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Old 04-19-2021, 07:26 AM
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So yesterday I actually got some time to work on the Ryan and to quote the title of one of outdoor writer Pat McManus "It was a Fine and Pleasant Misery"! Let's see, I discovered F-13 former was missing the slots for the building crutch so I cut those. Next since it was going to be difficult to do so after gluing it in I decided to build the tail wheel assembly. First I couldn't find any 4-40 machine screw the correct length, nextI discoverd I didn't have any 4-40 blind nuts or self locking nuts, just standard nuts. The I blew an hour finding the correct control arm that would allow me to cut it down and still drill a hole for the clevis. Then I discovered I had no 5/32" piano wire so that shot down making that assembly. Next I decided to go ahead in glue a few fuselage formers only to discover F-12 had a crutch slot on one side that was only 1/2 the proper length. Next I broke 3 balsa formers in half trying to get them installed. I finally determined I needed to add a piece of balsa the same dimensions of the crutch material to one side of each former between the building crutch slots. I got about 4 of them glued up and the formers reassembled before it was time to clean up for the night. I shot down a whole afternoon and got about of 45 minutes of worthwhile building time in. Like I said "It was a Fine and Pleasant Misery"! (Sigh) Some days are just not worth chewing your way thru the straps! Name:  biggrin.gif
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Old 04-22-2021, 03:22 AM
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Hi James, I'm not certain I understand what I should look for so I took a few pictures an different angles. If you need an additional view just name it. Looking at them they remind me of a pair of little boots.

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Hi Mike, I finally got a chance to take some photos of my Ryan spats from FS to show you what I mean about them being "handed". Essentially the spat should be symmetrical about a vertical plane, when looking from the front or rear of the spat. However, they are not symmetrical and have a different shape to the bulge on each side of the spat. As both spats are from the same mould it means they are essentially now "handed" as they are not a mirror of each other, but instead are the same non-symmetrical shape translated across. Does that make sense?







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I see what you mean they are a little lopsided.
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I continue to work on the Ryan SC here is the fuselage in progress. Once all the formers are in place I can start the planking job to form the fuselage skin. First I have decided to drill the firewall and station 2 so the firewall is held by 6-32 screws and blindnuts at 6 points rather than glue it in place. This will allow better access to the compartments for the tank and battery. The tail wheel assembly was made in advance because once glued in place it cannot be accessed. The planking will need to be paused at some point to install the vertical stabilizer and concealed flexible pushrod for the elevator. The horizontal stabilizer mounts inside/thru the vertical fin and the pushrod must pass thru the vertical stab to reach the elevator. Just one of the joys of scale building!


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