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Old Dec 12, 2012, 03:21 PM
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Thanks Larry, I think that might be the only thing I didn't try!
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Old Dec 14, 2012, 02:54 PM
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Fill 'er up and check the oil please.

Remember full service gas stations before the 1970s? Instead of a convenience store they had a little office with a greasy desk and cash register. They also usually sported a garage with a lift and a sign that said "mechanic on duty". Just don't ask about the mechanic's skill level. It also seems like they all had a pay phone and a cigarette vending machine. But the best thing was that gasoline was 25 cents a gallon.

Anyway, both the 3-view and Pete's plans show a fuel filler port in front of the cockpit and an oil filler port behind the cockpit. As such, I thought it prudent to add them. Rather than mount the fill tubes flush with the sheeting as is usually done, I drilled oversize holes in the sheeting so the fill tubes actually emerge from under the sheeting as with the full size airplane. I also added some trim I made from aluminum duct tape around the holes. I then glued some balsa sheet shimmed 1/8" below the fuselage sheeting. I made up some filler tubes by wrapping some aluminum duct tape around a plastic straw. I then glued the filler tubes to the balsa sheet below the fuselage sheeting. For the caps on the filler tubes I used the end plugs from some cheap BIC ballpoint pens.

Larry
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Old Dec 15, 2012, 02:29 AM
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Larry,
That's looking great. Those pen ends are useful, aren't they?

Pete
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Old Dec 17, 2012, 03:39 PM
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Bottoms up

I finished off the fuselage bottom. First I permanently attached the UC with glue and CA saturated thread. I filled the open area between the UC struts with 1/8" balsa sheet per the plan. Also per the plan, I made a hatch from 1/32" ply that fits in the open area behind the UC and provides access to the rudder and elevator servos. Lastly I covered the bare wood areas with the faux aluminum.

Larry
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Old Dec 17, 2012, 07:34 PM
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she is looking great mate, not long now!

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Old Jan 01, 2013, 11:14 AM
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Ian, I used low tac vinyl shelf paper for the painting masks. I cheated a bit in that I have access to a vinyl cutter, but they can be cut by hand with a scalpel almost as easily. If you want any more details of the process, just ask.

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More please.

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Old Jan 01, 2013, 12:58 PM
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More please.

Jim
Shades of Oliver Twist.

I'll see what I can do Jim. Unfortunately when I applied the markings to this plane I didn't take any detailed photos of the process. But, for your information and edification, maybe I can do a mockup of my procedure in the near future.

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Old Jan 26, 2013, 07:06 PM
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Looks like it's been over a month since I've posted any progress on this airplane. Pete must be wondering where his Tabloid is.

Status as of now. All that needs to be done is install the push/pull cables and glue the wings on then it can fly. However, we're having a particularly cold and nasty winter this year. Temperatures have barely gotten above 20 degrees farenheit for the last month and there are several inches of snow on the ground. Since flying has been out of the question, I am working on some detailing.

For one, I am not happy with the color I applied to simulate doped fabric, so right now I am in the process of repainting. So far I have only done the top of one of the bottom wing panels to see if I can achieve the effect I am looking for. I think I'm getting there.

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Old Jan 26, 2013, 08:38 PM
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That looks OK. But I liked the other as well. Took it as fresh Irish Linen.
If you have a look at the colour of the Irish Linen that the Vintage Aviator guys used on their Early BE2c, it's very similar to your first effort.

The Fuselage is going to be a pain to redo...

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Old Jan 27, 2013, 09:33 AM
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IMHO it looks much better. Keep up the good work.

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Old Jan 27, 2013, 11:09 AM
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Hi Larry,

I asked the guys who were building a replica Sopwith Pup at the Christchurch NZ museum what colour "natural linen" really was. They were using Irish linen for the replica covering. Their reply was that in it's natural state it was white. The dope that was used turned it off-white towards the cream in your lower wing, and when exposed to the sun and weather, it turned the familiar pale straw colour of the upper wing. But only on the upper surfaces, they said. The lower surfaces remained the creamy colour because they were not exposed to the same conditions as the upper surfaces, but would have been stained by the water and mud thrown up by the wheels when landing and taxiing.

I know this doesn't help...but I think the colours are OK for whatever state of play your model repesents.
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Old Jan 27, 2013, 04:31 PM
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Hugh,
I'm in agreement with you on the color of factory fresh Irish linen. So I have a choice of coloring the model for factory fresh or coloring it for being out in the field for an extended length of time.

Thanks Jim. I'm keeping up the work, good or bad.

Mike,
Actually, it does help. Now if I want to represent the airplane as a war weary model I only have to change the color of the upper surfaces. I was wondering about the color change on the lower surfaces vs the upper surfaces since most of the change is probably the result of ultraviolet light from the sun.

Larry
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Old Mar 22, 2013, 07:09 PM
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After pondering this for a while I decided that because I have already applied the markings and lettering, it would be too difficult to age the airplane by yellowing the covering. So I will stay with the freshly applied linen color. That doesn't, however, mean the airplane didn't get dirty from use. Therefore, I applied some grunge to the fuselage and will do the same for the wings.

Larry
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Old Mar 23, 2013, 03:51 AM
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Looks much better with the weathering!
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Old Mar 23, 2013, 04:53 AM
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Larry,
You've done this sort of thing before, haven't you? Looks really good.

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