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Old 07-18-2008, 05:04 PM
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Default Another...Yellow Twin F-18 build

Well i got a slow start due to one of my taps breaking off in my stab horn so i started and finished (mostly) the nose gear install. I just finished aeropxying n the stab bulkheads. Hey all you guys that have built it, did you glass the fuse-bulkhead joint as well as hysol/aeropoxy?? This will be a somewhat slow build due to me having to fly for work alot nowadays, but i will try to post as much as possible. Nick
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Old 07-18-2008, 06:26 PM
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i glass the frames also!..nice bird i like to see more![8D]
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Old 07-18-2008, 07:06 PM
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Man Nick you got a lot done,,,,,,,,,,,,, with all that room on fat fred you could buiild on your trips
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Old 07-18-2008, 07:36 PM
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Nick looking good!


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Old 07-18-2008, 08:24 PM
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Looks good Nick nice job!
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Old 07-18-2008, 09:37 PM
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Thanks guys, hopefully have the whole tail end done by close of business Monday! Nick
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Old 07-19-2008, 12:59 AM
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lookin good nick.. hows the tires workin out for ya
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Old 07-19-2008, 01:11 AM
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Dude, Thomas, those mo-fo's are tighter than crap. I tried to get them around the rims today, and they wouldnt budge. I am sure you have a good fix for this. Did you sand off any of the concrete-hard rubber or what?? Hope all is well in Australia. Fly safe man.
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Old 07-21-2008, 06:42 PM
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Got the Vertical stabs mounted so far today, all seems smooh so far. Wifey is working on school work tonight, so will hopefully get the tips and rudders done tonight!! Nick
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Nice job Nikki! Ahhh NICK We need to hook up sometime man. Let the kids play. Wifes talk and US fly or drink some...[sm=bananahead.gif]
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Old 07-21-2008, 08:49 PM
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Mario, sounds great man, it's all about finding the time for me. Ihave been flying my ass off. It looks like we will be slowing down at the squadron now though. Send me a PM with your number.
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Old 07-21-2008, 09:27 PM
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Nick,
yea the rubber compound ended up getting harder than what they told me along w/ them "shrinking" slightly more then what i was told to expect as well.. but the plus size is, they will never wear out and they wont ever slip on the rim.

To get the fit a lil bit better, I believe a paper towel or bathroom tissue roll w/ a wrap of 60 grit sandpaper will lossen them up a bit. you can also try soaking them in hot water to get them to expand a bit as well.
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Old 07-28-2008, 01:25 AM
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Ok, i have been working on the fins the last few times out in the shop. I got 1.5 of the 2 fins done, hinged, glued and shaped. The hinge covers are all thats left on this fin. It isnt a HARD build, but a tidious one. Heres some pix. I am hoping to get alot accomplished this week, as i will be in and out of work, solots of spare time. Nick
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Old 07-31-2008, 10:55 AM
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Ok, so i got the intakes to shape,sanded and installed and the glue is curing. The wings i started on the spar filler blocks, those are shaped and the spars i am starting to shape the last 2 inches of the front. These are a P.I.T.A TO grind down, any ideas besides the obvious=dremel? This week was supposed to be my full out work week on the bug, but the scheduler felt the need to schedule me for Simulators yesterday and today!!![:@] kinda messes up the work time alotted[:@]

Behing the Bug is the wifeys b-day gift to me, a BV Ultra viper kit. This thing is like 12 years old but in awesome shape, better than alot of the glass work out there today. Nick
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Old 07-31-2008, 01:50 PM
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Great job Bro,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, you make it look easy
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Nick,
getcha a bench grinder to turn down the spars.. or a bench mount belt sander w/ an aluminum oxide sandpaper
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Old 07-31-2008, 02:24 PM
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Thanks Dave and Thomas.

Thomas, i already got em done, so next time i will get a bench grinder. Moving on the main bulkheads tonight. Thats all for now, got to get to the simulator and get handed my ass. Joking Nick
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Old 07-31-2008, 03:34 PM
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Nice work Nick, when it comes to building, you are the man [&:] The good old days when we used to build for real. [:@].

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thanks Carlos, there is only one type of building.... And then there is assembling... J/K
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Old 08-19-2008, 01:04 AM
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Finally got a little work done on the bug, got the wing mounting started and almost finished. Thats it for now. Nick
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Hi,

Nick, next time use a band saw like the $90 Ryobi one I bought from Home Depot. They sell a $6 metal-cutting blade that works great for wood, too, so I use it for everything. I drew lines on the spars and cut them with the bandsaw. It probably took 20 seconds per cut, so I was done with all four spars in less than 5 minutes. That metal blade goes through that aluminum like a hot knife through butter.....
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Thanks bro!
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Old 09-10-2008, 05:56 PM
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Well got a little bit done since last post. I finished up the wings mounting, all they need is the cap on the end, and then controls. I think i have decided to go with the scale flap hinges. Anybody know of any snags or problems with this??

Today i started the main gear formers installation. The funny thing is that when you mount the left and right forwrd supports and th left and right gear mounts, the right is way different in angle. The even weirder part is that they match up with the jigs. So i called charles and he said this is normal, and "at the end of the day" the gear willbe right.....fingers crossed. You can see what i am talking about in the pictures. Hysol to come tomorrow.

Lastly, this is the scheme i have finalized on. Nick
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Nick,

I too had issues with the L and R gear supports......and I recieved the same answer from Charles, and pressed the "I believe" button and installed them.
It DOES work out in the end......trust him.

Scale flap hinges was something I wanted to do (on my build that hasn't progressed in 6 months...lol), but the rear main spar gets in teh way of the scale hinges.
I didnt feel comfortable with how I would have had to trim the hinges to clear the spar, so I went with conventional Robart hinges.
I know that the scale flap hinges have been done on the ARF version of the bird, but they didn't give me a warm and fuzzy.

Great job on your build, and it has been helping me to get motivated to dust mine off and continue.

Best!
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Cool Jeff, i will pull the trigger tomorrow with gluing it all in.

The robart hinges seem like they would protrude in just as far,unless you trimmed them in length?? is this what ya did?? Nick
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