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« on: December 09, 2020, 09:41:09 AM »

Found this Hellcat whilst searching for my next model to build, shrunk the plans to build in pistachio scale,

I like this colour scheme, going with the fuselage first, templates cut,

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« Reply #1 on: December 10, 2020, 10:39:31 AM »

Parts rough cut, sanding to shape next..
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« Reply #2 on: December 10, 2020, 11:04:52 AM »

I love taking plans and reducing them to make tiny airplanes!  Mine never fly worth a darn, but they are fun to build.  Your plane looks awesome so far.  Keep the pix coming!
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« Reply #3 on: December 10, 2020, 06:19:19 PM »

They can be a devil to trim, but once dialed in, the fun is worth the trouble X2
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« Reply #4 on: December 11, 2020, 12:04:51 PM »

Worked on the 6 formers fo reduce some weight.

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« Reply #5 on: December 12, 2020, 08:43:28 AM »

Seeing all that tininess makes my fingers itch.  Shocked
Nice work.
What dimensional wood are you using? Are you sanding 1/32 down to nothing?
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« Reply #6 on: December 12, 2020, 11:53:04 AM »

All stringers installed, need to adjust/ release pressure on 1-2 formers, warped a bit.
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« Reply #7 on: December 12, 2020, 11:57:08 AM »

Seeing all that tininess makes my fingers itch.  Shocked
Nice work.
What dimensional wood are you using? Are you sanding 1/32 down to nothing?

Thanks, using 1/32 wood, just lightly sanded.
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« Reply #8 on: December 12, 2020, 11:36:34 PM »

I'm utterly amazed. So small and delicate. So precise. Will be eagerly focused in on this build.

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« Reply #9 on: December 13, 2020, 09:36:56 AM »

Missed a couple of photos taken prior to installation of the all the stringers, added now.

Stringers straightened, formers adjusted, wing saddle installed..more on the fuselage later.

Wings are next.
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« Reply #10 on: December 14, 2020, 10:03:13 AM »

Some progress with the wings...the notches doesn’t line up so i’m take a different approach.

Lay the LE, Spar, TE, then cut the spar notch, test for fit, then cut the front and back of the rib for proper fit. The top spar will be installed later.
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« Reply #11 on: December 14, 2020, 12:43:00 PM »

Looking great, shadow. Will you include the landing gear in your build or opt to omit it?

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« Reply #12 on: December 14, 2020, 07:53:29 PM »

Looking great, shadow. Will you include the landing gear in your build or opt to omit it?

Rhys

Im contemplating to leave the landing gears out to save weight.
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« Reply #13 on: December 15, 2020, 09:37:33 AM »

Wings done, some sanding later to shape the wing tips.

Next are the tail feathers.
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« Reply #14 on: December 20, 2020, 10:25:25 AM »

Stab done, some more sanding latef.
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« Reply #15 on: December 20, 2020, 11:25:51 AM »

Excellent!  Cheesy
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« Reply #16 on: December 21, 2020, 10:04:59 AM »

Fin-Rudder done, a bit more sanding later.

Next isthe cowl, then the nose block.
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« Reply #17 on: December 21, 2020, 11:13:54 AM »

Beautiful woodwork.  You'd never guess the model is Pistachio scale looking at all that clean joinery.

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« Reply #18 on: December 21, 2020, 11:45:38 AM »

Lovely work  Smiley
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« Reply #19 on: December 22, 2020, 12:03:16 AM »

Really enjoying this, shadow. Are your stab and vertical fin 1/32? What weight balsa do you employ in your builds? Looking smart.

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« Reply #20 on: December 22, 2020, 05:01:27 AM »

Thanks gents.

Really enjoying this, shadow. Are your stab and vertical fin 1/32? What weight balsa do you employ in your builds? Looking smart.

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I usually don’t pick wood for peanuts/pistachios by weighing them but more by choosing the density by sight. The picture below shows a typical 1/32 sheet with different densities, i use the dark section as spars, LE, main stringers etc., the lighter section is for ribs, secondary stringers, trusses etc.

All wood used in this build here are of 1/32nd thickness but lightly sanded.
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« Reply #21 on: December 22, 2020, 08:54:59 AM »

Did the cowl differently by filling in the balsa rectangles instead of wrapping around with bond paper/hing balsa sheet.
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« Reply #22 on: December 23, 2020, 07:02:07 AM »

Nose block done....final sanding later.
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