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Old Jun 26, 2012, 10:49 PM
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***** EDIT- Rather than fill up the board with 10 different build threads, I'm just gonna have one thread for the planes I will be working on this summer******

F-84C THUNDERJET-

I feel strongly enough about this one to make a thread here. This is my first all-out attempt at a round curved fuselage using plates of FFF. I am really excited about the way it has come out!

OK, the plane. A 46-inch wingspan Republic F-84C Thunderjet. The original gorgeous straight wing. Specifically modeled after the aircraft in my semi-local Pima Air Museum of Tucson.

I chose the F-84 because I have a high kv motor for a 7X5 prop and I've been looking for a jet which might look good (or at least not so bad) with a prop in the front. I'm sick of battling tail weight with pushers. With her tiny front intake, I think the F-84 was the logical choice. Didn't feel like going Mig.

I'm an old four-sided box fuselage kinda guy myself, so when I saw the fully-plated fuselage for the first time, I was pretty giddy.

Here are the pics of the fuselage taking shape.
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Old Jun 26, 2012, 11:26 PM
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Great Job! You have every reason to be happy. Making rounded fuselages are not so easy. I hope the rest of your build goes great.
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Old Jun 26, 2012, 11:59 PM
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Very sleek, that's a great job on the fuse and the canopy looks amazing. looking forward to following the rest of your build.
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Old Jun 27, 2012, 01:18 AM
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Subbed!!! Looking great build so far
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Old Jun 27, 2012, 11:03 AM
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Great and looking good already. I am making one but it is EDF and smaller. Similar idea, but used per-rolled foam cups. Depron would have worked too, but wanted to try the cups. Your much larger size looks so good using fff. I'll be watching fo sure.

On the canopy, you could add more frames, and do the greenhouse canopy version shown in this 3 view.

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Old Jun 27, 2012, 02:18 PM
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Thanks all! The build is going great so far.

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Great and looking good already. I am making one but it is EDF and smaller. Similar idea, but used per-rolled foam cups. Depron would have worked too, but wanted to try the cups. Your much larger size looks so good using fff. I'll be watching fo sure.

On the canopy, you could add more frames, and do the greenhouse canopy version shown in this 3 view.

Fred
Thanks Fred, that's awesome!! Yeah, I was thinking the greenhouse canopy as well, but the problem is that I want this to be a model of the specific F-84C that resides at the Pima Air Museum in Tucson. That's a bubble canopy. In the end, I think I'll just put up with the little flaw.
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That's bad az! Clean build.
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Old Jun 27, 2012, 02:56 PM
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Thanks all! The build is going great so far.

Thanks Fred, that's awesome!! Yeah, I was thinking the greenhouse canopy as well, but the problem is that I want this to be a model of the specific F-84C that resides at the Pima Air Museum in Tucson. That's a bubble canopy. In the end, I think I'll just put up with the little flaw.
I see, and that is awsome that you already have this specific airplane you are scaling and have your color scheeme decided. How cool you can go see the real bird everytime you have questions on something.

I too would deal with the canopy flaw. You could also think about pouring some Fix-All or Water Putty plaster in that canopy, file/sand off the offending frame, and ask someone to vacu-form a new one.

Awsome for sure. have always wanted to do a larger one since starting my small version. This is cool, and in ways we are building in very simialr fashon with the "X" subframing and skinning. Great minds think alike!

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Old Jun 27, 2012, 07:52 PM
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Day 2 saw the construction of the wings and hardpoints for attaching them to the fuselage.

This may be a short thread
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Old Jun 27, 2012, 09:14 PM
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The F-84G is a great plane. I've always wanted an "F" model!
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Old Jun 27, 2012, 09:39 PM
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You are building with the speed of a lightening bolt! It is making me look bad. But that is just fine by me.

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Old Jun 28, 2012, 12:31 AM
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very nice. I have a f model drawn up for a 90mm fan hope to get to it this winter. Learning a few things from yours i can incorporate to mine when the time comes. Subbed. Phil
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Old Jun 28, 2012, 09:57 PM
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Today's big deal was painting. God bless red electrical tape!

First I coated the fuselage with liquid Kilz white primer. The wings remain covered in the FFF plastic, so I just spraypaint them directly.

Then sand and dust with silver spray until it looks right. Sand lightly again and spray with matte finish spray.

Next comes the hard part- making hatches to access the electronics.

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Old Jun 28, 2012, 10:00 PM
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Awesome
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Old Jun 28, 2012, 10:37 PM
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Vey nice!
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