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Andy Meade30/08/2014 19:39:01
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awesome!

Mark Kettle 102/09/2014 20:06:20
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Any progress Andy?

Andy Meade04/09/2014 16:09:07
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Nothing major to report as yet Mark - 2x servo trays are now in - one for elevons and rudder, another for canards. Lot's of glassing and filling and sanding going on at the moment, and the pine LE's are on the wing. Will get some photos done when there's something interesting to look at

Mark Kettle 104/09/2014 16:50:58
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Great, seen on a video of one recently a Viggen approaching Waddington, also about two years ago I sold one at a swapmeet a fully decorated Viggen -profile fuse etc, could have sold it 6 times over because when it was put behind the stand for save keeping.

Andy Meade29/09/2014 09:33:36
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20140929_080053.jpgWell, I was away on holiday for a week in the camper, so missed my sanding block and film iron so much, I decided to use them both all day yesterday, ha.

A quick shot of the Viggen and Phantom, after a quick wet and dry this morning. I stuck to the silver solarfilm / prymol / car primer formula that worked reasonably well on the Me262 on all the ailerons / rudders / elevators / canards / fins, and all over the F4 wing. The Viggen's wing has had a LOT of filling and sanding in progressive stages (a poor glass finish by previous owners unfortunately) but I decided to call it done as is. The Viggen fus is glass, so got a quick rub down then a breath of prymol on it before primer coat.

Time to fit the waggly bits on both airframes, then we are ready for some top coat action.

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Mark Kettle 129/09/2014 10:20:48
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Nice Andy, what's the scale of both Viggen and Phantom. yes

Andy Meade29/09/2014 10:45:52
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Hi Mark,

Viggen should be 1/8th, not sure on the Phantom! Must be 1/13th or thereabouts? I know my Me262 is 1/12th and she looks like she could carry the Phantom off for dinner!

Just checked Wikipedia (1755cm long) and the original HMM site (94cm long)- she should be ~1/18th scale! Cripes, that's small.

Here is a link to the HMM site :

http://www.metcalfehmm.freeserve.co.uk/phantom.htm

Mark Kettle 129/09/2014 11:09:03
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Cheers Andy, see you soon.

Phil Cooke29/09/2014 22:11:19
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The Viggen looks superb Andy, the glass fus has captured all the curves and bulk very nicely! Are you blocking the air intakes or planning to let the air flow through the fus?

Andy Meade29/09/2014 23:16:27
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Hi Phil, and thanks I would like to block the intakes off, but they are so big I'm just not sure as yet. Will make some foam plugs I think, and try her with and without.

Andy Meade03/10/2014 13:31:40
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All righty then! A few pics form lunch time. These two batteries are going into the nose (2500mah) :

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5 cell 6v packs. These were from my glider tug, but she is being changed over to LiFe over the winter, and these have only been cycled 5 or 6 times, so should be fine for this beastie. Will be run into a FRSky D8R-SP Rx, either through an SM services battery backer, or if I get time, a dual diode harness off the switches which are here in the nose :

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Oh yes - all servos are now in too, and flight controls tied up. Means she will be a little heavier when the spraying starts tonight, but that shouldn't be a problem. Canard servos :

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Elevon servos :

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So spraying starts in earnest tonight on the top coat - that should give me most of next week for details and nav lights, and with a bit of luck the decal set from Pyramid might turn up too.

Oh, also had a panic on the wing bolt front. She already has two captive nuts embedded in the fus structure, but I cannot find any bolts that fit in my collection! Just ordered a couple of sets from ebay to retro fit ASAP.

Are we on course for next Saturday maiden? Yes.

Mark Kettle 103/10/2014 13:42:22
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Lovely.

Tim Mackey03/10/2014 20:46:52
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Hope the weather has calmed a little before then surprise - was up the summit today - couldn't stand hardly!

Andy Meade03/10/2014 22:06:38
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sounds about ideal conditions Tim!

Andy Meade13/10/2014 09:46:53
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Well, here she is in her almost-finished state, snapped by the gaffer Phil Cooke. Not enough wind for her to fly this last weekend, but there's lots of wind about at the moment...!

Still to do : canopy framing, nav light install, weathering, laquer.

I have started masking the canopy off this morning ready for the framing paintwork to go on. Anyone know what colour light should be on an airplane's chuff? I have a read beacon for the top and bottom, a high intensity headlight (that will go underneath and facing forward...somewhere), and then not sure what should go where. Can't do the wing tip beacons as I forgot to run the leads in when I was working on it

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Mark Kettle 113/10/2014 16:01:12
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Very nice Andy, I wish I could be with you to see it when it fly's next weekend when your back at the Orme.

Andy Meade13/10/2014 16:52:36
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That's only a maybe at the moment Mark - the wind looks good, but to my mind currently a high risk of rain and a lot of SSE winds too. Lleyn Peninsula looks good however...

And thanks for the kind comments too

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Mark Kettle 113/10/2014 16:58:33
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Ok yes. let's hope......any way it's in the post Andy...saab 37.jpg

Andy Meade13/10/2014 17:02:45
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aha, many thanks fella - looking forward to it

Steve McLaren20/10/2014 18:41:30
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Did you go back up to North Wales at the weekend Andy? Any news?

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