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Old 02-10-2018, 11:29 AM
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I'm guessing you added the Frame around the canopy and windscreen as well?
Looks good
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Old 02-10-2018, 11:39 AM
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I built the brass frame inside . the outside frame comes as a complete fiberglass canopy
that you cut out to the shape of the frame . it's like a fiberglass overlay that sits on top of the canopy
I will post pictures later as I still have a spare set.
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Old 02-10-2018, 05:33 PM
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Here is a couple of pictures of the canopy and fiberglass cover . I took a picture of the one I had to sacrifice .
same with the clear you have to sacrifice one .you can just make out the very narrow band between the
windshield and the canopy cover . far to narrow to cut down the middle.
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Old 02-10-2018, 05:43 PM
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I have just about finished the fairing that cover the landing gear mounting bolts . Also been fitting
the rad , I am making the rad cover the flap linkage , also applied some of the access panels to the bottom
of the wing for a little added detail (from clark industries) I have ordered the hardware to replace the
temp cap head screws holding the retract covers in place (will be using flush mounted screws so they look
like rivets . Really starting to take on the look and feel of a real machine rather then a fiberglass shape..
Soon I will be hitting the lathe and machining up the 20mm cannons ,have the lighting kit so you can see the
muzzle flashes on the strafing runs.. .
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Old 02-11-2018, 03:44 AM
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Fairing covers turned out nice! what material are you making cannon's out of? Have seen people 3d printing them.

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Old 02-11-2018, 08:27 AM
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The covers are not scale but I just can't live with those big holes . I wish I could do 3D printing ,
I am more of the hammer and chisel type of builder , I would be lost programming a printer .
I was planning on using aluminum or plastic . what I need is a good picture of the cannons ,I will take
a look through my stuff ,but if anyone has a nice shot of the cannons please post it .
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Old 02-11-2018, 09:15 AM
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Supermarine Spitfire Mk. IX in Detail - Wing & Undercarriage details
Take a look there. Good details on the Spit.
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Old 02-11-2018, 09:58 AM
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How's this.
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Old 02-11-2018, 10:03 AM
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Old 02-11-2018, 10:54 AM
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thanks guys that't great . Wow measurements to boot .
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Old 02-11-2018, 11:19 AM
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Quite impressed with the fairings once installed .
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Old 02-11-2018, 11:35 AM
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I was hoping your lathe skills were better than mine and you could make 2 sets. Iwas looking at my documentation looks lik wheel door screws were round headed with straight slot screw blade.

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Old 02-11-2018, 04:15 PM
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Yeah I have the hardware on order , I've ordered all aluminum screws to help with weight , when it comes in
I will replace all hardware except wing bolts and engine mounts . after seeing the pictures of the cannons it think it will be hard to machine
them inside to get enough weight out . so I will try vacuum forming some ,I turned up a balsa blank on the lathe and painted it with epoxy
when it hardens I will split in two and try to use them for vacuum forming , if it works out I will gladly make a couple more .
I cant be that exacting with balsa but they will look close..
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That will look just fine.. nice work!
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Old 02-12-2018, 02:49 AM
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They look great!! You are fast. Will gladly pay you for them. Just let me know how much. Mine could be made out of lead.I am using a DA 85, need lots of weight up front.
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Old 02-12-2018, 07:02 AM
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Ok have the cannon split , when vacuum forming I like to cut slots into the backing block
for the plug so the vacuum will pull tightly into the corners ,as this is a tight radius . Mama is gone
to work so the oven is free .LOL. I just noticed F4u you are in Windsor , if they turn out ok
I will try to get some sent to you. I will also be Vacuum forming a fairing (fillet)that the cannon
goes into to mount it to the wing .

F4U do you have a build thread for your spitty
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No I don' t have a build thread Ram just watch others. Typing skills poor wouldn't have time to build. As it is this is 3 yr's on this build.😵 will try and post some pic's.Having trouble right now on my phone cant find attach icon?
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Old 02-12-2018, 06:48 PM
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Ok so the vacuum forming went pretty well for my first attempt , I find with the tight curves you need to use thin material .030"
I think they are just to light and would damage easily . I am going to try to fill them with spray foam and when it
sets trim off the excess and epoxy them together . if that does not work I will be making balsa cannons .
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3d printing is an option to consider. May not be the cheapest option but they can be made very light and still plenty rigid.
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Old 02-13-2018, 03:10 AM
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Nice work to both of you!
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Originally Posted by f4u1 pilot View Post
Nice work to both of you!
Very nice work so far . love the flaps . with that amount of work you should be running a four cycle .
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Originally Posted by Chad Veich View Post
3d printing is an option to consider. May not be the cheapest option but they can be made very light and still plenty rigid.
If I could 3D print I would give it a shot because they do look good .How much do they weigh.


I tried injecting mine with foam and trimmed them on the belt sander and they came out great ,
they are now quite solid and super light @ 14g . next I will be installing the machine gun kit to
give the cannons muzzle flashes on the low passes . after that I will glue the two halves together
and move onto the cannon fairings .
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Forgot the picture of the weight, very strong for only weighing 1/2 oz .
trying to keep the weight of the scale details down ,as they start to add up
after a while .
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Love to but way out of my price range. cannons look great! These are early pic's a lot more detailing has been done. Will post some more recent shots but don't want to hijack your thread.
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I can pm you my email .
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