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Old 03-30-2008, 02:30 PM
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Some more....
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Old 03-30-2008, 04:14 PM
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Default RE: Yellow Aircraft F/A-18C Twin (Two Engines) KIT Full Build BUILDER'S Thread

Peter...is that you?
What scheme is going on that airframe.
Looks awesome...nice gear

Shauno,
Are you doing the speed brake?

P
Old 03-30-2008, 04:17 PM
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Ya gotta love crappy non flying days an havin the house to yourself. i've gotten a good bit done today. I have never done a full bypass install before. And just looking at it, it seems my bypass is a still trimmed a little long for the install.. anyone got any usefull tips/measurements?

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Old 03-30-2008, 05:26 PM
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Default RE: Yellow Aircraft F/A-18C Twin (Two Engines) KIT Full Build BUILDER'S Thread

Lavi,

Nice work, man!

Paul,

Yessir, I'm doing the full shootin' match. For now, I'm just rehearsing my Star Spangles....
Old 03-30-2008, 06:36 PM
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Default RE: Yellow Aircraft F/A-18C Twin (Two Engines) KIT Full Build BUILDER'S Thread


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Lavi,

Nice work, man!

Paul,

Yessir, I'm doing the full shootin' match. For now, I'm just rehearsing my Star Spangles....
Hi Shaun:
Can you tell me how and if the retracts have changed on the F-18, or is the desigh the same throught out the years,

Thanks,,, Dave
Old 03-30-2008, 08:13 PM
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I purchased the appropriate polyester cloth yesterday and gave it a try today. wow!!! Terry's technique works fantastic. I highly recommend it and look forward to glassing the rest of the plane over the next couple of days.

the blue million feels weird but sands smooth as silk. [sm=thumbup.gif]

I got the main gear doors on today in addition to the glassing the vertical fins and laying CF on the bottom of the wings. building has been this fun in a long time.

can someone tell me the distance from the nose gear mounting plate to the vertical former which is forward of the nose gear plate.

thanks
buck
Old 03-30-2008, 08:31 PM
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Default RE: Yellow Aircraft F/A-18C Twin (Two Engines) KIT Full Build BUILDER'S Thread

Buck,

I think that vertical former goes flush up against the 1/8" ply nose gear mount side plates.
Old 03-30-2008, 08:58 PM
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awesome thanks. i'll reference the plans later to verify
Old 03-30-2008, 09:04 PM
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whats everyone doing as far as airtanks for the gear an such.. so far i've got 2 large and 2 medium tanks for the gear and doors and 1 large tank for the wheel and speedbrakes. But with that many tanks, i'm havin a hard time finding room for the pumps, UAT's and ecu's. so i'm thinking of knocking it down to 2 large and 1 medium tank for gear and doors, and 1 medium for wheel and speed brakes.. Guess i'll pump the system up as it is now and see how many cycles i can get with the entire setup and decide then if i can accept a smaller capacity w/ less cycles, after all, you only need 2 up/down cycles per flight max right. lol
Old 03-31-2008, 01:31 AM
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Hi Paul...

Yep.. nice gear indeed
Old 03-31-2008, 02:53 AM
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Default RE: Yellow Aircraft F/A-18C Twin (Two Engines) KIT Full Build BUILDER'S Thread

Hey lavi rider,

Interested in what you have done there with your main gear doors if im seeing what I think im seeing... Am I correct that you have cut the majority of the curve from the inboard edge of the front and rear inboard doors?

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Default RE: Yellow Aircraft F/A-18C Twin (Two Engines) KIT Full Build BUILDER'S Thread

Buck,

The former you refer to is located approx 2" forward of the nose gear mount plate.

I'll measure mine tonight, if you like.

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Old 03-31-2008, 06:32 AM
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Default RE: Yellow Aircraft F/A-18C Twin (Two Engines) KIT Full Build BUILDER'S Thread

Jeff

thanks for the offer but it looks like there may be a difference between the new epoxy kits and the polyester kits. mine is the older variant and the plans show it nestled against the nose gear mounting plates which are on the fuselage walls.

Old 03-31-2008, 11:15 AM
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Buck,
just looked at mine.. the vertical former is 2" forward of the nose gear mounting plate as well. this is an older polyester version too
Old 03-31-2008, 12:13 PM
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Paul,

Yessir, I'm doing the full shootin' match. For now, I'm just rehearsing my Star Spangles....
Can't wait...I know it's gonna be great!
Old 03-31-2008, 12:39 PM
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thanks a bunch gents. once this former is installed I'll be able to finish the nose gear doors.

glassing of surfaces should be complete by next weekend. its gonnna be a busy week but I'll do what I can to catch up to you guys!! my jet has been aging quietly for 2 years but she'll be ready to dance by summers end. "fingers crossed"

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Buck,
just looked at mine.. the vertical former is 2" forward of the nose gear mounting plate as well. this is an older polyester version too
Old 03-31-2008, 04:03 PM
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thanks a bunch gents. once this former is installed I'll be able to finish the nose gear doors.

glassing of surfaces should be complete by next weekend. its gonnna be a busy week but I'll do what I can to catch up to you guys!! my jet has been aging quietly for 2 years but she'll be ready to dance by summers end. "fingers crossed"

cheers



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Buck,
just looked at mine.. the vertical former is 2" forward of the nose gear mounting plate as well. this is an older polyester version too


you have alot of catching up to do.. well to me, maybe no shaun. haha. you'll probly finish before me still.. work is toying with me and my flying assignments, so play money is short lived right now
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I'm not so sure amigo. I'm a stand waaaaaaaaayyyyyyy offf kinda finisher so..........., (those that know me are laughing their azzes off) we'll see.

gotta finish glassing the surfaces, hingeing the doors, attaching air cylinders.....uggh the list goes on and on

(i kinda feel like bubba explaining the different kinds of scrimp)
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lol.. i hear ya on that one... i'm starting to make a list of everything i have to do to finish mine and it still feels like a mile long. lol
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Greg...

U're absolutely right..those doors Rn't scale so I had to modify them to the right size and shape.
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For anyone interested:
2 Large Robart air tanks w/ One BVM high-flow valve (on gear) and 1 standard robart valve (on door cylinders (11 total)) Operates the gear a total of 18 times from a pressure of 100psi to 30psi. The gear works perfectly everytime. The Doors work perfectly everytime for the first 9 times. after that 3 or 4 of the doors won't close, but the gear still works great.
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Some more progress. got the Rx plate and uat/pump/ecu plates done.
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anyone happen to know right off hand what would be the best type of rubber compound to use for tires? I've been looking at some liquid rubber and mold making stuff, and i've got time and thought it might be worth the effort to make some molds to make a pair of hard rubber tires that will fit the original F-18 rims. what does everyone else think of that?
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So far as I know Kevin_w of this site is the man with that plan! Look it up under the search by author name.
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sean,
just did that and found the thread. Good info, time to get a new foam main and nose wheel an have start making molds

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