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Old 12-16-2020, 03:13 PM
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Originally Posted by Lifer
Looks great! How big a fuel tank can you get in her?
Thanks! 32oz is what Iím planning.
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Able to do a little work this morning before I head to work. I picked up a Sierra 1/5 tailwheel bracket and got it installed. Iím not happy with the wheel, tad small. I need to find one 1 3/4Ē by 7/16 wide.



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DuBro has one 1.75 in diameter by 0.674 you might be able squeeze in.

https://www.dubro.com/collections/ta...nt=27880739911
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Originally Posted by FlyerInOKC
DuBro has one 1.75 in diameter by 0.674 you might be able squeeze in.

https://www.dubro.com/collections/ta...nt=27880739911
Hey Iíll give it a shot, Thanks!
Old 12-17-2020, 09:11 AM
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Anytime! Good luck!
Old 12-19-2020, 03:32 PM
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Today I finished skinning the underside of the stabilizer. Then built a saddle and glued it up this afternoon. The upper stringers are glued and I started on the vertical stab. Iím going to do some beefing up here I think, the plans have it built very light(which is good), but I feel it needs a vertical support midway, at least bass stringers vertically. I hate to add any extra weight to the tail, but I feel it needs some structure there.








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What brand of laser level are you using there?
Old 12-19-2020, 04:55 PM
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Itís a Qooltec:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00PQ4PJYC?psc=1&ref=ppx_pop_mob_b_asin_title https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00PQ4PJYC?psc=1&ref=ppx_pop_mob_b_asin_title

Cheap but it works great, I did need to calibrate the crosshairs before use. You can rotate the optical head with a flathead screwdriver, it took 5 minutes of leveling surfaces and then projecting against a leveled crosshair on a wall.
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I have a cheapie I bought a number of years back that is self adjusting. It sure help with tail feathers installation.
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Originally Posted by FlyerInOKC
I have a cheapie I bought a number of years back that is self adjusting. It sure help with tail feathers installation.
That they do! I wish this one self leveled but for $15 itís not too much trouble.
This morning I started on the elevator halves, The plans have them joined up for single point of operation, but Iím planning to run independent servos for each side, I like the redundancy.
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This morning I finished the left elevator half. I needed a break before doing the right side so I went into the vertical stab. I ended up adding a bass stringer vertically just for some added structure. Finished up the upper saddle and sheeted the vert stab. The forward area needed sanded balsa stock(to many complex curves for the sheeting. Final sand to go on all this but itís moving quickly. Iíll finish other elevator half tomorrow. Starting to see a spitfire!










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Great work!
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That is one long cowl! will a inline Twin fit, like a DLA64 ?
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Originally Posted by FlyerInOKC
Great work!
Thanks!! I received that dubro tailwheel today, itís about 2-3 mm too thick, I may be able to sand it down on both sides, not sure yet what Iím going to do there yet.
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Originally Posted by nswords
That is one long cowl! will a inline Twin fit, like a DLA64 ?
Thatís the exact engine I was wanting to try on this bird, but...if you look through the cowling in those photos youíll see the firewall, the cowl slides a good 8 inches aft of firewall for the scale location. I measured and length it was going to be too short(I could have relocated the firewall aft) but the biggest problem was the dlaís carbs are side mounted. Along with even a pitts or header style muffler, they would have been sticking outside the cowl all over the place. So I went with the good ole dle-55ra. Nothing exotic, but I know the engine and itíll pull her just fine at 23-27lbs

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I was able to finish up the elevator halves yesterday, and started on hinging. I also found a tailwheel in an old lot of parts thatís the exact right size.
One problem Iíve ran into is the spinner. The one I was planning to use isnít quite right, itís too long. I need a 5Ē diameter by 5Ē length. The only mkix style Iíve found in this size is the top flite giant scale mkix spinner. I put a want ad out on regroups, but unfortunately that arf, as well as itís parts are a rarity. If anyone knows of a 5Ēx5Ē scale spitfire spinner Iíd love any info/help!




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Fantastic job you did with this kit !!!
I see taht you find the spinner
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Originally Posted by fokke
Fantastic job you did with this kit !!!
I see taht you find the spinner

Thanks Rumen! Itís coming along, I was going to talk to truturn or Dave brown about custom spinners. Iíve searched all over and cannot seem to find a scale 5Ēx5Ē mkix style. Again the one I have is close, but itís 1/2Ē too long and I feel like itíll be noticeable too long once installed.


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I made 1/5 spinner by carbone fiber to , but my backplate is made by 3D printer and I can't sell it because I am not sire how strong is the structure. The bacplate is made by PETG ....
Also I made 4 blades prop










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Originally Posted by fokke
I made 1/5 spinner by carbone fiber to , but my backplate is made by 3D printer and I can't sell it because I am not sire how strong is the structure. The bacplate is made by PETG ....
Also I made 4 blades prop
I saw that on your page, beautiful work! Itíd be the perfect static display spinner. Hopefully someone has the old top flite spitty spinner laying around in a box theyíll sell me! Or Iíll be going custom. After all the work/time one puts into a kit like this, you really want the lines to look right.
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Do you have plans to build a flying version of that spinner(aluminum backplate)? Iíd be your first customer!
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You should be able to find the necessary accessories
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I have the all plans of the MK9 spinner but no time to make by aluminium
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Have you checked with Dave Brown? They do custom spinners if a stock spinner won't work and they do have a 5" X 5" spinner.

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