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jlrskymaster 08-09-2009 07:06 PM

Flying wires for 1/6 busa Sopwith Pup
 
Almost done with this build - very nice kit. Looking for advice on adding flying wires to it. I have no experience with them so I have no idea what they are made of or how it install, etc.

abufletcher 08-09-2009 08:20 PM

RE: Flying wires for 1/6 busa Sopwith Pup
 
The first thing you need to ask yourself is whether you want the rigging to be "functional" (such that it provides structural support) or just cosmetic to provide a nice scale look. The wings on the BUSA 1/6 scale Pup are designed to be strong enough that functional rigging isn't necessary for flight.

If you just want cosmetic rigging, then you can you some kind of elastic fishing line attached to hooks on the struts. On the other hand, if you want functional rigging the best option is probably to use hard stainless wires (like music wires). I've used 0.6 and 0.8mm wires on my Flair Puppeteer (which is comparable to your pup). The challenge is to figure out a way to connect the wires to the struts.

BobH 08-09-2009 09:00 PM

RE: Flying wires for 1/6 busa Sopwith Pup
 
The full size pup uses flat flying and landing wires. Fuctional rigging isn't necessary on the BUSA Pup due to its engineering. Now its up to you to decide if you want to use flat wire or just replicate the wires using another material. Jerry Nelson used to sell flat wire. I'm not sure if he still does. Mick Reeves (uk) does sell flat wire and the ends for attaching etc. The combination isn't cheap but it looks good.

You'll need to fabricate anchors in the wings and on the fuse to attach wires regardless of which kind you use. I suggest looking at pictures of the full scale plane to get a sense of how they are supposed to look and where they are located.

abufletcher 08-09-2009 10:04 PM

RE: Flying wires for 1/6 busa Sopwith Pup
 
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Now its up to you to decide if you want to use flat wire or just replicate the wires using another material.
A lot of the available flat wire is too wide for 1/6 scale. And all the commercially available forkends are too large. So you really have to improvise. Again, for purely cosmetic rigging you can just use elastic fishing line. This is convenient if you'll need to be removing the wings on your Pup for transport. Personally, I'd go with functional rigging as it will a whole lot of strength to an already strong model and will add a lot to the looks of the model in flight.

jlrskymaster 08-10-2009 07:45 PM

RE: Flying wires for 1/6 busa Sopwith Pup
 
Probably just go with the elastic option. Since I don't fish-I have no info on elastic fishing line. Where would I get that. Any more info appreciated.

abufletcher 08-11-2009 02:29 AM

RE: Flying wires for 1/6 busa Sopwith Pup
 
Find a local fishing shop. There's lots of great stuff for us scale modelers. Another very useful item are the swivels that can be a cheap cosmetic alternative to expensive turnbuckles. Fishing shops are also a great source for stainless wires.


BobH 08-11-2009 07:23 AM

RE: Flying wires for 1/6 busa Sopwith Pup
 
You can buy elastic at a fabric store. You'll probably need to stretch it when you attach it so it doesn't bow in flight.

OR you could check with a place like this to see what they offer.

http://www.accuratewire.net/


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