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    RE: Pay It Forward Build Thread!! Sig LT-40 build

    I've emailed SIG and am waiting on their reply...The fuselage is pretty straight forward...I think if I could get the measurements of the tail pieces I could probably go ahead and build them...along with a picture so I can semi duplicate the shapes..
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    RE: Pay It Forward Build Thread!! Sig LT-40 build

    You should try starting a new thread and maybe post it in the Kit Building section.  I'm sure someone would have a set they could post you?
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    RE: Pay It Forward Build Thread!! Sig LT-40 build

    see page 32 of this thread for each build step listed in order i can see all the photos from one post taht way.

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    RE: Pay It Forward Build Thread!! Sig LT-40 build

    I lost my trainer last year do to my fault, Someone was talking to me and I took my eyes off the plane and the student got it out to far for these eyes to see, and crash! So I am building the LT 40 for the new trainer! Sure love to build and this is a great kit, happy to see others enjoy it as well!

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    RE: Pay It Forward Build Thread!! Sig LT-40 build

    Well I have the Senior finished with a few modifications...waiting on a good day to maiden it...Have the LT-40 ready to cover....will do that tomorrow...putting a Saito 50 on it...should be enough to pull it around the sky...here's a few pic of both of them....added bolt on wings to the LT-40 as well as the Kadet Senior...both of these are kit builds with a little changes..the Senior I made it a tail dragger and added ailerons...took most of the dihedral out...
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    RE: Pay It Forward Build Thread!! Sig LT-40 build

    Both look very nice! great job on the covering! I have to maiden my LT-40 its ready. And I have a Tiger 2 on the bench got the tail feathers done now on the wing. Sure do love building! Let us know how the maidens go. Good luck!

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    RE: Pay It Forward Build Thread!! Sig LT-40 build

    I sure will..I've been out of the hobby for 15 plus years...boys are grown and I have time to fly again...I'm like you I love to build but not real comfortable flying...I have TF Corsair that is partially built that I will do next...I'm wanting to build a 100" Stuka from Ziroli planes...I have an air siren I picked up at a swap meet a couple of weeks ago...so I guess I'll build a plane around it..
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    RE: Pay It Forward Build Thread!! Sig LT-40 build

    I may have to go dust off some planes in progress.
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    RE: Pay It Forward Build Thread!! Sig LT-40 build

    RC Ken

    Great build thread and I know you are busy but where is the final act?!? I feel like I sat through a great movie but missed the ending. (unless it is posted somewhere else) I was waiting to see the fuse covering, final touches and full assembly.

    BTW this thread was excellent. I never thought I would ever touch a kit and stick with the ARF but now I see that it is not as hard as I perceived and now I think I will build my first plane this winter. Thanks for the inspiration to do this.

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    RE: Pay It Forward Build Thread!! Sig LT-40 build

    Just thought I would say thanks and to let you know that 8 years after the original build, people are still appreciating the information and advice you give.

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    Just finished reading the thread front to back. Just wanted to give a huge shout out to RCKen. Very, very informative. I hope to obtain the skill level that you have some day.

    While reading the thread, I was looking at all the hobby sights and put together a pretty good kit. I am going to go with the PT-40. I used to build models as a kid, and am looking forward to getting back into the hobby. Also being deployed with time on my hands really helps get your research done and keeps you from making quick decisions. Lots of time to think about it.

    Big thank you to everyone else who put their little tiddly bits of information in. Big help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oAPEXo View Post
    Just finished reading the thread front to back. Just wanted to give a huge shout out to RCKen. Very, very informative. I hope to obtain the skill level that you have some day.

    While reading the thread, I was looking at all the hobby sights and put together a pretty good kit. I am going to go with the PT-40. I used to build models as a kid, and am looking forward to getting back into the hobby. Also being deployed with time on my hands really helps get your research done and keeps you from making quick decisions. Lots of time to think about it.

    Big thank you to everyone else who put their little tiddly bits of information in. Big help.
    I'm glad that we/I could inspire you. Please keep us posted on your progress as you get start with a trainer.

