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Old 02-01-2010, 05:13 PM
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I may try one from B&D. Its the same one Yellow A/C uses. Its light weight and I have even used it in my 46lbs Halifax. It has a small cylinder built into the retract...

http://bdretracts.com/products.htm#pneumatic_retracts

B&D0013 Nose Gear Forward Nose Only $39.95

The nose gear and tail gear are the same.....

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Old 02-01-2010, 05:33 PM
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I hadn't thought of using a nose gear for the tail? I have a couple small ones that might work there too.



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Old 02-02-2010, 02:23 AM
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Ty,

The paint for the cockpit looks like it matches well. What did you use?

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Old 02-02-2010, 11:10 AM
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Well I try to use what I have on hand. I was looking for a blue grye that I have seen on some documentation I have but I settled with a RLM 74 that was a violet grey. Well I primed the parts first and it turned out that the primer I used was a perfect RLM 74 match. Rustoleum Painters choice sandable primer. So that was my base colors . They may not be perfect but I felt they were close enought for the prototype..

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Old 02-03-2010, 11:47 AM
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He's my tail wheel setup. I don't have the gear doors installed yet, but the setup seems to work well. I still need to make sure the door hinges don't interfere with the rudder control wires.

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Old 02-04-2010, 05:52 PM
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Here's a shot of the motor mount and spinner. It fits nicely, but the spinner is only a 4 1/2 inch one and should be larger.

I think I need a dummy radial engine


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Old 02-04-2010, 06:52 PM
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Jeff,
I think your spinner at 4.5" is about right . I just blew up a 3 view to full model size and 4.5" was right on the money ...I don't know if this pic will translate so it can be printed from here...

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Old 02-04-2010, 07:31 PM
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Ty,

It may be the right diameter, but I think it's too pointed. I used a standard Dave Brown spinner. It may look better with a P51 type spinner. I'll blow up your drawing and see if it matches.


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Old 02-05-2010, 11:53 AM
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Ty,

Here is a shot of the 4.5 inch spinner on the plane. As you can see it's exactly what your drawing shows. I also stuck a dummy radial in the cowl to see what it looked like. Not bad for a piece of paper



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Old 02-05-2010, 11:56 AM
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I also installed cannons in the cowl. I have to paint them, but I think they will look nice. Here's another shot of the spinner with the dummy engine behind it.



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Got some more done on the LA-7 this weekend. I just need the gear and cockpit to finish it now. Here's some shots of the weathering I did:



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Old 02-08-2010, 01:08 PM
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Jeff,

Your weathering job looks great...what do the tops of the wings look like?

oh and BTW...YOUR COCKPIT and SIERRA GEAR should be arriving at your door any day now!

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What did you do to achieve the weathering effect?
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The wings are painted Solatex type fabric. I used a pencil to apply panel lines and will be adding some rivits too. I haven't weathered the wings yet.

I used some thinned grey acrylic paint for the weathering. Just applied it using a foam art brush, then wiped with a paper towel.

The exhaust stains were done with Testors gun metal and burnt metal paints, then wiped with an alcohol soaked rag before it dried. Same one the cannons.

A little grey paint goes a long way and really makes it look more realistic. The white on the tail looks much better now with a little dirt on it

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Thomas,

Great! Then I can finish the plane and fly it I have all day Sunday and Monday to fly so I hope it gets here before then.

I will try and post a photo of the wings when they are finished. I can't fine a drawing of the panel lines for the under side of the wings. Anyone have one?


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Old 02-09-2010, 11:49 AM
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Thomas,

I got the gear and cockpit kit yesterday. I may be able to get it in the air this weekend now. I wish Ty would have painted my cockpit kit as that would have sped things up a little

Thanks for the speedy delivery!

Ty...what's the link to the instructions for your kits?

Here are a couple more shots of the spinner. Also, some panel lines on the wing. I hope you can see them. I just started adding the rivets last night and will weather the wings next.



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JMOHN,

PART I
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ADd1UEzKCoQ

PART II
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KkOXce9pBW4

PART III
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lm3a-rFumDI

order here COCKPIT KITS HERE (bottom of page):
http://vqwarbirds.com/products/aircraft/ESMLA7.html

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Thomas,

Thanks for the links! I couldn't remember them and I wanted to download them onto my iPhone before I left on a trip so I could watch them. It looks like Ty did a great job documenting all the installation.

I sure hope this plane flies as good as going to look



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Those cockpit installation vids are great ! I've also seen one for the Corsair.

Is there one for the ESM Spitfire?
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You may want to check out the MPI spinners. I have one on my KMP Sea Fury and it really looks the part. They are fuller at the bottom and mid-point and much better looking then the P-51 style which is too narrow (trust me, I spent the money just to be disappointed). They are rather inexpensive too and mine balanced fine. Mine is a 5 inch.

http://www.maxxprod.com/mpi/mpi-11.html
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Thanks for the recommendation on the spinner.

I finished the cockpit installation last weekend and now just have to install the receiver and get the CG right. I hope to do the maiden in two weeks (busy next weekend or I would then).

Here are a couple photos of my cockpit. Ignore the blue tape


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Does anyone know what the weight will be when completed with a 50cc gasser and the ESM Landing gear? I saw the rated weight as being 16.5lbs, but Troy Built has stated that is the lightest possible weight with no retracts, a glow engine and only the needed assceries to fly. It looks to me the plane will weigh in closer to 20lbs. I have a 82" Skyshark P-40 and a 82" CMP Zero. The Zero was rated at 16.5 lbs but no one can build it that lite. Mine weighs 20.5 lbs and flys great I think this LA-7 will come in at of very near to 20lbs. I hope the ESM landing gear I ordered can handel the weight
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Thomas,

I got the gear and cockpit kit yesterday. I may be able to get it in the air this weekend now. I wish Ty would have painted my cockpit kit as that would have sped things up a little

Thanks for the speedy delivery!

Ty...what's the link to the instructions for your kits?

Here are a couple more shots of the spinner. Also, some panel lines on the wing. I hope you can see them. I just started adding the rivets last night and will weather the wings next.



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I'm coming along with my LA 7 (now mounting the wing). I agree that the spinner is a tad small and should be more of an "acorn" shape. The LA 7 spinner left a very small opening around the cowl. Still, these spinners look fine and I have one on order. I am going to power mine with an epower system as well...contemplating the motor/batteries. I am going with A123 10S2P for some solid flight times. Contemplating the Scorpion, Hacker, Rimfire and Eflight as all possibilities. I want to see what the all up weight will be before I decide. I note that the wing is also stretched a bit which should help the flight characteristics. The Don Smith LA 7 is a 1/4.5 scale and has an 80 inch wing span with a cowl close to 13 inches in diameter! The Smith LA 7 was a great flier but very easy to snap/stall and once in a spin, it would not recover. I bet the ESM LA 7 will be much more forgiving!
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I got mine finished last night and just need to do the final electronics checks before it flys. The CG came out much farther forward than recommended, so I will need to move some stuff back to get it where it needs to be which is great! It's rare that you need to add weight in the tail on a plane

Here are a couple shots of the finished plane:

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Great looking War Bird. What is your toal weight? I see you used the ESM landing gear. How well do you like it. I have a set coming form mine
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