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Old Jan 20, 2010, 05:53 AM
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PSS Super Constellation

I have been thinking of building a cool PSS sloper.
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Old Jan 20, 2010, 04:32 PM
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I met a few hard core PSS fans: r/c junkie, salisbug, and have been learning with each thread.
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Old Jan 24, 2010, 01:40 PM
more casual than stylish....
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Go for it. That's a great PSS subject.
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Old Jan 24, 2010, 08:27 PM
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Thanks Meno, I have been thinking about it for a few years now. I am getting all of my research together, and get serious. And I think it will have about a 70 inch wingspan, and have engine nacelles and all.

thanks for looking.

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Old Jan 26, 2010, 04:14 AM
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They don't get much nicer looking than the Connie.

The way the wing is located near the center of the fuselage (in plan view), should make balancing possible without a lot of extra ballast.
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Old Jan 26, 2010, 04:19 AM
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I love the arch of the fuselage, a true work of art. And the Connie planform is ideal for a sloper.
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Old Jan 27, 2010, 03:12 AM
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Scott,
If your gonna do it don't do it small build it around the 120" mark the build will be a lot easier and things go together a lot faster IMHO
Connies a good subject
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Old Jan 27, 2010, 03:52 AM
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Hi Steve

It looks like you had a good time at Camperdown.
What a great group of people, huh? I live half way around the world and I would give anything to meet and fly with you guys.
I am sorry to see that your big Bearcat took it on the chin, but I'm confident you can fix it. BTW, my wife wants to taste your home made beer

120" would be fantastic
Also I like the construction style on your Bearcat, building a foam core and then balsa sheeting is fast and light. I might use that on the Connie because carving a plug would be a chore, but it also makes it possible to make several copies like Shane did with his Corsairs. I guess you get what you put in. More then likely the Connie will be about two meters in span, and use a foam core and balsa skinned wing and epoxy glass/carbon fuselage. Its a big undertaking and it will take some time , but I'm going to do it

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Old Jan 27, 2010, 04:03 AM
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Why not ask my PSS friends

Salisbug, r/c junkie

How do you simulate a polished aluminum fuse with paint?
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Old Jan 27, 2010, 01:57 PM
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Why simulate ? head to your nearest printer and grab all the lithographic plate they are throwing out its around .005" thickness and sheet it in real ally you can even put the scale detail in like rivet lines as you go . there was a sectio of the bearcat build thread that I should how to use ally cans for servo covers which may give you some idea's.
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P.S you guys are always welcome to drop in and fly with us the 2 main events are
the week in Camperdown Victoria in January or the week in Manilla NSW in September.
PPS always plenty of beer on tap
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Old Jan 27, 2010, 02:05 PM
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PS,
This Connie lives about an hour south of me and is still in full flight trim except its restricted to under 10,000ft as the pressurisation does'nt work anymore
"CONNIE" - Super Constellation "Wings over Illawarra" (2 min 26 sec)

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Old Jan 27, 2010, 08:05 PM
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Litho plate

Hi Steve

Litho plate might work. I used to be in printing before a had a stroke. Litho plate is really hard and brittle usually because as it is being printed it work hardens to the point that it will start to crack, and when that happens you need a new plate. I guess you could anneal the plate again.
Some guys have used litho plate in the past and found it tough to go around curves and found fatigue cracks after many flights. I was looking through some old July 1987 (RCM) Radio control Modeler magazine, and in the ads I came across a product called "skinny Dip". It was aluminum powder and used like gold leaf. Just apply the sizing and when it was tacky you use a dry brush to apply the powder. the Company claimed that after curing you could polish the aluminum. I am searching for the company now, and if I can find the magazine again, I'll scan the ad.

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Old Jan 27, 2010, 08:07 PM
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You are so lucky!

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This Connie lives about an hour south of me and is still in full flight trim except its restricted to under 10,000ft as the pressurisation does'nt work anymore
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kVZurbr39ik
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I didnt even know that any Constellations exist anymore, WOW!

Cool video Steve and you are so lucky to even see a Connie
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Old Jan 27, 2010, 08:40 PM
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It was parked outside the Hanger where I use to work for years and then they moved it and many others to Albion Park which is now the H.A.R.S home base they have some really unique aircraft in flying condition.
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Old Jan 27, 2010, 08:49 PM
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Here the Connie airborne, the woman at the start is a good friend Maureen who's the group sec and a good friend she also pilots the Catalina from time to time .
HARS Connie Aircraft (1 min 33 sec)

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