!

Cheers

Chris

jeff2wings10/10/2020 12:39:59
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Hi guys ,can you tell me how much down thrust the engine has ??

Ted Khinsoe10/10/2020 15:03:36
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Hi Chris sorry for the late reply. The fuselage is covered in sig koverall wings solartex with light spray of white enamel to lighten an give it an uneven finish. Decals inkjet printed testors waterslide. Matt water based “urethane” over the top.

ted

Edited By Ted Khinsoe on 10/10/2020 15:09:59

Ted Khinsoe10/10/2020 15:40:04
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Pics of my servo installation as I wanted to use cables rather than pushrods for the tail. I also used SBUS for the aileron servos using the struts as connections to the wing. You can see one connection point soldered to a nut on the side of the fuseimg_2314.jpgimg_2313.jpg

Edited By Ted Khinsoe on 10/10/2020 15:43:37

Christopher Eeles13/10/2020 07:38:48
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Hi All...Ted....great photos and info. I’m currently away camping for a month so no modelling unfortunately but I did get most of the main construction completed before we left last week so all awaits when we get back!

I’ve managed to acquire some wheels and a mate 3D printed the guns and pilot for me so happy days.

I’ve sorted in my mind how to do the electric conversion so like Jeff I need to ensure the correct thrust lines for the new firewall !

cheers all

Chris

Trevor13/10/2020 09:37:18
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That's a beautiful installation. I also like the tapered 'V' slots for the wing dowels - I might crib that idea!

I'm guessing your practice of wrapping the receiver in foam comes from flying with crystal-controlled receivers. Modern 2.4GHz receivers don't have these fragile crystals but do have microprocessors churning away which can generate rather more heat than the old FM sets. It's unlikely to be a significant issue in practice, but you might like to think about incorporating a bit of ventilation into the receiver wrapping.

Thanks for an interesting thread.

Trevor

Christopher Eeles13/10/2020 11:48:10
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Hi Trevor,

The V wing dowel plate is the actual one supplied in the kit.

It’s a great idea! Agreed that Ted’s installation is excellent!

I’m also going to follow his idea of covering... it will be a new experience for me to use koverall

cheers

Christopher Eeles05/11/2020 11:59:32
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Hi all....just returned from a month away camping in outback Victoria...so no building updates however a mate of mine 3d printed the "Red Baron" style pilot and the machine guns which was a great help and a welcome gesture.

He also tried to 3d print wheels but they turned out too heavy...and although not to scale, I've obtained some wire wheels and will add my own covers.

Need to order some robart hinges before too long....

Next job is the new firewall for the electric motor, and removable top deck for battery access...plus SANDING and shaping everything...

Summer is here so lots of flying and not as much on the build front but I'm enjoying the process...

Cheers

Chris in Oz.

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Ted Khinsoe05/11/2020 14:18:04
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Thanks for the posive comments.

Trevor you're right wrapping the Rx is a hangover from the old days. I now dont wrap the Rx and will change this when I next dismantle the model. It stays assembled 99% of the time as it fts in the car fully rigged.

Chris, your mate has done a great job. Scale models look so much better with a pilot.

Look forward to more progress

Ted

Christopher Eeles09/11/2020 09:50:33
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Thanks Ted, my mate Joe also made the guns (as photo) but had to use a filament printer rather than the liquid printer of the pilot. Unfortunately this left tiny plastic fibers in the cooling casing holes which I couldn't remove easily but won't be too noticeable esp since my model will be "stand way off" scale lol...

Used a razor plane for the first time in over 30 years to begin shaping the leading edges and especially the ailerons. Worked a treat...forgot how satisfying it is to peel off curls of balsa!

Gorgeous hot weather here in Australia so off flying each day this week...

Cheers

Chris

Christopher Eeles09/11/2020 09:52:54
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Guns

Harrier Mate09/11/2020 10:38:03
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Brilliant looking guns.

Ron Gray09/11/2020 11:01:06
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3D print ‘whiskers’ can be reduced by subtle use of a hot air gun (don’t overheat!!!).

Christopher Eeles29/11/2020 00:26:45
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So....not much building as I'm practicing for the next F3A aerobatics competition in December and of course, the summer means camping weather so we've been away for a month doing just that! My son is an excellent model painter for miniature war gaming so he painted the pilot for me. It's not a great photo but even the eyes have various shading and highlighting. Next build job is to definitely sort out the new firewall and removable deck as it's holding me up at the moment...

Cheers from Sunny Australia and no Covid (hooray)....

Chris

Painted pilot

Edited By Christopher Eeles on 29/11/2020 00:27:58

Christopher Eeles24/12/2020 10:43:35
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Just a quick post to wish you all a Merry Christmas . Fortunately we have no lockdown or restrictions so we've been out and about enjoying the Aussie summer. Meanwhile the Fokker sits awaiting further work...it appears that there's some history in these flair models...they seem to take a year or two to complete lol...

Guys...stay safe wherever you are and enjoy the festive season...

Cheers Chris Eeles Warragul Victoria AUSTRALIA

 

Edited By Christopher Eeles on 24/12/2020 10:44:19

Harrier Mate24/12/2020 14:09:03
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Hi Chris..... and a Happy Christmas to you too in Aus.... guess it’s Christmas Day already or very nearly there! We are well and truly under strict travel and meeting restrictions here..... but lots of time for model building! 😎

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