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Old 04-03-2013, 12:12 PM
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Prepping the fuse parts: The firewall is laminated with epoxy. The two piece Sig mounts were ca'ed to
the engine, then the holes marked and drilled, blind nuts installed. Nothing unusual here.
I used the Great Planes mount on my original plane which was easier.
Fuse sides are readied, being sure to make a right and a left. The circle drawn on the left fuse cheek
is for the needle valve.
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I miss mine
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Old 04-06-2013, 06:41 PM
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So did I, that's why I built this one.
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Old 04-06-2013, 07:32 PM
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I love this part. The fuse was dry-assembled with finger clamps and rubber bands. it's easy
to build this fuse crooked, so alignment and parts fit are carefully checked. When satisfied
glue is applied. Firewall then epoxied in.
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Old 04-14-2013, 11:54 AM
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I've been looking for something to put an idle 52 Surpass in; by George, I hadn't thought about this one in a long time.

I'm in the middle of a Somethin Extra right now, but I think I know what is gonna be next...

Sig kits build SO well... as opposed to Not-So-Great Planes, et. al. The two Four-Stars I built back in the day were die-cut, as well. I'll bet the laser cut version of the kit builds even better.

At any rate, thanks for the reminder.

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Old 06-07-2013, 05:36 PM
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This is the photo for my last post.
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Old 06-26-2013, 01:30 PM
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I've been looking for something to put an idle 52 Surpass in; by George, I hadn't thought about this one in a long time.

I'm in the middle of a Somethin Extra right now, but I think I know what is gonna be next...

Sig kits build SO well... as opposed to Not-So-Great Planes, et. al. The two Four-Stars I built back in the day were die-cut, as well. I'll bet the laser cut version of the kit builds even better.

At any rate, thanks for the reminder.

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I miss my SSE[] It went down in a gust of wind during a landing aproach. I may build another.
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Old 06-26-2013, 01:38 PM
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The glue joints in the fuse are now completed with med. Ca.
Some builder reinforce this area behind the wing the saddle.
I see no need, but I did pay special attention to the glue joints
in this area.
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Old 06-26-2013, 01:40 PM
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The turtle deck stringers are now put on and trimmed, starting
to look like a plane.
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Old 06-26-2013, 01:44 PM
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I couldn't resist a mock-up.
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Old 06-26-2013, 02:03 PM
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Here I have installed the throttle cable tube. Then the eight oz.
Dubro tank and lines. I secured the tank foam with a shot of 3M 77
spray glue. Notice I made a tank handle out of packing tape, this will
make removal of the tank easier should it ever be nessessary.

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Old 06-26-2013, 02:09 PM
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I like to plan ahead sometimes. It's easier to paint the cockpit
and place the instrument panel decal before the fuse top goes on.
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Old 06-26-2013, 02:12 PM
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The balsa fuse top now goes on. It cracked a little so I used
Tightbond as a filler.
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Old 06-26-2013, 02:20 PM
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The cockpit has taken it's shape and I'm very pleased with it
The pilot is from Hanger 9/E-flite.
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Old 06-26-2013, 04:46 PM
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Thanks for continuing the build even though you've finished it a while back, Skyraider.  I know a lot of us are enjoying it.  I've got a 4*40 sitting here in the box that I'm going to start one of these days.  I'm in the middle of rebuilding my shop right now, so as soon as I get my work area sorted out, I'll be starting in on it.
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looks great Skyraider! I want to build the 60 size as a flyer in my club has one with a DLE 20 in it, nice combo!

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I love my four star. unfortunately, it was an arf, and the factory covering wasnt right.for some reason, when they covered it at the factory, they put the seam on the wing right on the leading edge, and i was flying it one day and that seam opened up and acted like a parachute. i was able to hold her straight and bring her in. this past winter, i decided to recover it with some custom colors. here she is all done up.
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Old 06-27-2013, 07:17 AM
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sorry, that was the original. here is the new and improved version!
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Old 06-27-2013, 09:45 AM
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sorry, that was the original. here is the new and improved version!
Nice job on that and nice looking field too.
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I built a 4-star back in the 1990s when I was a much more practiced and competent builder. I built it really light: It had an old Saito .45 MkII, and it came out at 4 pounds 9 ounces ready to fly but no fuel. Soon after that I had to leave the hobby for a while due to work and other commitments.

I pulled it out when I got back in the hobby after about a 15 year hiatus. What a nice flying model! It would take off and fly slowly and loop and roll very gracefully. I never "wrung it out" since I knew it was built lightly, but I wound up giving it to a fellow club member who put a .46AX on it and he flew it like it was a rocket ship! It never had a problem and took everything he threw at it without any structural problems at all.

I have always been very impressed with Sig kits and this is one of their best: Excellent flyer, easy to build and very sturdy even if it's built nice and light.

This is a really cool build thread: It brings back lots of good memories. Thanks!!
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I had an ARF version of the 4* 40. It was my second plane. Flew beautifully until I crashed it into a tree!!! I do miss it. I had a Super Tigre G51 and I never flew more than half throttle except for takeoff.

Has anybody tried the new Sig 4* ARFs with the reduced wingspans, engine cowls, and battery hatches? They seem nice, although a bit pricey.
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Old 06-27-2013, 01:50 PM
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My first FourStar ended up hitting a tree. It had a Magnum .52 four stroke.
BTW I do like the Cowls and canopies on the new ARF's.
I have considered building another Fourstar kit and modding it a little.
Cutting a bay off each wing and rounding the tips, sheeting the turtle deck,
Fitting an Extra cowl and canopy all come to mind. As does a two stroke with
a Macs pipe.
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Here I have clamped the landing gear to the gear block.
Then drilled, then installed the blind nuts, easy stuff.
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thanks skyraider, i knew the minute i saw the color it was going on it, and thanks for the compliment on the field. we work hard to keep it nice and are proud of it.
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Why are glow models not a good choice for night flying ? I was thinking about putting lights on my pulse 125 ..
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