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Old Dec 12, 2009, 07:03 PM
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It has been raining here now for three days in a row ... good time to get some more painting done on the Sabre ...

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Old Dec 13, 2009, 12:56 AM
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Nice paint. Here's what I ended up with last night, using regular spray paint. doh!

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Old Dec 13, 2009, 01:06 AM
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It looks like you are using some foam friendly (water based) paint??

I would try first sealing the foam, using some water based Varathane or Polycrylic or whatever you have at hand (light or white color preferred).

And then add the read paint ... otherwise the red will just soak in the foam.

Edit: Oh no, I think I see the foam being eaten by the paint

Then you need to get some red devil or similar interior lightweight spackle and close all the holes. After that, paint it with a water based paint (eg krylon h2o I think).
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Old Dec 15, 2009, 06:47 PM
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Over the weekend I was able to do a little bit of work on the paint & finish - which is taking forever

I made templates for the fuse sides, and then applied the aluminum paneling. Same thing on the wing.

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Old Dec 15, 2009, 06:50 PM
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More work needs to be done to finish up the intake, and join the intake tube to the lip.

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Old Dec 15, 2009, 06:54 PM
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Next I will have to custom make the decals using monocote, cut out all the lettering one by one Maybe after the maiden ...

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Old Dec 15, 2009, 09:52 PM
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I know its a lot of work Herb, but that bird is looking sharp! Keep at it, the plane is coming out beautifully!
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Old Dec 16, 2009, 05:00 AM
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Herb,

Could you tell us what you used for the aluminium paneling? It looks great!

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Old Dec 17, 2009, 09:55 PM
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I know its a lot of work Herb, but that bird is looking sharp! Keep at it, the plane is coming out beautifully!
Thanks for the comments ...

These foam flyfly jets really have potential, they are very well made for what they cost. Already thinking about my next one .
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Old Dec 17, 2009, 10:00 PM
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Herb, Could you tell us what you used for the aluminium paneling? It looks great! Jeff
I used the Monokote trim sheets, which I used before on a T-33 with great results:

http://www.monokote.com/trim.html

Since they are basically a polyester film, they are extremely lightweight. The aluminum foil in comparison weighs a ton and would have added a lb in weight, not good in an edf ...

I ended up using four trim sheets for wings & fuse. The monokote foil does not stretch much, so you need to do a lot of paneling, which actually makes it look a lot more realistic.

I plan on using aluminum foil for the intake and some more detailing.

Jeff, I see you have the same scheme How did you do your minuteman decals?
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Old Dec 17, 2009, 10:06 PM
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Very nice work, Herb.
Thanks it's moving along slowly as I don't have much time for anything leisurely these days ...

My weight rtf is now 8.1 lbs with a 9S 3200 TP setup, which is comparable to a good quality 90mm all composite (Schreiner F-86).

Power is around 2600-2700W on 9s.

That includes everything at this point (so eg without gear doors which will be added later).

The BVM one below is only slightly larger, but at $2k vs. $0.2k ...
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Old Dec 18, 2009, 03:39 AM
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Jeff, I see you have the same scheme How did you do your minuteman decals?
I love the scheme but my finishing is not as well done as yours. Decals were made using inkjet waterslide and label paper. I think I'll try a colour laser next time as I had some problems with ink coverage with the inkjet.

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Old Dec 18, 2009, 07:56 PM
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Here's a closeup of the F-86 cockpit

Not sure how the batteries will fit in there with that tub - might need to fly w/o plastic tub & pilot.

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Old Dec 19, 2009, 03:03 PM
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Ran up the power system today - finally and for the first time.

On 9S it's pulling 2700W @ 91A on close to 1-yr-old TP 3300's pro .

That gives it about 330 W / lb. Should fly ok

The fan (WeMoTec Midi pro rotor in Hy shroud) / motor (Neu 1515 1.5y) combination runs very smoothly ...

The fuse has no annoying resonances ... The intake is very quiet.
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Old Dec 21, 2009, 12:41 PM
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When is the maiden? I will make sure to drop by with my camcorder.
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