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PST F-84G Build Thread

Old 12-08-2007, 02:13 PM
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Default PST F-84G Build Thread

I have decided to do a build thread on a PST F-84G this winter. It is such a cool airplane, I figured I would share pics of the progress. We have a lot of plans for this bird, it will have a sliding canopy, scale speedbrake mechanism and a fresh paint job in the Strategic Air Command colors, it will then be topped off with a nice weathering job by myself and my buddy that happens to be an ex special effects expert from Hollywood!

My plan of attack is to hit all the major stuff that will be difficult to accomplish, or at least get it roughed out and come back and tweak everything before internal install and finishing begins. I started with the main gear and door installation, I designed and laser cut custom parts to make door installation much easier.

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Old 12-08-2007, 02:21 PM
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Actually, before I started the gear install, I had to build a cradle to hold this monster. I mapped the body contours in CAD and then zapped some .250 plywood with the laser to make a cradle that holds the main fuselage and tail section. It was designed to hold the aircraft rightside up or upside down. The tail stand portion was made to hold the tail at the proper height so that the two sections could be slid together for assembly, it allows one persone to assemble the model at the field with no risk of damage to the extended tailpipe or aircraft itself.
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Old 12-08-2007, 02:33 PM
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Once I had main doors figured out, I wanted to move on to the speedbrake. Sice we are planning on taking this plane to the next level of previous projects I wanted to do something other than a hinge and air cylinder in the speedbrake. I did some research and spent a lot of time in CAD to come up with the scale mechanism to operate brake. I turned down the radius rods that rotate the door as the forward portion rolls along a track so the brake rolls back as it deflects. The process was a real pain but was worth it! For those of you interested, I will be offering all the parts that I design and cut to assist with your build. Please e-mail for more info.

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Old 12-08-2007, 02:37 PM
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My monsters helping me out! They are awesome at getting little parts jammed in the airframe where they are hard to retreive!!

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Old 12-08-2007, 02:39 PM
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Thank the Lord a build thread!!

Looking forward to it!
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Old 12-08-2007, 02:45 PM
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Awesome work..
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Old 12-08-2007, 02:57 PM
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Thanks Joe, I am pouring a lot of thought in this one. She should be a top notch bird, the Titan should push her around quite well!!!!!!

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Old 12-08-2007, 03:07 PM
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Hi Chris,

The F-84 was one of my favourites in the fifties, when I was a boy. The Danish Air Force had them at that time. When I saw that PST had released a kit, I knew that I´d get one of them, one day....
I´ll be following your thread with great interest. Keep up the good work.

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Old 12-08-2007, 03:10 PM
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Default RE: PST F-84G Build Thread

How did you get the contours into cad so well? To make your laser cut parts for the fuse holder? Was it rough measurements, or exact?
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Old 12-08-2007, 03:34 PM
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Looks great Chris !! Its nice to see a build on this bird. Eric [sm=thumbup.gif]
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Old 12-08-2007, 03:40 PM
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Sean,

I used a contour gauge, traced it out on graph paper and mapped it into CAD from there. There is some sanding and filling to get it to fit perfect but it is close.
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Old 12-08-2007, 04:02 PM
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Pete, order one up and lets build it together!! This thing is going to be amazing, all the stops have been pulled, it will be a top notch model for sure!!!

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Ok, so I have managed to get the speedbrake bay and mchanism in the fuse. I have it operating but not perfect yet. I still have some changes to make, but I am very close! My brain hurts, I think this is it for tonight!

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Old 12-09-2007, 01:39 AM
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How do I upload a video clip and what format do I need???? Thanks

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Chris...you are one talented individual!!!

Videos can be uploaded in RCU but you have to register again, and the resolution is not that high...It is easier to sign up to a video hosting service such as You tube and upload it there and post the URL here...

I presume you are the Chris that bult the panther for Dean....?? That was a nice plane! (my buddy bought it...)



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Wayne22, that would be me! I have another Panther to do after the F-84. Thank you so much for the comments, I pour everything that I have into these things! Stay tuned things are going to get crazy!!! Thanks for the info on the video, I was just going to post some video to prove that the concept works as advertised!!!



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Awesome work on an awesome ARF, Chris. I and others will be watching this build thread closely with much envy. Aloha, Woody.
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Outstanding Craftsmanship!!!
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Chris,
There was nothing I´d rather do - but with an L-39 Albatros almost ready and a Ziroli Panther on it´s way, I´d better finish those first two first....[&o]

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"WOW", now this is a thread that could truly give one a Maj. Woody. Great subject and excellent craftsmanship combined get a rise out of me everytime.

Keep the commentary & pics coming Chris!
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Wow - very very nice....more please...

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Chris
That one BIG Brake.. surprised Rebublic did not split the brake(ALA F9F) looking forward to you progress photo's . BTW don't forget to spend some time with your helpers.
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Thank you so much for the comments, I pour everything that I have into these things! Stay tuned things are going to get crazy!!!
Glad to have finally met you...at least online. I have seen your work before, but this looks like it is going to be on a whole new level. Inspirational stuff, for all of us!!
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Chris, are you sure your going to have that done before Santa comes to my house Eric
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May have to hire a couple more elves to make that happen...LOL!

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