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Old Aug 03, 2012, 07:09 AM
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Thanks Glenn – I now know what I have to do – I think I'll go down that route – it seems pointless to build a model that will not fly properly (hopefully)
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Old Aug 03, 2012, 11:25 AM
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Try to come close to the Clark Y profile. It doesn't have to be exact, but you want the bottom of the leading edge raised up some.
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Old Aug 03, 2012, 03:25 PM
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I am watching and enjoying as well.
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Old Aug 04, 2012, 02:14 PM
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Thanks for that image Glenn. That will make cutting some new ribs so much easier, I'm going to reduce the number as the wings are going to be sheeted with 1/32" - the ailerons will be slightly longer too.
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Old Aug 04, 2012, 04:04 PM
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Hi Charles,
This is a sheet of Clark Y profiles of various size.
I print it off A4 size and vary the zoom factor to get the rib I want.
Either that or I cut a size one from the sheet and place it whee if fits in the wing (may be a different location to that of he plans but that's no problem for me)


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Old Aug 04, 2012, 04:34 PM
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Phil, very useful PDF file. Thanks for uploading. Roy
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Old Aug 05, 2012, 02:31 AM
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Hi Phil
That's great, thanks - very much appreciated!
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Old Aug 05, 2012, 04:33 AM
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I'm very interested in this build thread, as well. On Amazon, I was torn between this Guillows kit and the Dumas Fokker; Fokker won out simply because most Guillows threads I read said their balsa is very heavy and needs replacing. Unfortunately, I don't have the knowledge or experience to pick out good balsa so I thought I'd leave the Spit for next time. It is next, however, so I'll be keeping up with your build with utmost attention!

Edit: Just curious, how will you get to the servos once you have it covered? I've never done a FF to RC conversion before and I just realized I'm going to have to stuff most of my gear in the nose which begs the question: how does one do adjustments or repairs once it's been covered. If you're going to sheet the fuse entirely, I suppose a hatch is in order?
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Old Aug 05, 2012, 01:04 PM
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I shall complete this model so that I have access to the servos thru hatches - I intend to complete the build so that the wings are not removeable - everything will be installed and proven before covering.
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Old Aug 21, 2012, 02:05 AM
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Hi Everyone some updated images of this build so far I am hoping to get the main wheels to retract as per the prototype it's taken some working out but it's doable thanks to Smoking Beaver for the excellent pdf showing the aerofoil it did not take long to produce a new set of wing ribs using 1/16" sheet (also reduced the number)

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Old Aug 21, 2012, 04:35 AM
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Old Aug 21, 2012, 06:25 AM
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Charles, great pick. The Guillows planes have always been awesome. Maybe they have new models out but is that the rubber band based one? What are your plans for control surfaces? Good luck & looking forward to your first flight...........
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Old Aug 21, 2012, 09:49 AM
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Charles,
As always it is a joy to watch your tidy builds.
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Old Aug 21, 2012, 10:58 AM
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Hello Charles,

I've just discovered this thread after three weeks of vacation; great choice of model and a great start on the conversion. Mine flew very well at a tick over 10 ounces on about 40 watts, so yours should too. I agree with Glenn on the choice of retracts; the blue ones are quite good if a little stiff to operate, but my Lancaster thread shows how I made them operate much more smoothly.

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Old Aug 21, 2012, 12:54 PM
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Hi to you all - thanks for your interest
Steve/Glenn - will look into the GWS blue retract unit, thanks for the info.
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