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Forum: Kit Building
10-15-2022, 04:28 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 3,358
Posted By GiantModeler

End of the Story

The Flitfire Cub found a new home today.

As the focal point of our annual fundraiser, it helped raise $500 for the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina. A check for that amount and...
Forum: Kit Building
09-12-2022, 06:36 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 3,358
Posted By GiantModeler

Good News

The Flitfire raffle has been rescheduled to October 15. We will hold it in conjunction with our annual tailgate swap meet fun fly.

All the collected proceeds, both non-perishable food and money,...
Forum: Kit Building
09-10-2022, 04:54 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 3,358
Posted By GiantModeler

Bad News

A steady drizzle and wave after wave of heavy rain on radar caused us to cancel today's fly in and accompanying raffle.

When to reschedule is under discussion. As soon as a decision is made, I'll...
Forum: Kit Building
09-09-2022, 05:15 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 3,358
Posted By GiantModeler

Update

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Here's the final version of the Piper emblem on the cowl. It was printed on...
Forum: Kit Building
09-09-2022, 02:50 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 3,358
Posted By GiantModeler

Bits and Pieces

This build is finally down to just a few finishing touches.

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Greg finally...
Forum: Kit Building
09-08-2022, 11:25 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 3,358
Posted By GiantModeler

Rick, Thank you for your reply. With luck,...

Rick,

Thank you for your reply. With luck, I'll have those pictures to post tomorrow. And of course, we'll take pictures at the raffle.

Thanks again for following along.

Take care,

Bren
Forum: Kit Building
09-08-2022, 08:43 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 3,358
Posted By GiantModeler

Dummy Engine--Part 3

The last elements to install on the dummy engine were the air-cooling shrouds, called "eyebrows" by some. They came with the 3D printed kit, but needed to be trimmed to fit against the cowl's...
Forum: Kit Building
09-07-2022, 02:37 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 3,358
Posted By GiantModeler

Dummy Engine--Part 2

Because I had chosen a motor on the high side of the acceptable range (a Power 46 I had on hand), there wasn't enough room inside the cowl to fabricate shadow boxes to accept the entire cylinder...
Forum: Kit Building
09-06-2022, 05:01 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 3,358
Posted By GiantModeler

Dummy Engine--Part 1

Early in this build, a friend of mine, Greg Gee, 3D printed a Continental engine kit for this project. At 1/5.5 scale, it would fit the Flitfire perfectly. Unfortunately, the full-scale carried a...
Forum: Kit Building
09-05-2022, 09:59 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 3,358
Posted By GiantModeler

Dashboard

Before showing how the instrument panel went together, I want to acknowledge that the ideas behind it did not originate with me, but with fellow modeler Alan Yendle (AlanDY on this forum) who posts...
Forum: Kit Building
09-04-2022, 11:40 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 3,358
Posted By GiantModeler

Windshield

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As provided in the kit, the windshield fit to the fuselage was remarkably good....
Forum: Kit Building
09-04-2022, 06:14 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 3,358
Posted By GiantModeler

Rick, Yes, I am. Too close for comfort! ...

Rick,

Yes, I am. Too close for comfort!

Thank you for your comments and please continue to follow along as I try to beat the deadline.

Take care,

Bren
Forum: Kit Building
09-03-2022, 04:25 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 3,358
Posted By GiantModeler

Countdown

The Flitfire raffle is only a week away and there's still a checklist of mini projects to finish before the model is ready for its new owner.
...
Forum: Kit Building
08-16-2022, 12:55 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 3,358
Posted By GiantModeler

Landing Gear Details--Part 1

Does anyone know what you call the covering over the triangular landing gear struts on a full-scale Piper Cub? I don't either. But when I look at them, all I can think of is "spats," the covers...
Forum: Kit Building
08-15-2022, 09:13 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 3,358
Posted By GiantModeler

Door Outline

During a break in another project, I dug out the Flitfire fuselage to create a door outline. This kit did not provide for an actual door, so an outline will have to do.
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Forum: Kit Building
08-11-2022, 05:10 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 3,358
Posted By GiantModeler

Thank you very much. I want whoever wins this...

Thank you very much. I want whoever wins this model to know it was put together right.

You are correct about the heat-shrink tubing. These particular solder joints turned out OK, aesthetically....
Forum: Kit Building
08-10-2022, 10:25 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 3,358
Posted By GiantModeler

Tail Bracing

Before I start on this post, please allow me to say this: None of the ideas or techniques below originated with me. I picked them up over the years from this and other RC forums. While I donít...
Forum: Kit Building
08-04-2022, 11:54 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 3,358
Posted By GiantModeler

Markings

While glued dried on another project, I dragged the Flitfire out to put some markings on.

First, an extra-large thank you to my friend, Greg, who found the fonts, designed the layout, and cut the...
Forum: Kit Building
07-30-2022, 01:56 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 3,358
Posted By GiantModeler

Cliff, Thank you very much. I did enjoy the...

Cliff,

Thank you very much. I did enjoy the process. And I hope I will continue to as I finish up the final details.

I flew the Cub for a little over three minutes during the initial flight. I...
Forum: Kit Building
07-29-2022, 07:57 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 3,358
Posted By GiantModeler

Please Don't Call the Pilot "Shorty"

He only lost 1 3/8 inches of full-scale height during the operation to keep his head from interfering with the aileron pushrods. That's right, when I reinstalled the rear faux cockpit floor and...
Forum: Kit Building
07-27-2022, 02:19 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 3,358
Posted By GiantModeler

With Apologies to Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Let Me Count the Ways . . .

That things can go wrong when you maiden an airplane in 10- to 15-mph quartering winds gusting to 25-mph or more with clouds threatening to burst at any moment:

1. The model could blow off its...
Forum: Kit Building
07-26-2022, 07:33 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 3,358
Posted By GiantModeler

Ready to Fly!

I spent most of my shop time yesterday taking care of those last minute, but absolutely necessary, details that you must address before that first flight. For example:

Installing the aileron...
Forum: Kit Building
07-25-2022, 01:24 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 3,358
Posted By GiantModeler

Donít Let Perfect Be the Enemy of Good

Do you know who first said that? I didnít until a few minutes ago. It was FranÁois-Marie Arouet, better known to the world as Voltaire, his nom de plume. Now this is not the same Frenchman for whom...
Forum: Kit Building
07-23-2022, 10:06 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 3,358
Posted By GiantModeler

Pilot Installation

While awaiting my head to get in the right place for the last of the covering, I installed the pilot to the faux cockpit floor. The pictures tell the story better than mere words:
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Forum: Kit Building
07-22-2022, 02:45 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 3,358
Posted By GiantModeler

Well, I Did Start on the Wing, But . . .

Things veered off course soon after.

First, I did to the wing what I should have done at first: I skinned the upper center section with 1/32” balsa. This covered the mottled catastrophe that...
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