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    Another Ziroli Hellcat build!!

    After trying to sell this kit on line without any success, I decided to just go ahead and build it. First pic is of the building room all cleaned and ready to go. Trust me, it won't look this clean once I get started. LOL I inventoried all the parts and found I have a few parts miscut. I will contact National Balsa and make them aware of this. Also missing all the strip wood for the fuse former notches. I have to say the lazer cutting is superb , very clean and the parts fell right out. Here we go, stay tuned and feel free to add your comments and recommendations as I go along. There are a couple of expert Hellcat builders on this site. Sam Parfitt and Mirce to name a couple. I'm sure I missed some others and I apologize for the oversite.
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    RE: Another Ziroli Hellcat build!!

    Subscibed and looking forward to your build.
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    RE: Another Ziroli Hellcat build!!

    Hi Steve,
    Welcome to the build.
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    RE: Another Ziroli Hellcat build!!

    You will enjoy and if you need some help, let me know...

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    RE: Another Ziroli Hellcat build!!

    Hi Mirce,
    Thanks for checking in. I have your build bookmarked for future reference.
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    RE: Another Ziroli Hellcat build!!

    Fred, Mirce, i too have one framed up. I got well along but was unemployed at the time and stopped working on it due to the need for the retracts. Since getting back to work, there have been other projects that have taken up the spare time. Here is a thread on it if you care to have a look. http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1165676
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    RE: Another Ziroli Hellcat build!!

    Hi Steve,
    Just checked out your build , it looks great!!
    I just started framing the stab. I'm missing all the stringers for my fuse build so I'm working around it until I get them.
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    RE: Another Ziroli Hellcat build!!

    OK I have the stab framed and sheeted, Elevators next.
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    RE: Another Ziroli Hellcat build!!

    Completed one of the elevators. I departed from the plans by adding another 1/2 in. to the inside of the leading edge. I did this to bring the hinge pivot 3/8 of in. inside the leading edge. I will be using the large Robart hinge points. This allows me to make a nice radius instead of a V hinge at the LE. Also gives a more scale look to the leading edge while adding stiffnes.
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    RE: Another Ziroli Hellcat build!!

    OK the elevators are rough out. The radius is a lot better on the leading edge as well as the recessed hinge joint
    Will start on the fin and rudder next.
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    RE: Another Ziroli Hellcat build!!

    subscribed....
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    RE: Another Ziroli Hellcat build!!

    Fred, on my first Hellcat I cover rudder and elevators with Oratex and paint it. After some time on those parts I saw some small cracks and on one - two edges oratex start to flipping out.
    On next F6F (yellow) I cover those parts with 0,8 mm balsa, and made details with filler. First, construction is much stronger, no more worry about flipping out, and cracks, all in all, I think that is much better solution.

    http://www.rcuniverse.com/forum/m_37...25/key_/tm.htm

    Think about that...

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    RE: Another Ziroli Hellcat build!!

    Hi Mirce,
    Yes I saw your fix. I'm still going to cover the surfaces with Solartex. This fabric really covers well and stays tight and give it the scale fabric look. Although I must say your detail set you sell looks fantastic. I will be ordering a set for mine.
    Just finished roughing out the fin and rudder. I guess I'll start making the fuse crutch. I have to order the stringers they were omitted from my kit
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    RE: Another Ziroli Hellcat build!!

    Ok I have most of the fuse formers glued to the crutch. Last 3 are still floating since I was installing the tailwheel retract. Also taped the cowl on as an incentive to finish the fuse. LOL I have to order the fuse stringers since they were omitted from the kit. I'll be starting on the wing while I wait for the parts to come in.
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    RE: Another Ziroli Hellcat build!!

    looking good Fred

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    RE: Another Ziroli Hellcat build!!

    it is beginning to look like a Hellcat!!!!!!
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    RE: Another Ziroli Hellcat build!!

    Hey Tony,
    Now about that Grumman with the funny landing gear. When do we deal. LOL

    Hey Jerry,
    Yes its getting there . Thanks for checking in.
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    RE: Another Ziroli Hellcat build!!

    Nice looking work, Fred. Following closely.

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    RE: Another Ziroli Hellcat build!!

    What are you going to power this baby with?
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    RE: Another Ziroli Hellcat build!!

    Thanks Mark, would have loved to have done a deal with you.
    Here you go Jerry.
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    RE: Another Ziroli Hellcat build!!

    My son had one of those about 4-5 years ago and LOVED it....very reliable......so Good Choice!
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    RE: Another Ziroli Hellcat build!!

    Take care about weight.
    If model is more than 20 kg GT 80 will not be enough. Other thing, that engine will deliver more and more power with every next gallon of gasoline...

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    RE: Another Ziroli Hellcat build!!

    Hi Mirce,
    Hope I can keep it under 44 lbs. Just made up the elevator joiner wire. I don't like to use 2 servos for the elevator. Using one with a 3/16 in. joiner wire with an 8 /32 hardened bolt threaded into a 3/16 wheel collar. I grind a flat and then loctite on the bolt thread. Tighten it down and your good to go. Have used this method on over 40 large scale Warbirds without a problem
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    RE: Another Ziroli Hellcat build!!

    OK, I filled in the wire joiner area on the elevators with balsa, makes for a nice solid area to glue in the wire. Just placed everything on the fuse for inspiration. LOL
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    RE: Another Ziroli Hellcat build!!

    Are you sure the hole that the wire is in will not enlarge over time and cause the elevator to develop play ? This use to happen on my 40 size planes a while back and what I started doing was the slot that the wire is in I filled with either powder or micro balloon then soak with thin CA the whole area. No more soft area and no more elevator slop.
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