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    Short S23 Empire buiding thread

    Hi, Hope you will enjoy this building-thread of the Short S23 Empire flying-boat.
    Built by Short's factory in UK during 30ties
    Pictures until now:
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    Scale 1: 16
    New postings will follow in this thread.

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    Glued the tail-light
    Next job: cover the tail section.


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    Rear bottom end of the fuselage is covered. Happy it needed only a little plaster...........

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    Next job will be covering the rear top of the fuselage

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    To-day finished covering the tail section.
    Still some sanding to do to get nice round edges.
    Hope to start glassing the remaining parts of the fuselage this week.

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    To-day drilled 16 square holes.
    Could not finish nr. 4 nacelle as I ran out of 3mm magnets. Used them for the Dynam Catalina.
    Ordered new stock at magnets supplier.
    Also sanding the tail. Hope to finish the tail within a day or two......

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    Febr. 20th painted and balanced the props
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    To-day finished the tailsection and now the fuselage is ready
    for glassing.
    Also the leading edge on both sides of the wing middle part is finished .

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    In case you are interested in a building drawing and/or a laser cut set you can find more information here:
    http://www.morganmill.com/RC/Short_E...3_Class-C.html

    Regards Paul
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    Tested the nav. lights in both wing-tips.
    The aircraft was equipped with one landing-light in the SB wing. She had another (retractable) light built in the nose on port side.

    Assembled the engine supports. Glued the parts together.
    Next job is glue the engine supports to the wing and test run the engines

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    Looks good your moving along at a great pace. WHAT'S THE WING SPAN ON HER?

    Bruce
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    Hello Bruce,

    I am following your BV-138 and PBY building threads with great pleasure.

    dims of the Short:
    The scale is 1/16.5
    wingspan of 210cm or 82.6 inch

    Regards Paul

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    Wow that's much larger than it looks in the photo; VERY NICE WORK carry sir.

    Good luck w/ the rest of your build.

    Bruce
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    Tested the engines. Nr.3 to be replaced as it does not run very well; bearing problem? No idea and ordered a replacement from HK.
    Nr. 4 engine to be checked on a loose magnet.
    Started glassing the remaining parts of the hull and continued working on the wing.
    Finished nr.3 nacelle
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    Note: Before taping the balsa nacelle to the spray-can you have to spray the balsa with
    a mixture of water and ammonia !!
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    LOOKS FANTASTIC - Very slick Paul....I like the way you cut the balsa for the nacelles; I'll have to remember that one for the future on my builds.

    Bruce
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    Hi Bruce,

    Thanks again for the compliment !!, but the honour goes to my friend Bart who is the brain behind this idea.
    After cutting, shaping, glue and sanding the edges I was surprised that both parts fitted perfect.
    You can contact Bart about this item; look here:
    http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1809276

    Regards Paul

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    I talk to Bart on RCGroups all the time I didn't know this was his design he really dose nice work doesn't he.
    I'm following there prototype build of the DO 24K HERE
    http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2083790

    Keep up the great work,

    Bruce
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    Finished all nacelles.
    Engines 1 and 2 are finished, except for the dummy engines.
    Engine nr. 3 is replaced for another new engine.

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    Hi folks,

    Again some progress; finished four engines and cockpit.

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    Nice job.. nice size too. Here's one at Shuswap float fly a few years ago... Had 4 Enya 80'sClick image for larger version. 

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    Darren loves floatplanes... It\'\'s true
    just look at my gallery

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    Hi Darren, beautiful aircraft. She also has flaps, wow ! Taken a look at your gallery: yes you like seaplanes indeed !

    Here the results after a busy weekend: have closed the turtle deck and done some paint work. Now the other part of the job...........

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    For the time being I am glassing all parts of the aircraft. After this I will post pictures of parts that are finished

    A nut of the wing-tip construction disappeared. Had to repair this.
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    Paint of both floats finished.
    Used 0,1 mm steelwire to create the cross-wiring for the floats.

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    Hi folks, To-day finished glassing the fuselage and some parts of the wing.
    Made a construction for rigging the port float with success. Also 0,1 mm steel wire.
    Fixed the mast with nav light.

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    After lots of hours working for a smooth and acceptable surface of the wing, to-day finally applied the final coating.

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    Just finished the big paint job to-day.
    It has been an awfull lot of work, but at the end.... she looks as like the real bird did in the 30ties

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    fantastic job so far

    Greetings,
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