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A differant kind of barnstormer

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jeff2wings22/01/2014 22:08:20
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Properly making a rod for my own back here with build No 3 but this has been a project in the offing for some time , and as such will properly rumble along in the background when I find the time to do it.

The idea for this comes from a model I have long had a eye for , the Wifurskin from 1966 and looking at it I think it may have had some influence on some of Bodo's models in terms of construction and ,dare I say it, looks ?? What do you think ?

Anyway , it means I will not have to bend more struts for this one wink

barn proj 002.jpg

barn proj 004.jpg

Tony Bennett22/01/2014 22:17:47
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looks nice.

i would drop the wing down a touch more if it were mine, so the top is just level with the nose.

be great to see you building it sir.

Chris Bott - Moderator22/01/2014 22:24:13
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I like it as it is, very nice Jeff.

jeff2wings22/01/2014 22:31:56
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Funny you should say that Tony wink


Tony Bennett22/01/2014 22:40:34
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ah great minds and all that.

Lindsay Todd23/01/2014 12:35:12
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That'll work, nice looking model.

Bernie23/01/2014 12:42:37
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Nice model jeff .any chance you know  were I could obtain a plan my self I am into vintage builds this looks realy nice.


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Bob Cotsford23/01/2014 14:28:10
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the worrying thing is that I remember that issue of the mag being published and the Wifurskin design!

Colin Leighfield23/01/2014 14:41:52
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Sadly, I remember it as well.

jeff2wings23/01/2014 22:47:57
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I was only just 7 when this hit the news stand laughcheeky! don't you just love the cover picture smile d here's some scans of the build article

barn proj 001.jpg

barn proj 002.jpg

Glenn Stratton23/01/2014 23:09:03
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Bernie, My Hobby Store has a Wifurskin on their Xlist plan range, number RC914 for £17.50.

kc24/01/2014 11:22:28
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Thanks for showing the original article --it explains the origins of the ( horrible) name!

( formed from WIzard, FURy & SiSKIN for those with tiny monitor screens )
jeff2wings26/01/2014 19:48:01
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Thanks’ for that Glen I had looked for that (and other plans) some time ago and drew a blank so assumed that they had been “lost” looks as if the x-list is finally being sorted out from its shambolic state of recent years .

However, I’m not looking to make Wifruskin as such but something in the style of with the lest number of changes as I can from the original plan

1.The main change to mount the wing in the shoulder position

2.Change the shape of rear decking

3.Change the shape of fin/rudder

4.Add ailerons ( and flaps ?? )

I’m not to sure as to how effective the flaps would be on a model like this but I suppose there’s one way to find out...........







any ? fire away smiley

jeff2wings26/01/2014 20:18:35
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I did most of the above before Christmas ,so what now follows is “real time” so to speak wink!



I’ve used a couple of liteply formers and a block in front of the tailplane with a 1/2x1 spine that is slightly curved for a bit of visual interest



the front and rear blocks will be notched for the stingers




Tony Bennett26/01/2014 20:36:30
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looking nice so far.

neat building area as well.

jeff2wings29/01/2014 22:18:31
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It's only neat looking Tony because I have shoved all the rubbish out of shot !wink

Finished off the tailplane tonight


Here you can see the scarf joint in the t/plane L/E


Not woodworm ,just pin holes frown


Basic tailplane as drawn


I've added false ribs

Bob Cotsford30/01/2014 10:32:17
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nice joints there Jeff, the very definition of close fitting!

Edited By Bob Cotsford on 30/01/2014 10:32:31

kc30/01/2014 15:07:05
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So it's a Barnstormer 72 with an almost mid wing?

I cannot help thinking the Wifurskin would have sold better with a nicer name instead of something that seems to be a smelly disease or a nagging wife.

Could have been called Friski....Wiski.....

Edited By kc on 30/01/2014 15:08:41

jeff2wings30/01/2014 21:00:06
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My woodwork has benefited greatly since I brought this..........


........only drawback is that there's a lot more dust in the workshop ! laugh


wing panel going together


don't forget the holes for the pushrods/fly leads or....................imga0900.jpg will need something like this to do it blush


The reshaped wing tip, I removed the outer rib bay so wingspan will be about 68" ish

Your dead right about the name kc, I think it sounds like a German sausage of some kind crook

jeff2wings13/02/2014 21:13:45
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Not much time in the workshop this week frown but we press on ...............


re-shaped wing tip


next on the list is cutting out the alirons


stringers added and 1/4 sheet on nose/wing seat


Better be careful or I might end up building a Hurricane by mistake crook !


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