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Old Mar 04, 2013, 09:08 PM
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This model is fricken awesome! Great job with the camo. It keeps looking better!
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Old Mar 06, 2013, 09:47 PM
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Since we got around 24" of snow today, I got to shovel snow all morning and then said forget about working my way through the snow to work, so I stayed home. After playing in the snow for a few hours with the wife, child and dogs, It was his Nap time so i did some work to the Horton.

Since I made the mistake of doing the snow camo before adding the insignia's to the tops of the wing panels, I made up the paint masks for those insignia's then marked on the wing where the winter camo needed to be removed and removed it with a scotch brite pad and some water downed windex.






Then the paint masks were put into position on the wing panels:



Then the insignia was painted:


Once it was dry, the paint mask was removed giving you this:



And then the winter camo that was removed was re-sprayed around the white insignia's on the top..



The Black insignia on the bottoms was also sprayed:



I then drew up the paint mask for the Radio call sign and the swastika. Since the swastika is typically placed on the vertical stabilizer and the Horton has no vertical stabilizer, the only vertical surface (or near of) was the aft end of the engine nacelle fairings, so I decided to place it there.



Then the Radio call Sign (Black 14) and swastika was sprayed on both sides:



I have to wait for some RLM 23 and 24 to arrive for the squadron tail band colors, then I can apply those and begin the weathering and get this thing done and ready for flight again!
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Old Mar 06, 2013, 09:48 PM
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This model is fricken awesome! Great job with the camo. It keeps looking better!
Thanks man! Every little bit helps them come to life
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Old Mar 07, 2013, 12:07 AM
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Cool man...I think I may have to do winter on mine ,,,it looks very cool!
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Old Mar 09, 2013, 08:40 AM
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After modifying the Robart nose strut, i finally got the 4" Dubro big-wheel mounted to it. It was about 1/8" to narrow for it to just be a simple bolt on job, so I had to bend the trailing link portions of it outwards to splay around the tire and then back inwards to the axle.



Then I installed the strut to the nose gear unit. And come to find out with the larger retract unit, it now interferes with the steering servo so i need to fix that issue... always something!


Then i took the steel wool to the airframe to begin the weathering process. It took off more of the paint from the flite-metal portioned than I would of liked, but after awhile it, i began to like it. So today it will get the dirty wash and i'll start getting all of the good stuff installed again.
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Old Mar 09, 2013, 09:25 AM
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Awesome! It looks more realistic than the full scale version waiting to be restored lol! The nose wheel mod turned out great too. Get scan you get some pics of her all assembled outside before and after the wash?
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Old Mar 09, 2013, 09:27 AM
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Will do man! There's still snow on the ground, so it'll be perfect for some good outside shots
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Old Mar 09, 2013, 10:13 AM
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man thats looking awesome! i love the new nose gear! should come off the ground very smooth now! and it looks killer to boot!

how big is the scale tire, about 5"? i never could understand why they used such a massive nose wheel
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Old Mar 09, 2013, 10:41 AM
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There is a lot of load at that front wheel. The Ho-IX is not rotating at the rear wheels by taking off. (if you made it scale)

But the Hortens just took parts off other cannibalized airplanes found beside the air field.

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Old Mar 09, 2013, 11:01 AM
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man thats looking awesome! i love the new nose gear! should come off the ground very smooth now! and it looks killer to boot!

how big is the scale tire, about 5"? i never could understand why they used such a massive nose wheel
I believe scale should be around 8"
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Old Mar 09, 2013, 11:06 AM
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Dirty wash and exhaust staining done!



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Old Mar 09, 2013, 01:03 PM
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8" holy crap! man that weathering looks crazy good!
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Old Mar 09, 2013, 07:00 PM
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Unfortunately i didn't get everything done in time to get outside and get some good photo's, but that will come tomorrow..

I epoxied in place the canopy frame stiffeners. These will also act as supports for the false cockpit floor, when i get around to doing that.


Then a few hours later, I had the fan unit and tail-pipes installed, battery mount plate installed, gear valve and all hooked back up and it repositioned and remounted. The new gear valve mount setup doubles as a battery mount plate and allows the 2nd set of lipo's to lay down more so they aren't visible in flight anymore.











As you can see in some of the photo's above, there is not a whole lot of room available for a cockpit. The cockpit will consist of a glare shield (to help cover the forward lipo's) and a false floor and pilot figure. IF I can find a 1/5 scale Luftwaffe pilot bust.

I also did some test runs of the power system, but didn't get any thrust measurements. One fan unit draws 96amps at full power and produces 4136watts of power. That makes up almost 8300watts of power, which is FOUR times higher than what it originally flew with. Needless to say, its performance should improve. Once I got done playing around with the tests and data logging, I hooked up both fan units and powered them up. I then did an ole mk.1 elbow thrust test. Needless to say, i'm pretty sure that it produces the same thrust as the last power setup at about 1/3 throttle. I am very excited to fly this thing!

Taxi tests were also performed. The 136oz/in servo originally in place for steering proved to not be strong enough with the new nose gear unit. So, the JR 8711 i had laying around was put in place for steering. Torque is now acceptable, but the Heavy Duty JR servo arm was actually bending when it was sitting still and trying to turn the nose gear. So now I get to upgrade the servo arm to a metal unit.. unfortunately I don't have any laying around and neither does the LHS. This isn't to big of a deal, as the snow is still around so its unlikely we will get to fly it tomorrow anyways.
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Old Mar 09, 2013, 07:00 PM
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8" holy crap! man that weathering looks crazy good!
Thanks man! I try to make it look as real as possible... this one I really like!
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Old Mar 09, 2013, 08:12 PM
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yeah....i think youll be ok on power lol
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