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« on: April 16, 2019, 05:01:43 PM »

Up next is the Hot Canary Peanut blown up 200%.  It's kind of interesting, kind of ugly and kind of simple  Smiley  

I'm starting with the fuselage which is what I normally build last.  I'm using a technique of tack gluing formers into the fuselage during construction to keep it square.
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« Reply #1 on: April 16, 2019, 10:21:52 PM »

I like it. It's not ugly but it is a great subject.
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« Reply #2 on: April 16, 2019, 10:51:36 PM »

  Good subject, I built a 20" one from a 3-view for Indoor and it was a reliable flyer.
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« Reply #3 on: April 17, 2019, 02:44:34 AM »

Great start Brian. It will be interesting at 26"WS.

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« Reply #4 on: April 17, 2019, 07:51:44 AM »

Mike Stuart's pistachio was a chunky little thing ..... this will seem huge at 26" span!
Look forward to seeing it progress  Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: April 17, 2019, 10:52:09 AM »

Cool project! Always liked Bill Warwick's designs. He was one of the prominent players in the early homebuilt aircraft scene.  He completed the first plans built Thorp T-18 homebuilt (open cockpit originally); that plane's design must have been a major influence on the Hot Canary.  The photo in your first post really shows the striking resemblance.  Warwick built a bunch of planes, including a little high winged taildragger he named "Champ", as well as the W-3 Bantam (peanut scale plans available in the Gallery).  Warwick died in the maiden flight crash of a Thorp T-18 he was flight testing for another builder.
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« Reply #6 on: April 24, 2019, 04:19:37 PM »

Thank you for the info and photo Indoorflyer  Smiley

My fuselage turned out fairly straight!!  Now I'm starting on the front cowl formers and nose block.  I needed to feel like I was make progress so I knock out the stabilizer and rudder.
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« Reply #7 on: May 01, 2019, 02:55:46 PM »

Progress has been slow and steady, but without much to show for it - Ha.  cutting out pieces for the cowling, landing gear and the ribs.  I did smooth out that bump on the top/rear of the ribs with my sanding block  Smiley  The wings should come together quickly now.

I'm not sure what the right size prop will be for this plane.  I just ordered some supplies from Peck Polymer and got myself an 'assortment' of props from 6 to 9.5 inches.
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« Reply #8 on: May 02, 2019, 12:21:58 PM »

I made a good start on the wings last night.  I will need to figure out the top wing LE notch back at the fuselage.
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« Reply #9 on: May 02, 2019, 02:24:28 PM »

Maybe these shots will help.  This is how a Wittman Tailwind "notch" is done...
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« Reply #10 on: May 02, 2019, 03:38:55 PM »

Thank you for those photos, they really do help.  I love seeing the full size construction.  The only difference will be that my model is built with the LE being the main structural element and the full size uses that main spar.  Luckily my model really won't pull any "G's' and only has to be strong enough to survive a hard landing.  I might build in a little 1/32 vertical webbed spar out to the second rib.
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« Reply #11 on: May 06, 2019, 12:23:01 PM »

Here are some shots of the wings.  I looks better than I thought it would and is larger in person.  The wings should be fairly strong and stable with the integrate connecting strut.
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« Reply #12 on: May 08, 2019, 02:59:37 PM »

Last night I put in the landing gear.  Cut the wings in two and cut the fuselage pass through holes for mounting. Then I started on the front cowling.  The former went on nicely and now just requires some gentle shaping.
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« Reply #13 on: May 14, 2019, 01:16:43 PM »

I'm working on sheeting the top deck and cowling.  I went with 1/32 to keep it light, but I should have used 1/16th in thinner pieces so I had some material to sand.  I'm adding a second layer up front, at least on the top, so I can try to smooth everything out without sanding through.  Next time ......... !!
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« Reply #14 on: May 17, 2019, 02:34:47 PM »

I'm very pleased with how the second layer of 1/32 on the cowl turned out  Smiley  It was pretty easy to do and definitely added the thickness I needed to sand out some high spots.  I used Testors Ultra Fast drying wood glue (which I rarely use) and it was perfect. Very much like using rubber cement.  Apply to both surfaces and let partially dry, then apply the sheeting.  I only had to hold/rub the sheet in place for less than a minute and it was done.

I'm now starting the turtle deck - I'm not quite sure how I will handle it.  Stringers or sheeting?  It's very curvy.
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« Reply #15 on: May 21, 2019, 01:26:57 PM »

Between work and projects around the house, it's hard to find good building time.  I'm hoping to get some hours in over the upcoming holiday weekend  Smiley

I did get the turtle deck built and I'm pleased with it. 

I also rummaged through my box of canopy plugs and I think the plug from my Blohm and Voss P215 will work perfectly - backwards - and I will only need to add a little depth to the bottom ~ 1/4 inch.

I also managed to cut out and get my rough wheel pants built last night.  They should shape up quickly.

It won't be long until I start to cover and bring the plane together.
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« Reply #16 on: May 22, 2019, 12:56:29 AM »

Looking great!
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« Reply #17 on: May 23, 2019, 01:27:11 PM »

Thank you Neil  Smiley

I had to do a trail fitting last night after finishing the wheel pants.  It's going to be a nice plane!  I think the 8 inch prop is what I'm going with.  I did choose to use a pre-made tail wheel assembly I found in my inventory of 'stuff'.

I'm now going over the plane and insuring that I have tissue contact material everywhere that's needed and I'll work on doing some wing alignment adjustments as well.

I'm leaning toward covering in yellow like the real plane, with similar black marking, but I will change the font of the number.  In my opinion...... it's just bad  Sad

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« Reply #18 on: May 23, 2019, 01:30:59 PM »

Wow! Good job!
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« Reply #19 on: May 23, 2019, 04:31:54 PM »

New toy arrived today  Smiley along with a 25mm DF (I still need to source of motor for it).  No plans for it yet.......  I just had to share my excitement.
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« Reply #20 on: May 23, 2019, 06:53:09 PM »

It doesn't really matter if you are not too worried about a totally scale colour scheme, but I'm pretty sure the original was yellow with blue trim; not black.

Nice build, whatever!

Dan.
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« Reply #21 on: May 23, 2019, 07:16:16 PM »

You are correct Sir!!  I just saw the black numbers and assumed......   So, thank you for pointing that out.  I'll probably do the yellow/blue.
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« Reply #22 on: May 23, 2019, 07:37:10 PM »

I've got the old MB peanut plan blown up to 26", so I'll be watching to see how yours goes. I've chickened out up 'til now!


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« Reply #23 on: May 24, 2019, 10:35:02 AM »

Might have trouble fitting that in between the wings Smiley Nice looking fan.

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« Reply #24 on: May 27, 2019, 07:33:27 PM »

I do have to confess a miss representation of my build.  I said I was doing a 200% blow up, however, I just realized I did a 200% enlargement of the peanut scale plan as printed on an 11x17 sheet of paper (my copier at work  Smiley.

So my wing span is 15 inches.  Still a big plane, but only a 15% enlargement  Angry

I have started to cover the plan with Esaki tissue.  Wow.  It is so nice after using Easy Built tissue.

Photos tomorrow.

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