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« on: March 05, 2013, 06:11:50 PM »

I'm a bit reluctant to start build threads for models these days because I have had to put things on the back burner too often.
In an effort to have at least one model ready for the indoor nats, I am concentrating on this one.
I actually started it a year or so ago .... I won the kit at a raffle at the Peterborough Flying Aces a couple of years or so ago.

This was the position I was at a week or so ago:
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« Reply #1 on: March 05, 2013, 06:17:47 PM »

A couple of days later and I am on the fuselage .... I will be deliberately vague sometimes with respect to modifications I have made!  Roll Eyes

You can just make out the Triplane photo on the Shuttleworth Collection calendar .... the Dixie being piloted by that man Andy Sephton on this occasion.
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« Reply #2 on: March 05, 2013, 06:21:34 PM »

Started boxing up the fuselage today ... as I was in the workshop I squared up some timber for jigs including the large internal one shown.
This worked quite well so I will be doing it again where the structure allows.
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« Reply #3 on: March 05, 2013, 06:34:46 PM »

Hi Russ,

Very clever and interesting jig for the fuse.  (I'm saving the pic in my 'fixture' file for future reference).

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« Reply #4 on: March 05, 2013, 06:46:53 PM »

Thanks Don ... forgot to mention that I used the internal block as a template when cutting the cross pieces.
These were cut slightly over length and then sanded flush with the block ... all the pieces nicely the same with little effort.
Only any good for the parallel section of course!
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« Reply #5 on: March 06, 2013, 09:19:53 AM »

Looks good Russ, do you think you might have it flying for the next Bushfields indoor session?

I hopefully should be there, if they let us NMAC loonies back after our first "raid"

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« Reply #6 on: March 06, 2013, 04:58:25 PM »

I would love to Andrew ... just glad to be back building at the moment.
That's the Saturday this time isn't it? .... there is that new Walsall meeting on the Sunday and I can't afford to do both at the minute so I will have to give it some thought.
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« Reply #7 on: March 06, 2013, 05:09:11 PM »

Looking great Russ! I think Walsall is all day? P'boro is just 10-1pm.
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« Reply #8 on: March 06, 2013, 05:13:01 PM »

Russ: If you are entering kit scale, I'll quietly give up now!

Never been to Middle Wallop; I'll look at the distances involved!

Cheers,

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« Reply #9 on: March 06, 2013, 05:57:33 PM »

I will be happy just to get to the indoor nats with something .... you can even reserve last place for me!

Middle Wallop is about 66 miles from where I think you are ....that's going the 'slow' route that I use going to Wallop, Weymouth etc. (my dad did his national service at Bovington and it was the route he took home when on leave)

We'll be stopping in Stockbridge  for at least one night for the Easter meeting. It beats Barkston on a good day for free flight I think. Nice cafe and the museum too.
I think SAM1066 online membership is still free? ... they get some money in by charging for field entry. Even added to the money the base charges, it's still good value.
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« Reply #10 on: March 06, 2013, 06:04:58 PM »

Jon,

Yes, that's the thing ... I think the Walsall meeting will be the stronger draw if I can only pick one  Sad
It's still a month away though ... if the weather picks up I might be able to grab some more pennies and go to both! The weather and the recession has hit the craft centre hard, but the signs are good when the sun does actually shine!
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« Reply #11 on: March 06, 2013, 06:28:07 PM »

Russ

Great to see that the building juices are flowing again, and there is nothing like posting a few photos to act as incentive Wink.

I hope to see you both at MW. I intend to be there on the Monday, and possibly the Sunday if I can get my 36" vintage bungee glider finished.

I like Stockbridge except that it's getting a bit twee now Roll Eyes I'll meet you in the White Hart for a pint which is where I normally stop to rehydrate on the way back from MW. I've just realised that 66 miles is shorter than my journey from (Darj)Ealing!

Note that I've asked for good weather as my last three flying days have all been in 20+ mph winds.

