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Old Dec 06, 2012, 06:44 PM
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Top Flite A6M2 Zero

I am going to start a build thread on this kit. I plan to make it(them) electric. I recently bought this kit in good conditon. I saw some signs of water stains on the box, and there was very slight warping on a few wooden pieces, but most of it is in good shape. So the Idea came to me in making copies of the kit by using the pieces to make a template, then transfer it to a newly bought balsa. The Idea also is to make two planes, and keep the original for reference purposes.
To start out I will attach the manual that I took off of the Top Flite web page. I will also post the copies of the templates (page length).

So, here we go...... Jetzt geht's los!
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Old Dec 06, 2012, 06:48 PM
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Here are some schemes that I have considered so far
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Old Dec 06, 2012, 06:51 PM
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One thing I didnt notice before on these schemes that they appear to have a two tone coloration, from nose to mid-ship, and mid ship to tail.
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Old Dec 06, 2012, 08:25 PM
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Here are some templates I got finished today
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Old Dec 06, 2012, 08:27 PM
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some more templates
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Old Dec 07, 2012, 03:03 PM
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Looking forward to build

I have had this on the shelf for over 15 years.
It will be nice to see you do this build.
One thing you might do is put a scale on your pictures.
Just put a ruler somewhere on the page.
One thing I did was take the plans and get 2-3 extra copies made.
Its so much easier to look at them on white paper.
My copy was turning yellow.
good luck
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Old Dec 07, 2012, 07:59 PM
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Thanks, I got the copies made today. I'll be heading to the hobby store tomorrow to pick up some materials, I'll post pics of the progress.
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Old Dec 08, 2012, 12:42 AM
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Wow I didn't even know Top Flite had a zero kit! I'll be following along...
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Old Dec 08, 2012, 01:11 AM
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Wow I didn't even know Top Flite had a zero kit! I'll be following along...
They don't anymore. This one is from the Red/Yellow box era and was a very nice rendition of the Zero designed by scale competitor Hal Parenti. I'd love to see this one re-released in a Gold Edition kit but I don't think we will see any more warbird kits coming from Top Flite. Maybe an ARF?
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Old Dec 08, 2012, 10:38 PM
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Today I purchased materials to start the build items include:

Five sheets of 1/16"x6"x36" balsa
Five 1/4"x3/8"x36" balsa stick
Five 3/32"x3/8"x36" balsa stick
Two 1/4"x1/2"x36" balsa stick
Two 3/8"x1/2"x36" balsa stick

One Revel Balsa project bag blocks (asortment of balsa blocks)
Two 4-pack of .005 clear-lay film
one pack of ultra-fine sharpies
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Old Dec 08, 2012, 10:41 PM
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I started with the Horizontal stabs. I layed out the plan for the stab on my board. **Note** the stab is not complete on the plans it shows 2/3 on one sheet, and the othe 1/3 on another, so you have to cut out and align, and tape it to the building board as shown
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Old Dec 08, 2012, 10:47 PM
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The clear film is used along with the sharpie to trace out the stab sheeting from the plan, cuting the traced out clear film , then using it to mark the outline with a pencil onto the 1/16" sheeting.
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Old Dec 08, 2012, 10:51 PM
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With the bottom two cut out I began to mark the positions for the rib placement
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Old Dec 08, 2012, 11:00 PM
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Ribs for the stab

On the manual these ribs are labeled "shaped ribs". I looked all over the box to see if I could find any "shaped stab ribs", but could not find it. So going back to the plans, I decided to use the clear film to trace the only shaped rib shown, then transfering this to a strip of 1/16" sheeting, I was able to use this as a master template for the rest of the ribs.
***Note*** I couldn't find any pre-shaped LE Thin enough to copy the ones in the kit. I went to three place, so I will form the Stab LE with the 3/8"x1/2" balsa sticks.
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Old Dec 08, 2012, 11:04 PM
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Once all the ribs were shaped, I glued in the 1/4"x3/8" stab TE, along with the ribs.
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