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Old 04-23-2017, 03:20 AM
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I copied this plane from a magazine article. I started it a good while back. I just haven't finished it because of tackling the Iron- On covering. It will be my second attempt using this covering. Yesterday started rainy and gloomy and windy and cold. It was a good shop time day. I figured if I don't start, I don't finish. So I started covering. So far so good

i sure don't know how to attach multiple pictures with this new program. I could only attach one at a time from my computer. And each time the second picture deleted the first picture. I'm just trying this new format out like everyone else. Learn as you go.
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Old 04-23-2017, 11:07 AM
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I got a little bit more done. I put the pieces together to see how they look. Not too bad. The elevators gave me a little hard time. I forgot to allow more pull material when using the heat gun. I'll remember that for my next piece which will be the wing. That one should be fun.
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Old 04-24-2017, 11:57 AM
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Heck of a nice covering job.


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Old 04-25-2017, 03:54 AM
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Thanks Carl.

I wanted to to start on the wing yesterday. But, when I looked at the wing I saw it needed some work. It needed more sanding and had a few dings from getting moved around over time. I'm not the best at coming up with a paint scheme so I hope what I come up with, looks some what good. I'm mainly after an orientation type scheme. If i have time today I will start cutting the covering.

I do like how the pictures posted are now linked together. I just swipe left or right to move from picture to picture. If I can figure out how to post more than one picture in a post, I'll be happy. I'll have to try posting multiple pictures again.
Old 04-25-2017, 03:38 PM
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I found a little time to work on the plane. Took a shot of the bones before starting. Cut part of the covering for top and bottom. Then got started. The wrinkles in the covering will be gone once I do the top side. Once the top is done I'll work the wrinkles out so as not to create any warps in the wing.

One thing I found out about this covering is don't the sticky side touch another part of the sticky side. They stick together quite well. But all is not lost. Just heat with a heat gun while you pull the pieces apart. They come apart quite nicely. The reason I am having this problem is that I don't have a good way to hold the wing while working on it. I may see if I can make a holding fixture for the airplane parts.

Anyway will now try to post 2 pictures here. Well posting 2 picture still does not work for me. Not sure what I am doing wrong. I've seen posts with 2 pictures since the new website program was launched.
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Old 04-25-2017, 03:41 PM
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Old 04-26-2017, 08:30 AM
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This project is moving along faster than I had thought. It is a bit nerve racking for me. I work more with the heat gun than the iron. I always worry I may burn thru the covering. So I work with low heat and slowly. This time I got a few wrinkles in the right wing tip. Top side of course. But it will be covered over with trim color so should not be a problem. So far a pleasant experience.

Trying this picture program again. Lol.
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Old 04-26-2017, 08:33 AM
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Still no joy with the picture. So one picture at a time.
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Old 04-29-2017, 07:30 AM
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Moving along on this covering job, I finally made a mistake. Adding the blue trim to the wing tip I forgot to us the woodpecker to perforate the covering and wood sheeting. This would be a covering on covering and covering on sheeting. As a result I got a few air bubbles and some wrinkles. I also messed up the order which I should have followed for the wing tip area. I believe I should have done the red first then the blue. Anyway I have a few tiny air bubbles n some wrinkles. Still not bad from 5 feet away. Maybe 10 feet. Lol. Overall not looking too bad. I may add small stars to the leading edge and a bigger star at the wingtip.


