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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


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...



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



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 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!



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.


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


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.


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


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