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Old 10-05-2013, 04:48 PM
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Originally Posted by smkrcflyer View Post
Your byron AT-6 is very nicely done.

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Old 10-05-2013, 07:18 PM
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Hi steve, not to change the thread, just wondering how you comming alone with the fleet. Hank
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Old 01-18-2014, 12:45 PM
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Chad,
This may be a long shot but do you know where I might be ale to find a replacement canopy for a Midwest AT-6 that I am finishing. The one that came with the started kit that I bought is cut wrong.

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Originally Posted by pacoflyer View Post
Chad,
This may be a long shot but do you know where I might be ale to find a replacement canopy for a Midwest AT-6 that I am finishing. The one that came with the started kit that I bought is cut wrong.

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Hi Paul,

I'm afraid that an actual Midwest canopy is going to be a very elusive beast since the folks making them, Wing Manufacturing, have gone out of business. About the only advice I can give is to try out another manufacturer's canopy. If you can track them down the Scale Dynamics canopy is probably your best bet since that airplane was essentially an all composite clone of the Midwest Texan. There are a couple other similar size Texans out there too that you can try. Good luck with it!

Innovative Model Products - http://www.impscale.com/html/at-6_texan.html
Seagull - http://www.horizonhobby.com/products...arf-SEA3550#t1
Scale Dynamics - Scale Dynamics AT-6 Texan Build Thread
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Old 01-18-2014, 07:26 PM
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Thanks Chad for getting back to me.
I'll check out Scale Dynamics but I also seem to remember now that Fiberglass Specialties use to offer a limited selection of canopies.
Anyway ... thanks again,
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Old 01-19-2014, 04:04 AM
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Let us know if Fiberglass Spcialties has them. I believe some people have used the Segull one.
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Old 12-20-2014, 02:36 PM
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I know this is a year old, but figerglass specialties does have the canopy your looiing for.
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Old 02-02-2015, 04:22 PM
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Started making some changes to my AT-6. I'm changing the tail and wing to yellow should make it easyer to see.

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Old 02-15-2015, 04:19 AM
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I tried painting the cowl with cub yellow lustercote last week and and it did not work well. The color, spray pattern and coverage were bad. So I'm changing direction. I'm going to strip the entire plane and cover it with fiberglass using polyc then paint it with latex. This will be my first time trying this so will see how it goes.
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Old 02-15-2015, 05:08 AM
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Well something to remember whether you try to fix the lusterkote or re-paint,,,Yellows are the hardest color to paint,, you need a perfect solid "White" primer base, otherwise the base colors will show through, reds & oranges have the same issues,, they need a white primer base

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Old 02-15-2015, 05:27 AM
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I did have a nice white base and will do the same going forward with this plane. I'm going to be doing it blue and yellow.

I see you are using white ceiling pant for primer, is that working good for you?
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Yes, it's not pure white, but the amount of grey isn't enough to throw off the colors, and it covers well

Sucks about the lusterkote spray, for what you pay, you'd think they could give ya a decent spray nozzle and a consistent paint

Mine was the blue/yellow scheme, I took it from the "Ghosts" calendar,,, a couple years later at an airshow I saw the full scale plane,, it was really a gun metal grey,, oops darn blue filter
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The original builder of this plane mounted the retracts close to the outermost surface of the sheathing making it difficult to make a good looking cover. I was thinking about using tapered head screws these will provide more room for a cover. The problem is I will have to put a counter sink in each of the holes. My question is will this type of screw provide enough grip for the retracts?

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Originally Posted by smkrcflyer View Post
The original builder of this plane mounted the retracts close to the outermost surface of the sheathing making it difficult to make a good looking cover. I was thinking about using tapered head screws these will provide more room for a cover. The problem is I will have to put a counter sink in each of the holes. My question is will this type of screw provide enough grip for the retracts?

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It is not so much the screw but the thickness and quality if the metal they are holding down. FS aircraft use countersunk screw and rivets all the time, even in thin metal. You may need to use a 120 degree head CS screw if your retract housing is thin. The head of the screw should not extend past the thickness of the metal. Determine the size of the screw, determine the thickness of the head, both 90 degree and 120 degree, and the thickness of the metal. Then CS just to the clearance hole size of the screw. Good luck.

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Thanks Spaceworm. I figured there was more to it then just counter sinking the hole.
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I'm working out on replacing the retract mounts. I was woundering what type of screws you guys use? Do you use wood screws or sheet metal ones with brass inserts?
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I use sheet metal screws but no brass inserts. How would you use an insert with a sheet metal screw?
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I should have said machine screw with insert.
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Originally Posted by smkrcflyer View Post
I should have said machine screw with insert.
Ah, got it. I have rarely ever used anything but either wood or sheet metal screws for their simplicity and, thus far, reliability.

In related news (related to the Midwest Texan in general that is) I will be purchasing another Midwest Texan to replace my "old reliable" which took its last flight this past October. Local scale builder Jeremy Roth has decided to move on and I will be taking it off his hands in the near future. Jeremy is a fantastic builder and the Texan is not only built very well but Jeremy added flaps and scale airfoiled tail feathers. It needs a bit of TLC but overall is in great shape and I look forward to having a Midwest Texan in my stable again.

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Looks nice Chad. What engine is in it? Post somemore pictures when you get time. I want to add some scale features to my plane.
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The next one of these I build I'm going to do the AeroShell scheme. They perform at AirVenture where I took these pictures in 2009. Were going again this year cant wait.

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Originally Posted by smkrcflyer View Post
Looks nice Chad. What engine is in it? Post somemore pictures when you get time. I want to add some scale features to my plane.
Jeremy had an OS 1.60 two stroke in it which, coincidentally, is exactly what I was using in mine. That is what I will be putting back in it. (Best two stroke glow motor I have ever owned.) I will probably be doing a bit more detail work on it once I have it in my posession and may put a different paint job on it. I'm not a huge fan of the tri-color camo, although it may be a tough decision as Jeremy did a great job with the paint work. Might just have to bang it back together and go fly!
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