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An idiot's guide to building a Barnstormer

Or how an idiot went about trying to build a Barnstormer 63

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Nigel Day05/10/2014 20:13:25
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The best laid plans etc. Spent this morning and the first half of this afternoon helping my domestic Godess. Given time off for good behaviour at around 3 so only got the ailerons covered (but not heat shrunk) and most of the bottom half of the wing(s).

So just for Cymaz:

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Still hoping to get the covering finished tomorrow. blush

cymaz05/10/2014 21:02:13
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Whoop whoop laugh

Nigel Day06/10/2014 21:01:52
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Covering of the wing nearly finished, just got the wingtips to do. smiley

Nigel Day07/10/2014 15:43:28
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Wing finished and as proof:

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I'll post a photo of the completed beast later.

Motor, ESC etc and receiver still to be fitted - oh and motor ro be tested too. Best to do that before I put it in methinks.

I wouldn't want to set fire to the Barnstormer before even getting it into the air eh John?

Danny Fenton07/10/2014 15:53:48
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Looks great Nigel well done

john stones 107/10/2014 16:22:31
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That looks to be a very true wing Nigel, excellent jobyes

Now get some flying done, you've a Chippy to fly next smiley

John

p.s you enjoyed it ?

cymaz07/10/2014 17:32:10
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My offer to come to our club still stands, Nigel

Nigel Day07/10/2014 17:38:35
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Thanks Danny.

Loved just about every minute of it John. I suspect that I'm going to be a builder and very occasional flyer. But since I've never actually flown yet, who's to say?

I'm torn between converting the Junior 60 I built to electric (and pulling the nose apart) or buying a foamy trainer to learn with. I want to fly the B'stormer of course but I'd hate to lose it on my first flight. sad

I learnt a lot from this build over the Junior 60 but I'm seeing just how much more there is to learn with the Chippie project! Loved the covering bit and found that I'm quite good with the first/bottom sheet but I struggled a bit more with the wingtips on the upper sheet. Still, it looks good enough but there's room for improvement.

I also need to learn to make things truer and to keep measurements more accurate. Both of the ailerons are very slightly out of true - possibly warped (or the wing is!) - but swings freely. I'll see if it makes a difference when it gets flown.

Martian07/10/2014 17:49:04
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nice one Nigel glad you enjoyed the build

john stones 107/10/2014 17:56:36
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Only my opinion Nigel, if that is your second build you've done much better than I did with mine. I agree put this one aside and get something flying.

John

Nigel Day07/10/2014 17:56:57
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Thanks Martin.

Thanks Cymaz. I may make it over sometime to see how a proper club operates but it wouldn't be to join or on a regular basis. I'll sort out a basic trainer one way or another and, when I've done some more sim flying, probably take myself 4 miles up the road to the edge of Bodmin Moor. There's a good flying area there and the sheep and horses keep the grass pretty short. There are a few others that fly there several days a week too.

Colin Leighfield07/10/2014 18:01:10
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You've done a nice job of the wing Nigel, very nice. Taking your time isn't always a bad thing.

Martian07/10/2014 18:01:26
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I can across a site that sold kits made out of Correx the other day the planes were virtually indestructible and cheap

Martian07/10/2014 18:09:26
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here is a link Nigel

Colin Leighfield07/10/2014 18:16:32
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Don't tell Lindsey that one of them is called Batfink! He'll have to run his name choosing competition again!

Nigel Day07/10/2014 19:25:15
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Thanks Colin, John.

The Profilm hides a multitude of sins - but it also highlights a few others too. Hence the lack of close-ups. wink

Thanks Martin - but I don't plan on crashing it that often! I'm happy to spend a few more spondoolies too. smiley

Edited By Nigel Day on 07/10/2014 19:27:17

Edited By Nigel Day on 07/10/2014 19:28:35

Nigel Day07/10/2014 20:15:30
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Here's the whole beastie in one piece - minus motor etc.

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You might be able to see what I mean about the wingtips here. It doesn't look too bad in the photos but I had a real job to get rid of the wrinkles along the length of the tips.

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If you zoom into the wing proper, you'll be able to see the glue spot bumps and filler mounds. blush

I really enjoyed the covering though. The Junior 60 was done with a travel iron. This was done with a Prolux iron and a Black & Decker variable power hot air gun. Both worth every penny.

Colin Leighfield07/10/2014 20:20:03
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Super smart Nigel and a banded on undercarriage always was a very good idea.

Danny Fenton07/10/2014 20:24:12
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Looks great Nigel, this would make a great trainer
Cheers
Danny
Nigel Day07/10/2014 20:27:21
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Yes, thanks Danny, but it's not going to be my very first, and short-lived, trainer.wink

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