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Old 02-05-2021, 04:34 PM
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I don't blame him! Beautiful work!
Old 02-05-2021, 04:48 PM
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Thanks! Sheís taking shape!
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I finished up the shear webbing on the left wing half yesterday and decided to look at the retract housing. Fokkerc provides you with the ply mounting plates and most importantly they install at the correct angles and elevation, however from there your on your own. The robart electric gear and 5Ē robart aluminum wheels I chose for this kit will work great, itís just going to take some fitting and some trimming to get them installed properly. Iím also planning to add some extra structure to tie the mounts into the spar area around the retract housing. I didnít get a chance to grab photos of this before I took off for work, but Iíll post progress when I return home.
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I finished up the left wing retract housing yesterday. Itís been reinforced using tristock and bass formers. Iíll also fiberglass the two or 3 rib bays in that area. Took a bit of fitting, and trimming but itís ready to drill at this point. I did need to shim the mounts about 2mm on the inboard side to allow the gear to retract fully. I also got to work on the left aileron. I decided to go with 3/32 bass sheet instead of the 4mm poplar ply as I would have been sanding half the ply material away to obtain the correct shape.







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Good evening, I am making the exact same aircraft now. Is this aileron material included in the kit?
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I have a production article on the ”Balsa Model Aircraft Builders Association” on facebook.
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Old 02-13-2021, 06:03 AM
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Originally Posted by Takashi Matsui
Good evening, I am making the exact same aircraft now. Is this aileron material included in the kit?
Hi Takashi, The ribs and frames are included, but as I was saying I swapped out the frames for 3/32 bass sheeting as I didnít want to have to sand away the majority of the poplar ply frame to achieve the thickness I was looking for.


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After all it is the same material. I couldn't use ailerons or flaps. By the way, the radiator cover of the main wing is FRP, is it an option? My thing was plywood.
Old 02-13-2021, 06:17 AM
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Originally Posted by Takashi Matsui
After all it is the same material. I couldn't use ailerons or flaps. By the way, the radiator cover of the main wing is FRP, is it an option? My thing was plywood.
I grabbed the fiberglass radiators from fliteskin Aeroscale. Rumen does supply the material to build them in the kit.
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thank you for your answer. You bought the radiator separately, didn't you?
I previously asked about the size of the canopy. The ones that came with my kit are too small to use. I tried to upload an image to this forum but didn't know how.
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Originally Posted by Takashi Matsui
thank you for your answer. You bought the radiator separately, didn't you?
I previously asked about the size of the canopy. The ones that came with my kit are too small to use. I tried to upload an image to this forum but didn't know how.
I have a production article on my facebook.
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As I said I purchased the fiberglass radiators from fliteskin Aeroscale. Not sure on your canopy, the one supplied with my kit matches plan 100%. I would check out your build, but I donít use Facebook.
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Question on the wing structure: Does it use spruce or bass spars, and does the plan call for shear webs or trusses?
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Originally Posted by Lifer
Question on the wing structure: Does it use spruce or bass spars, and does the plan call for shear webs or trusses?
Hey John, so itís got the main poplar ply spar that runs the length of wing, then upper and lower bass stringers along it. I then shear webbed all of that with 3/32 bass sheeting. This is paired with the carbon fiber tube. There isnít a manual to say if this area is to be webbed or trussed. Though looking at the top view of the plans that is what could discern. The darker pattern on the plan is the CF tube.



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Seems like it would be a stout wing.
Old 02-14-2021, 05:18 AM
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I think it will be, once I get the upper surface skinned Iíll lay up fiberglass in the bays surrounding the retract housings. I need to grab some balsa block so I can continue with wing tips and then leading edge
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I am very excited to see not only someone building this kit, but also someone at our field! I can't wait to see this bird in the sky!
if I'm not mistaken I saw a promodeler servo in a few pics. I am a fan of promodeler servos. I have to planes with all promodeler servos and I have had excellent results.
This kit looks to be the most scale one I've seen yet! Thanks for sending me the link!
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Originally Posted by dcwwcp
I am very excited to see not only someone building this kit, but also someone at our field! I can't wait to see this bird in the sky!
if I'm not mistaken I saw a promodeler servo in a few pics. I am a fan of promodeler servos. I have to planes with all promodeler servos and I have had excellent results.
This kit looks to be the most scale one I've seen yet! Thanks for sending me the link!
Hey Don! Thanks for the kind words, that you did, sheíll be outfitted with promodeler throughout. Shannon got me onto these and Iíve set up a few aircraft with a few of them but this girl will be 100%. Lookin forward to flying with ya this spring!
Old 03-05-2021, 04:16 PM
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Finally finished up the left wing retract housing, havenít had a whole lot of time lately. I started on the leading edge and wing tip of the right side this afternoon, hopefully Iíll get some momentum going again!




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Is that your P-40 pointing down to the bench?
Old 03-05-2021, 04:49 PM
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Originally Posted by Lifer
Is that your P-40 pointing down to the bench?
Yes sir, I need to get her up the next time thereís a nice day.
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I started working on flaps yesterday, the kit provides ply templates, since theyíre all cut out of 4mm ply I needed to shape the trailing edge down a bit. I was able to try out the fliteskin for the first time as well. Awesome stuff, I used gorilla glue per their instructions and using clamps I was able to get the trailing edge to neck down to almost nothing, very cool product. Iíll finish sand them next then run the interior rib detail etc. Looking to do an internal linkage for these.


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Itís been a busy spring with kidís sports starting up etc but Iím finally getting some time to get back to the build. Finished up the servo boxís for ailerons and flaps. The kit comes with 4 servo trays for the wing servos and then the rest is up to you. I decided to run external linkages for the ailerons and an internal linkage set up for flaps. The aileron servo will lay flat and attach to the servo door much like some of the other giants Iíve built. The flap servo drops in and will be set up much like the hangar 9 30cc spitfireís internal flap setup. Both servo doors are skinned with Flitskin.
Also started on the right wingís leading edge and blocked the wing tip. I have some time today so Iíll begin sanding them to shape. I should be able to begin skinning the upper surface next.



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The airplane is coming together nicely!
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Originally Posted by FlyerInOKC
The airplane is coming together nicely!
Thanks, is a process for sure! I was able to get my servo covers finished and mounted this morning before work. I also started out mapping nav lights. Figured this will be much easier prior to skinning the fuse and wing. I had to make the smallest incision in the coverall fabric on the rudder as I got ahead of my self when covering that but I can fix this easily. Iíll mod up a fairing for the bulb out of light gauge aluminum when I get home. Building will probably continue to be slow as the rest of my warbirds are ready to fly, as am I, and the weather is finally improving.

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Got a much needed vacation and with the rains in nw Missouri was able to switch gears from flying to building. I set up my flap system with the upper door, still need to set up a spring to retract it when the flaps are retracted. I began skinning the left wing half. I decided to do the upper surface in balsa and lower in flight skin, (being that flight skin doesnít like compound curves). So far so good, this is my first attempt at flight skin but Iím very pleased with how itís going, Iíll finish sand the leading edge once thatís complete. I plan to wrap my fiberglass around it, joining the two together. I also was able to get my rudder light housing built up using light gauge tin. Nice to get going again, today was also beautiful here so I divided time between this in the morning and flying this afternoon.














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