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    RE: Exclusiv Modellbau 50% Pitts S1

    Hey John,

    No worries.

    Re the canopy, I'm working on some thoughts with random sliding metal and plastic extrusions I've found, so I'll push on. Will post some pics when I get to that stage. Will load some Pup shots over the weekend.

    Yep theres some info on the TC plans. Need to read the text and get the the plans squarely sorted before you take to many steps forward. Damn good!

    I'm running the geared Toni Clark Zenoah 38 in the pup, swinging a 32 inch prop at only around 2,500rpm. Really looking forward to seeing and hearing this run.


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    RE: Exclusiv Modellbau 50% Pitts S1

    Looking good. Shame to cover that engine up with a cowl.
    Smooth, like Keith Stone.

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    RE: Exclusiv Modellbau 50% Pitts S1


    ORIGINAL: tobba

    I'm running the geared Toni Clark Zenoah 38 in the pup, swinging a 32 inch prop at only around 2,500rpm. Really looking forward to seeing and hearing this run.

    Oh, fantastic craig, that is gonna be something else mate ! you have to upload some video of that when the time comes.

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    RE: Exclusiv Modellbau 50% Pitts S1

    Yep sorta is shame. I think the sound will make it OK.
    ORIGINAL: mrbigg

    Looking good. Shame to cover that engine up with a cowl.

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    RE: Exclusiv Modellbau 50% Pitts S1


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    ORIGINAL: tobba

    I'm running the geared Toni Clark Zenoah 38 in the pup, swinging a 32 inch prop at only around 2,500rpm. Really looking forward to seeing and hearing this run.

    Oh, fantastic craig, that is gonna be something else mate ! you have to upload some video of that when the time comes.
    Planning bench run soon just for the fun of it. Will post something.

    Go order that TC Tiger!

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    RE: Exclusiv Modellbau 50% Pitts S1


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    Go order that TC Tiger!
    Hi craig,

    Yeah, i keep going back to the TC website and having a look. the biggest problem i have is storage space. maybe some day.

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    RE: Exclusiv Modellbau 50% Pitts S1

    Hey John.

    I think the Tiger would be pretty impressive with the gear 38.

    See a few shots of my Pup as promised. As I said, I just spent a week breaking the back of the undercarriage - just some fillets on the center section and some glass binding of the struts to go. I reckon this was the hardest part of the plane... so easier going from here.

    Also been working on making a dash for the Pitts... a bit of a break from all the woodwork. I had an old radio which I pulled apart for switches etc. Fun times!

    Pics not loading properly - seems like a server prob. Will try again tomorrow.




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    RE: Exclusiv Modellbau 50% Pitts S1

    Trying again.
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    RE: Exclusiv Modellbau 50% Pitts S1

    Absolutly stunning craig, your woodworking is exceptional. I know what you mean about the silver soldering, i had to get outside help to start with.

    I feel like a fraud, calling myself a scale modeler. it`s a pleasure watching your work progress mate.

    It begs the question though.....what other delights have you got hiding behind the workshop doors ?

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    RE: Exclusiv Modellbau 50% Pitts S1

    Hey John,

    I had some brazing tips from a fabricator chap that works on my Historic single seater race car - same direction for Silver soldering. His advice was priceless! Its all about the temp, quality rods (TC's are the best Ive found with a high silver content) and enough flux...

    Yep I have a few projects on, a few to many to be honest. Here's a bit of a list for you.

    1/2 Scale EMHW Pitts S1 - 1/2 done
    1/3 Scale Toni Clark Sopwith - 1/3 done
    1/4 Scale PCM Messerschmidt ME109- G - now Meister scale platinum series - 1/4 done
    1/4 Scale Hostetler Cessna 195 - half kitted.
    BVM Mig-15 - 90% done,
    AMR Trainer 50 - for my two young lads to learn to fly. This is still in the box.
    Comp Arf Rookie - Flying.

    And many other bits and pieces...

    And yours...?





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    RE: Exclusiv Modellbau 50% Pitts S1

    Hi craig,

    Thats an impressive list there mate !

    I dont have anything on the go at the moment, i seem to have been building solid for the last four years or so, so i decided to do more flying this summer.

    The only elaborate stuff i have is :

    The TC pitts, The DB mk1 81" spitfire and my two turbine f-16`s (cermark and the FEJ with the scale gear) The other stuff is just the run-of-the-mill 40 size sport models.

    I`m sure i have a pic of the spit which may interest you.



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    RE: Exclusiv Modellbau 50% Pitts S1

    Found it !


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    RE: Exclusiv Modellbau 50% Pitts S1

    John - very very nice! You are far from a scale fraud, that looks amazing.

    In the same vein - check out a few shots of my 109. Well not mine at all! This is an awesome model built by Evan Quiros, but this is the kit I have.

    See his link below for a great build thread, full of some awesome scale techniques.

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    RE: Exclusiv Modellbau 50% Pitts S1

    John, the F16's sounds nice. Because I haven't got enough to do, I've decided to get an Airworld F5. Looking forward to that.

