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« Reply #75 on: May 07, 2016, 12:18:02 AM »

Masked and sprayed the red today.  The green Frog Tape worked well and almost no bleed under on the masking and no paint was pulled off when the tape was removed.  I'm very pleased.  Still have a lot of work to do,  started the canopy plug today.
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« Reply #76 on: May 07, 2016, 04:40:33 AM »

Definitely red! Looks great. And red ....
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« Reply #77 on: May 10, 2016, 10:35:32 PM »

Thanks Wout...it is red!  I've found that either white or silver under red makes it pop!

Started on the cockpit detailing with a armor plate, seat back and ejection rail and part of the sliding canopy detail.  I finished the canopy plug and after a couple tries finally got a decent canopy. It isn't attached yet still some work to do on the cockpit.  Made a foam pilot's head with goggles.  From what I could see they wore leather caps instead of helmets.  Had to deal with some hanger rash, poked a hole in the bottom of the right wing so a bit of white glue and saran wrap stretched over the hole to patch the small tear.  Here's the latest pictures.
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« Reply #78 on: May 10, 2016, 10:51:40 PM »

Looks great Sky.  The red really does 'pop'! 
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« Reply #79 on: May 11, 2016, 02:53:52 AM »

I've never been a fan of jets (like the man said, jets are like hookers.....neither has any visible means of support!) but this one is a real beauty!  Excellent looking ship.  Waiting to see some videos of her flying.
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« Reply #80 on: May 12, 2016, 09:40:52 PM »

Well almost finished now.  Still have to add the wing fences and make a clear prop for her.  I've also decided to use weed wacker line of the proper thickness to simulate the gun barrels.  Just so a nose plant won't cause too much damage and won't hurt anyone if it happened to hit (me) them in the trimming.  Safety first Grin Wink
Finished the detailing of the cockpit and gun sight.  Framing added with painted tissue. Panel lines added with ultra fine Sharpie.  I used several patterns for the various panels and access panels on the plane.  Here's the latest pictures. 
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« Reply #81 on: May 12, 2016, 10:33:24 PM »

Very impressive work with the ink pen Sky!!  

Just wondering, how long did the ink take to dry on the silver paint?  Once upon a long time ago I tried printing panel lines on silver Esaki, and struggled with smearing/drying time.

And have to say, once again, very, very nice model.
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« Reply #82 on: May 12, 2016, 10:58:28 PM »

Thanks Don,
The ink dried very quickly on the silver paint.  Had no problem with smearing or drying time.  Almost finished with the fiddly bits!
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« Reply #83 on: May 13, 2016, 05:25:36 PM »

Well I got my order in yesterday and opened it today.  Everything was there, except I ordered aluminum rod instead of tube...so another order will be placed, to build the prop.  Got the clear blades cut from the cheese ball container.  Will be approximately a 9.5 inch prop, we'll see just how large the prop hub will be. 

Completed the wing fences out of foam picnic plate.  The Krylon Red is not compatible with the foam plate.  So mixed some acrylic paint to match as best I could along with some acrylic bright silver paint to finish off the fences.  They were attached with diluted Aleen's Tacky Glue.  The same used to mount the canopy.  Dries clear.  I found some very closed cell foam sheets at the Dollar store  and I cut a couple strips and doubled it over and glued them with Tacky Glue and let that dry.  I sanded off the square edges into round foam rods and they are very flexible yet hold a pretty straight line for gun barrels.  I then painted them gun metal silver/grey acrylic.  This way no one will be hurt, including me by hard gun barrels.  Grin Wink Cool Roll Eyes

Got the nose numbers made from printed bond paper cut out leaving the white border around the black numbers. 

So I'm calling this one done.  I will be making a retaining block to hole the aluminum tube motor anchor on the exhaust end of the fuselage allowing a full length motor through the fuselage. 

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« Reply #84 on: May 16, 2016, 11:34:25 AM »

Wow, Tom...
I like your building style anyway, but somehow, this new Mig-15 model looks especially good.
The colours are crisp and as stated above, the panel lines are very clean. Very well done!
Good luck with the flying, keep us updated. Did you try to glide it yet?
If a plane looks good, it most certainly will fly good Smiley

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« Reply #85 on: May 16, 2016, 12:52:28 PM »

Nice MIG, Tom!  Well done and I especially like the color scheme.
Not often do we see red migs. Just so cool.

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« Reply #86 on: May 16, 2016, 05:58:11 PM »

Thanks Roman and Skyraider...still working on balance it seems very close without need for any ballast so far.  Still waiting on some brass tubing to construct the prop hub.  Hope to get some air under her wing soon.
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« Reply #87 on: September 14, 2016, 10:31:23 AM »

I am finally getting my inactive airforce ready to fly on Saturday...I am a "tryer" of many good and bad ideas. Here is one good idea. The stiff white or blue crate packing foam I don't know what its called but its probably something like Polypropy&&%%^&^##@@6whatever, makes a great nose block entry for a fuse. Its light, cuts perfectly, and has terrible memory! It will push into tight areas and expand. Always stays tight, never comes loose  Here are two. The round one is for my Mig-15 the square on goes into the Staggerwink...That one has been in there for like 4 years. I glue it to the back of 1/4 balsa with RC-56 and it doesn't ever come off. Because of its sponginess shims are easy to add for down/side thrust.
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« Reply #88 on: September 18, 2016, 04:16:22 PM »

I had a great day of flying Saturday, And the Mig was a puzzle... but by day's end I had it doing consistent 1:30-1:45 min flights....
I used a loop of 3/16 about 1.5X the distance from peg to hook, And I had my memory jogged: this thing insists on upthrust, and a an up trim tab on the LE tip...really insists on a tight LH turn. The climb was astonishing, with a short period of chaos followed by a climbing LH turn. Very nice glide on the way down. I am sure this plane will usually need to be trimmed for the day you fly it. Here how it looks after trimming all day!
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« Reply #89 on: September 19, 2016, 08:17:54 AM »

Sky9pilot: This plane, like its older little sister, was set up with wing incidence per the Srull plan and the stab Crabbyized so I could adjust the incidence. Washed out both tips. On the maiden flight, I wound in 1000 turns, did the fastball pitch and got one great flight of about 1-1:15 or so, with a spectacular climb. After that, all I could get was a ^%$#ing dork dive into the turf. I checked everything and nothing seemed to have changed. I fought this little pain in the "A" for about an hour, then gave up and flew other stuff. I came back to it in a better mood after my Sparky and Beech Staggerwing cheered me up. That's when it hit me: upthrust. It is counter-intuitive to me to have the stab so jacked up and then need up thrust too, so I don't naturally go there, but its one of the things I did to the other one. That's when this little Mig began to fly right. The tight ass left turn was held in check by a trim tab on the left wing. next time out I will RH thrust and maybe get rid of that tab. But the beer tasted sweet not bitter by the end of the day, and I could have spent another few hours playing with this little contraption. OH BTW: Once the power ran out (1100 winds of one loop of 3/16) the glide was nice and flat.
BUT in summary: it you can't get your Mig to fly in a spectacular satisfying way, try some upthrust. You should get a steep climbing LH turn. Pics and vids to follow soon.
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« Reply #90 on: September 19, 2016, 04:32:25 PM »

Thanks Crabby...got sidetracked by another project.  But with the inspiration of your Mig I'm finishing the prop ASAP. 
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« Reply #91 on: September 19, 2016, 06:54:48 PM »

9-19-2016

Wow Tom,

I love the Mig, that red really pops, it should not be to hard to find, great craftsmenship! I never build a jet before, I am thinking about doing a thunderscreech.

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« Reply #92 on: September 19, 2016, 07:16:56 PM »

9-16-2016

I think I can modify the Republic Thunderflash plans to do this.

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« Reply #93 on: September 19, 2016, 08:05:31 PM »

Wow Crabby, I'm amazed you got your little Mig to fly for so long! Wonderful job with the finishing too - looks great hanging on the wall. Sky9pilot's is equally as nice and am looking forward to seeing pics of them in the air. Funny, I never considered a jet before - always thought that they wouldn't fly well. Certainly opens up another avenue for future models. Now my mind is stuck in overdrive!

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« Reply #94 on: September 20, 2016, 05:18:27 PM »

Thanks fellas...Ray, Steve Bage's RF-84 plan supliment toMike's F-84F on Mike Stewart's site is a very good start for the Thunderscreech!  I used it to make one several years ago that was destroyed by grandsons before it could be trimmed to fly.  Give it a go... Click Here
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« Reply #95 on: September 20, 2016, 07:09:46 PM »

9-20-2016

Thanks Tom,

As time permits I will give it a go.

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« Reply #96 on: October 01, 2016, 09:26:16 AM »

Just a few pics of the Mig being launched into perfectly stellar conditions...I hope to get video next time out...After getting her dialed in she was a steady performer, climbing to great altitude, and then circling in a nice sober manner not at all like her screaming pistachio sister, either one is a blast to fly. I forgot my rubber stripper and settled for one loop of 3/16. I think it could be powered back a bit but it is a jet and is set up for speed.
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« Reply #97 on: October 02, 2016, 12:41:32 AM »

Crabby,
so jealous of your flying site!!!!  She looks great, nice launch form!
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« Reply #98 on: October 02, 2016, 03:04:15 PM »

Hi sky 9 yep this place is less than 10 minutes away! Plus every year they hold the King Orange there. What it all means to me is that there is always someone there to share in the flying! There is no reason to partake in this game unless you can share it with others. You may as well snuggle up with a bottle if you can't share your moments with someone!
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