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Old Jul 14, 2015, 12:36 PM
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22" ff-> rc sbd/a24

With the quick and fatal destruction of my short lived 24" Jug, I decided to move on and try another.
Picked up a 21 3/4" span Diels printwood SBD Dauntless kit. Might build it as a USAAF A24, we'll see.
Will post as I progress. Looks like nice kit, great wood, canopy, jap tissue,decals.....
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Old Jul 14, 2015, 01:03 PM
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An itch?. Scratch build.
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21 3/4" span

She's had a child ?, and I knew nothing about it

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Old Jul 14, 2015, 01:12 PM
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Bambino ! Lol
Should be nice ship...
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Old Jul 14, 2015, 01:31 PM
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Gotta love the A-24. Go for it.

Brian

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I came I saw I flew
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Old Jul 14, 2015, 02:10 PM
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With that big wide wing and a 21" span, you should have an abundance of power.
You could add another servo and make a droppable bomb? That would be cool!
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Old Jul 14, 2015, 03:31 PM
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I could use rudder servo since its rarely used. I like to keep it simple though....
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Old Jul 14, 2015, 03:36 PM
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O man now I need to get back on my Guillows SBD
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Old Jul 16, 2015, 07:02 AM
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Started cutting a few parts...this is a nice kit, but a wee bit overcomplicated.... Lots of parts and a lot of cutting, especially stringer notches.
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Started cutting a few parts...this is a nice kit, but a wee bit overcomplicated.... Lots of parts and a lot of cutting, especially stringer notches.
I am probably telling you something you of course already know, but for the benefit of others perhaps it is worth mentioning.

I never "cut" stringer notches any more. I have a bunch of homemade "notch files".

I don't have any shots of one handy but here is exactly the same thing except with grit on all sides instead of just on one edge like my notch files. I use this type in different grits to shape foam and balsa blocks.

The notch files are made from free paint sticks from big box stores (I like the ones from Lowe's better than the ones from Home Depot). Plane or sand them to the thickness required for the notch, put a thin-to-medium coat of epoxy on the edge, then sprinkle carborundum or silicon carbide grit in the wet epoxy. I have different grits but found 80 and 120 to be the most useful. After it sets, you have a file the exact thickness you want and it just floats through balsa and foam. A stroke or two per notch is all it takes.

Amazon carries it but I get mine from my local Woodcraft store. http://www.amazon.com/Silicon-Carbid...ription-iframe

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Old Jul 16, 2015, 09:30 AM
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I do similar. I use a piece of 1/16 sheet with a strip of 320 grit a hair narrower than 1/16 glued to the edge. I have autobody self adhesive sandpaper. I put a guide on each side so the depth is exactly 1/16, so I get a nice tight fitting 1/16 square slot.
I also have one without guides to sand in the keel slots.
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I found my flat needle file makes a perfect 1/16 notch. The file removes wood slowly too. While this requires a bit more effort, but I get a nice clean notch.
I just purchased #11 scalpel blades and a handle from www.havels.com. I'll be cutting parts soon and testing it out. The scalpel blades seem much sharper than hobby knife blades. I usually use a single edge razor blade because Xacto blades don't last very long.
What do you use for cutting parts?
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Old Jul 16, 2015, 12:02 PM
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No 11 X Acto. Over 1/8" balsa I go to bandsaw.
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On the frequency now, Mark. Very much interested to see how you detail this one. Thanks for the tip on notches; and Glenn, thanks for the URL on surgical blades. I swear, the X-acto blades are getting duller by the batch. Chris
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[QUOTE=Jugjock;32210111 I swear, the X-acto blades are getting duller by the batch. Chris[/QUOTE]

As are single edge razor blades. Only ones I can find now are made in China out of some kind of soft steel. A few cuts and in the trash. They are cheap and inexpensive...
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I swear, the X-acto blades are getting duller by the batch. Chris
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As are single edge razor blades. Only ones I can find now are made in China out of some kind of soft steel. A few cuts and in the trash. They are cheap and inexpensive...
I am sure glad someone else is noticing this. At the beginning of the Curtiss build, I bought a new brick of 100 x-acto blades (the fancy blue ones) and I swear to peanut butter, I used twenty to get through one plane.

I remember as a kid just being lucky to have AN x-acto blade for a years worth of hobby stuff... they were never perfect but they always managed to stay sharp enough.

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