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Old 03-04-2018, 07:13 PM
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FWIW, I don't plan to have all the detailing done for the maiden. No gear doors on the mains, no paint detail, limited decals, etc. There's another couple of months of detail finish work to do. But I want to get it in the air, see how it flies before investing in the final stages.
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Old 03-06-2018, 07:10 PM
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Took a detour to complete and mount the top turret. After cutting the plastic to shape, I filled the turret with foam, epoxy, and a balsa block to mount the guns. Then covered with aluminum. The guns are 3D printed plastic. They needed to be sanded smooth and painted before being glued in. Finally 2 dowels glued into the turret secure it to the top of the fuselage.
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Old 03-07-2018, 05:15 PM
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Your A-26 is coming along great! Are you doing the "Silver Dragon" scheme?
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Old 03-07-2018, 07:47 PM
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I am doing a ship named "Mission Completed". She is in the Brussels Air Museum.
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Old 03-11-2018, 07:06 PM
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Covering of the center section continues. The right half is now completely covered. Still to be sanded and riveted. but the covering is on
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Well guys the aluminum covering is _finally_ on. Still needs more weathering and more rivets, but the covering is at least on. Dang, that was one hell of a job to put that all on. Here's what she looks like now.
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Old 03-23-2018, 05:09 PM
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WOW! You've been busy! Looks great!!!
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Beautiful Build. Chic
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OK, been a while, but work has been progressing. Completed fuel system installation and engine mounting.


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Today was a major milestone. Checked the CG 4.125" - great. Weight: 32.75 lbs - great. Started and ran both engines for the first time. All worked well. Started adding some decals, just the nose art so far.



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How did you manage to drill those MAS props? I could not prevent the bit from drifting,because of the hollow place on the back of the prop."Yes I used a guide "

Great build!
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Old 05-08-2018, 05:00 AM
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Eldher,

Excellent finish! The A-26 was used from Normandy to Vietnam in its natural aluminum finish. You have done well!
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Thanks Ed! The Flite Metal has been a journey ... but it does look just right
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Originally Posted by SWORDSN View Post
How did you manage to drill those MAS props? I could not prevent the bit from drifting,because of the hollow place on the back of the prop."Yes I used a guide "

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Fill the groove on the back of the prop with a mixture of epoxy and micro-balloons. Then you will be able do drill it.
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I have been conducting engine tests and a little taxi testing in my front yard. Systems look to be working OK, so plan to take her to the field on Monday May 28 for high speed taxi tests, range tests, brake tests, ... tests.
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Old 06-17-2018, 01:05 PM
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Judgement day is near!!!

Ground testing is now complete. Taxi tests, range tests, engine tuning, control surface settings, etc. Just need a day of good weather. Here's some picts of how she looks now.
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