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« on: October 18, 2017, 04:17:42 PM »

Hi y'all,
Building a Easy Built kit that has caused me some problems.  Kit was given to me and I didn't realize until into the build that it was missing one of the printed parts balsa sheets.  Built the wing panels first and and this went fine and the wood is of excellent quality.  I've actually been impressed with this kit so far.  My problem was not with Easy Built but with not recognizing that a print sheet was missing after I was well into the build.  That's my fault.  I was eager to get this build started and didn't study the plans as well as I should have.  Confession over!  

Here's the components so far...
Tom
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« Reply #1 on: October 18, 2017, 06:57:31 PM »

Neat Tom. You'll have a nice flying model there.

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« Reply #2 on: October 20, 2017, 05:06:40 PM »

Finished the stringers and add two motor anchors... I moved them forward one bay from the wire hook on the plan and then two bays forward for the next anchor. 

In the pictures of the model on Easy Built I noticed that the yellow Speedster has the motor anchor move 3 bays forward.

I also finished up the cockpit tubing for the windscreen, and fuselage sides.  Interesting setup.  I just sanded the 1/16" square to a round stick and then wet it with water and bent it around the plan using "T-Pins" for the curves. 

I added the second layer of the landing gear struts and sanded them to an airfoil shape.  Still have to add the fairing to the top of the gear struts.  The wheel pants are almost an inch and a quarter wide.  They are laminated now and drying. 

The wing struts are made and will be removable with sockets to plug into in the wing and fuselage. 

The nose block was quite a job of sanding and sanding and sanding to achieve the desired shape.  The opening in the cowling was from the plan and has too larger of an opening on the port side.  So there was some filling and more sanding to be done.  I plan on sticking a engine cylinder in the starboard opening. 

I also added a couple stringers on each side of the vertical stab/rudder to make a socket for it to fit into. 

Here's the latest pictures.
Tom
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« Reply #3 on: October 21, 2017, 09:34:05 PM »

Been working on what I call the fiddley bits...wheel pants, cockpit framing and fairings for the wing roots, tail gear and support, wing struts and sockets, etc.  Still lots to be done but most of the major sanding has been accomplished by finishing the wheel pants.  Still have some sockets to place for the wing struts and the fairings for the gear struts on the fuselage.  But looking more like a Speedster.
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« Reply #4 on: November 02, 2017, 08:48:33 PM »

Well I finally got the tissue on the bones and made new wheels of foamboard laminated to a core of 1/16".  Much lighter but they fit a bit too snug to the wheel pants so they need a touch of sandpaper to fit a bit better.  Sealed the tissue with some Krylon Chrystal Clear matte that I had around.  Now to clean up and get ready for some airbrushed paint. 
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« Reply #5 on: November 02, 2017, 10:24:43 PM »

Nice work Tom.  Looking forward to more build pics.

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« Reply #6 on: November 03, 2017, 06:45:31 PM »

Thanks Don...this has been a nice kit...even though a couple printed parts sheets were missing.  But the parts were easily made.  Being that I usually build from plans and have to make my own kits! Wink Cool
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« Reply #7 on: November 05, 2017, 04:05:30 AM »

Nice effort Tom. Very clean covering job.

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« Reply #8 on: November 05, 2017, 05:22:36 AM »

Yes indeed it is.  Something very appealing about a stick and tissue job that is neatly done. 
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« Reply #9 on: November 05, 2017, 11:13:17 PM »

Thanks fellas...progressing on to paint! Wink Cool
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« Reply #10 on: November 08, 2017, 02:43:08 PM »

Got the paint on and the fuselage stripes.  Still have the white flashes on the wheel pants to do.  The glazing on the cockpit windows and windscreen.  Nose plug and prop.  Then I'll be close to finishing. 
Here's the pics of the latest progress.
Tom
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« Reply #11 on: November 08, 2017, 02:52:59 PM »

Very nicely done.  I love the color.
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« Reply #12 on: November 08, 2017, 03:32:00 PM »

That looks like Dodge "Plum Crazy" colour.  And it is as striking on your ship as it is on their cars!  Beautiful.
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« Reply #13 on: November 08, 2017, 03:39:10 PM »

Hi Sky,

Really nice paint. What's the color and product? Did you mask and spray the white or use some other technique? If masked, what a nice job. I'm looking forward to the trim-flight phase as this is a nice, big model.

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« Reply #14 on: November 08, 2017, 09:34:50 PM »

That is gorgeous Tom!! 
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« Reply #15 on: November 09, 2017, 09:27:30 AM »

A right royal colour. Fitting for a right royal model, what?
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« Reply #16 on: November 10, 2017, 12:46:44 PM »

Thanks fellas for the nice comments...

The fuselage flash is Monokote trim sheet white.  I made a paper pattern and then cut the scallops around the nose separate from the long strip back to the tail.
The wheel pants were painted using masks from yellow Frog tape.  Worked pretty well but doesn't like to go around curves very well.   I'm going to have to go to the auto paint store and get some 1/4" masking tape that seems to work better.

I used a tape handle to hold the window panels for placing once Aleene's Tacky Glue was placed in the openings. It dries clear and holds well!

This is being built for another persons so I won't be doing the flying. But I must say this should be a good flyer.  I see one in my personal fleet in the future.
Tom
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« Reply #17 on: November 10, 2017, 05:04:31 PM »

Thanks for all the nice comments... I did get a wrinkle from the paint on the vertical stab that didn't shrink out. Shocked

Bill, had to go check on the paint...I raided my wife's craft cabinet for this color.  It's Valspar Premium finish micromist spray (rattle can) 85025 Satin Sumptous Purple.  My only regret is it isn't gloss.  But it is the proper shade of purple requested by the friend requesting the build.

I think she bought it at Walmart...I see it's available there.  One of her favorite shopping sites!
Tom
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« Reply #18 on: November 10, 2017, 07:59:13 PM »

Hi Sky,

Thanks for your information. I've used the Monokote trim sheet for letters and numbers and found it pretty easy. Doing a flash, as you have done, would be an entirely different challenge. I, too, will look for the color and product at my Wally.

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« Reply #19 on: November 11, 2017, 01:24:26 AM »

I built this kit about 7 or 8 years ago. It flew very well, but its better with a removeable nose plug. My model weighed around 78 grams, i used 4 strands of 1/4 inch and used the prop supplied in the kit. I had flights that went over a 60 seconds , i know it can do better.
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« Reply #20 on: November 11, 2017, 09:30:14 AM »

Nice build Tom, realy wanted to buy this model a couple of months ago but it was out of stock. So got the 30” Aeronca instead. My 1st experience with EBM wasnt great. The plan didnt seem to be right left and right side of the wing was different shapes. Slightly. Balsa was good. Will hopefully get this 36” rearwin someday. Definately need a stronger winder then :-). Good luck
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