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Old Dec 31, 2014, 02:05 PM
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Sterling Coursair F4U - My First Scratch Build

I've been working on this build for several months and decided to share some of the progress this far. First, I want everyone to know that this is my first scratch build. I've built three other kits, two fly very well and the third needs some serious tweaking.

I started this project by printing out all the parts using the print wood PDF pages and selecting various sections and then printing to scale. I cut out each outline with a very sharp xacto blade and then used glue paste to attach it to the wood thickness including the 1/16 ply. I cut all the parts by hand with the xacto blade except the ply which I used my B&D jig saw and then filed and sanded to correct shape. I had to make up the battery hatch along with the servo location although the plans do show a servo location for the elevator and aileron servos. So, at any rate, here are some pictures of my progress so far.

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sharkman.
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Old Dec 31, 2014, 02:07 PM
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Here's a few photos so far.
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Old Dec 31, 2014, 02:08 PM
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Here's a few more of the center section.
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Old Dec 31, 2014, 02:10 PM
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Here's the wing panels.
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Old Dec 31, 2014, 02:12 PM
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Here's the rest.
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Old Dec 31, 2014, 02:14 PM
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Here's the aileron's. I cut these from aileron stock and then glue them together to double the thickness to match the wing panels.
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Old Dec 31, 2014, 02:18 PM
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Here's the wheel wells. I haven't figured where to place them exactly yet and how to make up the lost support. Once I do, I'll post some pics.
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Old Dec 31, 2014, 02:21 PM
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Here's some shots of the fuse, battery hatch and motor mount.
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Old Dec 31, 2014, 08:24 PM
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Here's the hatch.
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Old Dec 31, 2014, 08:26 PM
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Here's the center wing sheeted top and bottom middle. This is so I can get the wires through and get the wheel wells installed.
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Old Dec 31, 2014, 08:28 PM
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Oops. Sorry. Here are the pics.
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Old Dec 31, 2014, 08:29 PM
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Here's the motor mount.
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Old Dec 31, 2014, 08:32 PM
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Right now, the motor is a Thunder Tiger and the ESC is a 30 amp unit. Can't remember where I got it, but it came out of my old Corsair.
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I built this kit many years ago. It's a nice kit. Outerzone has the plans if anyone is interested. I am interested to see how the retracts will fit.
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I have this neat old kit but have not attempted to build it for electric RC because of the model's sheeted balsa design, and probable heavy wing loading, which will probably result in a model that must fly and land fast to avoid stalling. Adding retracts will probably make matters worse. If you are using a TT .10, it will likely have adequate power. Try to avoid unnecessary weight in the rear fuselage/tail area and mount stuff foreward to reduce need for nose ballast. Good luck, will watch with interest.
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