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Old 11-13-2018, 01:37 PM
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Seriously. I am stuck again. My wife has breast cancer and she is getting worse. So this project has been languishing. The entire structure, mechanics, air retracts, servos and linkages, hinges, engine, fuel plumbing, its all in and working. Basically it needs to be sheeted and finished. Still, that is a whole lot of work for those of you who know. I can get real picky when finishing.
I started this thread in 2007. I never would have guessed it would take this long. Life is just so full. I can respect guys like Dave Platte and others who churned out a dozen designs and kits in a dozen years in their prime.
In any case, Its a beauty for sure. Scale as well. Yehaw.

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Old 11-13-2018, 01:49 PM
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I have been picking away at the prints. There will be three sheets 34" x 72". There will also be over one hundred build photos, a bill of materials, and an instruction book.
This will be my contribution to RC. I will not be doing something like this again. I can really appreciate an ARF after all this. LOL
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Old 11-13-2018, 03:52 PM
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I need another project like a hole in the head but... I WANT ONE!!!!!
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Old 11-14-2018, 05:50 AM
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Flyguy888, sorry to hear about your wife. I am a colon cancer survivor myself. Though I have numerous issues from the treatments. Hang in there and best of luck. Cancer victims everywhere are pulling for you.
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Tell your wife to hang in there. My cousin went through 3 1/2 years of chemo back in the late 60s/early 70s. It almost killed her but she went into full omission and it never came back.. The chemo drugs they have now are so much more effective and lot less evasive. Best of luck to your wife!

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Thanks for the encouragement. Theresa (my wife) is in her 4th year of being at stage 4. I think we have maybe a year left. So most of my time and energy has been on her.
When I do get down into the shop I mostly diddle around. I have a hard time concentrating or getting motivated.
Part of life. Thankfully we are best friends. we have a great marriage.
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Thanks for the encouragement. Theresa (my wife) is in her 4th year of being at stage 4. I think we have maybe a year left. So most of my time and energy has been on her.
When I do get down into the shop I mostly diddle around. I have a hard time concentrating or getting motivated.
Part of life. Thankfully we are best friends. we have a great marriage.
I hope she makes a lir out of the doctors and out lives them to boot!
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Did you make the windows, canopy and cowling yourself?
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Old 11-15-2018, 04:51 AM
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Yes. The canopy was done using a pull mold. Lots of videos online on how to do this. The trick is getting an ulta smooth mold because the PETG plastic shows every imperfection. Took me several pulls until I got a good canopy.
For the windows I made a fixture. Similar to the pull mold. Kinda. I sandwich the plastic between the frame and base using clamps all around to hold the frame over the base. Put it in the oven and wait until I see the frame collapse the plastic around the form.
The cowling is all balsa and ply. It would be difficult to mold because its round at the front and oval at the rear. Although you could do a fiberglass mold in two halves and join the halves after molding.


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Cool! They all came out great!
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Just finished. I still have to test the engine and setup the radio. I am real happy. It looks like a Lockheed Orion!
Its hard to see, but on one side I have Katherin Hepburn and Spencer Tracy, on the other Bogart and Bacall. An airliner needs passengers.

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WOW! Just WOW!
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