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« Reply #2925 on: January 13, 2022, 11:52:26 PM »

Thanks for the tip regarding previewing.  I tried to post a self-introduction in that forum section with my small balsa air force picture as an attachment.  I previewed it and it seemed to go into limbo.  I just tried to resubmit the self-into (without preview) and it worked - picture and all!  Thanks again for the tip.
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« Reply #2926 on: January 14, 2022, 06:13:47 PM »

Today I finished my first Nickel Scale model. Hope to test fly tomorrow.

"Security Sport" just for indoors, 3.9grams without rubber or ballast. Will start with 0.4grams of 0.042".

Covered with Esaki and sams superlight tissue, Prop is 3 3/8 diameter. Quite a challenge to cover those wings neatly. It took me two goes.....
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« Reply #2927 on: January 15, 2022, 01:28:43 AM »

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Today I finished my first Nickel Scale model. Hope to test fly tomorrow....
That's nice G, see you (and it) in a couple of hours.  Ermmm, you do know that the Comet Nickel isn't until December, don't you?  Smiley
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« Reply #2928 on: January 15, 2022, 11:22:10 AM »

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Today I finished my first Nickel Scale model. Hope to test fly tomorrow.
It's one of G's.  Of course it flies.  Smiley

   https://vimeo.com/666302413

What G didn't say in his post was that the prop was carved from scrap that he rescued from a skip*! 


*Dumpster for readers outwith the UK.
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« Reply #2929 on: January 15, 2022, 03:47:09 PM »

A lovely morning today flying with the Trinity guys

Here's a few pics

Pic 1 - Peter Smart's brace of BEs a BE2 and a BE12 . Interestingly the BE12 is harder to trim with a smaller tail...at the time thought a step on from the BE2

Pic 2 - More from Peter Smart ..well his table is always a guarantee of some wonderful models

Pic 3 - Mike Stuart's Bucker Junmeister, a super model that was looking good on its early flights

Pic 4 - Mike's new model-  a Nieuport . The kit design looks great but Mike's workmanship is superb, the result is very impressive

Pic 5 - John Whatmore winds his Broussard

Pi 6 - John Winfield's lovely Miles Mowhawk
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« Reply #2930 on: January 15, 2022, 03:53:44 PM »

Also I have to post this pic too.

I really didn't appreciate how small the Nickel scale models are. GM's flies very well but it really is tiny !!

Not sure my picture explains that any further but ...well it's tiny !!!!
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« Reply #2931 on: January 15, 2022, 04:09:12 PM »

Pi 6 - Jon Whitmore's lovely Miles Mowhawk

Erm, Chris, I think you may mean John Whatmore.
Although to be fair I also get confused when me and John are both on the field!

I've always wanted to do a Mowhawk - maybe I should and we can create havoc for the judges/photo captioners.


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« Reply #2932 on: January 15, 2022, 04:15:50 PM »

Ahem.
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Nickel, not Dime.*  

Do pay attention 007. Smiley

*I know, but I couldn't resist.
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« Reply #2933 on: January 15, 2022, 04:24:23 PM »

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Pi 6 - Jon Whitmore's lovely Miles Mowhawk

I am so sorry John Winfield ...and all the other Jon's and John's I have offended  Embarrassed Embarrassed Embarrassed

oops and nickel not dime

...I'll consider myself fired  Undecided
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« Reply #2934 on: January 15, 2022, 04:38:50 PM »

Ok offences rectified ...hopefully  Sad
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« Reply #2935 on: January 15, 2022, 05:09:14 PM »

I am so sorry John Winfield ...and all the other Jon's and John's

Not your fault - there's way too many of them
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« Reply #2936 on: January 15, 2022, 06:26:14 PM »

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Pi 6 - Jon Whitmore's lovely Miles Mowhawk

I am so sorry John Winfield ...and all the other Jon's and John's I have offended
And then there's June Whitfield too of course. (Not sure she did much aeromodelling though.)
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« Reply #2937 on: January 15, 2022, 08:33:17 PM »

I'm changing my name to Jess Whistler so I can join the JWMAC  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #2938 on: January 16, 2022, 08:21:59 PM »