    Pitts dash is coming together. Rather simple in the end but come up good. A couple of instruments to sort yet.

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    RE: Exclusiv Modellbau 50% Pitts S1


    ORIGINAL: tobba

    John, the F16's sounds nice. Because I haven't got enough to do, I've decided to get an Airworld F5. Looking forward to that.
    I must admitt craig, that made me chuckle.

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    RE: Exclusiv Modellbau 50% Pitts S1

    That PMC 109 is something else isn`t it !

    Maybe it`s just me, but i couldent bring myself to put that much work/detail into something which will come to a sticky end someday. I know it`s the wrong attitude but i just cant get by it.

    The one thing i did want to ask you about craig, is the pitts cockpit ? on my own i have left the space open (literaly). by the time i got to that stage, i`d had enough ! After looking at yours i would quite like to do something now, so the question is : is the one your doing part of the kit or are you scratch building it ? (i think i already know the answer though)

    If it is scratch built, where do you source the dials and various bits and pieces from ?

    I have found though that after flying the large scale aeroplanes, it`s hard to go back to the smaller stuff.

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    RE: Exclusiv Modellbau 50% Pitts S1

    Hey John.

    Yep I'm scratch building mine. There are a few panels available and a few accessories. Check out the two links below:

    Aerocockpit
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    I'm not going crazy scale at all. I'm going to do a seat with dowel and foam rubber, the dash, some random switches, radio, stick, throttle etc. I'll be placing pics online if you want to use it as a guide. Pilot makes a big difference - Axel's Pilots are amazing.

    I'm going to do a sliding canopy setup using Ball Bearing drawer sliders etc - plan to spend some time on this. I also have a PDF of the actual Pitts S1 plans for the canopy setup.

    I have many shots for ref and also a guy who is building a full size locally. He has an amazing website full of literally hundreds of shots. Check it out below:

    Pitts Fullsize

    Nav done the left for the different sections. Fuse general has some good shots.

    Can I email you some ref shots...?

    Cheers

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    RE: Exclusiv Modellbau 50% Pitts S1

    Thanks for the links craig, top bloke !

    I will definatly use your build pics on here for some ideas. The problem i have is i`ve never seen a full size pitts in the flesh so-to-speak, athough the guy that has the full size mine is modeled on is only a few hours drive away and is also a modeler. (he desinged that spit of mine) I should really make the effort.

    E-mail : paul_josey@sky.com (my brother set it up and used his own name for some reason)


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    RE: Exclusiv Modellbau 50% Pitts S1

    No worries - will send you an email or two tonight. I'll include all the instrument images. These were simply colour laser copies with a gloss laminate mounted on to some light board and held in with the 4 BVM screws on each.

    Cheers.


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    RE: Exclusiv Modellbau 50% Pitts S1


    ORIGINAL: tobba

    No worries - will send you an email or two tonight. I'll include all the instrument images. These were simply colour laser copies with a gloss laminate mounted on to some light board and held in with the 4 BVM screws on each.

    Cheers.

    Thanks craig, your a gentleman

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    RE: Exclusiv Modellbau 50% Pitts S1

    Made a mock radio out of some old radio parts and a small digital voltage display. Should look pretty cool.
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    RE: Exclusiv Modellbau 50% Pitts S1

    Some more work.

    Dash now pretty much done including the radio panel with some circuit breakers. Throttle and choke servos are in place and I reverted back to my 2 servo SWB rudder setup which is looking good. Started work on the seat frame work which will be the seat but also house most of the radio equipment.
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    RE: Exclusiv Modellbau 50% Pitts S1

    Progressing with the seat framework - somewhat scale but more importantly will hide all the radio equip.
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    RE: Exclusiv Modellbau 50% Pitts S1

    Hi craig,

    After looking at your pics of the cockpit i`m quite 'pumped' to do something on my own TC one but i may have a potential problem. I`m not sure if your aware but the TC one has the bottom wing mounting secured through the cockpit, obviously so there is no 'unsightly' bolt holes on the underside of the wing to fusalage fairing.

    I think it`s fair to say that i`m gonna have to make the seat removable to make it practicle. Just curious though, are your bottom wing (s) one piece or seperate panels mounted on either side of the fusalage ?

    cheers
    john

    BTW looking very impressive, i find myself logging on every day just to see how your getting on.

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    RE: Exclusiv Modellbau 50% Pitts S1

    Hi John,

    The wings on the EMHW Pitts are plug in, so just a wing tube running through the fuse pretty much where the pilots feet sit. I had originally planned to make my seat removable but have decided on having the frame permanent and the seat cushions and pilot removable. Thinking this should work for you to if you can access your wing bolts either side of the seat...?

    I'm out of action for the next week so thing will be on hold for a bit. Also determined to push on with my BVM Mig, on a mission to have that done for summer... that xmas time here obviously.

    Re the Pitts cockpit, its pretty simple to use dowel and fabricate a seat frame even balsa dowel to keep things light. Then I'm using very light foam to make seat cushions and the pilot will be held in place by a thin velcro strap.

    Anyway, nice to see you enjoying the build. Back at it soon.

    cheers.


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