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« on: January 25, 2013, 08:46:56 AM »

I decided to take a break from 'scale' models for a bit and work on something more 'sport' oriented.

I'm working on a Jimmy Allen "Skokie". This is a really nice 24" span laser cut kit from Easy Built....
http://www.easybuiltmodels.com/

I've built a Skokie before, actually it was a 'Skokette' because I built it at 16 in span instead of 24 in... Wink Attached are a couple of photos...

This time, I'm building it full size. I'll post progress photos here and on my website...
http://mysite.verizon.net/vze8ljo4/johnsmodels/

john
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« Reply #1 on: January 25, 2013, 11:58:24 AM »

Hi John,
Your Skokie ought to be a satisfying 'sport' Model even using the kit 8" prop, if that's what you're going to use.
10" prop allowed for contest flying.
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« Reply #2 on: January 28, 2013, 01:29:58 PM »

Thanks, Dave  Wink

I built the wing over the weekend and added spar doublers to help strengthen the dihedral joint....
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« Reply #3 on: January 28, 2013, 01:39:28 PM »

Looks good! 

I think you'll like it when it's done.  Mine's proven to be a pretty decent flyer.  I made another frame at the same time that will get an electric motor.  Just needs to be covered and off it will go. 
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« Reply #4 on: January 28, 2013, 05:46:24 PM »

Great start John.
Thanks for the educational pics.
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« Reply #5 on: January 31, 2013, 07:40:07 AM »

Thanks, Dave. My pleasure  Wink

Fuselage begins. I'll build the second half directly over top of the first, to ensure both are exactly the same. The fuselage may not 'exactly' match the plan, but both halves will match each other.

john
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« Reply #6 on: February 04, 2013, 10:09:03 AM »

More fuselage construction....
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« Reply #7 on: February 04, 2013, 11:27:04 AM »

That's going to be a great model.
Are those composite countertop swatches John?

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« Reply #8 on: February 04, 2013, 12:17:15 PM »

That's going to be a great model.
Are those composite countertop swatches John?
Tony

Thanks, Tony.  Wink
Yes, they are countertop samples. I picked up a box of discontinued color samples from a local kitchen remodelling business.

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« Reply #9 on: February 05, 2013, 08:05:04 AM »

More fuselage...
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« Reply #10 on: February 22, 2013, 08:32:30 AM »

Covering begins.  Wink

I'll be using Easy Built "Lite" tissue: http://www.easybuiltmodels.com/ebl.htm

It doesn't have the same wet strength as Esaki, but if you are aware of it's limitations, you can work with it effectively. It also comes in a great selection of colors.

john

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« Reply #11 on: February 22, 2013, 12:32:08 PM »

The counter top samples are a great idea for squaring things up.
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« Reply #12 on: February 22, 2013, 12:37:34 PM »


Yes, they are countertop samples. I picked up a box of discontinued color samples from a local kitchen remodelling business.

john

I just found a use for the box of samples I have had in the basement for the last 20 years...what a no-brainer! They work great in conjunction with a magnetic board too!
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« Reply #13 on: February 23, 2013, 06:53:51 AM »

John, may I ask about the origins of the curious tail emblem on your Skokette.
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« Reply #14 on: February 26, 2013, 07:37:19 AM »

Progress continues....
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« Reply #15 on: February 26, 2013, 09:37:46 AM »

John, may I ask about the origins of the curious tail emblem on your Skokette.

Crabby....since you asked....

Many years ago, before SFA and the FFCU group on Yahoo, a few modelers and myself (7 or 8 maybe) were loosely grouped together on the internet and discussing free-flight, modeling techniques, sharing plans, model photos, etc. Over the years, we began sharing more than just modeling as we began to learn more about each others family and careers. The group was scattered across the country so the 'clubhouse' was open 24/7 as members checked in at various times of the day. Several of those modelers are members here at HPA. You know who you are.... Wink

This group eventually became the YAHOO - "Free Flight CookUp Group", and the Skokie was our 2nd CU before going 'public'.

The candle insignia, was a symbolic way of acknowledging our 'group' and saying that "there's always a light on, so stop in and have a cup of coffee..."  Wink


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« Reply #16 on: February 26, 2013, 12:34:47 PM »

That answer was well worth the question! Thanks.
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« Reply #17 on: March 03, 2013, 03:14:32 PM »

Looking at the second picture in post #6 it looks like laser cut balsa laying in the kit box.  I bought and built a Skokie kit about 5 years ago and it was printwood.  Have things changed at EB with this kit?

Nice build, BTW.  I also made my stab one piece, the plans version looked too flimsy.
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« Reply #18 on: March 04, 2013, 07:24:27 AM »

Looking at the second picture in post #6 it looks like laser cut balsa laying in the kit box.  I bought and built a Skokie kit about 5 years ago and it was printwood.  Have things changed at EB with this kit?

Nice build, BTW.  I also made my stab one piece, the plans version looked too flimsy.

Thank you. Wink

Yes, the Easy Built version of this kit is laser cut....
http://www.easybuiltmodels.com/ff12lc.htm

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« Reply #19 on: March 11, 2013, 08:14:37 AM »

Finished!... Grin

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« Reply #20 on: March 11, 2013, 08:43:48 AM »

Looks great John!
Tissue job seems perfect. 
Are the wheels from the kit?
Thanks,
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« Reply #21 on: March 11, 2013, 06:16:25 PM »

Nice.  Looks really "losable"!
I like those tires but they look like they might be a tad heavy.
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« Reply #22 on: March 12, 2013, 08:08:01 AM »

Thanks, guys.

I built it with all the kit parts, and you're correct, those tires are heavy. They are plastic and have raised lettering indicating "Guillow's 1 3/4". I can always make lighter wheels if it looks like they are creating a problem. Right now, the plane balances nicely at the approximate CG.

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« Reply #23 on: May 31, 2013, 05:16:45 PM »

Wonderful job on the Jimmy Allen Skokie!! 
Mine is still in the box waiting for me to build it.

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« Reply #24 on: July 06, 2013, 09:00:29 AM »

I am building a Blue Flash and am thinking of moving the rear peg up and forward one bay to reduce tail weight (of rubber behind the CG to better balance the amount of rubber forward and back of the CG) and to align the rubber with the prop shaft (the prop shaft is angled down to create down-thrust so this would  bring the back of the rubber up to reduce binding in the shaft sleeve).

Are there other corrections that I should make to ensure a good-flying plane?

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