More work on my big Guillows P-40 today.  The bottom of the wing developed a sag/wrinkle that wasn't too bad but annoyed me.  I was able to remove the sag by cutting out a panel of tissue, stretching everything out, and applying a patch.  Results were great!  With a smooth surface to work with I took a collection of the Guillows plastic bits and some balsa scrap to assemble a mock landing gear in the "wheel's up" position.  I normally just draw the landing gear with markers/pens but this is the biggest model I've built and it just seemed like a bit more detail was appropriate.  The thumbnails below are the wing just before the tissue patch was applied; the various wheel bits; and the completed project.  Now I've got to walk the dog.
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« Reply #2939 on: January 16, 2022, 10:03:00 PM »

Today I made a video of my SAM35 0.35cc Diesel powered "Buzz" the Baby Bombshell, which I maidened yesterday. Now on to the Scaled Down Classics cook-up...

https://youtu.be/jHTd4pjgJCQ
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« Reply #2940 on: January 16, 2022, 11:12:38 PM »

Nice job on the P-40 landing gear Joe!

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« Reply #2941 on: January 17, 2022, 12:06:08 AM »

Thank you, Mike! It'll just be a beater park flyer but it's nice for it to look good, at least from a distance.

Atesus, if you don't mind me asking, how did you manage to get the upper wing covering scallops to match up so perfectly with the ribs?  That's a really nice-looking wing.  Is it printed tissue, paint, a separate piece of tissue?  I can't tell.
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« Reply #2942 on: January 17, 2022, 01:16:17 AM »

Atesus, if you don't mind me asking, how did you manage to get the upper wing covering scallops to match up so perfectly with the ribs?  That's a really nice-looking wing.  Is it printed tissue, paint, a separate piece of tissue?  I can't tell.

Thank you Joe! All blue trim on the model is tissue. For the wing scallops, I first make templates on a piece of paper where I mark the leading edge, wing spar and actual rib locations. Then I draw another line roughly midway between the LE and the spar. This is where the bottoms of the scallops will be. Then I take my circles template, and draw the scallops on the template paper. If you are a  super careful builder, you'd need to use only one of the circles on the template. I'm not, so while most of them are the same size, on occasion I needed to use a size up or down. When the template is ready, I cut two pieces of tissue to size, one for each of the top and the bottom of the wing. I leave some extra (1/2" or so) on all sides, tape them a sheet at a time onto the cutting mat, first the two tissue layers (paying attention to the shiny/matte sides as desired), and last, the template. Then I trace the template with a scalpel - a fresh blade is essential. I make sure that all the cuts are complete and they cross over by some small amount, which facilitates removal from the board.

For the intricate stuff, like the "Buzz" lettering on the fin, I also add a light layer of repositionable glue between sheets. Needs just a little grab- I use the stick applicator kind. The spray version is way too sticky and hard to control. Once done, I release the individual layers by thoroughly wetting the stack with rubbing alcohol.

As for the application, I first brush on 2-3 coats of 50/50 dope on the underlying tissue. Once that's dry, I position the tissue trim in place -I use tiny slivers of masking tape in four corners- and lightly mist with a spray bottle. I pull out major wrinkles and correct the placement as needed. At this step making big adjustments is risky so correct placement before misting is key. Once everything looks good, I bloat the tissue with thinner -making sure to not pull the tissue out of place, starting with dabs- and let it dry. Once dry, one or two more layers of dope on everything. Probably sounds more complicated than it actually is. Good luck!
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« Reply #2943 on: January 17, 2022, 01:17:25 PM »

Thank you for the great description!  No matter how much I look I cannot see the join line - amazing craftmanship!
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« Reply #2944 on: January 19, 2022, 12:46:14 PM »

Made a Legal Eagle over the last 4 days. I haven't made one for a few years but dug out some of my old ones to fly indoors recently and was inspired to do another. They really suit the small hall I fly indoor models in. Not sure why these have gone out of fashion somewhat in recent times considering their simplicity and performance.
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« Reply #2945 on: January 19, 2022, 01:27:00 PM »

Great use of 4 days Kevin, a cracking looking model
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« Reply #2946 on: January 19, 2022, 02:22:09 PM »

You do crack 'em out, Kevin!  Smiley ... no compromise on quality either.
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