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Old 06-01-2021, 03:45 AM
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Great set up, love to watch
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Regards Rainer
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I love the wingtip light detail! Great work!
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Thanks guys, itís still very much in the rough sanding stage, Iím looking forward to finishing up the the underside of the leading edge and seeing it really take shape. Though I almost completely forgot about my wing tip nav lights. I can still install them but I began to get ahead of myself. Everything is always easier to do prior to skinning(obviously). A good friend of my gave me a very good piece of advice a while back that when building always be thinking 2/3 sometimes 4/5 steps ahead of where your at.(much like flying!).
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And you always seem to find little tweaks you want to make along the way when you are building.
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Well after a 4 month break finally getting back to my spitfire. Iím finishing up fliteskinning the underside of the right wing half, also built a spring return for the flap actuator door so itíll return to closed when flaps are raised. Hoping to get going on the left half this week. Itíll be really good to get rolling with this build again.



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More pictures, please!!!
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Originally Posted by Lifer
More pictures, please!!!
Hey John! Promise I will as soon as I get home from work. These were all I took last week before I headed out. Hope to get a couple of good build days in this week.
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What...it's not done yet??? 😀
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Originally Posted by Txmustangflyer
What...it's not done yet??? 😀

lol not quiteÖ.my 3 kids and wife get first dibs on time. But it sounds like I can get momentum on this rolling again👍🏼
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I revisited the flap and flap actuator door yesterday(I wasnít happy with the current setup) Also, the trailing edge of the wing/flap wasnít where I wanted it as the flap was still a bit thick. So I pulled the fliteskin and shaped it a bit more, will also be adding some ribbing then will re-apply fliteskin. I pulled the actuator door off completely and built a housing from bass wood that would hold the bolts and spring housing. Also soft joined the wings and mounted them to the fuse to mark and drilled the mounting plate.






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Ok..so I gotta make sure I understand what ya did...
Your flap servo and linkage are under the door, for a hidden linkage to flap?
The spring loaded door does what...apparently I missed the original implementation and purpose somewhere...
Neverminds I understands now.

your control horns for your flaps need clearance to come up when the flap drops due to the thickness of the wing (?) So instead of just a hole, you did the door. See what happens when ya post and I ain't ready? Throw something next time

ok, seriously, that is very nice work. An excellent solution for the problem.

You're hired to build me a Zirolli P38
The fowler would be a nightmare for me.

Keep it up and you get to do my mustang too..and the wife's piper...man..I could just sit, watch, and drink whiskey...
anybody else see a down side to that theory?

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Originally Posted by Txmustangflyer
Ok..so I gotta make sure I understand what ya did...
Your flap servo and linkage are under the door, for a hidden linkage to flap?
The spring loaded door does what...apparently I missed the original implementation and purpose somewhere...

The servo and linkage are all internal. The mkix has a flap actuator door that allows room for the actuator to protrude through the upper surface of the wing when flaps are deployed. I set my linkage up as close as I could to full scale. So the servo linkage pushes the door open as flaps are deployed and then spring loaded closed. When I can get back at it and get the spring installed Iíll post some more photos. These are from Paul Monfortonís ďSpitfire EngineeredĒ

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And Tex I just saw your whole post, for some reason it just gave me the first paragraph, you have the right idea! Iím still learning a ton as I go, but itís great to be building again. Iíll try and get photos of the full mech this week.
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Once I found where you originally did it, it became clear. I never knew the spitfire had that at full scale. From the pictures you posted of the real deal to yours I'd say you are spot on. Again, nice work..when do you want me to send the mustang? (joking)
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Originally Posted by Txmustangflyer
Once I found where you originally did it, it became clear. I never knew the spitfire had that at full scale. From the pictures you posted of the real deal to yours I'd say you are spot on. Again, nice work..when do you want me to send the mustang? (joking)
Haha thank you for the kind words, again Iím learning a lot as I go, about the aircraft and building in general. And even more about space management in a fairly small shop.
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Now, about that zirolli...

lol..patiently waiting for the next update..
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Following all of this closely, Beautiful work!
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Finally was able to get going again this week, I needed to catch the right wing half with left. I sheeted upper surface, and was able to get it rough sanded to shape. I prepped the underside for flight skin, laying down 3/32 spacing strips(not sure what the technical term is for this is) but since the fliteskin is .010Ē thick I needed to raise it off the ribs to get the proper thickness of the wing. Also finished up the aileron and flap, set up hinge points and in the process of skinning the underside of the flaps. When I get back from work Iíll finish skinning the underside and install servos and retract unit. This side went considerably faster as most of the thought process for flap/aileron set up was done on the first half. I just realized I didnít get photos at the end of the day showing aileron and flap pocket or the prepped ribs. Iíll add them when I can get back at it. Nice to get some steam rollin again.






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Nice work!
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Thanks flyer, getting there, just had to get my momentum going again. All my other birds are flight ready and after a sporadic summer of flying it took me a bit to get them back into shape. (WarbirdsÖ10 min of flying=1 hour of maintenance.). Labor of love for sure. But weíre getting there.
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umm...you have a major problem...
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Haha donít I know it
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Yeah,...its not done!
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Beautiful work!

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