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« Reply #100 on: April 06, 2013, 02:11:17 AM »

Russ, I wasn´t criticising your coaming; I just wanted to find out the technique and what its limitations were as to size.
Not sure I would describe the model as semi scale though. If that gun falls off anywhere near me, it´s gone!
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« Reply #101 on: April 06, 2013, 04:47:42 AM »

No problem Bill .... without wanting to whittle on again, I think the rules are 'getting to me'!
I am building the kit as I want to build it and to a large degree how it is instructed to be built. As I progress I am beginning to feel the 'weight' of my actions .... I almost feel as though I am creating some kind of 'Pariah'. Most detailing has been done freehand and by eye more than measurement because it is a mostly fruitless exercise with regards to kit scale. I think that might sound like I'm moaning again!
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« Reply #102 on: April 06, 2013, 02:56:19 PM »

This is going to look really good. I still need to put coaming around my tripe's cockpit. I've got a bit of brown insulation ready, but it is surprisingly heavy! It's interesting to see different materials being tried to good effect.
Plus I still need to spawn a pilot...
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« Reply #103 on: April 06, 2013, 03:45:24 PM »

A few years ago I built a pistachio Umbrellaplane and needed a lightweight coaming for the cockpit. In the end, I selected some light 1/32 balsa, cut a circle to the size of the outer edge of the coaming using a compass cutter with a new blade, formed the edge of the disc of balsa to the shape of the edge of the coaming, cut the inner edge of the coaming with the compass cutter, glued it in place around the cockpit- it fit nicely around the cockpit as the circle could be coaxed into an ellipse - then I finished the inside of the coaming after the glue was dry. The result was quite effective. If I find a picture of the model, I'll post it.
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« Reply #104 on: April 06, 2013, 03:58:55 PM »

Fat Dragon,
I was wondering today if you have flown your triplane yet? ... you must have heard the cogs whirring!

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« Reply #105 on: April 06, 2013, 03:59:51 PM »

Andy,

I think I can picture what you are saying ... would be good to see a photo if you have one.
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« Reply #106 on: April 06, 2013, 04:14:45 PM »

Plenty of tissue going on now ... another couple of days and I might have been ready for tomorrow's event  Undecided (without markings)

Starting to look a proper 'little brown job' as they say in birdwatching circles.
As you can see by the offcuts, I am covering the model with coloured tissue ..... thing is that I have stained it myself with paint.
I won't be trying to pull the wool over anyone's eyes, so it will be up to the judges if this is deemed a painted finish. Just trying to keep in the spirit of the rules AND give a more scale-like finish than the weak khaki colour of the 'raw' tissue.

A few 'dips and wrinkles' ... and I hadn't noticed just how many little holes there were in the tissue ... but it is passable for me.
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« Reply #107 on: April 06, 2013, 04:30:39 PM »

Had a look at my (electronic) archive and found the attached of the Umbrellaplane. Unfortunately it doesn't show the coaming and the model, being unsuccessful, met it's demise many moons ago.
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« Reply #108 on: April 06, 2013, 04:36:27 PM »

My tripe has felt the air beneath its wheels, but it was literally a powered 'hop'. I haven't managed to get into the sports hall for a decent session yet. Time is running out, so I shall be desperately seeking an opportunity to fly next week.
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« Reply #109 on: April 06, 2013, 04:53:50 PM »

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Getting chance to fly is the big thing .... today was the first good day in a while for flying outside, but I didn't get chance with anything.

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found the attached of the Umbrellaplane

Not seen that one before .... must have been a while back. Interesting aircraft!
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« Reply #110 on: April 08, 2013, 04:24:14 PM »

Not far off moving onto the wing covering now ... though I have got to re-cover the tail fin after causing a tear.
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« Reply #111 on: April 09, 2013, 01:28:23 AM »

Holy Moly, thats a great looking plane. Cant wait to see it finished.

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« Reply #112 on: April 09, 2013, 06:57:40 PM »

  Russ,
Outstanding project to date my friend. I'm looking forward to following this thread.
Highest Regards,
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« Reply #113 on: April 10, 2013, 05:17:31 AM »

Thanks  Smiley

A bit more progress yesterday ... started covering the wings
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« Reply #114 on: April 10, 2013, 05:29:58 AM »

The last coming I did for a similar sized model I used a strip of blue foam sanded to section and painted thickly with acrylics. I'll see if I can find a photo. . .
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« Reply #115 on: April 10, 2013, 12:37:43 PM »

Pine for the struts? Nice
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« Reply #116 on: April 10, 2013, 02:25:18 PM »

Pine for the struts? Nice

Not quite  Wink Remember, walls have ears!
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« Reply #117 on: April 11, 2013, 07:47:58 PM »

A quick rough assembly trial before I cover the top and bottom wing .... I wanted to see how difficult it could prove to align everything.

Things won't sit quite how they should but it was close(ish) and for the most part didn't need tape to keep things about right.
I can't see too many problems so I'll carry on covering.

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« Reply #118 on: April 11, 2013, 07:54:36 PM »

Paul,
 
Sorry, missed your post ... foam would probably have been better, but I'm trying to be 'foam free' on this one.
I don't know whether it's the problems I had with my all foam Fiat pistachio that has temporarily put me off foam!

Fat Dragon,

The struts are cedar ... probably cost me some more points hence the previous comment  Roll Eyes 
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« Reply #119 on: April 11, 2013, 08:33:55 PM »

   Russ,
Excellent progress my friend,she's shaping up to be a real beauty. Have you decided on her marking yet?
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« Reply #120 on: April 12, 2013, 03:20:29 AM »

Struts look good in 'real' wood. What's a few points matter versus being happy/ satisfied/ proud of your model. Looking forward to seeing it in the flesh...
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« Reply #121 on: April 12, 2013, 05:56:45 AM »

Russ,

That isn't Cedar!  it looks like very dense balsa to me! are you sure? Wink

Keep going mate, she looks fantastic! Grin

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« Reply #122 on: April 12, 2013, 03:22:20 PM »

Thanks all  Smiley

Gregory,
I think this latest progress photo might answer your question .... It's the Shuttleworth Collection's 'Dixie II'

I have used white decal paper ... got on with it better than last time I tried.
Not perfect by any means ... but time is running out so everything will have to be used at the 'first shot' now.

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« Reply #123 on: April 12, 2013, 04:24:34 PM »

Killer build.  Nice work!

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« Reply #124 on: April 12, 2013, 04:33:00 PM »

Looking great Russ!  Smiley
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