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Old 02-27-2009, 03:41 AM
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Wow, don't know what happend with the pics...
Just click on the first one and it will get smaller.

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Old 03-01-2009, 12:41 PM
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hey phil i like the big pics!! lol i was having issues working out the throttle rod so i left it out now i have to fish it in the correct spot, the fuel tank that is. i usualy do things the hard way it seems!!
Old 03-12-2009, 05:51 AM
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Hey,

Well some good personal news, I'm going to be a dad, birth expected November 8.

Bad news is that in the last two weeks, we where busy going to baby-shops, the doctor, ...
So no work done on the Elder...

I'm still waiting on my ordered parts. Hope to have them next week.
I'm gonna try to do some work over the weekend.

Mistermnkim, how is yours comming?

Phil
Old 03-16-2009, 03:12 AM
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Hey,

Well, went to the LHS but my order still hadn't arrived. Probably 2 more weeks...

This weekend I did a bit of work on the wing. I wanted to tap the holes to hold the wing down, but didn't get a good result. So now I'm gonna install blind nuts. I cut the cockpit in the wing and sheeted the bottem (to give back some strenght to the wing) and the sides. Will post a pic this evening.
Then I started on the wingtips, I didn't have enough leftover from the LE, so I'm gonna have to sand a piece to shape.
I hope to get a lot done this week. I really want to finish this plane. Flying-season has arrived

Phil
Old 03-19-2009, 04:11 AM
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The wingtips are on. Making a new leading edge was easy with the multi-contour sander from GreatPlanes.
I set myself a goal. I want to finish the plane (fly-ready) by april 25th. And if it's good weather, maiden on april 26th. It will be challenging...

Mistermnkim, where are you?

Phil
Old 03-19-2009, 03:14 PM
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hey phil sorry pal alot going on the last month or so, lost my brother last month been real hard phil . phil congrats on the baby!! gret news!! i have a 9month and a 21month old that love to help daddy!!lol looks like i need help with the elder!! i really hope to get back on it soon, work is crazy as usual though. i did get my phase 3 f16 going, my wife got it for me for chrismas and man it is a blast!!! nice to seeyour build is going great makes me want to get busy!!! more pics phil!!! mark....
Old 03-20-2009, 07:22 AM
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Hey mistermnkim / mark,

Sorry to hear about your loss. I wish you strength in this difficult time!

Maybe you can work on the Elder for some distraction?

Last night I finished the wingtips, put the blind nuts in for the wingbolts, made the servo-tray and started on the wing to fuse fairing. next week I will be spakling and fine-sanding the entire airframe.

Hope my orders arrives next week...

Phil
Old 03-21-2009, 05:36 PM
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thanks phil i appreciate the kind words.
ok back on the elder today!! i mounted the fuel tank and engine plus ran all the fuel lines and ect. really getting close now finish the setup on the throttle servo then back to the tail feathers!! ill finish the fuselage out then the wing!! took a few pics will post tonight mark...
Old 03-21-2009, 07:54 PM
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here are the latest picsof the engine.

Old 03-23-2009, 08:02 AM
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Hey,

Mark, looking good!!

Couldn't do much on the Elder this weekend. I finished the wing to fuse fairing.
Won't be able to work on it today.
Hope to get back going again tomorrow.

Still haven't heard from my order... getting nervous

I'll try to post some pictures next time.

Phil
Old 03-26-2009, 08:15 AM
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Well my order from Top Flite is in backorder and my order from Williams Brothers will be a few more weeks...
Looks like my finishing date of april 25th is in trouble...

Started filling all the dents and imperfections and fine-sanding with 320 gritpaper.
The rudder and fin are done and ready for covering.
Hope to finish the stab and elevators tonight.
This weekend I'm gonna cover these parts to give my arm a rest off all the sanding ;-)

Seem to keep forgetting to take pics...

Phil
Old 03-26-2009, 06:50 PM
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lol i understand phil on the sanding!! i hope yo be done with the complete fusalage this week end? we will see sure would like some pics phil!!!


