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Old 06-14-2021, 09:12 AM
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You got the colors and marking looking good . The Brits did not mark there planes as our neighbors did . Absolutely well done

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Old 06-14-2021, 12:16 PM
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I have a buddy who bought my Corsair build a year ago. He wants to venture into building so I bought another TF Corsair kit and he was able to purchase from Carolina kit cutters. We are going to build them together. The new Ckc Corsair kit looks easier to assemble as it is all laser cut and most of the frame is slotted.
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On that Fleet Air Arm Corsair you should square wing tips.
They had to cut the tips off in order to fit the planes under the main deck in a British carrier hangar. Their Corsairs had a even more character than ours!
Cool looking Corsair you got there.
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Old 06-15-2021, 06:34 AM
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I think the Saito thread is longer than this one, maybe even older. It is certainly more active too, but nice to have this Corsair thread coming back every so often.
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I should probably dust this thread off pretty soon I never post on here.. but I've been building a 1/5 scale TF corsair for the last several months. I made a digital copy of the plans if anyone is in need of a full size printable set.. anyways, I found my kit brand new with new Robart mains. Quickly started getting setup for the build. I currently have the fuse, tail section and wing all 80% finished by now. starting to configure the flaps and early stages of fiberglass. I'm building the plane for a brand new Saito FG90R3 radial using the fiberglass specialties cowl. I just finished a pretty big move a month ago and I'm trying to get setup at the new shop to get back into the build. I would love to see more Top flite kits become available. I recently heard topflight releasing a few GS warbird ARFs back into the new market but after this recent new run this will be the end. sadly no corsair made the list..
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I'm doing short kits for every Top Flight I can find plans for. The two Corsairs I have ready to go, the GS P-47 is nearly done and I have a few more in the works as well. The hard part is getting wood for a decent price to make the short kits affordable, as it is the GS Corsair cost me well over $150 in wood alone, and that is just for the cut pieces. I added up all the wood to make a full kit and it was over $400. There is I think Carolina kits that makes full kits for less than that, so they must either use cheap wood or have a REALLY good supplier to sell that cheap. I can't compete with that so shelved the project for now. I'll just cut them for myself and anyone who wants to pay my time and laser time.
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Carolina Custom Kits have updated TF plans and they sell the improved kits for the Giant TF Corsair, Mustang and P47. see attached link for details and pricing. https://carolinacustomkits.com/
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Most of the short kit guys kill me, being in Canada. I'm tempted to try one but shipping all that wood really puts a damper on the fun of it. Was nice when you could walk into a hobby shop locally and buy something that wasn't made of packing material.
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Yep, shipping sucks, best I can do is around $20 for most of the US, but don't know what it is to Canada. It's the size of the box really, not the weight that drives the cost up. The smallest box I can fit the parts into a an 8 x 8 x 28 box.
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Unfortunately most of the worlds high quality balsa wood is purchased by wind turbine blade manufacturers, the balsa wood is used to make the center cores for each blade. Each blade uses a tremendous amount of balsa wood for its core. The worlds stock of lower grade balsa wood is sold to other users to manufacture what ever they specialize in selling.
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Here's my progress with my topflight corsair, I am currently really having a frustrating experience trying to mate up the flaps to the wing but ill soon be over that hump.
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Originally Posted by 08rangerdan
Here's my progress with my topflight corsair, I am currently really having a frustrating experience trying to mate up the flaps to the wing but ill soon be over that hump.
Hehehe, that's why mine has sat on the shelf for the better part of a decade. I'm really not an incompetent builder, I just don't enjoy some tasks and this is one of them. I probably ought to let the plane go to be honest, but I keep thinking one day the motivation will return.
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The key to the flaps is to get all the hinges in line, if you don't then they bind up when deployed. The wing part is easy using a jig, it's getting them aligned with the flaps that is the hardest due to the curve, it can cause the jig to slip a bit and thats all it takes. On mine I have to use the servo to keep them closed as they will settle a bit when the power is off. There will be a little slop when closed.
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my problem is the gap that forms in the middle flap when deployed. not even on both sides. reading back it looks like a common problem. Id take more pictures but it seems like someone has hindered my ability to upload any more.. pretty sure someone is flagging my posts as spam.? seen a few disappear it seems. but ive been trying a few different ways with robart hinges but I don't think its going to get much better.
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I seem to remember having that going on too ranger, but like you said I think it's common and almost unavoidable.
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A little bit of an update. Tail coming together
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Default I finished this TF GS Corsair back in March

Here's My TF GS Corsair,

DLE 55, Stits polyfiber lite finishing system,
Futaba and HiTEc guidance and Robart gear.




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that looks awesome. wanting to complete the same scheme on mine. what paint did you use?
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Originally Posted by 08rangerdan
that looks awesome. wanting to complete the same scheme on mine. what paint did you use?

i used the Stits lite covering system From F&M enterprises with Warbird colors paint.

a little expensive but excellent paint
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Been a while since I posted but haven't maidened yet. Ran up the engine getting ready for the maiden...everything working great, and then one of the joints failed on the exhaust...easy fix, regular solder instead of brazing (Doh!!!). However, I have been waiting on some 1/2 inch neporene tubing I had to cut to remove the exhaust to fix it for over six weeks! I will definitely get her in the air before end of this month and bad or good will be posting all the details. Great to see so many new builders, this is an awesome kit!!!!

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Hi Chris, wondering if got to maiden your Corsair. Its been a few years and Im going through all the Corsair posts on this thread as I plan to scratch build the giant TF Corsair in the future.
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Hi Guys,

My Corsair has been sitting for about 2 years after my last mishap. I'm planning to dust it off, fix it and fly it again. Has anyone tried to fit an RCGF 70 Stinger twin in the ARF?
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Heres a few more shots

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Originally Posted by US185Damiani
Heres a few more shots

"You're a little low, Cougar...pull up"
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Hi
I have an EME 70cc twin , and it just fits . and I mean , " JUST " . I have only built the cowl on mine , and installed them both on a test stand for break-in . The engine also has electric start ,...................which is really , really " COOL " .
I have not seen any engine as yet that fits
Hope some day to put it on the board

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Originally Posted by Michel
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I have an EME 70cc twin , and it just fits . and I mean , " JUST " . I have only built the cowl on mine , and installed them both on a test stand for break-in . The engine also has electric start ,...................which is really , really " COOL " .
I have not seen any engine as yet that fits
Hope some day to put it on the board

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Hi,

Thanks, buddy. The RCGF is supposedly a bit smaller, so maybe there's hope! I need the weight, anyway, so I guess I'll give it a shot.

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