Cheers

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« Reply #12 on: March 06, 2013, 06:32:10 PM »

Russ

Great to see that the building juices are flowing again, and there is nothing like posting a few photos to act as incentive Wink.

I hope to see you both at MW. I intend to be there on the Monday, and possibly the Sunday if I can get my 36" vintage bungee glider finished.

I like Stockbridge except that it's getting a bit twee now Roll Eyes I'll meet you in the White Hart for a pint which is where I normally stop to rehydrate on the way back from MW. I've just realised that 66 miles is shorter than my journey from (Darj)Ealing!

Note that I've asked for good weather as my last three flying days have all been in 20+ mph winds.

Cheers

Peter

ps SAM 1066 membership is still free, and you can access the latest Clarion newsletter via the 1066 website. MoD (the museum) charges £5 for entry to the airfield, and the 1066 supplement is £1 per day. This helps to cover other costs such as the MoD licence fee etc.

pps Hmmm I managed to foul that up then! - my post modification that is - must lay off the cooking sherry Roll Eyes
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« Reply #13 on: March 07, 2013, 04:07:11 AM »

Looking forward to it Peter  Smiley ..... Especially with that weather that you have ordered!
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« Reply #14 on: March 09, 2013, 03:30:45 PM »

A couple of progress shots from last week:

Started framing up the fuselage ... the formers were a little hard to line up, but with a bit of juggling they seem OK. Might just be the way I have attached them?
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« Reply #15 on: March 09, 2013, 03:32:18 PM »

The basic fuselage framing together:
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« Reply #16 on: March 09, 2013, 03:39:24 PM »

Suffering with a cough and cold this weekend so decided to have a day on the Triplane rather than mess up any paid work!

Finished the fluting on the gun. This was done with a dowel that I had drilled through the centre.
I then used thick thread and a needle to add the flute ... passing the thread through the centre with the needle .... applied glue to the rough line to be taken by the thread .... pulled the thread tight and straight and nudged into position over the glue ... the glue then smoothed carefully along the line.
Paper details, balsa stock and cocktail stick barrel to complete.
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« Reply #17 on: March 09, 2013, 03:42:09 PM »

A couple of coats of sanding sealer to the gun and it was soon ready to paint.

I use 'Citadel' paints for pilots and details ... black base and muddy brown dry brushed to emphasis details.
Might add a third 'highlight' colour?
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« Reply #18 on: March 09, 2013, 03:44:53 PM »

Got to that stage that we all do .... where you start having little mock-ups of the pieces  Roll Eyes

Struts are not deviations .... oh no ... certainly not .... completely standard  Tongue
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« Reply #19 on: March 09, 2013, 05:03:18 PM »

Looks Great Russ!  Far better than I could do and even on the old layouts to boot! Great job. Looking forward to seeing the completed tripe.

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« Reply #20 on: March 09, 2013, 06:14:57 PM »

A craftsman at work is a pleasure to see Russ......

Looking forward to seeing more.

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« Reply #21 on: March 09, 2013, 06:44:47 PM »

Russ, that's lovely! You make me ashamed to call myself a modeller...

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« Reply #22 on: March 09, 2013, 07:00:24 PM »

Thanks  all Smiley

Dan ... you're joking again! I don't know how you cope looking at Pete Iliffe's models then ... I went to his house last week and got a demo of his latest micro RC model .. a ducted fan Hienkel 163.
The build and finish quality of that model nearly had me crying on the floor and biting my toes! Most of us would be happy to have marked out all the panel lines .... Pete had done all of these in two colours for the shadow and highlight.
The curved sheeting on the body and motor pod looked like precision injection mouldings.
One new development ... he now has a computer and is on the net! I've put this forum in his favourites, but I think it will take him a short while to get up to speed having never touched computers before.
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« Reply #23 on: March 09, 2013, 08:37:16 PM »

Hmmm, could there be a link between the glorious standard of his models and the fact that he's not touched computers before?

The Tripe's looking great, Russ.
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« Reply #24 on: March 10, 2013, 03:39:21 PM »

Stunning Russ, how did you do the cowl?
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