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BillB
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« on: May 13, 2008, 03:11:48 PM »

I recently purchased a short kit of the DH Sea Hornet froim Mike Midkiff. This consists of the plan, documentation including markings graphics, conopy and superb laser cut sheet parts. The quality and value for money are excellent. Mike does a range of short kits which are well worth investigating. Just ask him, he is a member here.
Mike recommends building the nacelles first, so that is what I am doing.
the first two pics show the LH nacelle part finished, whilst the third one shows the ply prop blades being moulded after boiling as per the recipe. These are laser cut too.
This build may take some time so please be patient, I'm not Doug the Hermit!

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« Reply #1 on: May 13, 2008, 03:17:30 PM »

Someone is bound to ask!
The model on my computer is a Keil Kraft Eaglet and is pictured just after lunch launch at Old Warden last Sunday. Photo by Russ Lister. (Is it OK to use your pic here Russ?)

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« Reply #2 on: May 13, 2008, 03:29:12 PM »

Prop blades off the form. LH and RH.
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« Reply #3 on: May 13, 2008, 06:43:26 PM »

Bill,

I will send you a bigger version of the same shot.
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« Reply #4 on: May 14, 2008, 08:24:47 PM »

Looks good Bill. Glad you're taking the time to post your build progress. Any reason why the nacelles are built first?
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« Reply #5 on: May 15, 2008, 06:37:36 AM »

Mostly cause they are a pain in the rear to build and you need to keep your head in the game early on so that you end up with a L hand and a R hand nacelle.
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« Reply #6 on: May 15, 2008, 08:12:56 AM »

He's right, you know!
The damn things are built in your hand. You need three of them!

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« Reply #7 on: May 15, 2008, 09:50:31 AM »

Bill I am sure glad to see you doing this build thread. I love the DH Hornet and my OFB Ironmike's model of it. I have a problem with wanting to do something that large and complex. None the less It is very tempting, just don't need another unbuilt kit.
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« Reply #8 on: June 24, 2008, 04:37:51 PM »

Just to let you know that the Sea Hornet has not been forgotten. I have started work on it again after finishing a couple of duration models for the next out door do at Old Warden.
This is what I've got up to now. The stab is not strictly Midkiff, but the way I like to build them.

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« Reply #9 on: June 29, 2008, 02:30:15 PM »

Took sa leaf out of Hermit's book and cracked on with the build this weekend, and here's where I'm at now.

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« Reply #10 on: June 29, 2008, 02:36:11 PM »

My book? Hope it wasn't the chapter on impatience! Super looking build Bill, clean, elegant, I can see why you like this kit so much and you are doiing it justice.

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« Reply #11 on: June 29, 2008, 05:16:45 PM »

Looks great Bill!! You should have a excellent flying machine when your done. Any thoughts on a color scheme yet?

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« Reply #12 on: June 29, 2008, 06:04:21 PM »

Fleet Air Arm post war. I just love those colours! No specific plane sorted out yet. If anyone has a decent profile, I would love to see it.

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« Reply #13 on: June 29, 2008, 07:20:40 PM »

Very, very nice Bill. On my 'gotta build' list.
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« Reply #14 on: July 01, 2008, 11:35:38 PM »

I'm really diggin' this airplane. You all have become a very bad influence on me. I keep coming across more and more fantastic looking airplanes that I MUST build. Keep plugging away at it!
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« Reply #15 on: July 09, 2008, 03:06:35 PM »

Covering is now well under way and a plug for the canopy has been carved.

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« Reply #16 on: July 09, 2008, 03:37:44 PM »

Home stretch! It's going to look great in that scheme!

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« Reply #17 on: July 09, 2008, 03:41:09 PM »

Home stretch!  
Is that an allusion to moulding the canopy?

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« Reply #18 on: July 09, 2008, 04:01:40 PM »

Seemed like a fitting pull of the tongue!
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« Reply #19 on: July 10, 2008, 12:06:10 PM »

Hi Bill,

Will you plunge or vacuum form the canopy? Also are you going to print tissue or paint? (a million questions)
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« Reply #20 on: July 10, 2008, 01:07:53 PM »

Don,

Plunge and gunge (er..... paint)

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« Reply #21 on: September 23, 2008, 09:03:34 PM »

Looking great Bill.
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« Reply #22 on: September 24, 2008, 09:45:30 AM »

Bill your Sea Hornet is looking great. I know you will have it flying well. I watched Ironmike's #2 go OOS after about 13 min.
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« Reply #23 on: September 24, 2008, 02:13:49 PM »

Very very nice Bill. I hope to get the chance to see this one fly sometime. If you have any trouble with forming the canopy I'd be happy to have a go with my stretch moulding gizmo.

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« Reply #24 on: September 24, 2008, 02:50:49 PM »

Actually Steve, I'm about to make one. If I can overcome the inertia, that is!You're the easy route out though. Thanks for the offer.

Bill.
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