l have to set this aside for about 2 weeks. Life seems to always interfere. Ailerons and fuselage next.
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Old 04-29-2017, 07:33 AM
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I still can't post 2 pictures on a post.
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Old 05-13-2017, 03:07 PM
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Well I finished up a 10 day trip to Michigan. I have all my home chores done. So a little time to continue this project. Covering for me is a bit difficult without having a third hand to help. I've been thinking of making something to hold the large parts. I saw something that gave me ideas but I failed to save it. I'm going to work on the ailerons next. So I made this third hand. Will see if it works out. Lots of these ideas in threads and featured in magazines.
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Old 05-14-2017, 11:02 AM
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Well the ailerons are done. Did not come out too bad. Time to move on to the fuselage. I have a bit of work to do on the fuselage before starting the covering. I have the engine out in the open Ugly Stik style. Adding some form of cowling will improve the look. Will work on that this week.
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Old 05-18-2017, 07:12 AM
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I added the stars to the wing. I think it looks good. Cutting the stars was a real pain. I have more work to do on the fuselage than I had thought. Working on it now. Lots of hangar rash from all the moving and storage of the fuselage. Have to get filler material. Next main event is to assemble all the parts, add engine and radio gear and get an idea on CG. Then I can permanently mount the servo tray and engine. I, also, still have to come up with an engine cowl. More like an engine enclosure. All going good just time consuming.
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Old 05-21-2017, 09:15 AM
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Today I got the opportunity to check for CG. The servo tray is loose on the mounting rails and the engine is taped in place. This give me the ability to move things around to help establish CG. I added 2 oz. just behind the firewall. This will give some weight to play with plus the battery under the fuel tank. So I have a starting point. The plane, as is, weighs in at 5.5 lbs. Now I can permanently mount the servo tray and engine. I can start doing some work on this fuselage.
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Old 06-01-2017, 04:36 PM
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I haven't had time to work on this build. I've managed to permanently install the control surfaces and the servos. Since this is a sport airplane I made a foam canopy. First time trying a foam canopy. It came out ok. I measured and cut the ring for the engine cowl. Once the cowl is made I can move a little faster.
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Old 06-01-2017, 04:39 PM
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Still only one picture per post for me. This new program is a pain.
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Old 06-06-2017, 04:40 AM
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nice job. overall your covering looks good i could see the wrinkle area you were talking about in the blue area but still not bad. I think the wings look good. I like the stars as it gives the scheme a little bit of pop without being overdone. do you have an idea what your going to do with the fuselage?
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Thanks. Part of the problem with the wing tips is the way I built the tip. Lesson learned, will do it a bit different on the next one. For the fuselage I first have to complete the cowl before I can move on. I have a fuselage design in my head keeping it with the red,white and blue colors. Something simple, not too fancy.

Build time is my problem right now. I had a storm pass thru last week that did some damage. I need to make repairs, first, before I can complete this build. Probably another week or week and a half before I can get back on it. Looking forward to completing this build. So far it looks pretty good.

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I found a little time to work on the cowl. First picture is a wide front. Second picture is a bit narrower. I like the second with the narrower front so will go with that. I may shave a bit more off the sides. Will know more when glue has dried.

The problem I have posting multiple pictures appears to be with my iPad. Or so I was told. So one picture per post. Will check this out on a computer.
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Old 06-09-2017, 05:27 AM
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Narrow Front.
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I got this cowling made. Not sure I like the curved side on the needle valve side. I may glue on some wood and make it flatter as on the exhaust side. But if not I go with what I have. Next is glue on the fuselage top and fill in dings. Then sand and shape before covering.
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It has been busy times for me. Not a lot of time to devote to this build. I managed to get some time in on the build. I glued on the fuselage top and filled in many dings that the fuselage had. Still a few more to finish up. The cowl is done. Final sanding and a little shaping to follow. Then maybe I can get started with the covering. I'll be glad to get this plane finished. I have lots of other projects to work on.
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Old 06-22-2017, 05:58 PM
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TS Cindy dictated I spend the day in the workshop. So I had time to work on the fuselage. All the dings were fixed with water and the larger ones filled in. i did the sanding and shaping, basically rounding the corners and shaping the cowling. i also had to glue some small pieces where i had cut a bit too much. All it needs is the final sanding with fine sandpaper and a final inspection before covering. I may start that tomorrow as the forecast is for more rain. Time to finish this puppy.
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Old 06-23-2017, 11:24 AM
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I finally got to do some covering. I decided to start on the small pieces. I worked on these 4 pieces. It was tedious work. It seemed like a lot of work for little results. But it got me into the covering mode. The mistakes I made on these, I hope to avoid on the fuselage. The cowling came out ok for me.
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Old 06-25-2017, 10:48 AM
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Well, I have her covered. Hooray!!! When covering a fuselage; DO NOT DROP THE FUSELAGE. In my case it was only a drop of 18". Caused only minor dings which were easily filled in. I did learn a bit covering the fuselage. First, don't use the covering iron like a clothes iron. I was pressing a bit too hard at first. Then later I just let the iron just glide over the covering and it worked much better. Second, as you start to heat the covering you develop ripples or waves in the material. Do not press down on these ripples or waves. You will create wrinkles that are hard to remove. Just glide the iron over the ripples or waves and let the heat do the work. They will disappear in time. I used a 3 temperature process and it worked for me.

Not sure if I like that dorky canopy. I'll have to play with the position on the plane to see how it looks; more forward or more rearward. When I get the tail surfaces installed I will assemble the plane and post a final picture.

Overall I am pleased with the results. Glad it is over so I can move on.
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