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Old Dec 11, 2012, 04:11 PM
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Andy Sheber Pitts s1s

Just to get a mental start on this project I decided to list what I have. And what I plan to do.
The plans are an Andy Sheber 33% scale Pitts s1s.
The motor is a CRRC 55cc twin. I know most of you won't like that choice. But thats what it is.
Radio gear is Futaba, T8FG tx upgraded to the 12, R6106rx which might be upgraded if an opening canopy is done-haven't decided, S3010 servo's, Life 6.6 3200mah battery, Tech-Aero ultra IBEC for ignition, Miracle double switch, Fiberglass Specialties cowl-canopy- and pant's-the cowl need's to be modified, Cirrus Venture's tailwheel (very scale), and one big box of wood from BUSA. All the wiring I will make myself for a better fit.
The photo is what I'm shooting for. I got a few days this week finishing up a Citabria build for a club member then I will get started. I still have to order the covering which I had not decided for sure what I was going to use untill today. And that will be Aircraft spruce poly-lite. I will wait on ordering the paint so as to get fresh stuff, no point in sitting on a shelf here for several month's. I think that's about it for now.
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Old Dec 11, 2012, 06:33 PM
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Subscribed. Enjoy your build.

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Old Dec 11, 2012, 07:50 PM
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Cool!
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Old Dec 12, 2012, 11:38 AM
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Didn't remember if you said 1/3 scale,but with a 55 cc It should be.
I've been doing the Sheber builds since the 80's...loved every minute of them.
All I've done are the S-2's,some converted to Christen Eagles...5 altogether..

Built strong enough flying/landing wires are not required,but added for scale.

Andy didn't overbuild either-he kept 'em light for the Q-35's which were king then.
Until Roper came out with the 3.7 overheating vibrater.We weren't savvy enough then to remove the vanes from the flywheel,and they forced the cooling air away from the cylinder...
I don't care what engine you use.
Got a new easy chair-keep me entertained this winter.I'll be watching.
I tried to do that finger 'n eye thing the kids do....poked my eye...
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Old Dec 12, 2012, 01:05 PM
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KEEP YOUR FINGER OUT OF YOUR EYE!! Your to much Earl. I just started copying the fuse former templates, got three done, and ran out of ink. Here is the Fiberglass Specialties cowl. The oil cooler is way to big, I think, it will get modified later.
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oil cooler

According to which engine was used,there were various oil coolers.

To make a scale one.......take a corrugated cardboard box, and cut some 1/2 " wide strips about 3" long from a flat side.Glue them atop one another,to get the scale height....probably 5 or 6 of them. Spray them semi-gloss black,and cut to size,to fit in the opening.
A sharp knife will cut the 'fuzzies' from the corrugations in the front.
That's a reasonable facsimilie of an oil cooler.
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Old Dec 12, 2012, 02:28 PM
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Thank's Earl, I may just do that instead of resizing it.
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Old Dec 13, 2012, 10:03 AM
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Got to it early this morning. The copies are made and glued on. Here's the first piece of cut wood. Now back to the band saw. Woo Hoo!
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Old Dec 13, 2012, 11:09 AM
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I'm working on cutting and a neighbor heard the bandsaw, actually the shop vac, and came over. He was amazed that I had a magnifier hooked up to my bandsaw. And he does small decorative woodworking. So I thought I would ask you guy's, " Do any of you use a magnifying glass on your bandsaw's, scroll saw's, and such?
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Don't have a magnifying glass mounted on my bandsaw or scroll saw, but I sometimes have "cheaters" mounted to my face when cutting the small stuff...

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Bi-focals, magnifiers,and bright lights-all conducive to excellaent parts cutting.
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Old Dec 13, 2012, 03:56 PM
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The morning started out well, then the craps happened. First I had to dissassemble the band saw, clean and lube the wheel bearings. Then I got several pieces cut and started assembly. At some point in, my A.D.D. lol, did not let me recognize that what at a glance seemed to be a build over was indeed not. It only took about two hours fiddling with trying to align everything to realize it was only a reference, top/bottom, sheet. So I centerd everything on a line. I know it's not much, but that's how it goes sometimes. Well, thats it for the day.
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Old Dec 13, 2012, 05:38 PM
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Tom Crump put me on to something last year.He suggested using a Laser Level to build a straight fuselage.
Accurately mark centerlines on all the cross pieces when you assemble the fuse sides.Line'em up with laser,and the fuse is straight.

Thanks, Tom.
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Old Dec 13, 2012, 06:44 PM
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I bought one from HD a couple years ago for a build that had nothing to go by. I built a stand so it could clip on to the bench. So once I get this lower half all mocked up it will get lasered. And I guess I could have just said thank's for the advice. Sorry!
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