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Old 04-02-2009, 07:14 AM
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Hey,

Didn't do much the last few days...
Since I'm not gonna be ready for my deadline (due to my order which still hasn't arrived...) the pressure is off...

Did do some more filling and sanding all over the plane.

The stab, elevators, fin and rudder are done and ready for covering.
Yesterdag started covering the stab. Only had time to do one side, but hey it's looking good!
I'm covering with Solartex and it's a dream! So easy to go around courners and curves, you just gotta take some time to do a neat job.

Phil
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hey phil i bet its looking great!! i didnt get anything done myself i have been fighting a summer cold and out of town for work, SUX big time lol. i will fly mine before my birthday may22 that is a promise. i need some updated pics!! mark...
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just a small update, i have decided on a few changes to the elder!! im doing an electric conversion. i really like the electrics now. im a old die hard nitro guy but man these new electrics are powerfull and clean!!!
Old 05-17-2009, 11:41 PM
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just a small update, i have decided on a few changes to the elder!! im doing an electric conversion. i really like the electrics now. im a old die hard nitro guy but man these new electrics are powerfull and clean!!!
GASP. To a four stroke fan, that electric whine is like scraping fingernails on a blackboard (:-).

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Hey Mark,



glad to see you're still on the project.  The electrics have really developed the last few years, wish you best of luck with it!  Are you gonna fly before you're birthday?



My order has partially arrived.  I have the spoke wheels and the woorden props, but still missing my pilot and gun.  Didn't do much in the last month, now I'm out of Solartex, as is the LHS.  So waiting some more...



Phil

Old 05-18-2009, 08:13 PM
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great phill hope your parts come soon!! i now have to order the electric stuff for mine. i do have most of the fuselage covered and stained, wont make my b-day
Old 06-01-2009, 08:21 PM
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Really enjoying your builds guys, I'm 80% complete as well and was wondering what your finishing the open box section with (paint type or stain). Also, does solartex need priming before painting. Keep up the good work, Nick

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hey nick, i finished mine with regular wood stain since im going electric fuel proofing is no factor. looks good, ill post some pics later! mark
Old 06-08-2009, 02:28 AM
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Hi all, I have been watching these builds progress with interest as I have been building my own Elder which I finally finished today (except for the vickers machine gun that Iam still wating for). Thought I would post some pics of the final product. Let me know what you think.
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Hey NoelRue,

Very nice build!!  I

s that the OS 56 FSa?  I too have that engine for the plane and have the Top Flite wooden props as you do.  What do you think of the props?  I think they will break easily, so I'm gonna break in and maiden with a regular APC prop, before I put on the nice wooden prop.

What did you use to adapt the wheels to the landing-gear wire?  I assume that the wire is smaller than the hole in the wheels, as it is with mine.

Keep us posted of the maiden!!

Phil
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Thanks Phil

Yes it is the osa 56 fsa - sounds great fired it up for the first time yesterday... proceeded to break a piece of the prop though (yeah they do break very easily so agree with your thoughts of using a APC prop first).

Didn't have to modify the hubs on the wheels, they are 4mm in diameter..I rather used an old style way of attaching the wheels which reflects how it would have been done in the early days. I took a 4mm piece of Bronze tubing and cut it slightly larger than the axle length.. cut about 5mm off the axle and then solder the tube to the axle. Next take washers that will fit over the bronze tube solder this as a stop for the wheel to butt up against, put the wheel on then another washer, drill a hole big enough through the tube for a cotter pin and secure. Hope this makes sense - if you need more info let me know.

Post some pics of the progress of yours.

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Are those the TopFlite wire wheels?

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Hi all, I have been watching these builds progress with interest as I have been building my own Elder which I finally finished today (except for the vickers machine gun that Iam still wating for). Thought I would post some pics of the final product. Let me know what you think.
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yes Don they are - much easier than putting wire wheels together from scratch

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