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    bomberfield 25th anniversary don smith b29 build thread

    next year will be the 25th anniversary for the b17 and giant scale fly in at bomberfield. so, i thought it was time i built a bomber. i picked the b29 for several reasons. the first being, you dont see as many. they appear to fly well. i love to use flite metal and this is a great canvas for that type of finish. any tips from experienced builders of this kit will be greatly appreciated. i have read over some of the build threads and have taken notes. my kit came from precision kit cutters.

    here are a couple of pics of some of my metal work.
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    RE: bomberfield 25th anniversary don smith b29 build thread

    now to the build. lots of plans. very large too. the fuse is pretty basic. formers, a few stringers and plank work. i added a secondary spine before and aft of the wing spine for strength and to help pull the long fuse straight before planking.
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    RE: bomberfield 25th anniversary don smith b29 build thread

    this thing is long too!!!
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    RE: bomberfield 25th anniversary don smith b29 build thread

    front and rear spine. 5 ply in the front and lite ply in the rear section. this really pulled the long fuse up nice and straight.
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    RE: bomberfield 25th anniversary don smith b29 build thread

    now the real fun begins. its like building a ship.
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    RE: bomberfield 25th anniversary don smith b29 build thread

    Looking good Barry.
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    RE: bomberfield 25th anniversary don smith b29 build thread

    thx gary, i have joined the dark side. i need to build this thing fast. the finishing work will be time consuming. i see a marathon build weekend coming up thanksgiving week!!!

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    RE: bomberfield 25th anniversary don smith b29 build thread

    Ah HA, so this is what your building,
    Looking good,whats the scheme choice???

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    RE: bomberfield 25th anniversary don smith b29 build thread

    graham, not sure on the scheme. just know it will be flite metal. got in a couple of more hours on planking. more to come this weekend. barry
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    RE: bomberfield 25th anniversary don smith b29 build thread

    U2fast,
    Very nice, I will enjoy following your build.. I am going to be trying FM for the first time on a P47 I am doing and it looks like I can learn a lot from you, very nice work...

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    RE: bomberfield 25th anniversary don smith b29 build thread

    Barry:

    Looking forward to the build thread.

    If you're building it, we can assume it's gonna be awesome. I think you'll find these 4-engine babies to be a lot of time and a lot of work, so there's some performance pressure for ya.

    Two of my good friends are B-29 builders/flyers. One flies TWO: a regular Don Smith and an "expanded" Don Smith with 14+ ft wingspan.

    How is the whole Bomber Field thing gettin' along?

    Both my friends have attended (and placed) in past years and could probably be talked into making the long trek again if the event is robust as it used to be.

    I am also a new convert to "The Bomber Side." I have a "trainer" 10-ft Westcraft B-17, and a gorgeous barely flown Wingspan 1/9 scale I could be talked into bringing



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    RE: bomberfield 25th anniversary don smith b29 build thread

    mark, please come join us next year for the event. bomber is doing great. this years event was bigger then any the last ten years. we will be expanding the parking for next year too. the model show for the special needs kids really got us a lot of press coverage. that event is going to be expanded too. the field is in top condition. 2013 is the year of the bomber!

    jimbo, i have a few flite metal instructional videos on youtube. shoot me any questions you may have. barry
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    RE: bomberfield 25th anniversary don smith b29 build thread

    Thank you Barry, i sure will.................

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    RE: bomberfield 25th anniversary don smith b29 build thread

    Kram, anyone is lucky to have a "Westcraft B 17". I flew a big Westcraft 10' bomber this year for the first time because I was asked to. Very surprised how easy it was to fly . Rudder and throttle management was necessary but not as bad as I thought. Patience is the key as these things respond and fly very slowly and scalelike. Very gratifying when you succesfully fly a giant like this. I'll do it again anytime. Good luck to you all! Paul

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    RE: bomberfield 25th anniversary don smith b29 build thread

    You need a longer table.....
    Beautiful work though.

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    RE: bomberfield 25th anniversary don smith b29 build thread

    I guess this would be a good time to finish up my electric Wescraft B-17 and bring it to 25th.
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    RE: bomberfield 25th anniversary don smith b29 build thread

    We better be careful not to hijack Barry's thread here.

    My Westcraft was built in 1989 by Dwayne Fosseen: I bought it from him as a "trainer" for my bigger one, and I've had a lot of coaching from several different bomber experts. So far, 72 flights by me. It's fuel-soaked and war-weary, but I've grown quite fond of it. Sure would be nice to get a big bunch of bombers up in the air at the same time.

    We got these 5 plus a Wellington up simultaneously at Owatonna last year

    If well-coordinated, we could take off as many up as possible in a standard 8-10 minute flight window, then land in the same sequence.



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    RE: bomberfield 25th anniversary don smith b29 build thread

    kram, dont worry about hijacking the thread. this thread is for anyhting bomber or bomberfield related. so, chat away. through out, i will have build pics. i will upload some more. just finished planking the first side tonight. now to designing the bombay doors. then off to the other side. barry

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    RE: bomberfield 25th anniversary don smith b29 build thread

    planking is finished on the first side. now to the other half. once i glued the bulkheads in place i added a small brace across the seam of the two bulkeads. just give it a little more strength. i think the wings will be a left and a right that just plug into the fuse via a wing tube. therefore, i added some plywood to the bulkheads where the wing will attach. also, lots of triangle stock. barry
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    RE: bomberfield 25th anniversary don smith b29 build thread

    she is moving along at a nice pace. i think what i will do for landing gear doors, bombay doors etc is to pull molds of the model and make them out of fiberglass. simple to do and they want have a tendancy to warp. barry
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    RE: bomberfield 25th anniversary don smith b29 build thread

    Are you building the 12' or 14' ?
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    RE: bomberfield 25th anniversary don smith b29 build thread

    she is the 14 ft model.

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    RE: bomberfield 25th anniversary don smith b29 build thread

    Hi Barry,

    Well your moving quick with the build,looking great.
    Got another guy from Norway on the wildcat thread wanting to the date for Bomber Field 2013??
    http://www.rcuniverse.com/forum/m_82...mpage_5/tm.htm

    Cheers GB

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    RE: bomberfield 25th anniversary don smith b29 build thread

    thx graham, just saw that and replied. you coming to bomber and or top gun next year?

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    RE: bomberfield 25th anniversary don smith b29 build thread

    a little work done tonight. f1 and f2 were added. (nose section) care has to be taken here to keep the nose correct. next will be the hardwood for the retracts (nose) then back to planking.
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