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Old Aug 06, 2011, 11:21 PM
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Old Aug 07, 2011, 11:36 AM
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I sanded down the body filler over the nav and formation lights. They are now ready to have the frames engraved into the body filler:


I also started working on the beaver tail area. The first thing up, was to shorten the antenna on the beaver tail as it was about twice as long as it needed to be. So that was done, and then i took a dremel sanding drum (which happens to be exactly 21/32 in diameter) and sanded the groove for the fuel dump pipe into the bottom side of the beaver tail.

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Old Aug 07, 2011, 12:11 PM
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this is great stuff. reminds me of that German (I believe) build of the Flanker. quality in equals quality out. I think you are deffinitely putting the quality in. can't wait to see a finished, flying model. it's gonna be awesome. I mean, who doesn't like a Grumman cat of any kind?
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Old Aug 07, 2011, 02:09 PM
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How to build an F-14D Tomcat #21 (15 min 4 sec)
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Old Aug 07, 2011, 06:35 PM
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The dump pipe was glued into the beaver tail, and then body filler was put into position to build up the fairing on the bottom.


After the fairing was shaped, the lower fairing panels were made and the screws stamped into them:


Then the upper fairing was made and the panel for that made and installed:



And Video #1 of that process:
M2U00018 (9 min 32 sec)
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Old Aug 07, 2011, 09:00 PM
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another video:
How to build an F-14D Tomcat #22 part 2 (22 min 12 sec)
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Old Aug 07, 2011, 09:39 PM
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A little bit more progress, unfortunately the last until this time next week:

First off was finishing up the nav and formation lights. The frames were drawn in position with pencil:


Then using a rotary file with about a 1/16" tip. Then with the rotary file in a pin-vise and using a straight edge, the frames were scribed out:


Then using the same tools that i use to put screws and rivets into the litho-plate, they were heated with a torch then the screw detail melted into the body filler:



At this point, the wings are 99% complete and ready to mold. All thats left is to figure out what to do with the spoiler insets (probably monokote) then build the parting planes and start molding them.

Here is a video of the above frame scribing process:
How to build an F-14D Tomcat #23 (12 min 34 sec)
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Old Aug 07, 2011, 09:40 PM
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Oh.
Forgot to mention.

The Inlets have 13sq. in of area each, and the exhaust nozzles are about 8" in diameter
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Old Aug 09, 2011, 12:22 PM
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Wow...this is another work of art...I wouldn't even fly this....I'd sign it and let some rich person hang it on their wall or somethin...

My goodness, this is book marked no doubt.
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Old Aug 09, 2011, 01:49 PM
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Well, what you are seeing in the pictures and videos so far will never fly. The fuselage weighs nearly 100lbs as is, and has over 100 sheets of 3/32"x4"x48" balsa applied to it, not including alll the blocks, sticks and thicker sheets used on it. Overall, over $800 in wood has been used to build just these plugs.


Unfortunately, before leaving for work on monday, i noticed a problem with the shape of the fuselage where the exhaust nozzles mount. The shape large panels in this are are going to have to be removed, the fuselage reworked and then the panels remade and attached. It isnt really bad or noticeable to 90% of the people out there, but its bad enough for me to where i would never be happy if i dont fix it now. The good news, is it should only take a few days.
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Old Aug 09, 2011, 02:39 PM
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Well, what you are seeing in the pictures and videos so far will never fly. The fuselage weighs nearly 100lbs as is, and has over 100 sheets of 3/32"x4"x48" balsa applied to it, not including alll the blocks, sticks and thicker sheets used on it. Overall, over $800 in wood has been used to build just these plugs...
I take it the planes made from the plugs will be much lighter?

I think you mentioned 55pds in the beginning of the thread....

Do you sell any other jets yet?
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Old Aug 09, 2011, 04:05 PM
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I take it the planes made from the plugs will be much lighter?

I think you mentioned 55pds in the beginning of the thread....

Do you sell any other jets yet?
Yes the actual flying models will be much lighter. Im hoping to have the final production models around 55lbs wet.

I currently do not sell any other jets, this will be the first of many hopefully. I believe my next sales product may be a mig 23 or a EA6B intruder.
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Old Aug 10, 2011, 04:02 PM
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Mig 23!!!??? dude. seriously. like, yes please! LOL.
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Old Aug 10, 2011, 04:11 PM
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Hahaa.. I thought someone would like the Mig-23. I'm thinking it will be sized for around a 28-36lb thrust turbine / EDF unit... The plus side is, 95% of the engineering used in the F-14 can be used in the Mig-23. And if i size it correctly, Many of the swing wing parts can be used as well.
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Old Aug 10, 2011, 05:19 PM
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did you see the 23 that was at the jet masters this year? WOW!!!!!!!!!
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