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#1 V-Man Jan 28, 2013 10:21 PM

Peter Rake's Albatross DII
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Though you might like to see this. I'm assembling the kit for a clubmate (he will cover and paint it).

Only the forward section is glued, the rest is just dry-fitted to check for accuracy while the front dries. Liberal use of the T-square to make sure that everything is straight. Nicely laser-cut kit. The lightening holes are mine, though (saved 1.2oz). That's the weight of the servos, not bad!

The tail outline is ready, I'm keeping it on the foam pattern for protection. I'm going to sand and frame it up once the fuselage is out of the way.

Went to couple of hardware stores and they don't have 3.75" O-rings in stock. Will have to check plumbing supplies places or find an alternate way of doing the wheels. :(

#2 V-Man Feb 02, 2013 03:22 PM

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Bottom frame is done, I got started on the rudder. The planking worries me a bit.

#3 V-Man Feb 02, 2013 08:34 PM

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Horizontal stabiliser for the Albatross DII biplane. That, or I got my blueprints mixed up again and I'm making a pair of snowshoes.

#4 V-Man Feb 05, 2013 09:49 PM

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Tail group images. Once varnished and covered, it should be really nice. Hopefully the rest of the plane will be, too.

#5 V-Man Feb 09, 2013 04:56 PM

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I got started on the lower body planking and let me tell you that's a bitch and a half! :) What you see in the picture took nearly two hours. Not many straight lines on each panel...

I finally got a technique that seems to work, but don't look too closely at the joints of the first few panels, they are not so nice. Scissors against the grain, sharp knife with, sanding block to finish. Will definitely need another plank for the sides.

I also made the UC and CS mounts. I added a balsa strip to increase the gluing surface and ensure that the tubes are straight. Only need to wrap them and secure with epoxy.

#6 V-Man Feb 10, 2013 08:20 PM

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UC and CS mounts are wrapped and epoxied in place with 30-min glue. They are not on the plans but I added gussets to help distribute landing forces on the formers.

I've also started the nose block with some chunks of 1/2" plank I had around. Have to wait for it to dry before I add more layers. I try to preshape each as much as possible to reduce the shaping time and waste.

#7 V-Man Feb 11, 2013 04:47 PM

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Got started on the LG. That size of wire is a pain in the butt to bend! Took my almost half an hour to set up and do the bits shown on the picture. But at least they are straight and flat. Bought a new wire cutter just for this project, was worth it!

(I read an in-depth article on heat-treating wire, but I have neither the torch nor the facilities to do this. Cold-bending is all I can do.)

And there's another issue: I measured the LG parts on the plan and they total around 38" of wire (10"+6.5"x2+7.5"x2). And of course, wire is sold in 36" length... I'll see if I have that size of wire in my stocks, else we'll need another one.

#8 V-Man Feb 17, 2013 10:57 PM

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Done with the wire bending, got started on the wings. I wasn't sure about the basswood trailing edges at first but now that they are sanded, I see the advantage! Really thin trailing edge yet still solid.

We may have located some suitable O-rings for the wheels. Let's cross our fingers and hope they are nice!

#9 V-Man Feb 24, 2013 10:00 PM

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Upper wing is being assembled. The sheeting is ready to the side, beside the glue bottle. You can see the beginning of the cowling block at the upper left corner of the picture.

Wing is somewhat fragile -- broke a couple of ribs while sanding, and I'm not done yet. May add tiny gussets to help distribute the load.

#10 V-Man Mar 02, 2013 03:39 PM

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Work in progress. Around 14oz so far, missing the lower wings, wheels, covering and electronics.

#11 V-Man Mar 10, 2013 10:29 PM

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Added lower wings and started sanding an airfoil shape into the hardwood struts.

#12 V-Man Mar 14, 2013 09:21 PM

Rather than double-post, I'll put new pictures in the build thread. More visibility that way.

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