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Old Sep 02, 2012, 07:19 PM
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Jim,
Looks good mate. Your building has come on quite a lot since the Tommy. That looked fine, but this is much better.

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Old Sep 02, 2012, 07:51 PM
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Jim,
Looks good mate. Your building has come on quite a lot since the Tommy. That looked fine, but this is much better.

Pete
Thanks Pete. Means a lot coming from you.

I was just relooking at some of my pix and found one where the tail skid was resting on my stabilizer. When I went to the bench to look, sure enough there was a hole in it. Fixed by putting a patch of silkspan over it. Hardly even noticable.

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Old Sep 03, 2012, 07:03 PM
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Some more progress today. Finished the detailing that I could do to the fuse before painting by adding access hatches and some piping. Then started painting. Silver is a difficult color. It shows up every flaw if you get close enough to see it. I am going to allow this color to dry and then decide if it is the silver that I want. This one seems to have a bluish tint to it.

What do you guys think about the color?

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Old Sep 03, 2012, 08:28 PM
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Looks fantastic.
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Old Sep 04, 2012, 12:56 AM
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I find it is hard to pick colours unless I am outside in natural light, might be worth taking it for a walk out into the sunshine if you are worried. Looks great to me though, very nice job mate!

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Old Sep 08, 2012, 04:23 AM
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Looks really good Jim. Natural light like mentioned may make it totally different. Is the blue tinge visible when in person or only in photos? If photos, then it might be related to the color temp or setting on your camera.
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Old Sep 08, 2012, 09:19 AM
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The color has grown on me over the week. I think it will work ok. Not much work over the week. Temps here in Tx have been in the triple digits. Not conducive to work in the garage. Cold front came through last night and high today is 84 so hope to get some more painting done today.

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Old Sep 09, 2012, 04:30 PM
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Been painting all weekend. Starting to get close. Still need to paint the stripes on the cowl and make the wheel discs. Also need to do some detailing on the fuse.


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Old Sep 09, 2012, 07:53 PM
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beautiful work mate, looks a treat!

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Old Sep 15, 2012, 07:01 PM
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A little detail work. Spent most of today making the wheel covers and permanently mounting the wheels. Those ugly plastic looking wheels were given a makeover.

I have also added the tape portion on the fuse where the stitching goes but need some suggestions on how to add the stitching. To me this is a prominent feature of this airplane and I want to include it somehow. With the airplane all over silver any additional color that can be added really stands out.

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Old Sep 16, 2012, 07:22 AM
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I figure you are wanting your stitching to stand out a bit so just drawing it on the tape with a sharpie is out? Best bet would be to scour through some of hammerd, and maltone's build threads mate, they have demonstrated a few different methods over time.
Looks great, wheels look much better.

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Old Sep 16, 2012, 08:03 AM
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Excellent work Jim! Very cool.

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The wheels really need to have "cones" to look like the canvas covers spoke wheels.

The easy way is to cut a disk of manila folder about 1mm larger in radius than the 'rim'. Cut a slit and overlap the paper to make a cone, glue to wheel.

Sparky also makes some WWI wheel 'covers that look really nice.

The other nice part is they cover the wheel retainers too.

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Old Sep 16, 2012, 03:42 PM
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The wheels really need to have "cones" to look like the canvas covers spoke wheels.

The easy way is to cut a disk of manila folder about 1mm larger in radius than the 'rim'. Cut a slit and overlap the paper to make a cone, glue to wheel.

Sparky also makes some WWI wheel 'covers that look really nice.

The other nice part is they cover the wheel retainers too.

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I have done that before but from the pix I have seen on the net the N17 did not seem to have a lot of"cone" to it. I could be wrong and may rethink and go back and redo later.

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Old Sep 16, 2012, 03:54 PM
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Since the Cowboy game has been pre-empted in my area for the "Aints" I am plugging away trying to make some decent looking stitching. My latest try is to actually make them on the fuse. I tried a method I read about on Pat's Brisfit thread. The N17 is a lot smaller than Pat's Brisfit so don't know how scale it is. Anyway here is my first try.

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