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« on: September 20, 2020, 02:37:11 PM »

A new project is under way: the Curtiss-Reid Courier, a 1930s Canadian mailplane which sadly never went into production, with only one ever flying. It's another parasol-wing type, not greatly unlike the Heath LNB-4, but a good deal faster with a 130hp DH Gypsy engine. A few degrees of sweepback should help with stability. The model will be 1/12 scale, 30" wingspan, with a DC Dart for power.
The wings and tail surfaces have been done, although the centre section will not get completed until the cabane struts are done. These will wait until the fuselage has progressed to the point where it can be jigged up with all the flying surfaces.
More to come - fuselage construction commences tomorrow...
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« Reply #1 on: September 27, 2020, 02:19:02 PM »

The fuselage is under way. The space frame is from 1/16 spruce and some balsa, with formers from 1/8 balsa or 3mm liteply. I bent the wire parts for the U/C and bushed the wheel hubs to the correct diameter. A balsa block has been carved to mould the wheel spats, each in two halves. I may try this by vac-forming, otherwise it will be fibreglass (2 layers of 20g cloth). This aircraft features a number of blister fairings which will be moulded so I will try and do all of them later on, in one operation. Once the lower half of the fuselage is done, it can be mounted in a jig with the wings in order to make up all the struts - this should be the next week or so's work.
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« Reply #2 on: September 27, 2020, 08:13:37 PM »

  Nicely done, great to see another Diesel Scale Model, is it your own design?
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« Reply #3 on: September 28, 2020, 02:28:05 AM »

Yes dputt7, it's my own design based on the info in the "Flight" article, May 20 1932. There is a GA drawing with the article that I could use, although I had to apply some intelligent guesswork. I know there have been other models of this aircraft in the past - a large R/C one by a French guy, and Gene Falada did a quarter-scale seaplane version in his "Sea-clusion" plans range. I would love to know what drawings they used as the basis of their respective designs - even if it's too late to help me!
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« Reply #4 on: September 28, 2020, 05:03:44 AM »

  You probably have seen these before.
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« Reply #5 on: September 28, 2020, 03:20:24 PM »

Yes Dave - thanks anyway! They comprise the only photos I have, apart from a grainy effort from a French-language newspaper, presumably Canadian. See pic below. I know from descriptions that the aircraft was orange, to assist a search in the event of a forced-landing in the snow. When the Sea-clusion plans were being described in RCSA in the 90's, in one issue there was a tantalising part-view of a 3-view but I could never find out where it originated.
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« Reply #6 on: October 06, 2020, 02:21:15 PM »

The photos show the wings and fuselage mounted in a jig so all the struts can be done. The centre-section struts are 20swg with 28swg bracing wires. The wing struts are 22swg. All the struts will be faired with balsa. I'm always glad to get this phase of building out of the way, as it's probably the most critical for parasols and biplanes - the balsa-bashing seems easy by comparison!
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« Reply #7 on: October 17, 2020, 01:16:38 PM »

Nothing too dramatic to report -the fuselage is nearing completion as shown below. The windscreen has been cut and trial-fitted - plus, I couldn't resist placing the pilot in-situ for a couple of pics. The pilot is from realmodelpilots.co.uk.

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« Reply #8 on: October 17, 2020, 03:33:53 PM »

Really enjoying watch your build Richard, lovely work, great jigs too !

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« Reply #9 on: October 17, 2020, 04:35:44 PM »

Agree, great model aero-engineering to watch!
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« Reply #10 on: October 17, 2020, 10:45:35 PM »

   Great work Richard, coming along nicely.
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« Reply #11 on: October 18, 2020, 02:19:02 AM »

Thanks guys for your encouragement.

Pat D, coming from Ireland, you should be good at jigs!  Cheesy

Hopefully the next thrilling installment will show the completed structure.
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« Reply #12 on: October 18, 2020, 07:11:01 AM »

Great work! I s e the ‘gas tank’ is mounted nicely. I like the jig for setting up wing mounts, I will have to make one too for each plane  build....I’m tired of ‘snuffy smith’ engineering to get incedence’s correct.
I plan to follow your build....thank you for posting.
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« Reply #13 on: October 18, 2020, 08:59:17 PM »

Nice work Richard - well worth following. Thanks for posting.

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