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Old Jul 03, 2012, 07:54 AM
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figured i would get the forward cowl roughed out, started by cutting and glueing a balsa block together and cutting to the correct length. once this was done i laminated the 4 CT nose sections together, and attached to the upper fuse, did the same for the CB lower fuselage nose pieces.
i sat my block of wood in position and marked out a rough profile including air intake, gun troughs, and humps over the gun barrels. i recently bought a 1/72 ICM plastic kit of the He 51 so as to aide me with this part of the build. i stuck the required plastic parts together and am using them as a reference. once i had a rough idea of the shape it was out with the razor saw, and my favourite tool, my Davis razor plane (love this thing) after some hacking and slashing i had the blank roughed out, and using some 7/16 brass tube with some emery tape stuck too it had a start on the gun troughs. the blank will be left at this stage until the motor is mounted, and a spinner can be fitted. the nose section and blank can not be shaped any further at this stage until the thrust angle and spinner position has been determined.

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