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Old Dec 01, 2003, 11:30 PM
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Beldone/RT Models Canadair CL-415 Construction

SURPRISE!!
Okay. I said that I was going to start construction on the Beldone/RT Models Canadair CL-415 after the first of the year and post the thread at that time. Well I couldn't wait!

Most of you guy's know that I usually build from scratch when I can. I needed a change of pace from doing the Mars Project...WHEW! So I got a kit this time. Being a seaplane guy, I have always wanted to build a Canadair CL-415 waterbomber. Well I picked up a kit here on EZone in the classifieds and began the construction process earlier last week.

Being the holidays and all, I cannot devote 100% to the plane so I started on just the small bits for now. I'll keep all of you updated as the months go by.

So lets start construction on the nacelles!

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Just so no confusion is started, this is Antons Eisele's (Beldone Models) design. RT Models is simply a dealer for him.

Perry
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Old Dec 01, 2003, 11:34 PM
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Old Dec 01, 2003, 11:36 PM
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Old Dec 01, 2003, 11:38 PM
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Old Dec 01, 2003, 11:50 PM
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Nacelles ready for final shaping!

I lightly planed the edges and now they are ready to be final sanded to shape. So far only an hour and a half into the nacelles. The pieces just fall into place and the lazer cutting is super. So far, so good.

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Old Dec 01, 2003, 11:58 PM
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This is what my paint scheme will be.
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Old Dec 01, 2003, 11:58 PM
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Hmmmmm

How much more light ply is there? I thought the S&E Modeler review stats looked on the heavy side...light ply and blocks of balsa will do that.

Just lookin' out for ya, buddy!



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Old Dec 02, 2003, 12:10 AM
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Terry,
I was wondering when you would chime in
Only four sheets of lite ply and from what I can tell, it's mostly for high stress areas and or bulkheads.

The 1/2 inch balsa in the tops have been carved inside to reduce weight even further ala Ivan Pettigrew. Not too much yet for they still have to be final sanded to shape. Little by little my friend.

Don't worry. You know I'll overpower this SOB. I'll probably go twin Astro 05 geared just like Mark Thompsons 415. AWESOME performer. I have a video of his plane taking off on the grass with no help at all. Wish I could say the same for the Mars
Thanks for watching my back buddy. I'll have her ready for summer.

Perry
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Old Dec 02, 2003, 12:38 AM
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Perry,

Do you find those 1/8 balsa nacelle sides strong enough?
Good luck with your build!

Cheers,
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Old Dec 02, 2003, 12:41 AM
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Perry,

Do you find those 1/8 balsa nacelle sides strong enough?
Good luck with your build!

Cheers,
Bostjan
Bostjan,
Yes. The 1/8 sides are strong enough. The balsa that was used is very light and when all the extras are added on, it gets strong fast.
Thanks,
Perry
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Glad to see you've started this one, Perry. You've chosen the same colour scheme as my buddy, Robert, who is scratch building his (slowly ) from Anton's earliest plans. He's built the fuse, tail group, and wing/nacelles, but still has radio gear and power to fit and test before covering.

One area that Robert changed on his was the angle/radius of the el. snake run through the vert.fin, to reduce friction in the control run. He also chose to save a few grams here and there by reducing wood sizes where he felt it safe, and reduced several of the non-critical formers to simple stick frames. Of course, when you're scratch building, you don't have to worry about supplied pieces, since there aren't any .

Keep the pics and words coming. I'll prod Robert to finish his in time for Chilliwack, and we'll get a squadron of 415s up!

BTW, I had one of the yellow ones fly over where I was working yesterday afternoon. About 1/2 mi. away, at no more than 1500ft. Those twin turbprops sound sweet.

Brad.

P.S.:
Ivan will have a new flying boat ready for the Spring meet. Only ~slightly~ smaller than the Mars!
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I built the one from flying models plans last year. It flies on 2xgeared 400 motors (geared 2.33:1) swinging 9x6 APC E props. Flies great! Cant wait to see yours. Yours is much bigger and more scale.
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Glad to see you've started this one, Perry. You've chosen the same colour scheme as my buddy, Robert, who is scratch building his (slowly ) from Anton's earliest plans. He's built the fuse, tail group, and wing/nacelles, but still has radio gear and power to fit and test before covering.

One area that Robert changed on his was the angle/radius of the el. snake run through the vert.fin, to reduce friction in the control run. He also chose to save a few grams here and there by reducing wood sizes where he felt it safe, and reduced several of the non-critical formers to simple stick frames. Of course, when you're scratch building, you don't have to worry about supplied pieces, since there aren't any .

Keep the pics and words coming. I'll prod Robert to finish his in time for Chilliwack, and we'll get a squadron of 415s up!

BTW, I had one of the yellow ones fly over where I was working yesterday afternoon. About 1/2 mi. away, at no more than 1500ft. Those twin turbprops sound sweet.

Brad.

P.S.:
Ivan will have a new flying boat ready for the Spring meet. Only ~slightly~ smaller than the Mars!

Brad,
I know of Ivan's new toy. Can't wait to see it! I did notice that the elevator snake run was a bit tight. I am going to do the same thing and change it around and make it more smooth. Not too many colors to choose from for this bird. I see too many yellow one and the Thai Air Force version is nice but too dark of colors for summer time flying.

Looking forward to bringing her up to CWK this year along with the Mars and.......


Slopenut,
I followed your buildup thread on your plane. Very informative and thanks for supplying the pics of the scale white version.

Stay tuned for more pics as time allows.

Perry
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Old Dec 03, 2003, 02:45 AM
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Ah gee, I suppose I should get off my lazy butt and get this baby ready for flight. If there is any interest, I will get some pictures onto this thread to show my progress of this scratch built baby.
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Old Dec 03, 2003, 04:40 AM
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I reckon we need a new filter on RCGroups.Aircraft...

All/Fuel/Electric/Sailplanes/Seaplanes/Perry.

I'm pulling up a seat and toasting the corn...

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