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Old 03-20-2018, 08:54 PM
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Ok, back from HD and I made my third sanding block, 150 grit.

The first LE sheeting is glued, now we wait.

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Old 03-21-2018, 08:23 AM
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Wow. Rec'd the Boomerang Nano Gear Strut Set (Mains, Nose Gear) "Pro-Links" today from DreamWorks. Chris, from DreamWorks was great to work with. Thanks. The Pro-Link struts drop right into the kit recommended Robart trunions (7/16") landing gear.. Looks like an easy modification removing the three wire struts and replacing them with the Pro-Link struts. Will post photos later this afternoon. Looks Great Carlos. With your Pro-Links, your model will sit higher off the ground. Heard good things about that posture. With mine already built, I have to stay with the normal stance. But I am pleased to have the Pro-Links onboard. Chic

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Hopefully this new build thread will generate enough additional interest that it will be beneficial for Bruce to run a few more kits. I'd be in line!
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OK - The Pro-Link Nose Strut fell into place without any mods necessary. However, the Pro-Link Mains, will require some modification to the wheel well. Due to the slight backward stance of the Pro-Link Strut, the wheel well needed augured out a bit for the wheel to sit well within the wheel well. Will fill in the cut outs in the existing wheel wells tomorrow. Got to go shovel "SOME" snow.
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Last Set of Photos. Chic
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Will also open up the wheel well area that is very close around the strut knuckle and then rebuild the open area of the wheel well where the wheel "ONCE" was. Chic
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Very nice ! Chic.

That's a side effect I like to see from the build, a renew interest in the kit.
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The wing has been removed from the building board, sanded down and mid CA has been added all around

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Old 03-21-2018, 06:28 PM
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[QUOTE]Doing a great job with the build. That Wing looks solid[. Chic/QUOTE]
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Thank you, thank you Chic.

The wing is back on the work bench, secured ready for the LE and TE sheeting, a friend of mine convinced me to use TamJets flap hinges for the flaps, the anchor points have been added to the wing TE, these can also be used for the Robart hinges if needed, the reason for using the TJ hinges is to be able to get a 90 deflection, the paper hinges will be use on the ailerons,

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Old 03-22-2018, 08:40 AM
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Wheel Well Area modified to accept the Boomerang Nano Pro-Links. Will begin rebuilding the wheel wells. Chic

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Sorry Guys, posted a photo of the underside of my Grumman TBF Avenger Build. Here is the correct photo. Chic
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THe cockpit is done.


Close-up


Rear fairing.


Rear hatch. The "Blade Antenna" is used as handle.


Close-up view of the hatch area.


The wing is almost finished. Ran out of International Orange Ultrakote - more is on the way, hopefully will be here by Friday.


Tail group is finished. Reday to be glued to the fuselage.
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The tail group is done and the wing is almost completely finished, I am waiting on a shipment of International Orange from Horizon. I expect to have the fuselage done, ready to cover either tomorrow night or at the latest by Friday night.

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Classic Color Scheme. Chic
Old 03-28-2018, 08:33 PM
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Very nice!
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This week I was supposed to do a lot of work on the Reaction but it end up been the week that I did the least, oh well.
I will keep working on it here and there till it is done

Sheeted the botton side of the wing, some more work to be done tomorrow.

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Some of the work done today, prepared and glued the bottom skin.

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The right wing is build according to the manual, time to build the left wing.
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progress on mine, will turn out stock except for inside positioning of elements and it will wear the prototype clothes










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i am happy that the stab ironing job is behind me, took me 15 hrs effective work

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Beautiful film iron work on the Stab/Elevators. Chic
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Beautiful film iron work on the Stab/Elevators. Chic
Thanks, but I have to say I couldn't have done it without the use of the optional BTE templates.

next, the fuse. I keep the wings for the end

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Work on the left wing has started, the wheel well has been moved closer to the center of the wing to use the Pro Link struts, epoxy has been used to glue the retracts mounts and doublers, thick CA was used for the wheel well, just enough glue to glue it, don't over do it, more CA glue will be added when the wing is removed from the table.

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Double post.

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Some of the changes to ribs 4 and 5, rib 6 was glued with epoxy to the gear mount.

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