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Old 05-28-2018, 06:55 PM
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Never mind the shed, I just help the wife plant a Tomato plant, I suppose I now have to clean up the box completely,
I think I will do some work on my next ARF project instead, I just got the Phoenix PC21 30cc, I now want the 60cc they make, a Kingtech 45 will be perfect, dream on

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Old 05-28-2018, 07:47 PM
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Top center sheeting is done, will let the glue dry over night, sanding down the joints tomorrow then the center fiberglass tape will be glued on.

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Old 05-28-2018, 09:10 PM
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Ahhh!! Why wait, the fiberglass tape is glued, now I let it seat overnight.

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Fuiii!! I think I shaved about 1/2 lb of balsa off the center sheeting, balsa dust all over, again and again, love it the shop is clean again, dust be gone thanks to an old compressor a friend gave me.

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Wing and fuse have been joined ( dowels and screws )

One thing that must be done when drilling the wing dowel holes is to pres down on the front of the wing, what you are looking for here is to make the dowel holes as high as possible, doing so the dowels will be at its optimum position when the wing is placed on the fuse, when you place the wing on the fuse you'll have to press down the back of the wing with the screws to have it against the boat with no gap around the front top leading edge skin.
If you end up with a small gap around the front of the wing saddle, not to worry, it can be fixed by adding thick CA to the bottom of the dowel holes on bulkhead 5, that will push the wing up into the fuse closing the gap.

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Old 06-01-2018, 12:54 PM
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Wing saddle added 1/4" medium hard balsa, reinforced the fuel tank box with 1/2" tri stock balsa and working on aligning the stab, almost there but lunch first.

Can you believe it? I'm already thinking which jet I'm going to build next and I'm not counting the prop jobs I got going and thinking of .

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Stab alignment, I also glued the vertical post bases and the elevator cable is in place.

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Old 06-02-2018, 01:37 PM
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After securing the pushroads next is gluing the top and bottom sheeting, sand it to shape, build the wing fairing and cut the hole on top for the rudder and the building of the airframe is done.
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Old 06-02-2018, 05:13 PM
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Any idea if Bruce has made any plans to run any more kits?
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Old 06-02-2018, 08:28 PM
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After talking with him a few times I get the impression that he won't have time 'till the end of 2019 or some time in 2020.
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Old 06-03-2018, 01:14 PM
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very nice wood job on your R54, I think I already posted that but here is how I solved a anoying fact. i realised early that the assembly require to precisly put the stab in place and then remove it several times. To avoid to have to make precise measurements and hold the stab in place with pins or tape everytime , I centerd the stab and then drilled 3 holes trough the stab and the balsa stab support plate. In thoqe holes I permantly placed 3 balsa dowels ( glued on the stab only with easy to sand white glue). those dowels alow you to remove and accuratly place the stab without having to mesure. I have to say they have been very cool during the process of instaling flight controls cables ( especialy the rudder one), final sanding and covering......

About the kit, I preordered one for a fellow one month ago and bruce said me next year

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Old 06-04-2018, 08:25 AM
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Ugh!!! Guess I'll have to wait a while. Build looks really straight forward.
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Thanks for the complements on the wood work, it's the kit, Bruce did a superb job on the design and cutting of the kits ( lots of work I'm sure )

My build here is to illustrate some of the things that are not on the constriction manual, not to show that this is better or worst but to add more info from a long time so so builder

It takes time to up-load and to record the build info here but, this is part of the hobby ( mine at least ) to do build threads of all my builds ( been doing it since..... forever with pleasure )

One thing I learned from so many build threads I've done, more pictures less words

Oh yeah! So you know I may be at Kentucky Jet for a day ( Sunday ) preparing to go but its all in the planing so far ( its been along time since I do short trips )

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Ok, securing the cables/pushroads, enough support using scrap balsa.

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And an interruption in between the build, the wife thinks I spend tens of thousands of dollars learning how to build model airplanes and buying equipment so I can glue a small piece of clay she got at the S.A. for a few cents ) Oh well, asi esla vida handyman.

I'm not sure about other parts of the country but here in Sac, Cali, we are really enjoying the first summer days, loving it

ps: Not a Mcdonal's commercial

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Old 06-04-2018, 07:37 PM
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Oh yeah! So you know I may be at Kentucky Jet for a day ( Sunday ) preparing to go but its all in the planing so far ( its been along time since I do short trips )
Sunday is good for flying as there won't be a crowd.
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I wish I could be flying on Sunday but, I'm coming to be an spectator this time.
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Second pushroad is glued, top and bottom sheeting complete, the sanding starts tomorrow.

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The corners are gone,

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get ready to deal with balsa dust ...........
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Originally Posted by CARS II View Post
After talking with him a few times I get the impression that he won't have time 'till the end of 2019 or some time in 2020.
oops, off by a year (maybe). I'd like to cut a new batch by the end of THIS year, but more realistically it will be some time in 2019...
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AWESOME!!!

!!!!BEST JET KIT I EVER BUILD!!!! ( still building )

With that time frame I will be able to work on my next project in the coming months and be done by the time the next bach is out.

Already another build? You ask, yes! I got to keep going here

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Oh? No sweat, I've been eating balsa dust for about 3 months now
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No work done on the Reaction this week, only one day off, I'm out of free time but the build must continue but at slow pace at the moment

It has been 3 1/2 months since I started the build, you have to get into account that I'm not home every night, if I was, it probably be at least framed up by now.

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Old 06-12-2018, 08:06 AM
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Originally Posted by BruceTharpe View Post
oops, off by a year (maybe). I'd like to cut a new batch by the end of THIS year, but more realistically it will be some time in 2019...
Great news! Put me on the list for one Bruce!
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