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    Ken, Your thread inspired me to build an LT 40. Last season was my first and it was quite successful. I'm starting flying season two now and starting to work on my next plane. Thank you for your efforts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Otis11 View Post
    Ken, Your thread inspired me to build an LT 40. Last season was my first and it was quite successful. I'm starting flying season two now and starting to work on my next plane. Thank you for your efforts.
    You are more than welcome. I'm definitely glad that I could help get you the air. If I can get one per flying then I feel I have been successful in what I'm doing!!!

    Do you have any pictures of your LT-40?? We'd sure love to see them here.

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    Ken, does it have to be an LT-40? Would a slightly modified Jr be okay to put in this thread? I've started working on one from the plans of a long ago destroyed kit so.......................

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hydro Junkie View Post
    Ken, does it have to be an LT-40? Would a slightly modified Jr be okay to put in this thread? I've started working on one from the plans of a long ago destroyed kit so.......................
    I don't see any reason why not!!! The more the merrier in my mind.

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    RCKen - First off I want to Thank-You for all the time and information you have invested in this build thread. You have contributed a very considerable amount of your valuable wisdom and knowledge in building this Airplane. So much so that you've given me the confidence to build one myself! Well. almost by myself.
    I bought three planes at an auction. Two of them are ABF's ( Already Been Flown ) and one is a Semi completed LT-40 Kit. The Kit looks like someone started with good intentions, tried to follow the instructions, got confused and gave up. I checked the parts inventory and all the pieces are there, so I just need to fix a few problem areas and should be airborne by next spring!
    The most obvious problem is the former builder hacked the slots for the hinges. I don't know how thin of a slot the power hinge slottter tool makes, but what this guy did was carve out a cavern in the TE and ailerons. I would appreciate your advice on how to fix these oversized holes, as I don't think Thick CA would be appropriate to fill the gap and get a good hinge joint. I've included some pictures for you viewing pleasure. Again, Thank you for making his build thread
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    Hi Renegade,

    If I could toss my $.02 in here, I had a similar situation with an LT-25 I'm currently completing. Someone with good intentions and bad skills got to it first but I've just about fixed all the issues.

    FYI, when I use my Slot Cutter, even with the thicker blades, sometimes the slot is still a very snug fit on a CA hinge. I think that these 'caverns' (well said) are going to be a problem. I don't think that thick CA is the answer and the loss of all that wood will create a weak spot in the spar. One of those is going to get you someday when it buckles in flight.

    IMHO, and for what it's worth, I would cut some filler pieces (called a Dutchman) for each of those slots and insert them. Carve them for a snug fit but DON'T glue them in yet (more in a second). Between the slots, you could cut fresh holes for Robart pin hinges. Once these holes are properly located, you could then glue in your filler pieces in with THIN CA. The Thin CA will wick in nicely and strengthen that weak spot.

    If you should glue the Dutchmen in before you drill holes for those Robart pin hinges, the thin CA could migrate through the surrounding wood and make it as hard as a rock, and difficult to drill for those Robart hinges.

    As I said earlier, just my $.02

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    Quote Originally Posted by Renegade View Post
    RCKen - First off I want to Thank-You for all the time and information you have invested in this build thread. You have contributed a very considerable amount of your valuable wisdom and knowledge in building this Airplane. So much so that you've given me the confidence to build one myself! Well. almost by myself.
    I bought three planes at an auction. Two of them are ABF's ( Already Been Flown ) and one is a Semi completed LT-40 Kit. The Kit looks like someone started with good intentions, tried to follow the instructions, got confused and gave up. I checked the parts inventory and all the pieces are there, so I just need to fix a few problem areas and should be airborne by next spring!
    The most obvious problem is the former builder hacked the slots for the hinges. I don't know how thin of a slot the power hinge slottter tool makes, but what this guy did was carve out a cavern in the TE and ailerons. I would appreciate your advice on how to fix these oversized holes, as I don't think Thick CA would be appropriate to fill the gap and get a good hinge joint. I've included some pictures for you viewing pleasure. Again, Thank you for making his build thread
    1 - Pic of the two ABF planes
    2 - Could this be a Sig Kougar ?
    3 - Top Wing Trainer
    4 - Close up of the Wide Gaps for Hinge slots
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    I'm very glad that I could help. That's what I put my build thread up for. Please keep us posted on your progress and let us know when your planes fly!!!

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