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Mach 1 Progress

Old 11-24-2007, 03:18 PM
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Phewww! All the heavy duty carving, hollowing, and sanding is done! It's finally starting to look like a Mach 1. There has been some talk about using the OS AX .55 in the Dirty Birdy threads. The AX .55 along with a Performance Specialties muffler is what I plan for this one. The fuselage as you see it weighs 15.2 ounces.
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Old 11-24-2007, 03:22 PM
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Beautiful!!






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Old 11-24-2007, 03:23 PM
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Clay,
That's truly awsome looking. Sure wish I could build that nice!!!. The canopy and fin really set the fuselage off. Going to be a fine plane when your done!!

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Old 11-24-2007, 05:07 PM
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Yup, she'll look great!!

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Old 11-24-2007, 06:33 PM
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Truely a craftsman at work. Not a hint of a square corner left. Unlike some balsa fuselages I've seen. I bet that thing will be SWEET to fly.

Neil
Old 11-24-2007, 10:27 PM
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That is one beautiful fuselage!!! It looks absolutely flawless! Great craftsmanship, Clavy.

I'm really glad to see you're using the AX .55, I have been wanting to get one or either the new Enya .61 CX which weighs about the same. I honestly think these planes are much better suited for these small-case engines (as opposed to big .91 four and two strokes).

Please keep us up to date on your progress. Oh, are you scratch building from plans or is this from an old Midwest kit?

David
Old 11-24-2007, 11:05 PM
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Thank you everyone for your compliments.

Dave, I'm building this one from plans. It's been alot of work but I'm thoroughly enjoying the build. The plans are pretty good but they are like most of the plans from that era in that they contain some minor inaccuracies. For instance the former drawings are not quite symetrical. So before I began the build I took the time and drew them out using my CAD program. I then printed the formers off on sticky back label paper, and slapped the patterns on the wood for cutting. It's the next best thing to a laser cut parts.

All in all the fuselage is not that hard to build. There is an extensive amount of carving, shaping, and sanding involved.

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Old 11-25-2007, 12:14 AM
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The label idea is very clever. I have been using regular printer paper and attaching the patterns with 3M Super77. I'll have to pick up some label paper; it's one less step to do. I'm sure you already know this, but it's good to leave the paper on the parts until your ready to use them. It prevents them from splitting and getting broken while sitting around.

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Old 11-25-2007, 06:14 AM
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Very nice work Clay.

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Fantastic! Very nice work, and I'm glad to see another scratch builder at work (we're a dying breed 'ya know[])
Old 11-25-2007, 11:00 AM
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Propbuster,

Yes we are and that is unfortunate. For me building is half the fun. It certainly seems that is not the case with most these days.

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Really Beautiful!! What Craftsmanship!! Looking forward to more!!

Have Fun...

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Old 11-26-2007, 02:16 PM
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Hi Clavy, very artistic and professional work, congratulations...
if possible send more photos from this wonderful bird
cheers
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Hey guy's wait till you see his wheel wells! amazing!
I stop by his house from time to time to see the Mach 1 in person--- "well mainly to scratch the dog" anyway, I thought about building one also but just cant compete with his work.
REALLY nice!

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Old 11-30-2007, 12:47 PM
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ORIGINAL: Clavy

Phewww! All the heavy duty carving, hollowing, and sanding is done! It's finally starting to look like a Mach 1. There has been some talk about using the OS AX .55 in the Dirty Birdy threads. The AX .55 along with a Performance Specialties muffler is what I plan for this one. The fuselage as you see it weighs 15.2 ounces.
Very nice and beautiful workmanship
Old 11-30-2007, 04:06 PM
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Clay.

I have a fiber glass fuse that has been molested by someone, do you have a copy of the plans you can email me?
I want to get mine in the air soon.

Thanks.
Old 11-30-2007, 09:22 PM
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Martenson,

I'm sorry, I sure don't. All I have is the plan I purchased from RC Store as it was published in Model Airplane News back in 1973.

I do have dwg files of the fuselage formers from the MAN plan I could email, but I don't think they would help you much.

Clay
Old 11-30-2007, 09:30 PM
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8178 & everyone else. Thanks for the Kudos. I'll post more pictures when I get further along. I'm having a blast building this one.

Clay
Old 12-01-2007, 08:18 AM
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I just aquired a NIB Midwest Mach 1 kit. I just love the look of your fuse Clay! Very nice job!

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