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Old Feb 12, 2014, 01:35 PM
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P-26 Peashooter

I have been working on my P-26 for the last year and a half. I thought about starting a build log for this project. I decided against this because I wanted to drag this project out for three years. I have a limited space for storing my projects so I wanted to stretch out the build time. However, things have come together much more quickly than expected so I am going to start posting my progress.

I purchased a partial "Royal" kit from eBay this time instead of just the plans, (see my Stuka build log from Royal plans) because of the preformed parts like wheel pants, etc. which would cost a bundle from Fiberglass Specialties.

I am powering this 120 sized plane with a DLE 20 which fits perfectly. Royal aircraft require a great deal of "carving" at times which turns off some people but I like that because it stretches out the build time which fits with my "space issues".

Here are the initial build pics. I will post some of the detail stuff such as dummy engine and instrument panel, etc. In my next posting.
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Old Feb 13, 2014, 10:52 PM
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Here is the finished main control panel. I am starting the auxiliary panel now. The instruments were printed on high quality photo paper. When they are mounted they appear to have lens covers due to their glossiness. The mounting bolts were made using white glue built up with a toothpick in four applications. The T handle was made with a T-pin coated with 5 minute epoxy. The switch levers were made from scrap plastic. The printed plaques were made with my computer in a three step process. If anyone is interested in how to do this I would be glad to tell you. You can create just about anything using this method.
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Old Feb 14, 2014, 12:50 PM
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I'm surprised I'm the first to reply.

That's a lovely looking job. If it flies half as nice as it looks you're in for a fun time.
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Old Feb 14, 2014, 04:37 PM
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Thanks - I decided on this project because my Stuka, built from Royal plans, was such a success. I only wish I had more room so I could paint a model this size instead of monocoting. It will look good, but I really would have liked to have done a super scale job which can only be done with paint. On the other hand, we fly off a rather restricted grass field with lots of trees and scrub around which means one mistake and major repairs are in order. So a "museum quality" model is a bit much.
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Old Feb 14, 2014, 04:55 PM
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I am starting to cover the wing. The "sky Blue" is Ultracote and the Chrome Yellow, (cub yellow), is monocote.
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Old Feb 14, 2014, 07:05 PM
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Absolutely! Beautiful job on your build. I kinda like building like that, Gives ya time to think ahead a bit. I usually build much better like that all so.Jay
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Old Feb 15, 2014, 08:20 AM
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Beautiful plane. Thanks for posting it. I have this kit tucked away for a future build. I'll have to consider building it sooner rather than later.
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Old Feb 15, 2014, 05:38 PM
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You are doing a great job. Thanks for posting and please continue.

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Old Feb 18, 2014, 04:31 PM
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I am making progress. The wing is now completely covered. I used a strip of flat black self-adhesive shelf paper for the anti-skid strip. I have done this before with great success. One advantage to this method is that there are absolutely no gas bubbles which has always plagued me in the past. Another thing I have done with certain trim strips is to spray the back of them with 3M adhesive and then apply them using a credit card as a squeegee resulting in no bubbles. I have then gone over them with low heat if needed. Again , no bubbles.

The flying wires on a P-26 were actually aerodynamically shaped hollow tubes. I know you can purchase aluminum tubing that is aerodynamically shaped in 1/4 inch and larger sizes, But I would need to use something closer to 3/32 inch. Does anyone know of such a thing?

Notice the "Ace" elastic bandage tied around the end of my building board. This is my third hand when covering aircraft parts. A friend of mine taught me this. I can't imagine trying to cover models without this aid. For example, while heating and pulling the finger strips around the wing tip, I slipped the other wing tip under the bandage which anchors the wing so I can get leverage.
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Old Feb 19, 2014, 12:41 PM
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looking good!
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Old Feb 19, 2014, 04:53 PM
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They loved their colors..
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Old Feb 19, 2014, 06:33 PM
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Planes of Fame airshow 2011, and it flew too! Awesome.

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Old Feb 19, 2014, 07:28 PM
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Here's a video of the Planes of Flame flight....Love the " hand crank" starter..

2 BOEING P26 PEASHOOTER (3 min 38 sec)
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Old Feb 19, 2014, 07:57 PM
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Beautiful build. Thanks for posting.
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Old Feb 19, 2014, 08:46 PM
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peashooter

just makes you want to build one lol
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