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    At this stage of the Rufe tip-float build being...

    At this stage of the Rufe tip-float build being finished, it was time to complete the struts. I started at the strut base by cementing the actual outline of the strut "cuffs", ( 4 duplicate halves...
  2. Finally got the weather and time to go to the...

    Finally got the weather and time to go to the field this afternoon. Flew a couple other of my scale planes to loosen up the fingers for this year and decided to take up the George. Started it up and...
  3. The hein has very decent covering. Like any ARF...

    The hein has very decent covering. Like any ARF it is best to go over the edges with the iron (with a sock) to seal them down. I've had my Hein for many years and had the leading edges of the stab...
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    I've found with a lot of retracts, especially the...

    I've found with a lot of retracts, especially the electric and mechanical, a fair amount of problems are because of improper installation. I know that the retract mounting rails have to be perfect...
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    Not always true. I've seen expensive cheap also....

    Not always true. I've seen expensive cheap also. i.e. Lander gear is expensive compared to the HK units and they don't work very good compared to the HKs. I'm not saying the $8 retract is as good as...
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    I kind of alluded to this very thing. The first...

    I kind of alluded to this very thing. The first retracts from HK worked OK and the plastic would wear out or sometimes the retract was DOA. The last few sets I've bought have worked and continue to...
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    While I don't build or own big models, I do have...

    While I don't build or own big models, I do have lots of hours into my builds and have tried many retracts. In a 50sz models I find air a PITA and would prefer mechanicals over them. Since electrics...
  8. Been waiting for all things for a 13x6 prop. I...

    Been waiting for all things for a 13x6 prop. I like the Evolution props and it seems they are out of stock still so I got a MA to put on it. I also put a 6v 2400 NiMh pack in and with it on mount...
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    Thanks Alanc, It is pretty obvious when one gets...

    Thanks Alanc,
    It is pretty obvious when one gets into the construction of this kit it's not very well made. The sheeting is well done but a lot of the cores are too big for the edge wood supplied. I...
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    I make brackets on my miller that go around the...

    I make brackets on my miller that go around the strut that I can use a tiny machine to fasten the door to the bracket. Are you using the scale type double arm, offset yoke strut?
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    I've been studying the drawings and here is what...

    I've been studying the drawings and here is what I see. The small door that appears to swing at a different angle can be hinged close to the retract's pivot point but gets hinged level with the wing...
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    Hi Jim, I'm not sure if I'm going to use a...

    Hi Jim,
    I'm not sure if I'm going to use a retract tailwheel or not but I might. I do have a couple TW retract units in the drawer so you never know. I need to look more closely at the airframe...
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    Hi Chad, Not sure how "crazy" I'm going to get...

    Hi Chad,
    Not sure how "crazy" I'm going to get with this one. There's a lot of plastic that doesn't quite fit that good and a lot of other things that aren't quite right. It's going to take a fair...
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    This kit has foam covered with Obeeche wood. I...

    This kit has foam covered with Obeeche wood. I wanted to put in retracts so I made up some test framework to set up the angles for the struts. I wanted a good forward rake to the gear but wanted a 3"...
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    Once the left Rufe tip float was completely...

    Once the left Rufe tip float was completely planked, nose and tail blocks were cut, rough shaped, weighed and quartered using the above and side view outlines as a guide to keep the whole
    deal ...
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    Aerotech Sea Fury

    Hello,
    Has anyone ever built and flown the English make Aerotech Sea Fury? It is a wood covered foam kit with a 52" span. I have one now I'm building and curious if anyone has built and flown one....
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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?
  24. 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...
  25. 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...
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