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Old Nov 16, 2012, 10:43 AM
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Charles, you really have mastered insert planking. looks great. Might want to get the Dremel in on those rear formers before you add more logerons. The spit has a short nose and the arm really takes an effect. Keep up the great work! Don't neglect the B-25 even though you seem to be keen on the Spitfire. I imagine you will have them both airworthy before I finish. BTW I see you have a few more Guillow's in the stash. You are officially one of us crazy Guillow's converters

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Old Nov 16, 2012, 10:52 AM
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An interesting and Scale variant : The Beer delivery Spit.
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Old Nov 16, 2012, 11:04 AM
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Looks like insert planking is good physiotherapy!

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Old Nov 16, 2012, 03:06 PM
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Nice job on the insert planking on this and your B-25.
Not one of my favorite tasks, but kind of relaxing once you get into it.
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Old Nov 16, 2012, 03:27 PM
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what thickness is the balsa you use for the planking?
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Old Nov 19, 2012, 01:10 AM
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Thanks for all your kind words, certainly keeps one motivated – insert planking is very therapeutic, the end result is very satisfying with these models because they have such good outlines. Point taken on the Spit Mark, will take out what I can. Steve what better way! have you flown the Lanc yet? Glenn, it is very relaxing especially if you have some of what that Spit is carrying! ccc1970 – am using 3/32" soft balsa for the insert planking.

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Old Nov 19, 2012, 06:06 AM
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Humm, I'm going to have to try that! A pint of Bass Ale before insert planking. Maybe after a couple of pints it would be easier to cut and fit the bits!
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Old May 21, 2013, 01:26 AM
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Build update It's been quite a while since my last entry on this build, but work has commenced once more! I have almost completed the insert planking on the fuselage using 1/8" soft balsa on the forward half of the fuselage and 1/16" on the rear half. Additional stringers were added to the lower rear half of the fuselage to help create the correct shape. After an initial sanding the complete fuselage including servos weighs 2.6 oz. The tail surfaces were built up over the plan and cut to the scale shape, I used 3/32" stringers on these for a extra strength and will cover using tissue.
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Old May 21, 2013, 11:54 AM
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Glad to see you back on this one, Charles. I should pull mine out of its hibernation and repair the damage inflicted by its last flight (or its last landing, to be more precise...)

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Old May 22, 2013, 08:03 AM
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Good to see you back on the Spit! I flew mine quite successfully but she still needs roundels and other markings. And better flying weather!!!
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Old May 24, 2013, 11:35 AM
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About bloody time bruv!!!!
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Old May 30, 2013, 07:03 AM
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Are those GWS pico retracts? Going to take some interesting linkage to operate those! The Pico units have the actuator travel in an arc and there is no over-travel.
There is also no positive lock and the servo is holding the wheels up all the time. Maybe you can come with some sort of an over center linkage using a belcrank.

The blue ones the actuator moves linear and there is some over travel and a positive lock. Much easier to set up.

Great job squeezing them in the wing in the scale position.
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Old May 30, 2013, 07:16 AM
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Hi Glenn – yes these are the GWS Pico retracts – I had also thought about using a central belcrank, I think that is going to be the best solution
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Old Jun 18, 2013, 01:42 AM
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Hi Everyone updated images attached things are moving along quite well, battery hatch has been cut out and should give plenty of room ailerons are completed and hopefully will be large enough! only downside to progress has been the undercarriage, at this point the wheels will be in the down position until I figure out the best way of actuating these efficiently.
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