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Posted by borntoolate | Feb 17, 2015 @ 08:47 AM | 6,173 Views

This is not a new modification. I am just adding it to my blog as I neglected to do so when I made the modification:

I decided to add bomb bays to my existing fleet of FMS B-25 bombers. It is not too difficult and is a lot of fun to drop bombs on targets when we fly. Here is the mod.

On the bottom of the fuselage of the B-25, there is a panel line approximately 2 inches back from the nose gear door. Using that panel line, I measure back 8.5 inches and draw another line. Do it on each side of the bottom of the fuselage so when you draw a line across, it will be square with the front line. Make sure they are straight. If you make them angled, it may impact how well the doors close.

Then I use a very sharp long razor and slice across the fuselage on the lines. Please make sure that all your wires are nowhere near where you are cutting. It is a pain to repair servo wires.

Next, using the sharp blade, cut along the low panel line that runs the length of the fuselage. You don't have to cut this cut with the long blade. Retract the blade so it just goes through and cut all the way from the front line to the rear line you drew earlier.
Don't be tempted to cut the doors in 2 pieces yet. It makes a really nice fit it you hinge the doors prior to cutting them apart.

Remove your wings off of the aircraft. The reason for this is so you do not accidentally slice any servo wires... ASK ME HOW I KNOW!!!

Now you need to cut inside the fuselage in the wing root.
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Posted by borntoolate | Dec 02, 2014 @ 07:04 PM | 4,380 Views
Here is my B-17 99% completed. I just have some cosmetic mods to do in the nose as well as adding the twin .50's.
Posted by borntoolate | Nov 29, 2014 @ 07:41 PM | 4,294 Views

I wanted to improve the battery compartment in order to fully utilize the space for different size batteries.

It was pretty easy to do this mod. I measured and cut 1/8" plywood to fit the floor of the forward fuselage. I removed, with a long sharp razor knife, some blocks of foam.
This enabled the floor to fit flush. I had to cut the new floor in two sections in order to fit them in the fuselage. Before epoxying the floor sections in, I covered them with sticky backed velcro. I then epoxied the two floor sections in and made sure they remained flat while the epoxy cured.
Posted by borntoolate | Nov 24, 2014 @ 12:12 AM | 4,294 Views

I completed her on Saturday and the weather cleared enough to maiden her on Sunday.
Posted by borntoolate | Nov 11, 2014 @ 08:02 AM | 4,485 Views

Here are a couple of pictures of the B-17 with it's OD upper and grey under colors.
Radio has been installed. Just need to install the windows,put on a couple of coats of WBPU and the decals. She will be ready to maiden.
Posted by borntoolate | Nov 01, 2014 @ 12:10 PM | 4,483 Views

Here are a couple of pics of the wings being dry fitted to get an idea of the size.
This thing is big!.
Posted by borntoolate | Oct 28, 2014 @ 08:41 PM | 4,498 Views

I have filled in the rather severe panel lines as best I could. I am not happy with the result, but I feel I could be working on them for weeks! I airbrushed a coat of grey paint on the fuselage and tail surfaces. The grey will remain as the underside color. The upper will get some OD green paint.

I forgot to add, I also trimmed the curved rudder to make it more straight - like the full scale plane.

Posted by borntoolate | Oct 13, 2014 @ 05:52 PM | 4,748 Views

I have started to build my first 1875mm B-17. I will not get too fancy on the mods. I will probably fill in all the oversized panel lines first. I have planned to add a retractable tail wheel and maybe a operating bomb bay. I might also make the turrets rotate. I say maybe, because this thing is big and it is taking a larger amount of time than my other builds.

I do plan to do a repaint (thanks mainly to the panel line situation). I am not sure what scheme I will do on this first bomber, but it will most likely be an olive drab upper and grey undersides.

Work was delayed on this plane because I needed a bigger space to do the build. The new space is ready and I have started.

The first thing I did after, un-boxing it and checking for damage , was to peel the decals off. They are rather thick decals and it was very easy to peel them off of all surfaces. I saved the decals just in case I needed to measure them when ordering a new set from Callie. The next step was to remove all of the "glass"parts. This took a bit of prying. I was lucky, I only scratched one of the windows. I left the clear parts in the tail gunner's position alone for the time being.

