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« on: July 27, 2016, 07:59:03 AM »

I've got about half a dozen projects going on at once. This one is what's currently getting some 'bench time'.

I've enlarged the Mike Nassise 16" plans to 21" span. Silver tissue is from a stationary store called 'Papyrus'. Not sure how pleased I am with the results. In some places it seems to have shrunk well. In others, not so much.  Sad

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« Reply #1 on: July 27, 2016, 11:16:28 AM »

why the sad face? I have learned to love imperfection, its as close to perfection as I will ever get! Grin Grin Looks like the usual skillful Ernst approach to me. I wish you would go back to the nice hand-job markings!
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« Reply #2 on: July 27, 2016, 11:50:12 AM »

Looks like the usual skillful Ernst approach to me. I wish you would go back to the nice hand-job markings!

Thanks, Crabby  Wink

One of the reasons I chose this plan was the ability to provide the markings with my hand drawn method. I will never awarded any FAC scale points, but for me, it's easier, quicker and less fussy. In the end, it's going to crash and burn anyway. This way I don't feel bad having spent a ton of time on details.

Just one person's opinion. Your results may vary.

Thanks, again.

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« Reply #3 on: July 27, 2016, 08:45:05 PM »

That's nice and I can't see why it should be a crash and burn job!

Guys I've long considered this aircraft to be a very viable subject for rubber scale.  I was fortunate to see it in the flesh when I was in the US last year and when you get up close it has a heap of gnarly detail you can put on too.

Does anyone know whether anyone has done a super scale build for rubber?  There are a couple of power plans on Outerzone that could be re-engineered for rubber but they're not fantastic. 

Cheers, Mike
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« Reply #4 on: July 31, 2016, 08:26:18 AM »

Looking forward to your style on this neat one John.
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« Reply #5 on: August 14, 2016, 11:29:26 AM »

Thanks, everyone.  Wink

Progress continues with the wing attachment. Here are some assembly photos....
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« Reply #6 on: August 14, 2016, 11:33:09 AM »

Next will be the LG. I'm 're-purposing' these wheels from a project that no longer can fly. I'm realizing I should have thought about this more. without a LG wire integral with the fuselage, this might be a challenge to keep the assembly from knocking off on every landing.   Undecided

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« Reply #7 on: August 14, 2016, 12:10:05 PM »

I like the cabane struts... Did you sand in a 90 degree twist? Cabanes can look crude and 2 x 4 ish without some styling...nice work
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« Reply #8 on: August 14, 2016, 12:15:31 PM »

Thank you.
Yes, the cabanes are 3/32" sanded 'somewhat' round.

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« Reply #9 on: August 14, 2016, 02:44:31 PM »

Nicely done, John. Its good to see you back in building form.
Where did you get the silver tissue from?  Always enjoyed your
projects.

Whoops. just saw the post on the tissue.  Did you have any issues
shrinking the tissue?


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« Reply #10 on: August 14, 2016, 10:38:02 PM »

Thanks, skyraider. Yes, the tissue shrinks ok, but not great.   It was was hard to get it to shrink 'taut'. Should have probably just sprayed white Esaki with silver.  It's not the easiest to work with.

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« Reply #11 on: September 02, 2016, 07:32:54 AM »

I've taken this project as far as my patience will allow.  Wink I hope to have it flying next month at Wawayanda, NY.
Span is approx. 21" - weight = < 1 lb.

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« Reply #12 on: September 02, 2016, 08:30:31 AM »

so you're weighing in somewhere under 453 grams...
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« Reply #13 on: September 02, 2016, 09:53:23 AM »

Awesome, John! Another stunning creation.
Keep us posted on flight reports.

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« Reply #14 on: September 02, 2016, 12:01:56 PM »

so you're weighing in somewhere under 453 grams...

I don't own a scale, but feel pretty confident the M-2 weighs less than 453 gms.  Wink
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« Reply #15 on: September 02, 2016, 12:02:36 PM »

Awesome, John! Another stunning creation.
Keep us posted on flight reports.
Skyraider

Thanks, Dave   Wink
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« Reply #16 on: September 02, 2016, 12:12:26 PM »

Very nicely done John!  I am looking forward to see it in person at Wawayanda.
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