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Old Feb 04, 2013, 04:29 PM
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I worked on the battery hatch today. I cut a section from the front block for the hatch and a small section for the forward block, squared the cuts, and marked a center line on the bottom. Next I cut two lengths of 3/32" by 3/32" strips to fit between the fuselage sides, and glued them centered on the bottom. This will keep the hatch from moving side to side. I test fit the hatch and glued the front block to the fuselage leaving a small gap for clearance, then I cut a small tab from scrap light ply and glued it centered at the front bottom of the hatch extending out 1/4". The next step was to drill a magnet size hole (used a tubing drill) in a scrap piece of 1/16" balsa, trimmed it to size, set it and the magnet on the bottom tab, set the hatch on, and from the bottom put a couple drops of Thin C A on it. After i removed the hatch I finished gluing the tab with Thin C A and used epoxy to glue in the magnet (same technique as the other magnet). Note: make sure you have the correct side of the magnet facing out otherwise they will repel each other. Tomorrow is national sanding day. John
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Old Feb 04, 2013, 08:41 PM
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Now comes the hard work
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Old Feb 05, 2013, 03:49 PM
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Not much to show for the time I spent, just sanded the battery hatch to shape. Every little bit helps. John
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Old Feb 05, 2013, 10:33 PM
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And it looks great!
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Old Feb 06, 2013, 12:03 AM
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Tailskid, thanks for the support. John
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Old Feb 06, 2013, 10:09 AM
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Yep; starting to all come together!

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Old Feb 06, 2013, 05:28 PM
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I did the cheeks today. The reason I did cheeks instead of a cowl was for access to the motor and for cooling. I couldn't go larger than 1/4" balsa, so I cut some off of a 3" sheet, cut them to a rough shape, and used thick C A to glue them on to the firewall. Then I sanded to shape. Because the grain was wrong, I used some 1.5 MM Carbon fiber strips epoxyed to the cheeks and a small piece of triangle stock to add strength. Next step is to do the bottom sheeting. John
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Old Feb 07, 2013, 08:44 PM
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Today I did the bottom sheeting. The directions said to use 3/32" balsa, but I had a piece of 1/16" so I used it. Started at the aft wing saddle (with the wing installed) and just cut the pieces and glued them on cross grain back to about 1 3/4" from the end, and sanded the edges smooth with the sides. I found a piece of 3/32" light ply, cut and sanded a piece for the remaining 1 3/4". I guess I am ready for the finish sanding, steaming, and filling. John
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Old Feb 08, 2013, 02:31 PM
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I started my sanding today. Pretty boring for the next few days until I start covering. I mixed some water in a tub of Hobby Lite (Balsa Lite) until the material was the consistency of peanut butter, and am filling in the areas that need it. Before I started, I dressed it up with wings and feathers and posed it for a picture. John
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Old Feb 12, 2013, 02:33 PM
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I thought I would post some progress I've made. The fuselage is ready to take covering, and am working on the tail feathers. Because of how the horizontal and vertical stabilizers go on I am going to attach them before I do any covering. My helper says that the fuselage is OK. John
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Old Feb 12, 2013, 11:50 PM
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John you have a neat little plane there, gonna be nice when done. Do you know if a 60 size is available of that plane in kit form,?, looks like something that would be fun to bash and gas up,

Keep up the good work, Leroy
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Old Feb 13, 2013, 12:49 AM
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Leroy, no they don't make a 60 size, but this one has a 52" wingspan. I recently did a Florio Flyer 40 from Great Flyer R C http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1739335 . They are a classic stick kit from the 70 s and 80 s and boy do they fly great http://greatflyerrc.com/ . They have a 60 size kit. John
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Old Feb 13, 2013, 04:00 PM
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Thanks John, that is a nice plane also. I really like the one you are building now because it looks like something I could bash if it was bigger. I'm just finishing up a big time bash of the Tiger 60 with a 20cc engine, it was so much fun to bash it I'm looking for another one that would be a fun bash build also.

I up and got old so I look for the easier ones to build or bash (hate the sound of bash) and I like gas. Anyway have fun with your's when ya get it done.

I'll hang around for the finish, Leroy
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Old Feb 13, 2013, 04:57 PM
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Thanks for the support Leroy. I worked on the horizontal Stab and elevators today. I marked and cut the hinge slots in the stab and elevators, test fit with the CA hinges I would be using, beveled the leading and trailing edges of the elevators, and beveled the leading edge of the Stab. I used the same technique with the stab as I did with the wing (fuselage square on it's nose, measured equal distance to the L E stab, and marked the stab against the fuselage). I installed the wing and made sure the stabilizer was in line with the both vertically and horizontally, and glued the stab to the fuselage using 6 Minuit epoxy. John
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Old Feb 13, 2013, 05:00 PM
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Leroy; if you would like a .60 size order the plans from BSUA and have them enlarged, and take a look at mine at the link I provided, this was the original one.
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