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Old 02-16-2008, 02:34 PM
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Hello,

I am basicly finished with my son's 1/8 scale TF Corsair and now it's time. I have cleaned and orginized my shops so I have a very good work area for this size project. I have inventoried all the fuselage parts and looked at all the other laser cut parts. I layed them all out so I could see if any were damaged. I found one part for the stabalizer that had the LE 1/4" broken off. IEverything was in bags and after I emptied the bag I found the piece and glued it back in place with Great Planes Pro Glue. The entire plane will be built with it unless I am forced to use CA for a quick bond. Anyway here are all the parts, sticks and sheeting. Hope to get started today. Pictures will follow as I build.

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Old 02-16-2008, 03:27 PM
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Default RE: 1/4 Scale F4U-1A Don Smith Plans Build

Hi Gibbs,
Looking forward to your build. Is the Cowl and canopy available? How about retracts? Who cut your kit? What are you planning to use for power? Post lots of pictures.
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Default RE: 1/4 Scale F4U-1A Don Smith Plans Build

Fred,

Retracts seem to be the only problem. Darrel at Seirra is backed up and there is no light at the end of the tunnel. I am using a 3W 200cc 20hp. engine and turning a 32" 3 blade Solo prop. You get the canopy and cowl directly from Don Smith when you order the plans. You will have to order them but he is quite good about getting them out quick. Here is what I have done so far today. The formers are not glued but I am test fitting everything first. Right now I am waiting on the TiteBond to dry and then I can adjust the top and bottom crutch. It's been a long time in the waiting to get to it so I figure I am going to do it right and take my time. Oh yeah Laser Cut USA in Florida cut my kit. Dino at Meister Scale is affiliated with that Co. and he did a great job. He supplied everything I will need as far as wood is concerned and it is high quality too.

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Old 02-16-2008, 05:45 PM
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Default RE: 1/4 Scale F4U-1A Don Smith Plans Build

One of the wrong pictures! I wanted to show you what I'm waiting to dry and how it looks so far.

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Old 02-16-2008, 06:49 PM
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Default RE: 1/4 Scale F4U-1A Don Smith Plans Build

Glue dried. It was time to get on with it. This Corsair is bigger than I thought it would be. Anyone building this plane beware of the plans. The are not accurate. Don blew up his 100" to make the 120" and in doing so all the wood seems much bigger than it actually is. So if it looks like 3/8" it is actually as the plan reads and is a 1/4" and so on. So far it seems prtty straight forward though.

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Old 02-16-2008, 09:04 PM
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Barry glad to see your build here .I ordered the gear in late January for the Don Smith corsair .Ill check with lazer cut usa for the kit .[sm=thumbup.gif]
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Old 02-16-2008, 09:56 PM
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Default RE: 1/4 Scale F4U-1A Don Smith Plans Build

Barry,

Great work on your son's TF Corsair.

Glad to see you posting the build of his "BIG BROTHER" here. Will be tagging along in the shadows

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Old 02-16-2008, 10:28 PM
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Hey Gibbs --
Looking forward to watching you build this one.
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Old 02-17-2008, 02:17 AM
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Default RE: 1/4 Scale F4U-1A Don Smith Plans Build

cleaned and organized the shop! whatever dude there is no such thing![8D] not in this hobby anyway!!
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Old 02-17-2008, 08:36 PM
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Today I founf a lot of things that were wrong on the plans. I had to cut notches for stringers which were not on Don's parts plan. Also the wing saddle formers were not notched enough. And they also are not in a perfect line for the stingers. It,s a good thing that this plane gets planked instead of large sheets that have to set on a perfectly straight stringer. Don should have re-drawn the 120" and not blown up the 100". I have been spending all day on this half of the fuselage. I am sure glad I didn't glue anything yesterday. I would have never gotten the wing saddle in if I had glued all the formers in yesterday. Now it's all glued. Here it is.

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Old 02-17-2008, 08:43 PM
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Default RE: 1/4 Scale F4U-1A Don Smith Plans Build

Thanks for the build. The progress is looking good. Dan
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Yesterday I finished up all the little things needed on the left side of the fuselage and then I made 16 supports to hold the left side level so I could build the right side over it. Here are some more pictures. I wish someone else was building this plane so we could scratch our heads together. Beleive me this build is not a walk in the park. Most of it is flying by the seat of your pants and just carving a Corsair out of a bunch of wood.[&:]

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I am in the latter stages of a Don Smith Cessna T-50 build. I found that there are alot of "Miracles" that appear on the drawings. I have had more than my fair share of things that the drawings show that are simply impossible in reality. Most of the time I simply keep throwing balsa at the problem and eventually, have hours of carving and sanding, I have what I am looking for.

