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    Once both tip floats were bottom planked, an...

    Once both tip floats were bottom planked, an upright holding fixture
    was constructed from EPP foam for the cradles and AZAK PVC for the base.
    While waiting on a 1/8th" light balsa shipment to plank...
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    Ta Da!!!!!!! Ready to go again. Looks damn good...

    Ta Da!!!!!!! Ready to go again. Looks damn good like nothing ever happened.
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    Won't be long you'll be back in the air again....

    Won't be long you'll be back in the air again. Looking good. I haven't been on RCU much lately other than posting for Gerry. I'm restoring a 31' Chevy and been talking with people on that forum for...
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    After making up a jig, all tip-float bulkheads...

    After making up a jig, all tip-float bulkheads were cemented in place and the "waist" planking was glued in place before planking the bottom in order to keep everything rigid and lined up.
    Now ...
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    Gerry is a master for sure. It's a great thing...

    Gerry is a master for sure. It's a great thing that two friends, who like exactly the same thing, and like building the same style, live less than a mile apart! Gerry has a studio he builds in and...
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    With the main float getting its second coat of...

    With the main float getting its second coat of resin, it was dry sanded to an eggshell finish w/ 320 sandpaper and is ready for priming once it gets warm enough outside to do so. A water rudder...
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    Sorry to see that Tom but you are a master of...

    Sorry to see that Tom but you are a master of keeping it going. How many years has it been flying now?
  8. Well, we've only got over 3' of snow on the...

    Well, we've only got over 3' of snow on the ground so no flying of warbirds with retracts! LOL I originally intended to put stops in the OLEOs so I wouldn't mess up the gear doors by hitting the...
  9. How about me? My little 70's era Kyosho kit is...

    How about me? My little 70's era Kyosho kit is way to the other side of the size spectrum with it's 54" wingspan but it's a great flyer and the HK electric retracts I modified to rotate really add to...
  10. leave your washers in and bed the retract with...

    leave your washers in and bed the retract with the filler like was suggested. Then the retract will sit on both the washers and epoxy bed. I use vaseline on the retract rails to keep the retract...
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    I paint all my canopies both inside and outside....

    I paint all my canopies both inside and outside. Zinc Chromate green goes on the inside and the appropriate color on the outside. I only use Klass Kote epoxy paints on my warbirds and have never had...
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    Gerry sent me this today. Apparently after...

    Gerry sent me this today. Apparently after ingesting too much balsa dust and CA fumes! LOL

    Ted-O, I must be getting crispier in my old age. After re-reading my text in the last blog post, I ...
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    After the oil cooler louver assembly and screen...

    After the oil cooler louver assembly and screen backing (radiator) elements were finished, they were airbrushed with KlassKote aluminum and flat black and cemented in place. To represent the...
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    Hello All, Thought I'd add this info. If any of...

    Hello All,
    Thought I'd add this info. If any of you have purchased the Rufe short kit by Royal Farms you can purchase the cowl and canopy from Fiberglass Specialties. Cowl and canopy cost $55 and...
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    This segment addresses the "cheek" fairings on...

    This segment addresses the "cheek" fairings on each side of the main pylon which gives it that streamlined, unmistakable "Rufe" look. Since there's a hole at the top leading edge of the pylon (...
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    From Gerry: ( As an aside, could you ...

    From Gerry:

    ( As an aside, could you respond to the 2 questions from the previous installment? Specifically, the rudder servo will be on top of the wing and easily connected at assembly by...
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    I agree, there's many more out there and someday...

    I agree, there's many more out there and someday Gerry will be building a bigger one for the OS 420 radial he has. I'm in for the brotherhood. Mine is currently sitting is dry dock (on top of a bed...
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    Hi Tom, Gerry does follow the thread, I just...

    Hi Tom,
    Gerry does follow the thread, I just post the pics and his narratives so he most likely will answer you. Probably a small servo mounted on the top of the wing. It's coming out super nice but...
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    With the remainder of the main float getting...

    With the remainder of the main float getting buttoned up, it was time to
    make ( shape, carve & sand ) the cuff bases to the aft "V" struts and then
    sandwich those uprights with balsa and
    Sand...
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    The main pontoon has been removed from the...

    The main pontoon has been removed from the building jig, the
    jig-rod exit holes out the backsides have been filled and shaped cradles of
    EPP have been Gooped to particle board
    shelving...
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    Once the mid-section "cheeks" of the main pylon...

    Once the mid-section "cheeks" of the main pylon were shaped, hollowing
    them out was the next step in weight reduction, especially since this wasn't
    the lightest balsa I happened to have on hand....
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    Here is Gerry's comments on making the center...

    Here is Gerry's comments on making the center float's main strut sides.

    Once the balsa cheek blocks were cut out and sanded on a belt
    sander to 90 degree side edges, the top and bottom pylon...
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    Now that the bottom and sides of the main pontoon...

    Now that the bottom and sides of the main pontoon for the Rufe are
    sheeted, I thought I'd have a change of pace by making the balsa nose piece.
    This balsa block happens to be
    more dense and...
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    The last of the bottom planking was finished...

    The last of the bottom planking was finished today. I worked out a long, tedious system to get the correct shape
    of the double tapered plank along the keel, which was the last and most difficult...
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    Hello All, Gerry's back working on his Rufe. He...

    Hello All,
    Gerry's back working on his Rufe. He spent a considerable amount of time helping me with my Shinden Kai project and then he designs and paints a custom Christmas card to send to all his...
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