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Old 04-05-2018, 06:13 PM
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Work continues, the paper tubes have been added.
The kit box is half way empty.

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Done for tonight, tomorrow is going to rain all day so, I will be building some more tomorrow, probably continue working on the wings to the detail section.

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Old 04-06-2018, 01:01 PM
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Moving forward nicely lunch break.
Old 04-06-2018, 08:08 PM
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Waiting for the yellow glue to dry then the wing will be removed from the table.

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Old 04-07-2018, 08:58 PM
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The wing is off the table, the bottom has been sanded down and mid CA has been added all over all the joints, this wing came out much better than the first one, when gluing the LE sheeting I decided to add thick CA to the front of the LE sheeting then position it on the LE and sprayed accelerator from above of it, it worked much better this way.

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Old 04-07-2018, 10:38 PM
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Done for tonight, tomorrow I will add the anchor blocks for the TJ flap hinges, so far this kit has been easy to build, if you ever build a GP trainer kit then this kit is almost no difference, that easy.
Old 04-07-2018, 10:40 PM
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Done for tonight, tomorrow I will add the anchor blocks for the TJ flap hinges, so far this kit has been easy to build, if you ever build a GP trainer kit then this kit is almost no difference, that easy.
Old 04-08-2018, 04:32 AM
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fuse ironing job complete. All I could say about my choice of making the factory color scheme is that if you are in a rush to go fly your R54 you could consider to make a other color scheme. It's not really difficult, but it's a long process. I have stab/elev and the fi/rudder done, I will tale a break in the ironing job and finish the fuse before ironing the wings . I am a bit fed up of cutting templates and apply monokote


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Old 04-08-2018, 10:20 AM
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Looking good SB, yep! Some times it is best to walk away for a moment
Old 04-08-2018, 12:30 PM
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WOW - you have your own Juke Box. Well alright. Beautiful film job. Chic
Old 04-08-2018, 12:49 PM
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Originally Posted by redtail
WOW - you have your own Juke Box. Well alright. Beautiful film job. Chic

where did you see a juke ?

Old 04-08-2018, 01:19 PM
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Post 3858. That is a Juke Box behind the 54 fuse. Smile Chic
Old 04-08-2018, 01:34 PM
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Originally Posted by redtail
Post 3858. That is a Juke Box behind the 54 fuse. Smile Chic
I know, I was just jocking., the juke is a1959 seeburg 222, the very first stereophonic juke , it need some carefull maintenance, but still work just fine
Old 04-08-2018, 08:27 PM
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Second wing nearly complete, will continue next Wenesday, getting there, this is, what? About two weeks of light work

Question, when do you know you are going too fast?
Answer, look at the Chipmunk's left horizontal stab

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Old 04-08-2018, 10:24 PM
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Originally Posted by CARS II


Question, when do you know you are going too fast?
Answer, look at the Chipmunk's left horizontal stab

seems that when you rush , dumbs mistakes are visible on stab only, look mine
Ok ok, it's not easy to see, but a stupid flagrant mistake is visible on the joined pic. ( need the plans to see it)

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start to look like a airplane. I never saw a R54 in real before and I am a bit surprised, it look more sportsy in real ( I should say less boxy) than on the pictures.

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Beautiful, Beautiful. She will fly just as well. Chic
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When I built my plane I used extra large triangle stock in the fuse so I could round it off more than normal.
Old 04-11-2018, 02:07 PM
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Second wing is build, center sheeting is drying. Next is the wing details section .
Old 04-11-2018, 02:32 PM
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Originally Posted by causeitflies
When I built my plane I used extra large triangle stock in the fuse so I could round it off more than normal.
Me too. It makes the plane look a little less boxie.
Old 04-11-2018, 04:26 PM
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Thanks for the tip, something to consider when building the fuse.
Old 04-12-2018, 01:42 AM
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Fuse assembly is easy, the only think I could say is to take particular attention when gluing cables housing. Glue them eveywhere you can all along. I say that because on mine, I ended up the flight controls setup with a very very small loosy ( Hope you understand what I try to say) rudder condition. When pushing with the hand on the rudder, I can ear the housing mooving slightly somewhere in the fuse and I have something like half millimeter loosy rudder.
fotunatly my elevator is fine.

here is a pic of my finished fuse
Next, wing ironing........

Old 04-12-2018, 03:13 AM
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Really great "Build". Chic
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a view inside my r54, of the partialy completed eqipement setup.

Old 04-12-2018, 12:24 PM
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Originally Posted by SALMONBUG
a view inside my r54, of the partialy completed eqipement setup.
One small comment - if you can, its best to mount the JetCat fuel filter vertically, i.e., pointing up. That way, if you have any small bubbles that get into the fuel line, they will pass through the filter upon entry. If you have it on its side like that, I've been told that it is possible for the small bubbles to accumulate and once the bubble becomes large enough, it can "burp" out, potentially causing a flameout...

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