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« Reply #100 on: May 13, 2020, 04:53:18 PM »

You're both lightweights!  Grin
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« Reply #101 on: July 01, 2020, 03:58:32 PM »

Back on the case with this now. Everything doped after a few re-covered panels to remove the worst wrinkles.

The white will be the challenge though, particularly if I’m going to get a nice contrast with the sun bursts. I may spray the white on and take a points hit.
Decided to spray the white on, but just to the topsides as a bit of a compromise to keep the weight down. Actually though, the paint didn’t affect the weight at all because I cunningly forgot to weigh it both before and after spraying.
Although the undersides aren’t sprayed, they’re still a bit whiter than before due to the white showing through. Once the sun bursts are on I don’t think anyone will notice the undersides much anyway.
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« Reply #102 on: July 01, 2020, 06:59:14 PM »

Mind changed already... gave the undersides a dusting too. (I didn’t like the way the wood showed through so much. Doped ‘white’ Esaki really is pretty much transparent.)
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« Reply #103 on: July 01, 2020, 07:15:16 PM »

Pete,
       Great choice of aircraft. I have visited Mandeville a number of times as it is always a fun visit as Colin Smith always makes me welcome and allows free access to whatever is in the workshop. This is always interesting and includes a wide range of DH types with the occasional interloper.  I have attached 2 photos of the Tiger.
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« Reply #104 on: July 11, 2020, 08:48:44 AM »

Thanks very much for that, Ricky. More photos on the bank!

Yellow sunbursts are now on. Just tissue glue-sticked onto the white acrylic finish. They seem well stuck down but I might  need to spray something clear over them just to make sure.
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« Reply #105 on: August 08, 2020, 03:53:42 PM »

Getting to the end game with this now. Lettering was cut from silver tissue. The shiny side was too shiny so I went with the dull side, which was not shiny enough until augmented with a silver Sharpie. Cockpits done, wing walks added, UC fairings done and struts and cowl all now sprayed yellow. I’ve even added wire loop rigging points so just need to put it all together. (To that end, thank goodness for the Darby/VMC jig system!)
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« Reply #106 on: August 10, 2020, 02:16:18 PM »

Well, I think it's done (but still needs a pilot). What super kits these Darby/VMCs are. Just a joy to put together.
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« Reply #107 on: August 10, 2020, 02:19:48 PM »

'Ere. That's nice that is.
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« Reply #108 on: August 10, 2020, 03:54:03 PM »

What a lovely model Pete.

The colour scheme works very well with painted tissue , you seem to have got just enough density to the finish without taking away from the delicate look of a tissue covered model - very nicely done. The rigging really brings it life, what a cracker. I shall look forward to seeing it the air
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« Reply #109 on: August 10, 2020, 03:55:37 PM »

Beautiful Pete - that's going to look great in the air.

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« Reply #110 on: August 10, 2020, 04:28:32 PM »

Great job Pete
I agree the kits are really good
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« Reply #111 on: August 10, 2020, 04:32:53 PM »

That looks great, Pete ... look forward to seeing it in the air  Smiley
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« Reply #112 on: August 10, 2020, 05:10:53 PM »

Nice job, Pete, looking forward to your flying shots.

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« Reply #113 on: August 11, 2020, 01:47:47 AM »

Lovely. Great colour scheme.
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« Reply #114 on: August 12, 2020, 06:24:01 AM »

Thanks for all the nice comments. I got the pilot carved yesterday, so here he is (plus a few more pics with his nibs installed...)
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« Reply #115 on: August 12, 2020, 09:27:48 AM »

HA HA HA he looks like a "Campbells soup kid" all growed up!  Pete great looking plane! Are you gonna take her to the tall grasses or do it indoors?
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« Reply #116 on: August 12, 2020, 07:01:43 PM »

HA HA HA he looks like a "Campbells soup kid" all growed up!  Pete great looking plane! Are you gonna take her to the tall grasses or do it indoors?
Crabby, there’s many a true word spoken in jest! Here is a pic of Campbell’s soup kid figurine and yes, there is a resemblance. It was already bothering me that my pilot was possibly too big for scale, but your comment pinned down the problem: it was just his head that was too big and I effectively had a giant toddler flying the plane. Tonight I beheaded him, performed some drastic head shrinking voodoo and reattached his revamped noggin. I’m not sure who he looks like now, but at least he is more to scale.
(To answer your question though: tall grass for initial trimming I think.)
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« Reply #117 on: September 08, 2020, 05:49:41 PM »

Got a chance to start trimming this evening. Not flat calm, but okay if you waited for your moment. Quite a promising start with no alarms. A gram or so of nose weight and a 1/32 shim of right thrust got me here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_S7CCIBqfY4
That was only 350 turns (on 4 strands on 3/32) so there's a good bit more to come. The breeze got up after that and the sun was sinking, so that's it for now, especially as I'm back at work tomorrow.
The field had been partly cut, but there was still a large long grass area at the back and even the short part still had nice soft piles of drying hay.  Couple of pics...
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« Reply #118 on: September 09, 2020, 12:15:28 PM »

Nice start, Pete.
A Tiger Moth has been on my list since the Boddo plan was in the RCM&E in the 80s .... I'd like to do a full riblets and all job one day, but the VMC kit is a tempting build.
I hope that Old Warden goes ahead .... and that the shop has the kit in stock!
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« Reply #119 on: September 15, 2020, 04:02:09 PM »

Thanks, Russ. I'd certainly recommend this one.

Back to the field today: hot and very little wind. All I really did was try more turns than last time. This made it bank and turn left with the torque, but not to the extent of doffing in so no alarms or damage. If I wound on still more it climbed and stalled. More right thrust, oddly, made it go even harder left but I think this is because my tail fin is a bit too loose (ie floppy) so I've now stiffened it up a bit.

Anyway, on 550 turns, this is what it quite often does: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mhiPdWGK69M&feature=youtu.be
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« Reply #120 on: September 16, 2020, 08:53:18 PM »

Extraordinary work, Pete
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