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Default RE: 1/4 Scale F4U-1A Don Smith Plans Build

Jeff,

I know what you mean. I am making modifications just to build the thing. Usually that is a given. Luky for me I've been modifying for quirw some time. I am almost finished with the fuselage rough framing. I have to wait while the kit cutter make me some formers that will acually work and not what he was shown to cut. I have my TW retract, air tank, and air system on it's way so I can be doing something while I wait for the 6 parts. I will make a home for the tank and install the TW retract. Here she is now.

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Hi Barry

Looken good[sm=thumbs_up.gif] Got a question how near to scale is the profiles fuss and is it set up to use the scale incidence etc.

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Nice project. Looking forward to more.
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Bob,

It is close enough that I can't see any thing that would not look scale. I compared it to a bunch of different 3-View drawings and it appears to be right on. The incidence for the wing is +2 degrees and the stab is +1 1/2 degrees. You tell me if this is scale. Here is the fuse ready for planking. I'll start after I cut a bunch of 1"x30" strips with a 30 degree angel on the edges for hiding the seams. Nice peaceful work except the cold garage. When is this darn freezing weather going to change Bob?

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I hate to wait!!!

I have to wait for some formers to be able to start planking otherwise I would probably have a good portion of it done by Monday when I might get the parts. I went ahead and ripped some 1/8"x3"x30" balsa sheets to get ready to plank. It got cold in the garage so I only ripped one stack of them. I made them 1" wide and a few at 1/2" for tight corners. Here is what will be in the Corsair:

Power 3W 200cc 20hp gas enginge
Solo 3 blade 32" diameter prop
Seirra retracts
Wasp dummy radial engine from Williams Brother's
Custom cockpit by Dynamic balsa
Futaba high torque servos/not sure of numbers yet
Canopy and cowl from Don Smith
Wheels from Seirra
Screws and bolts from Micro Fastners
Misc hardware from my friendly Ace Hardware store
Radio will be Futaba 9 or 12 channel FASST 2.4

This Corsair will be in Honor of Lt. JG. Cunningham in #33 of the Skull and Crossbones Squadron
Paint scheme will be tri-colored blues and white

Thats about it,

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Barry

Was just wondering and that suonds good I don't have any designs to build that big just not enough room so will stay with the 85 inch or smaller.

As for the cold as I understand your area got most of the snow and we got the cold 25+ days below 0 and a coupla nite ago it was -25 by my themomenter, when we were going to be down your way the WI hiway patrol told us if we did not have to be there , "don't", so we stayed home.

Will be watching

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I think my frostbite would be frost bitten if I lived up there....It's going to be near 70 degrees this weekend if you want to come flying with me
Gibbs, just checking in and letting you know that you have another fan following your current build.
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I have been planking where it doesn't affect putting in the former for the TE of the wing's belly pan. Ripping out in the garage is a little better today. I think I have it up to about 40 degrees in ther now with my radiant heater. I used to live in Texas and Moodyman you can have it and all the humidity that comes with it in the heat of the Summer. I am a retired Harris and Fort Bend Co. Deputy and with that bullet proof vest on it didn't even seem cool in the squad car with the a/c on high cool. If I move back south it will be New Mexico or Arizona. Low humidity in the nother portion of New Mexico and all of Arizona.[8D]

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I checked to see how well the cowl fits and it fits like a glove. I will make operation cooling flaps with the product Oregon Aviation has for planes this size. It operates off of the engines temp. just like the real plane.

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Barry, that looks like a monster. Any chance once you get some more done on the fusalage that you could take a shot of your sons corsair beside this one.
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Wolflord,

I will take a picture of the two fuselages together once I get this one sturdy enough to move around. It will need more planking for that and before I get carried away with planking I need to think of all the lighting wires, air tank, air valve, air cylinders for the sliding canopy, and what ever else I need to put inside. Right now I'm waiting for a TW retract but can't get in touch with Darrell at Seirra. Plus two formers for the wing area from the kit cutter.

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i need to get away from wife and kids can i come over and hide in your cowling? LOL looking good man that thing is huge!!!!!
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