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Old Oct 18, 2012, 01:55 PM
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Ailien Aircraft Hornet!!! 1st build for me!

So I just received my first kit to build! I chose a Alien Aircraft "Hornet"! I actually built a rubberband powered kit 30 years ago when I was 12 and had a blast building it,only problem was I put the main wing on backwards and when I launched off our two story house in Chicago it flew straight out about 10 ft. and straight down about 20ft. with a sudden stop at the bottom! I have been flying for a few months now. My first plane was a 3 channel HZ Cub and then a Trojan T-28 so I figure it's time to try again!

http://www.alienaircraft.com/k107.htm

After I got my work area set up and got the kit opened I had a couple questions so I figured I would call Alien Aircraft because I wanted to tell them thank you for the clean kit and fast shipping and ended up talking to Tom who was very helpful and very kind in answering my questions and seemed like a great guy right off!
So I just wanted to say hey and I look forward to using this section of the forum in this and future builds! If this one comes together I believe I will name her "Redemption"!
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Old Oct 18, 2012, 03:09 PM
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First congrats on your first build ,second it looks like a nice plane . Iam sighned up for your build I like the stearman he sells and the 310 twin also . joe
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Old Oct 18, 2012, 07:49 PM
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Grats and good luck on the build. I was thinking about the blinker for an indoor flyer (indoor football stadium) they look like fun building kits
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Old Oct 19, 2012, 04:39 AM
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I built the Blinker several months ago and still haven't gotten a chance to maiden it. Hoping for this weekend. I think it's going to fly great. It was a fun build with quality on par with Mountain Models. I'd like to build the Cessna 310 next.

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Old Oct 19, 2012, 11:55 PM
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subscribed...I am think of this kit myself..
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Old Oct 21, 2012, 08:29 PM
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All right! So I got a slow start and only have a couple pieces glued but I have a question.....I have got my fin and stabilizer pieces glued and sanded and I am supposed to cut my hinge slots. Tom from Alien Aircraft said that is probably the hardest part of the whole kit....anyone have any tips? Am I correct that the hinges only go on one side?





Also I have to share my build room with our cat who has free roam and there is really no way to keep her out of this room so this is what I came up with to keep her out of my wood pile and off my build!Taped up a couple sturdy boxes and cut the flat bottom out and I just place over what I am working on.Now she just lays on top of the box and no harm done!



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Old Oct 21, 2012, 08:43 PM
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All right! So I got a slow start and only have a couple pieces glued but I have a question.....I have got my fin and stabilizer pieces glued and sanded and I am supposed to cut my hinge slots. Tom from Alien Aircraft said that is probably the hardest part of the whole kit....anyone have any tips? Am I correct that the hinges only go on one side?
No the hinges go in the center of the surface. Use a new sharp hobby blade and carefully plunge it into the wood.

You can practice on some scraps first. And hinging is after covering.

Another option is to use hinge tape very easy.

Mike
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Old Oct 21, 2012, 10:19 PM
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LOL! Gotchya! I was gonna do it on one side but that makes sense......I will practice on scraps first! Thank you!
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Old Oct 21, 2012, 10:42 PM
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Here is a site to maybe look through for tips in addition to what is available here. This is the best organized site I've seen for R/C tips and tricks. He usually has good pictures to supplement written info on how to perform a task for beginners. Take a look here: Airfield Models

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Old Oct 21, 2012, 10:50 PM
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Looks good! Thank you I will do some reading!
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Old Oct 22, 2012, 09:17 AM
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When i do ca hinges i take a sharp crayon and put a line in the middle of the hinge ,this does two things it helps you line it up in the center of both parts and two the crayon wont let ca in that spot for a great free moving hinge after it all drys . After your plane is covered and ready to hinge i line up the hinge on one side then put a couple small pins in it so it wont slide in any more then i slide the other part on and use thin ca lightly on both sides top and bottom. After its dryed i give it a couple tugs to check i got every thing and then its time for the control rods. Remember that thin ca is runny and i hold parts so ca goes down hill kinda like plumbing and it wont run all over your new covering job .lol Good luck. joe
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Old Oct 22, 2012, 09:59 AM
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Don't underestimate your plain old packing tape option. It works really well too!

I use it on march larger and MUCH more expensive full house gliders too. You will need to narrow the tape before use however - a 1cm wide strip works really well and it seals the gap (that helps with other things too!).

The best is - if you can use tape you can do it! Again all this after covering.

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Old Oct 23, 2012, 12:45 PM
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So I got the fuselage built last night! Two things I found out......Thin CA is every bit as runny as everyone said it was(Shoulda got the applicator tips that I put back because I thought I wouldn't need them ) And alcohol consumption while kit building can lead to parts being glued in upside down All in all it was fairly simple and the only problem I have is all the spots where the CA ran wild on me......will those sand out or affect covering?





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Old Oct 23, 2012, 01:06 PM
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It will sand off of ply with a little work but its harder to get it off of balsa because its harder than the balsa and the balsa will sand off first. You can put tape on the balsa that you dont want to sand off or i just use tight bond 2 glue for most of my gluing ,it drys slower but you wont to sand as much and get a better finish in the end. I have not bought any CA in 5 years or so and i dont miss it at all,i use epoxy in small amounts for landing gear mounts and motor firewalls /wing mounts but every thing else is tight bond . It soeks into the wood better and after dryed its lighter and way better to sand plus a stronger joint . There are many builders that like ca just because its fast but this is not a race and if i wanted fast i would buy a arf. BTW you could have used a little thicker ca on the fuse and then held it together with rubber bands till dry but i do the same thing if i was using tight bond 2. joe
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Old Oct 23, 2012, 01:13 PM
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All in all it was fairly simple and the only problem I have is all the spots where the CA ran wild on me......will those sand out or affect covering?
Sadly they don't sand well as cured CA is very hard. Just use a block or you will get peaks and valleys in the soft balsa vs the hardended CA areas of balsa. Just do your best and it will be just fine. The tips do help but really practice on being frugal with the CA.
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