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Old 03-01-2019, 10:11 AM
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Made up the radio mans radio and the two supply boxes that are mounted to the middle upper deck.

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Old 03-04-2019, 06:08 AM
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Made up retract base covers, gear doors, and actuating linkage. The covers and doors are out of.032 aluminum. Linkage is aluminum with brass turnbuckles. Works as the original.
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Old 03-05-2019, 05:49 AM
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Nice work,,, How are the plates held down?
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Old 03-05-2019, 08:00 AM
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It's a secret! LOL
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Geez Tom, I thought you would have come back at me with some sort of funny comment ��. The covers have two angled sides bent at a 90d on them that equal the depth of the top of the retract mounting plate. I drilled a 5/32 hole through each one and put a small hex servo mount screw through each one into the wood on each side of the retract bay. The screws are accessible with the door up and with a 5/32” Allen ball driver used a a low angle through the door opening. Once in tight, the screws are not visible with the gear down as the heads are tucked way over on each side. I’ll get some pictures when I put them back in as they are out right now getting painted.
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Nice work, makes me want to start on mine.
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Originally Posted by chistech View Post
Geez Tom, I thought you would have come back at me with some sort of funny comment ��. The covers have two angled sides bent at a 90d on them that equal the depth of the top of the retract mounting plate. I drilled a 5/32 hole through each one and put a small hex servo mount screw through each one into the wood on each side of the retract bay. The screws are accessible with the door up and with a 5/32Ē Allen ball driver used a a low angle through the door opening. Once in tight, the screws are not visible with the gear down as the heads are tucked way over on each side. Iíll get some pictures when I put them back in as they are out right now getting painted.
LOL,, that how I saw it in my mind eye,,
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This picture shows the underside of the retract cover with the angled sides and the holes for the retaining screws in each side.



This picture shows how the allen head screws are accessed through the door when the retract is open.


Gerry painted the struts, retract covers, and the wheel wells insignia white. He had originally painted the wells chromate green thinking that was the correct color like most WWII USA birds but the Dauntless was all painted the same color of the wing bottom and in this case, it's white. He also painted the fuse stars and bars along with the number "2" for the "Ace Of Spades". I reinstalled the covers and using fine wire, secured the turnbuckles from turning by putting the wire through the barrel and the end. This should keep the doors in the correct position.
I decided to put the on/off/charge switch in the cockpit alongside the pilot seat rather than putting it in the fuse side. I made a ply box and set it in at an angle similar to the right side panel. Because the glow plug access is difficult do to the cowl mounting block, I'm thinking I'm going to put in on-board glow. If I do, the charging jack will also be in the cockpit.
Going to start installing everything tomorrow to see what the weight and balance looks right. I imagine the weight will be up there some but we'll see. The wing is virtually the size of my BT Kingfisher and that weighs in at 10.5 and flies great so we'll see on this dauntless.

On a side note: Gerry surprised me with a nice framed photo of the Ace Of Spades to go along with the model when it's done.
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Old 03-12-2019, 08:05 PM
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Getting close to canopy time.


Looks like Mark Knoffler from Dire Straits!


Guns firing. The speaker is really loud and Iím sure weíll hear it over the engine.


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My copper elbow exhaust. Needs paint.
Getting more done. Put the radio gear all in with a 6v battery up against the back of the firewall. Installed the LED machine gun lights in the front facing guns, the engine, fuel filler valve and other small things. Still more to do but itís coming together. More paint work yet and then final assembly. Put it on the balancer to see how much lead I would need to add and it was almost dead on with no prop or muffler on at the time! I havenít weighed it yet but will do so tomorrow.
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Old 04-17-2019, 06:18 PM
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been doing some more work. Gerry did some more magic with his painting duplicating the bombs and the Ace. Canopies are almost ready to glue on along with the rear gun. Both have been getting some weathering and the guns got new ammo belts made from shrink tubing and brass brads. Started drawing panel lines with a soft lead pencil and will put them on with an airbrush once all are drawn.
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Hereís the SBD-6 ďAce Of SpadesĒ that Iím modeling.
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Getting closer. Canopies glued on but the last one is not unmasked yet for weathering. Airbrushed panel lines, hinges and trapeze glued.
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Great work,, kudos to your paint slave
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Got some pictures of the Dauntless at Joe Nall. Got her maiden. Have to say she flew great even at 8.19lbs. Guns and bomb drop worked great. Still have a little engine tuning to get figured out on the low end but other than that it was a total success. My last landing was much faster and almost forced off the runway as a turbine decided to overtake me on landing even though we had called our landing first. Never dropped full flap as I had to maneuver out of his way.
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