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« on: December 12, 2017, 08:07:12 PM »

Building this Hellcat from the FAC Newsletter a couple issues ago.  I'm participating in the S&T 2017 winter cookup.  This is a nice plane and I was using some nice contest balsa but when I got to adding the fuselage formers I started breaking those 1/16" sq longerons and stringers.  Here's pics of the first mockup.  Goofy was helping with the build and insisted on checking out the cockpit.
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« Reply #1 on: December 12, 2017, 10:17:14 PM »

Not bad Tom.

You're a very prolific builder - where are all the models now?

John
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« Reply #2 on: December 12, 2017, 10:59:41 PM »

Thanks John... some are packed away from last build and still in their boxes.  The rest are hanging by their tails on the walls of the laundry/building nook that I have since we downsized. I do have a few hanging from the ceiling also.  Thanks again!
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« Reply #3 on: December 15, 2017, 01:51:12 AM »

Well this is a really nice plan and I'm thoroughly enjoying this build. Thanks Wingnut!!!  I saw Tom Arnold's larger build of the drone Hellcats post war era and thought the red drone would be good for this model.  I was able to get some tissue on the bones today.  I preshrunk the tissue for the empennage on a frame and then while still on the frame stuck the framework for them to the tissue.  I hope to avoid some warping with these 1/16" sq framework. 

Goofy was very helpful in getting the tissue applied.  Nice to have a second set of hands.  I was able to apply the tissue to each side of the fuselage in one sheet wet withe Isopropyl Alcohol.  I get it from the Dollar Store and it's pre-diluted 50/50 with water already in the bottle.  Works well.

Here's some pics...
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« Reply #4 on: December 15, 2017, 02:23:07 AM »

Tom, good to see that you build that Hellcat.
I was looking at the plan and the pics of the finished model. It was tempting... but I was able to resist for the moment since I already have multiple planes which are waiting to be completed.
Now I can follow and enjoy your build until I decide to build it myself.

It looks good so far, looking forward to see more!


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« Reply #5 on: December 15, 2017, 08:32:33 AM »

Nice build!  Will you be doing the balsa mold/plastic bottle/heat-gun routine for the canopy?

Can't go wrong with an F6F!

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« Reply #6 on: December 15, 2017, 11:34:38 AM »

Thanks fellas for the nice comments...I'm going to try the old Comet treatment for the canopy, using flat sheet acetate to make the canopy cut from paper patterns.
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« Reply #7 on: December 15, 2017, 06:13:39 PM »

Interesting use of the frame for covering your tail feathers Tom. I hope you still have plenty of ceiling and wall space left Tom Smiley

The red looks different.

happy building and Merry Christmas.

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« Reply #8 on: December 15, 2017, 06:57:23 PM »

Thanks John...Merry Christmas to you and yours and the rest of Y'all! Grin

Should have not problem finding this one in the tall grass or the Charlie Brown kite/airplane eating trees either!!!

Made some more progress on the Hellcat.  Got the canopy made from sheet acetate from shrink wrapped plastic in the stash.  I added a few panel lines also.  Now waiting till I get some ink for the printer to make the insignia.
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« Reply #9 on: December 15, 2017, 07:00:52 PM »

the canopy is excellent!  As is the rest of the plane.
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« Reply #10 on: December 20, 2017, 05:24:45 PM »

Thanks Faif...

I know the old Dime Scale models said to cut the markings out from the plan and glue to the plane.  I cheated and printed markings and insignia on bond paper and cut them out and glued them on with white glue.  Here's the pics...
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« Reply #11 on: December 20, 2017, 06:15:26 PM »

Very nice!

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« Reply #12 on: December 20, 2017, 07:27:50 PM »

Lovely little Hellcat.....well done!  As a bit of an aside, you can sand the back of the paper decals to make them much thinner.  They are lighter and go around corners much easier.  Again, nice build, thanks for sharing.
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« Reply #13 on: December 21, 2017, 05:12:29 AM »

That looks really nice in red.  Is it for indoor or outdoor flying?  What span is it?

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« Reply #14 on: December 21, 2017, 07:10:07 AM »

What span is it?

Ralph,  Flying Aces Club rules restrict Dime Scale to 16" maximum wing span.  They are also a more simplistic scale, echoing the basic 10-cent (dime) models from the 1930s and early 40s.

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« Reply #15 on: December 21, 2017, 09:51:15 PM »

Thanks fellas for the kind comments...wishing y'all a very Merry Christmas.

By the way...George is correct and it's 16" span.  Really nice plan!  thanks again to "Wingnut" for the great plan! I made it to fly outdoors but I think it would make a great indoor flyer!
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« Reply #16 on: December 21, 2017, 11:46:47 PM »

Thanks fellas for the kind comments...wishing y'all a very Merry Christmas.

By the way...George is correct and it's 16" span.  Really nice plan!  thanks again to "Wingnut" for the great plan! I made it to fly outdoors but I think it would make a great indoor flyer!
Tom

Hi Tom,  Yer welcome!  You did a real nice job of it too.  I love the red color scheme.  It's always an honor (and a little surprising) to see someone building a model from one of my scribblings.  I hope you'll report back on the flight test program.  Best of luck with it!    And Merry Christmas too!   Rich
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« Reply #17 on: January 02, 2018, 02:38:31 AM »

You can never have too many Hellcats, especially drone Hellcats!  Neat little model Tom, love it.  There is a jumbo rubber Hellcat in my future and a drone scheme is likely.  Here's my two 1/8th scale radio control models of the type.

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« Reply #18 on: January 02, 2018, 10:41:34 AM »

Any chance of getting a copy of the plan? I looked at the archives and this seems to be to current to be available yet
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« Reply #19 on: January 02, 2018, 10:44:21 AM »

The really neat thing about being a member of the FAC is that their newsletter always has center-fold plans.  Very much worth joining!
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« Reply #20 on: January 02, 2018, 02:59:01 PM »

The really neat thing about being a member of the FAC is that their newsletter always has center-fold plans.  Very much worth joining!

I agree absolutely. I live a looooooonnnnnng way from any other free flight fliers but the newsletter is always a highlight of my day when it arrives. I'm toying around with a New Year's resolution to build at least one plane from each issue this year.

Oh and of course I must say that is one beautiful Hellcat. Might just have to try that one myself.

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« Reply #21 on: January 14, 2018, 12:23:19 AM »

I agree with the fellas and highly recommend becoming a member and they have back issues for $6.00 so you can get a plan directly from them.  I think I gave the issue info in the early posts.  FAC Newsletter info Click Here . This is the issue-the No. 296 July/Aug 2017 Issue of the FAC Newsletter.

Thanks for the nice comments...If we can get through winter and it stops raining and blowing here in the Pacific No. West...we'll try to get her in the air!
Tom
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