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Old 11-02-2003, 03:10 PM
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Default Skyshark Aichi (VAL) On-Line Build

If anyones interested I'm doing a full build of the Skyshark Val over
here http://www.*************.co.uk/4um/i...;threadid=5132

But I'll also post some highlites here for welcome comments

Heres the specs

1/9th Scale
Wingspan: 63 inches
Wing Area: 680 Sq. In.
Flying Weight: 5.5 to 6.5 lbs.
Engine Size: .45 to .61 2-stroke, .56 - .72 4-stroke

I'm going to fit an RCV 58-CD


Here are the superb aileron cnc parts
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Old 11-03-2003, 12:53 PM
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Default RE: Skyshark Aichi (VAL) Build

Not had any replies, but the thread has been read, so I'll stick another picture here

This is the Centre section of the wing assembly
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Old 11-03-2003, 01:08 PM
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Default RE: Skyshark Aichi (VAL) Build

Looks like really nice laser cutting. How is the parts fit?

Jim
Old 11-03-2003, 01:17 PM
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Default RE: Skyshark Aichi (VAL) Build

The parts are the best fitting of any kit (TF,GP,CG etc) that I've ever seen. The centre section is almost fully built before you apply a single drop of glue [X(]
Old 11-03-2003, 02:26 PM
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Default RE: Skyshark Aichi (VAL) Build

I've been following the other link you gave but will follow it here . . . . if you give more pictures!!!
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Default RE: Skyshark Aichi (VAL) Build

ORIGINAL: grahamd1

Not had any replies, but the thread has been read, so I'll stick another picture here

This is the Centre section of the wing assembly
Just keep on building, we are watching and taking it all in. I have been wondering about this kit since I saw on "coming soon" pages of their site. Sure would like to see an 80" version. Maybe they will in the future.
While you are at it, show us some pics of the glass and other pre-molded parts.
Thanks
Old 11-03-2003, 03:28 PM
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Default RE: Skyshark Aichi (VAL) Build

OK, these are the bits I've done already
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Old 11-03-2003, 04:37 PM
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Default RE: Skyshark Aichi (VAL) Build

Grahamd1; I am seriously considering the Val as my first true Warbird. I will be following your thread with great interest. Thanks for the opportunity to learn a bit before I throw my hat in the ring, so to speak.
Old 11-04-2003, 12:00 AM
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Default RE: Skyshark Aichi (VAL) Build

Grahmd1-
Keep 'em coming- that kit is on my Christmas wish-list! Also, keep us posted on your experience with the RCV engine.
John
Old 11-04-2003, 12:22 AM
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Default RE: Skyshark Aichi (VAL) Build

Skyshark makes some nice looking kits. I sure wish they made them a little larger though. [&o]

Kerry
Old 11-04-2003, 02:54 AM
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Default RE: Skyshark Aichi (VAL) Build

Terry this is the supplied cowl (F-Glass)
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Old 11-04-2003, 02:55 AM
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Default RE: Skyshark Aichi (VAL) Build

And this is the fantastic cockpit/dash detail sheet, you can just make out the plastic parts
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Old 11-04-2003, 04:00 AM
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Default RE: Skyshark Aichi (VAL) Build

Graham,this Looks like a fantastic kit, laser kits go together quickly and with a fixed UC this could be a good propersition for getting a war bird in the air for next spring.
Old 11-04-2003, 07:03 AM
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Yea, but you gotta love the val first
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Default RE: Skyshark Aichi (VAL) Build

Finished the flap linkages and push rods, so I can start sheeting the centre section
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Old 11-05-2003, 12:53 AM
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Added the top sheeting on the centre section, this comprises of 4 15 1/2" 1/16" sheets joined together, I used 2 soft for the front and two hard for the rear, this way I can bend the front sheets over the ribs, with the rear hard sheets laying flat. I now need to install the "Y" lead and extension leads for the outer wing aileron servos.
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Old 11-05-2003, 01:00 AM
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Default RE: Skyshark Aichi (VAL) Build

grahamd1
Did you get the kit from a distributor in the UK,
or ordered it from the US ???
Nice looking Val, some time ago I was planning to scratch
build one, but voila here is a very nice kit!
Anyway Xmas is next month ! no one knows.
Cheers
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Default RE: Skyshark Aichi (VAL) Build

Hisham I got it via air-mail from Skyshark in the US, but the UK distributor should have them by end November.

Like you I want a 1/5th scale one, and what better way to get the info [:-]
Old 11-05-2003, 04:55 AM
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Who is the UK distributor of this kit???
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http://www.skylarkrc.co.uk are the UK distributor
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Default RE: Skyshark Aichi (VAL) Build

I've made my mind up on this finish, I like the greyish Naval look. I saw this scheme when I visited Pearl earlier this year.
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Old 11-05-2003, 07:21 AM
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Thanx.
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Default RE: Skyshark Aichi (VAL) Build

Before the bottom of the centre section is sheeted, it is recommended you remove the flap push rods (this makes sence), however I was a bit worried about having to blindly align the rods back into the wing, so I added short lengths of fuel tubing. This should make it easier.
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Old 11-05-2003, 07:21 PM
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Default RE: Skyshark Aichi (VAL) Build

WOW

That looks like a great kit. Keep the pics coming.

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Default RE: Skyshark Aichi (VAL) Build

Thanks Craig, heres some pictures of the wing ribs, and the aileron ply doubler




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