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Skyshark Aichi (VAL) On-Line Build

Old 12-18-2004, 03:59 PM
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Another update.
Control surfaces have been completed, painted and the trim tabs installed. I also made a bomb for the bottom which you can see in the third picture, in the primed stage. Next will be to glue the control surfaces on and start the markings.

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Old 12-19-2004, 03:25 PM
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Painted on the red meatballs today. I am still not to sure on what markings I will use. Have not been able to find to many good Val pics.

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Old 12-20-2004, 03:58 AM
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Finished off the tail markings this evening as well as the wheel pants. Next will be the vertical lines forward of the main fin. Then the long weathering process will begin.

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Old 12-21-2004, 10:42 AM
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Default RE: Skyshark Aichi (VAL) Build

Finished.
All the painting is complete. Weathering is next.

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Old 12-21-2004, 05:20 PM
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Well, I started the weathering process. I am using some water based paint I found laying around. I mixed up some black and white to create a gray wash. Seems to be turning out well. After I am done I will clearcoat. I will have to make very light coats so the wash will not run.

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Old 12-21-2004, 07:04 PM
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Default RE: Skyshark Aichi (VAL) Build

Craig The Vall is really taking shape. Do you have an idea what it is going to weigh? Rich
Old 12-21-2004, 09:05 PM
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Not to sure at this point. Once I am done the weathering and put it together I will weigh it.

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Old 12-22-2004, 12:59 AM
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Default RE: Skyshark Aichi (VAL) Build

A couple more pictures.
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Old 09-17-2008, 09:03 AM
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Just wondering if you weighed and flew the Val yet?
Old 09-17-2008, 12:37 PM
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Wow
Have not seen this thread in a while, 4 years.
Can not remember the all up wieght, crashed on its first flight[]
Has been sitting in my basement ever since. It is repairable, just have not got around to it.

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Ouch, sorry to hear about ur crash on the test flight
I really hate it when a warbird crashes....
This kit no longer exists right??
Though would love to have one!!
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Old 09-18-2008, 10:22 AM
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I am just about to make first flight of my Val. The weight is 8.5 lbs, with 1 lb lead in nose to meet CG. I am nervios if the RCV 58 will be enough engine, and if the gear can handle the extra weight, especially flying off of grass. Any thoughts?
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Craig Did you ever figure out what caused the Val to crash?
Old 09-19-2008, 12:44 AM
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Default RE: Skyshark Aichi (VAL) Build

Rich

Cause of crash..................ME!!!!!!
Rotated before it was ready to fly, and it tip stalled. Easy to repair, just have not got around to it.
I was to worried about nosing over, and she took off before it was ready. I am more exoperienced now (I think) and was not being easy on the elevator.

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If you learn something from your mistakes it's not a total loss. Maybe your next try will be a lot easer. I think we all have been there.
Old 09-20-2008, 11:10 PM
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Maybe your next flight will be a lot easer.I think we all learn from our mistakes. Here is a pic of my Kate. EASY flying bird, like a big trainor. 77 in ws. YS 120 FS for power.
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Old 04-14-2024, 07:32 AM
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Any of the Skyshark VALs still out there? Maybe ancient history and no one is still following this thread but . . . .
I recently acquired the airframe minus engine at a swap meet. Looking for the balance point and any information that might help me make it fly again.

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