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Old 12-14-2008, 12:23 AM
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Default RE: topflite elder 40 build

also have a few fuselage pics, again everything from this kit is a+




Old 12-14-2008, 09:52 PM
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guys im sorry for not posting like i should, ive really been strapped for time with work and my 6 and 18 month old!!! cant put it all on mama!! lol ill tr and do better just hang in there with me.
back to the build, my wife bought me everthing i need to finish my elder, saito 56, futaba 6channel and ever optional thing i need except the wire wheels, on backorder till january!! im very lucky to have such a understanding wife!!!
i glued in the landing gear mounts and started sheeting the bottom tonight

Old 12-15-2008, 07:40 PM
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Default RE: topflite elder 40 build

my saito 56 came in today!! my wife let me have it and not wait till christmas, i love that women
Old 12-16-2008, 12:37 AM
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my saito 56 came in today!! my wife let me have it and not wait till christmas, i love that women
Great choice. I have several Saito engines and that was the easiest one of the lot to break in. Runs very smooth (unlike the earlier experience I had with the Saito 82).

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Old 12-16-2008, 06:20 AM
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Hi

This is truly a great engine , I will also be useing this engine on my elder , along with a flexible exhaust . Youre build looks great also . Will you be using an on board glow driver ?

Michel
Old 12-16-2008, 06:42 PM
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no michel no onboard driver for this one, but im really excited about this engine. have you started on your elder yet? i gave a large spacewalker that im gonna install the onboard glow on, i have a saito twin for it!!!
Old 12-16-2008, 06:50 PM
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Hi

Yes I have run the engine in a Sig LT-40 , and no I have not started my elder as of yet , I have the kit and the spoked wheels , just need the Vickers machine gun . I will be adding a more round rudder for better rudder control . The rudder does not have a very large area , this is the only modification that I will make . You will love youre Saito-56

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Old 12-16-2008, 06:54 PM
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i really hope so its a very nice engine!! i need the wire wheels myself but they are on backorder!!! hope to have them the end of the month, wish me luck!!!
Old 12-22-2008, 09:33 PM
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Default RE: topflite elder 40 build

have a few new pics, kinda been all over the place with the build!! if anyone needs a pic or info on a specific area just shout!


Old 12-23-2008, 04:14 AM
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Default RE: topflite elder 40 build

Hey,

I'm also building the Elder, have build the tail, the wing and busy on the fuse. Just glued the firewall in.
So I'm behind a week or see on you... I'm gonna try to keep up...

I couldn't get the Saito 56 here, so I bought the OS 56 FSa.

In your last picture I see you didn't glue the reinforcements on the tail, where the stab goes. I'm gonna do the same, weird the manuel tells otherwhise...
I will glue in some light ply there between the longerons, to give the stab a bit more glue-surface.

Keep up the good work!

Phil
Old 12-23-2008, 08:21 AM
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yes phill you are right, i didnt want to relieve the stab for that plus when its gglued in place it will be just as strong IMO.
Old 01-01-2009, 07:17 PM
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Default RE: topflite elder 40 build

have a few more pics, started sheeting the elder today, im getting excited!!

Old 01-04-2009, 12:32 AM
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Default RE: topflite elder 40 build

finished the frontsheeting and blending, started on the landing gear. still waiting on my wire wheels from tower!!


Old 01-04-2009, 07:12 PM
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Default RE: topflite elder 40 build

well didnt get alot on the elder done today but i did get a lathe home my daddy in law gave me!!!

he is a great guy!!! also a few pics of the build, started mounting the engine today and welded the landing gear all up. so far things are looking good, i put some wheels on her today starting to look like a plane now!!

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Hey,

that is looking really good, well done! I guess sheeting the cowl wasn't that easy??

I know said I was going to try and keep up with you, but didn't have time to work on it over the holidays...

Keep the pics comming.

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thanks phil man it been going great! where are you on yours? any pics? the cowel is not that bad i used water for the most part but on the second piece of balsa i had to use windex to get it soft enough, seems it was a harder grade but thats all i had!! and everything worked out fine
Old 01-06-2009, 02:47 AM
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Hey,

I'm just about putting the left side of the fuse on, it's to cold to do any work in the shop...
So I think it will take a few weeks before I can get back to it. I have your progress to keep me motivated

I will try to get some pics up this evening.

Phil
Old 01-06-2009, 09:47 AM
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Dame, I keep on looking to your pics and really get psyched to get back to building mine.
It's - 16° Celcius over here and I can't get my shop warm enough to do some relaxing building...[:@]
Hope the frost ends soon...

Did you weld your LG or solder? I can't make up my mind about this.

Phil
Old 01-06-2009, 10:35 AM
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phil i welded the main gear and soildered the rear supports. i was out of gas when i did the main hoop thats the reason. i will probably go back and weld the supports.
man its cold your way!!! can you move the build inside? if the wife will let you just kidding. i have several times but my little ones like to help! 7 month old. 18 month old and balsa dont mix to well lol. mark...
Old 01-06-2009, 09:15 PM
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test fit the saito, looks good!!


Old 01-08-2009, 06:24 PM
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man im bumbed, tower has pushed the date to late january for the wire wheels!! i might go with something else, any ideas?
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nevermind on the wheels and tires my wife bought them at tower!! i love her!! lol ill just have to wait.
i started fuel proofing tonight, i use a 50 50 mix of denatured alcohol and epoxy.


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Hey,

It's starting to look real good there! Wish I could be building, damned winter[&o].

Here are some pics of my build so far.
You can never have to many clamps

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Some more

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Default RE: topflite elder 40 build

looks great phil. lol looks like you might catch up im going to be out of town alot for the next month for work!!

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