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Old Sep 03, 2005, 09:38 PM
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Bf-110 Zerstorer: This One Under Entirely New Management

Pictured below is my local slope pal Jan (aka jcarstan in here) and his 48” span P-51D Mustang from the Leading Edge Gliders kit. Jan painted the plane in the colors & markings of a Mustang that was captured and scrutinized by the Luftwaffe back in 1944.

For some time now I have been looking to build a natural dogfight bogey for this airplane, and I have chosen AX772, a Messerschmitt Bf 110 Zerstorer that was captured or found by the Brits and was painted up in standard RAF camo & insignia. And since this Bf 110 was now an “experimental” bird, she wore all-yellow undersides. Sweet scheme for a Luftwaffe bird under “entirely new management” as the Brits say. And a fun counterpoint to Jan's captured P-51.

I figure that Jan’s Mustang is pretty much in 1/12th scale, and so I have cooked up a fun-scale Bf-110 in that same scale that utilizes a standard L.E.G. kit 60” span EPP wing, but with its planform and RG-15 airfoil section modified to match more closely the Zerstorer’s wing. All else will be scratched out of balsa and pink Owens Corning Formular 250 insulation foam. I’m designing/hacking/crude-engineering the thing as I go here, figuring out how to make an airworthy PSSer out of a pugnacious WWII warplane, but one that has many nice ingredients for a good flying model.

During WWII the Bf-110 was many things not so great …rakish, heavy, angular, sluggish and slow, yet the airplane also could deliver a lethal punch given the right situation. The Zerstorer was no glamour-puss superstar but the airplane fought in all kinds of circumstances and renditions, and in every theatre of Axis operations from pre-war days right up to V-E day.

So if we fast-forward to the very near future, it is true that Jan’s Mustang has every advantage, not the least of which is PILOT SKILL .

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Old Sep 03, 2005, 09:44 PM
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Preparing the Wing Spar and Spar Doubler

We're using a standard 60" wing from Jack Cooper's Leading Edge Gliders, but modifying it in taper and other stuff to better match the Bf-110's outline.

First task though is standard procedure for the L.E.G. wing construction, as seen here.
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Completing the spar assembly, trailing edges, and beginnning an engine nacelle.

This is fun!
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Shaping those nacelles

That blue-shaded box on the tracing-paper nacelle template in the previous post is the exact size and shape of the wing beds from the L.E.G. wing. That's my brilliant idea! I'm utilizing that precise "box" as a sure-fire entry point towards getting those nacelles mounted sanely.
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Brilliant idea. This is why this forum is so good. A lot of ideas of how to complete a project. Way to go.

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Old Sep 04, 2005, 07:58 AM
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Excellent John. Will the plane be ready for your Tuesday trip to the Cape and the beginning of Slope Year 2006 ? ;-)
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Old Sep 04, 2005, 08:28 AM
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Very Cool John, outstanding project. Look forward to seeing that in '06!
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Old Sep 04, 2005, 10:38 AM
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Excellent John. Will the plane be ready for your Tuesday trip to the Cape and the beginning of Slope Year 2006 ? ;-)
Jan, LOL, maybe not???

Hehe...it was at some point earlier this week that I realized I won't get this plane done on time for our Tuesday After Labor 2006 Cape Cod Town Beach Parking Parking Lot Re-Opening slope bash! As I am hopefully learning from at least some of my past mistakes, there is no point in me rushing these model builds where I'm already behind as is....

Thus, I decided to post this bad boy build here.
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that'll be a hot looking bird when it flys.

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Wing Details

As mentioned earlier, I decided at the outset to modify the stock L.E.G. wing planform to more closely meet the 110's scale outline. For me this involved trimming off some EPP foam so as to change the angle of LE and TE sweep/taper, and later it will require filling in a resultant small open space on each wing panel.

So now, satisfied with how things look and might go together, I've taken apart the mockup and am now breaking out the glue and the heavy artillery!

And hey guys, thanks for your interest and kind words.
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Wing Spar Cleanup...more trivia than anyone cares to see or hear about.

Weighting the spar assy' down inside the wing beds and placing a piece of wax paper between them and the PU glue seemed to work out fine.

PU glue is tough stuff when it is dry so I got right on the excess glue clean-up routine before the job would become more difficult.

I then glued in the other panel, so the wings are now joined and drying.

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By this time I of course had savage PU glue growing on my fingers, and so I went to the service sink and reached for my trusty AJAX cleanser. But it would not work, and my hands were becoming a sticky blob that soon might dry in a permanent obscene gesture.

After a little while I realized that I'd grabbed "Barkeeper's Friend", a silver polishing elixir, not my dear AJAX!

Crisis averted. All's well that ends well.
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Old Sep 04, 2005, 07:22 PM
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Fuselage is 3" wide at its widest spot, the foam is 2" wide.

Envision the solution, John Rood, and ye shall one day rule the world.
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As of Monday Night, Labor Day in USA

Jumped ahead this weekend, had time free, actually got a lot done!

Tomorrow I'll be able to post pics of recent work leading up to what you see here.
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Dang dude. That looks awesome! Keep up the good work!

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