To date, I have nearly finished filling in the cavernous panel lines. I used lite weight spackel from Home Depot. It is not a difficult thing to do but the sheer size of the plane makes it a long process. I found it best to do this in 2 or 3 steps. I would fill them in and let them dry completely before sanding with #400 grit sandpaper. After sanding I repeated to process to fill it the low spots that were missed on the first round.

I brushed on a coat of WBPU to cover more of the minor low spots and to give the plane an all-over uniform surface to ready it for painting. I want it as smooth as possible before spraying the first coat of paint.
Posted by borntoolate | Jul 12, 2014 @ 11:16 PM | 5,475 Views
I finally got the latest B-25 finished up and scheduled a maiden flight at Skypark Airport. Here is a video of the control surface checks.

Before I get comments on the accuracy of the aircraft, the actual B-25 "Poontang" was a B-25C. I decided early on to not convert the FMS "J" to a "C". I previously converted a "J" into a B-25B - the Ruptured Duck of the Doolittle Raid fame.

I may convert the Poontang into a "C" at a later date. Then again, I may not!

Posted by borntoolate | May 19, 2014 @ 10:25 AM | 6,258 Views

I modified the "glue-on" tail to a "screw-on" tail for my FMS Zero. Not a difficult mod. Here are some pictures that I think pretty much explains it:

Posted by borntoolate | Apr 21, 2014 @ 08:48 PM | 5,857 Views
I decided to modify the 1100 mm P-51D from 3S to handle 4S batteries. The mod was pretty simple as mods go. I exchanged the 30a ESC for a 60a ESC from Hobby King. There are a series of pictures below to show this easy mod. It took about 90 minutes, not including touch up paint drying time. I can now fit a 4S 4000 mah battery. Result - a much better performing airplane.
Posted by borntoolate | Apr 17, 2014 @ 05:29 PM | 6,112 Views
I saw the beautiful job that Karltrek did on his FW190 last weekend at RSA in Cupertino. I knew I had to add the flaps to my FW190. After looking at the construction of the wing, I decided to try to make split flaps. I used 1/16 " sheet styrene and 1/4 " round styrene tubes. It was actually pretty easy to do. Slicing the wing foam was probably the hardest part. I used small sections of 9/32" brass tube to act as hinges. As the plane is not super scale anyway, I think it came out ok.
Posted by borntoolate | Mar 18, 2014 @ 09:05 PM | 6,130 Views

I have corrected the seam on the drop tanks. I do not know why the factory has not corrected this issue. My 1100mm P-51D has the same issue. I have corrected the tanks for that one also. Very easy to do. Using a very sharp Xacto, I sliced off the vertical seam. The better you do this part directly reflects on how much sanding, filling or covering you will have to do later. I know others have done this mod. My method was to buy half-round styrene. Simply glue the styrene in place along the horizontal line of the tank. I used Testor's liquid cement. It comes with a handy brush which make glue application easy. I then taped the seam in place till dry. Some light sanding and/or filler and it is ready for paint. The strip styrene comes in various sizes. I used .125 " half round on this mod. If someone is going to try this, the styrene comes in 14" lengths. It is not enough to go completely around the tank. Save yourself a lot of extra work and start at the pointed end of the tank, make a nice bend in the middle of the 14" length. This way, the next piece of half round styrene will butt up nicely against your first piece and your seam will be nearly invisible. I started from the round end of the tank and I struggled to get a nice "point" at the aft end. When I do this again, I will take my own advice and make it much easier and quicker.
Posted by borntoolate | Mar 14, 2014 @ 11:58 PM | 6,909 Views
I decided to not wait for my new receiver to arrive, so I "borrowed" the one in the FW190. I got DingHao! all powered up and all controls adjusted after the servos centered. Before I attempted to drop the gear, I had a last minute visual inspection.
Good thing I did as almost all my gear doors were "glued" shut by my application of clear satin Polycrylic!

I ran an exacto knife around all of the edges to free them up. They were down pretty tight. I shudder to think what would have happened if I tried dropping the gear!

Well, everything worked out. I really, really like the new 6 second scale gear and doors. I cycled them a few times and they are just great looking. I started some minor paint work while they were in the open position. She looks good on her feet!
Posted by borntoolate | Feb 16, 2014 @ 09:31 PM | 6,657 Views
B-25B bomb run!

The Ruptured Duck went on her first bombing mission on Feb 12. There were 2 bomb runs with 2 bombs each time. She performed as designed. Here are a few pictures: