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2014 Winter Build = 13 foot Vought SB2U Vindicator

Old 07-25-2014, 07:09 AM
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Default 2014 Winter Build = 13 foot Vought SB2U Vindicator

Well, it is early in the planning stages, but I have decided to forgo building the 10 foot Hawker Typhoon, yet another year, this winter, and build my 13 foot Vindicator; mostly due to peer pressure of my freinds and flying buddies . I took Doc Keith plans over to Kinkos and enlarged them to 156 inch span. I plan to use the Sierra retracts out of my dearly parted 13 foot Corsair. Jeff Micko, famous for his fiberglass work and for the famous Dave Andersen plans parts supplier, will be making my cowl. You can check on his stuff at www.mnbigbirds.com I will strat cutting parts this weekend, with 4 fly-ins coming up in the next month, so I have packed most of what I will not be flying at those events. Quick, lousy, rainy summer, snowing soon, ick!

My hope it to keep this thing at 75-80 pounds and be able to fly it with my Evolution 7 cylinder radial. This will be my last enormous bird, as i am getting to old and my place to small for such big airplanes. After this, I will stick to the 100-120 inch planes I hope you like the scheme I have decided on, because I love it. The cool thing about all of these pre-WWII warbirds is all the "flashy" color schemes. Add to that I have the movie "Dive Bomber", which I love and will be watching 1,000 X (+) as I build this plane. I have always like the rag bag torpedo bomber that is the Vindicator.





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Old 07-25-2014, 08:01 AM
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AWESOME project Jeff! As far as I'm concerned the "Wind Indicator" has just about everything you could want for a scale model. Lots of character, fantastic color schemes, some metal, some fabric, tons of little details, and a relatively simple basic airframe combined with some rather complex features as well. Not to mention lots of wing and tail area and a nice long tail moment. I'm subscribed!
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Be a cool project. Just started a de Havilland DHC-4 Caribou, 1:10 scale for a client!
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It's not the 'age', it's the 'miles'!
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I'm in! This should be good!

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Hey Jeff,
That should be a great build. I have the Doc Keith plans and I have gathered three books on the Vindicator.The only existing Vindicator is at the Pensacola Naval Air Museum. They have a great virtual 360 degree view of the cockpit. I be subscribed for sure.

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Thx guys, this one has been on the list for about 15 years.....stay tuned

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Bill, do you have the construction article? I have lost mine it appears. I cannot find my magazine article. If so, can you tell me what it says about wing washout, if anything. When I look at the plans and measure, mine show 0 washout and a bit of wash-in, which is not right, obviously. It may be my old set of plans are distorted. I am curious if there is no washout in this design. Alas, I will be adding some, but I am curious what the article might have to say about it, if anything.. Any chance of a copy? thx

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I did not know there was a build article. I'm going to need to find one.
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OK, I have an email into AirAge Pub. to track one down. If I do, I willget you a vopy.

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Nice subject Jeff!! I will be watching. John
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Thanks Jeff
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Bill, thanks to drifter, on another thread, here is the article. Plans are correct, calls for no washout...hmmm

http://www.rcuniverse.com/forum/rc-w...or-search.html

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I really like my vindicator great flyer and tons of Character
here is my paint job
met with is demise a couple of years ago

sorry haven't figured out how to add a photo yet

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Originally Posted by hellcat56 View Post
I really like my vindicator great flyer and tons of Character
here is my paint job
met with is demise a couple of years ago

sorry haven't figured out how to add a photo yet
Was yours fromDoc Keith? Yes, post pictures

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not sure of the plans a modeler brought the model to the field
I finished it and flew it for about 2 years

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On to the build. First the elevators are completed. I have the Stab framed up in my jig and the first sheet fit to glue down.
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Great stuff buddy!!
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Great project, will be watching.
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Watching!
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me to
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I got the stab and elevators all completed. Now onto the wing.

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I have begun framing up the wing. The wing will be 3 pieces. The center section (51.5 inches) and 2 outer wing panels on a 2 inch main tube with a 1 inch rear tube. Here I have the center section ribs (most) glued to the bottom 3/4 x 1/2 spruce spar. I am building the gear ribbs now (1/2 rib (3/16 ply) glued to full rib (1/8 ply) with lightening holes), So, once I get those togehter, I can glue them down and finish framing.
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I now havethe center section framed up and some top sheeting on. I have 3 of the wing tubes installed. Somehow, in my infinite wisdon, I only ordered one 1 inch rear tube....so, I am waiting for another to arrive. This will set me back a few days.
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Nice work. Will that center section be removable from the fuselage, or sense the horizontal stabilizer is wide or wider, will it be fix to the fuselage?

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