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« Reply #75 on: October 07, 2017, 02:09:22 AM »

I've just caught up with your thread again Steve. Sorry to hear about your dad. I sincerely hope you soon have some free time.
Take care mate.

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« Reply #76 on: October 08, 2017, 09:40:25 PM »

Thank you OZPAF,  it's been a rough last month for me.  I got the weekend off but didn't get much done.  Attended a birthday party last night.
Work changed my hours to 3pm to 3am.  I'm going to tell them that I'm not working weekends anymore.  I may look for a new job next year.

I tried again with the canopy.  The 2.75 liter bottle is just a bit too short for a one piece.  I will have to do it in two sections.  My hobby time is so limited that it gets frustrating working on this canopy.

My tool box build at work is going okay.  The Speed Job I chose is a difficult build with the reflexed airfoil.  It has very many parts for a twenty inch span model.  I can't complain, I chose it because it looked hard to build.  I work on it during breaks and lunch.  
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« Reply #77 on: October 09, 2017, 07:05:37 PM »

Looks like you kept the inner man well fed while you're building Steve Smiley

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« Reply #78 on: October 28, 2017, 10:40:07 PM »

Working through a seven day work week.   No time for model building at home.  I finished the Speed Job wing at work, so I decided to work on the Thing 3 canopy at work.
I'm working on a new canopy and canopy frame.  
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« Reply #79 on: October 29, 2017, 10:29:21 AM »

I gave you a kudo because of the hot stuff bottle.  Not glue but edible hot stuff.  I tried working on a peanut scale YEARS ago at work during lunch.  I could just never get into it and took the pieces home.
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« Reply #80 on: October 29, 2017, 11:32:21 AM »

I gave you a kudo because of the hot stuff bottle.  Not glue but edible hot stuff.  I tried working on a peanut scale YEARS ago at work during lunch.  I could just never get into it and took the pieces home.
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For those new to the hobby, Satellite City was one of the first to bring CA glues to the RC hobby market. They branded their CA glue Hot Stuff, for the heat it gave off as it polymerized.
http://www.caglue.com
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Cut it twice and it's still too short!
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« Reply #81 on: October 29, 2017, 06:59:50 PM »

Thanks for the input guy's.  I just finished a sixty eight and a half hour work week.  This is the first time I've ever built a model at work.  It's interesting to see peoples reactions and comments.   I've been asked if I'm building a boat? Asked if the wing was the "body", and when I was laminating the curved leading edge, one guy said "hey, that's a spar".  Also asked if the canopy frame was a fuselage.  I guess I would have crapped myself if someone said, hey I'm a model builder too!

The first canopy frame I made was a reject due to me redesigning the canopy frame numerous times.  It started as a simple no frame bubble canopy but the two liter bottles are not long enough.  
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« Reply #82 on: October 30, 2017, 12:12:37 AM »

It's good to see they can't keep you down Steve. Keep it up.

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« Reply #83 on: November 03, 2017, 03:52:54 AM »

I finally formed a not perfect but usable canopy tonight at work.   I wrapped it with masking tape for laying out cut lines and left the plug inside while I sanded the edges flush with the bottom of the plug.  I'm also working a frame that's laminated from 1/32" balsa.
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« Reply #84 on: November 03, 2017, 04:03:14 AM »

Looks like you got it.  I molded a clear nose cap (navigator's bay) for my TU 104 project last night.  Took 3 tries to get a good one, using whatever household packaging plastic I came across.  Not the same thing as quality, moldable clear sheet.  All 3 were good, but the plastic whitened on the first 2 of them.  Probably has something to do with the method I use, heating the sheet under a heat gun and then slamming it over the small mold.  If the plastic is heated too long (which is pretty much anything beyond the minimum necessary) it whitens. 
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« Reply #85 on: November 05, 2017, 04:08:30 AM »

Your persistence has paid off Steve. Nice looking canopy.

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« Reply #86 on: November 07, 2017, 01:44:36 AM »

Thanks Bill, thanks John.  Maybe one day I can build like you two can.  You guys are great.
My canopy frame is coming along.  Tonight I'm using the welding rod heater to speed the glue drying process.

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« Reply #87 on: November 07, 2017, 05:35:45 PM »

Steve nothing wrong with your building ability. Good to see you using the facilities. The welding rods need preheating? It must be cold over there .

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« Reply #88 on: November 10, 2017, 01:56:33 AM »

Thanks John,  the welding rod heaters are more for keeping the rods dry rather than warm. 
Tonight I finished planking the turtledeck, applied filler, dried in oven and sanded to shape.

Funny, the other night at 2am I was so tired I gave the Speed Job wing a good full coat of lacquer thinner before I realized I grabbed the wrong bottle.  I meant to use nitrate dope.  I was thinking the dope was really thin.

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« Reply #89 on: November 16, 2017, 01:28:33 AM »

Almost ready for paint.  I planned to stop at Home Depot to get varnish and paint today before work but I over slept.
I still need to remove quite a bit of wood from the frame to lighten it up.  It's slightly lopsided but most people won't notice.

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« Reply #90 on: November 16, 2017, 02:59:21 AM »

Looks great Steve. It needs a pilot now Smiley

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« Reply #91 on: November 25, 2017, 09:36:18 AM »

Now that the canopy is complete, I can finalize the motor installation.  

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« Reply #92 on: November 26, 2017, 07:18:32 PM »

It looks wild Steve. Nice work.

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« Reply #93 on: November 26, 2017, 08:41:57 PM »

That looks really nice!
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« Reply #94 on: December 17, 2017, 09:37:15 PM »

Thanks for the kind words guy's.  I do have to apologize for the long build time on this project. 
I'm still working long hours at the plant.  Good news is that the daytime electrician quit,so now I am being moved to day shift and hopefully a more normal lifestyle.  I hope I can handle all the work myself. 

I've got the motor mounted and am using Minwax Polycrylic water based varnish on the frame.
I'm liking the varnish with the low odor and the water clean up. I can use it late at night without smelling up the house, it has no odor an does produce a nice finish.   A little more canopy work and a few bits here and there, and we will be ready to cover.  Hopefully with the new hours I can make some good progress.

 
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