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Posted by steve wenban | Mar 21, 2010 @ 03:58 AM | 3,806 Views
Thought it was about time to update this . Been busy with the build of the Fouga and the cockpit it a lot of work but thankfully its all coming together now . I'll soon be in painting mode
SteveW
Posted by steve wenban | Feb 14, 2010 @ 04:06 AM | 4,423 Views
So here we go again glass tissue is being applied by my son , the resin is Epiglass HT9000 a 4 to 1 mix and withthe Humidity levels here currently at 98 to 100% I'm impressed by the cure of this resin ,I now will be using this resin as a preferred
resin .
Posted by steve wenban | Feb 12, 2010 @ 03:05 AM | 4,027 Views
Picked up the resin today so hopefully some work and more photo's of the continuing epic of the Fouga 90 sorry for the delay
SteveW
Posted by steve wenban | Jan 30, 2010 @ 03:51 AM | 4,031 Views
Well after not going into the workshop since returning from Camperdown ,I ventured in today and put the nose back on the Bearcat I'll need to do some glass work in side to stiffen the join but its fairly solid again . Thats the easy bit making the joiner boxes solid again will require some thought,but nothing to difficult . I'm still going to devote most of my time to finishing the Fouga off first the Bearcat will be on the second bench getting work carried out while the glue dries on the Fouga
SteveW
Posted by steve wenban | Jan 27, 2010 @ 01:04 AM | 4,618 Views
Having just recently returned from the Camperdown flyin in Victoria ,which was a shocker for me, I'm getting ready to kick start the Fouga build again. I seemed to have suffered from hardware failure and well as brain failure in the case of the Bearcat which suffered from a downwind landing due to lack of lift , My miniblade went in but probably was a dumb thumbs moment as did my DG600 but that I cant explain . I also damaged my Salto which looks like it had a control horn failure on aileron resulting in a hard landing against a fence due to the lack of response. All in all like I said it was a shocker for me. But catching up with all the slope flyers made up for it . Now it will be a target set to get everything airworthy for Manilla slope fest 2010.
SteveW
Posted by steve wenban | Dec 06, 2009 @ 01:35 PM | 4,469 Views
Went out for a fly yesterday , first cab off the rank was to try the new Bitsa out so just a small toss to see if I'd got the CG right well blow me down that small toss continued out off the hill and turned into a great flight no trim change of CG adjustments needed at all, its a fun little flyer worth the couple of hours it took to put it together . sorry no pic's forgot the camera
oh well back to work.
SteveW
Posted by steve wenban | Dec 04, 2009 @ 02:58 AM | 4,422 Views
I was only going to do the foward cockpit with detail and just half detail the rear ,but it got the better of me and I started to deck out both . So far it does'nt look to bad .
SteveW
Posted by steve wenban | Dec 01, 2009 @ 01:21 PM | 4,129 Views
Last weekend My son went "I'll clean up the workshop dad" you Bewdy says I anyway long story short he found a set of foam cores I had cut for someone that never picked them up I think from memory they where MG06 and very high aspect ,but I thought what the hell I'll just make up a pod fuse shove some gear into it and chuck it just for a giggle .On Monday I had it pretty much done and last night fuse and wing where joined . the only thing remaining is the final tape job all this for a few hours mucking about
I introduce the BITSA.
SteveW
Posted by steve wenban | Nov 27, 2009 @ 04:44 AM | 4,592 Views
Thought I'd throw up an update on the Fouga ,all th main stuff is in the build thread but the blog lasts longer so here's where I'm at now.
SteveW
Posted by steve wenban | Nov 21, 2009 @ 01:38 PM | 4,408 Views
I've reworked the Jet exhaust deflectors to more closely resemble what they should look like . Not much left in the building stage of the Fouga before the painting begins,and I'm already thinking about the next big one
SteveW
Posted by steve wenban | Nov 18, 2009 @ 06:12 PM | 4,585 Views
Keeping the updates going I wanted to add 2 more photo's of the current state of play for this model . Thanks to Tony (Antonsoarer) a better view of the jet exhaust deflectors shows me that my imagination was slightly off so need to redo them oh well having the details helps, trying to reinvent the wheel takes longer
SteveW
Posted by steve wenban | Nov 07, 2009 @ 03:18 AM | 4,407 Views
The Fouga is going forward in leaps and bounds here's another photo showing the progress both jet exhaust are in place now
SteveW
Posted by steve wenban | Nov 03, 2009 @ 02:39 PM | 4,787 Views
I know I'm actually getting somewhere when I can hold the model as a unit with all the major bits in place Still a long way to go with this one though
SteveW
Posted by steve wenban | Nov 01, 2009 @ 01:26 PM | 4,546 Views
This weekend i poured a number of hours into my new project,but once again with these builds it seems to reach a point where you spend the time and then stand back and cant see what you have done can be very frastrating .
My advise for any apsiring builder is to just keep plugging away then all of a sudden it ready .
SteveW
Posted by steve wenban | Oct 30, 2009 @ 04:25 AM | 4,206 Views
Just thought I add a shot of this afternoon Bench fly ,its starting to look like something now.
SteveW
Posted by steve wenban | Oct 28, 2009 @ 09:12 PM | 3,968 Views
As most in the slope forum know ,now that the Bearcats finished and flown I moved onto my next build. It is going to be a 2.9 mtr Span Fouga 90 PSS
so far the fuse is just about done the tails cut and sheeted and the wings are cut waiting to be sheeted . The build is exactly the same method as the Bearcat was (no surprize there ) Hopefully with proper planning and time the 90 will prove a great flight buddy in the car with the big Bear
SteveW
Posted by steve wenban | Oct 01, 2009 @ 02:57 PM | 4,276 Views
Have to say I feel pretty good about the slope fest all the work that was put into setting it up and running the show was all worth while, everyone got lots of air time and lots of positive comments about the site. The fact that pilots leaving where booking the accomodation for 2010's event showed the genuine interest the event created . I personally have plenty of memories that will last a life time ,meeting some of the well known names On RCG and some absolute slope newbies who left the event totally hooked on slope flying
All the sponsors where absolutely teriffic and generous with there gifts and many at the event went home with more aircraft than they arrived with.
I think that next year More people will take the oppertunity to use the full week rather than the last long weekend now they know that the site is as good as it is .Stay tuned for Manilla Slope Fest 2010.
Posted by steve wenban | Sep 01, 2009 @ 04:42 AM | 4,559 Views
Wanted to add just 1 more photo of the completed model. So its ready to fly CG set 3.358 KG of lead in the nose I feel its a little nose heavy but thats where is suppose to be by the numbers .
SteveW
Posted by steve wenban | Aug 18, 2009 @ 02:24 PM | 4,606 Views
This will be the last pre maiden photo but hopefully the in flight photo's will be next to hit the page fingers crossed
SteveW
Posted by steve wenban | Aug 04, 2009 @ 03:32 AM | 4,900 Views
A few more hours of detailing done today everything is hand cut so its taking forever ,but its a satisfying part of the build . It comes to life more and more with each marking applied
SteveW