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« Reply #25 on: January 05, 2016, 11:39:14 AM »

Very nice Steveair2!  I like the lines of the plane.
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« Reply #26 on: January 14, 2016, 01:39:04 AM »

Thanks Pat!  For some reason I think you may know Mr. Kuenz.  If you do, next time you see him say hello from his nephew Jim and his good friend Steve.
I'm helping Jim build a Legal Eagle Ultralight.

Jim showed me a peanut Beech Staggerwing on floats that  Mr. Kuenz built.  Truly amazing work!

Today I glued the vertical stabilizer to the horizontal stabilizer and lightly glued the assembly to the fuselage.
I used the UHU glue to attach the red trim.  Works great.  I apply the UHU to the area to be covered.  It ends up a uneven consistency on the surface.  I then rub it onto the surface with my finger until the glue smooths out and goes from blue to clear.  Then I apply the trim pieces dry.     
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« Reply #27 on: January 14, 2016, 10:05:55 PM »

Today I finished the trim with some black.  The UHU glue works great for trim.  Made a short test glide in the living room.  Of course the leading edge of the wing hits a table leg!  Luckily no damage.  Currently at 27 grams.  I really like this model.  
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« Reply #28 on: January 15, 2016, 06:45:37 PM »

Turned out really nice.  Congrats.  I might need to build that one day.
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« Reply #29 on: January 15, 2016, 11:53:07 PM »

Thanks very much Big!  I have enjoyed building this model.  Wheels, prop and rubber left to go. 
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« Reply #30 on: January 16, 2016, 08:43:11 AM »

She's a beauty in that red trim.

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« Reply #31 on: January 16, 2016, 09:28:54 AM »

DT?

I love the looks of your model.  You have provided an excellent build log. 

I learned a few valuable building techniques along the way.

Thank you.
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« Reply #32 on: January 16, 2016, 05:21:36 PM »

Thanks for a very informative and interesting coverage. Good luck with it. It definitely needs a DT as Cal suggests.

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« Reply #33 on: June 17, 2017, 03:44:18 AM »

Thanks for all the kind words!  I apologize for the delay with the build.  I've finally figured out what I wanted for wheels.
I found that tracing a quarter made a one inch wheel pattern.  Having a band saw makes easy work trimming.  Being one inch in diameter made finding the center very easy.  I stuck a T pin through them and spun them up in the Dremel.  Using my sanding tools, I was able to shape them round and gave them I nice little taper.
Then I chucked them up in a cordless drill on low speed.  I use cheap acrylic paint and painted them at low RPM.  Using a small brush and the low RPM allowed me to paint the black on nicely.  I'll spray some clear over them in the morning.   
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« Reply #34 on: June 17, 2017, 03:59:58 AM »

Here's  the picture of the wheel in the Dremel.  It was neat to shape the wheels this way.  I was not planning on using a DT because I only planned on low wind flights.
I've changed my mind.  I found a DT that I like.  I'll post more about it later.
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« Reply #35 on: June 18, 2017, 03:41:06 AM »

I sprayed three coats of crystal clear Rustoleum on the wheels this morning.  They came out great.  I think I forgot to mention that I used 1/8"  light ply from the scrap box for the wheels.   Installed a eight inch Peck prop with only two strands of 1/8" rubber for testing.  The test glides in the back yard were very short but straight. 
I can't wait to do some trim flights.  I need to build a winding stooge.  No DT for now but I'm thinking about making a Silly Putty DT.  I also want a Superior wood prop. 
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