ORIGINAL: Rip n Bank
I ALSO WENT WITH THE TONY HOWARD MUFFLER FOR THE 51. YOURS LOOKS GREAT. Did you have to use filling like the instructions call for to fill around where the shroud meets the fuse? what colors did you use for painting? I've got the 220 Saito mounted up. Had to move the engine mount holes back in slightly. I ordered the Dave Brown 5" spinner, got it last night but they sent me the wrong adapter kit. It needs the extra long jam nut to receive the allen head bolt from the spinner. I got the ailerons, flaps and elevators all hinged up this weekend. Time to start installing servos and retracts. I'm also going to use screws to install the canopy, don't like to use gule on those. I was wondering about your plans on that subject.
DANG! I LOVE THIS HOBBY. CAPTAIN RON.
Looks like we're pretty much the same stage of assembly. I also just hinged up the ailerons and flaps on the wing, and mounted their sHey Captain,
ervos. Completed the stabilizer, elevator and rudder the previous weekend (sans pushrods and horns, as yet).
Yep, on the Saito 220 and Dave Brown spinner, you need the X-long 1.25 x 8mm extension. Also, I had to take the DB spinner back plate to a friend's machine shop to take a few thousandths off the center hole so it would fit on the larger diameter rear section of the crankshaft. Did you have the same issue?
Also, I spent a lot of time over the last week fiberglass reinforcing the retract mounting rails in the wing. They just didn't look robust enough for this weight bird, and this was a major complaint area mentioned about the previous version of this ARF.
ALMOST went with the scale muffler kit from Tony Howard that Reincarnate recommended, but then decided I'd first try my hand at scratch building it! I may not succeed in creating an acceptable substitute, in which case Tony's got another sale! If it turns out OK, I'll post some pics here soon.