Aug 11, 2004, 12:29 AM Tuskegee Airmen; My Heros Check the Bloq Joined May 2002 1,509 Posts Bob, feel free to bring your plane over in the early evenings or the weekend. PM me and I will give you directions. You dont need an incidence meter, just a very flat surface, and I will show you how that works. Ray
 Aug 11, 2004, 09:29 AM Registered User Vancouver WA Joined May 2004 1,335 Posts Okay fine, I gotta have one too now. And yes, ailerons look MUCH BETTER. What is it about Mustangs? They just have absolutely magnificent lines... It's said that form follows function, but the function of the form results in some aircraft with very pleasing shapes... ericm
 Aug 11, 2004, 09:36 AM Registered User United States, CA, Riverside Joined Feb 2002 9,657 Posts I think Robert is bringing a few kits to Soar Utah. If you give him a heads up he might be able to bring one for you. Brian
 Aug 11, 2004, 11:17 AM I'm your huckleberry USA, CA, Gardena Joined Jun 2004 1,920 Posts Hi Ray, I will take you up on that I should have the wings glued on tonight. I would very much like to learn how you set it up with a flat surface because I have access to precision inspection tables at work. I will PM you as soon as it is ready. Thanks, Bob
Aug 11, 2004, 11:40 AM
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It's pretty easy. Look at the picture.

First block the plane up on the bench so that it does not move around. Put blocks under the wings too to make it more stable.

2) measure distance 1. That is the distance from the table to the front of the leading edge, (The most forward portion of the radius). Lay a square on the table and measure where it contacts the LE.

3) measure distance 2. Same procedure as aboove but measure to the trailing edge. measure to the center of the trailing edge since most leading edges are about 1/16 thick.

4) move the plane on the blocks until you get the two measurements the same. Distance 1 and distance two should be identical. measure it at several locations along the wing not just the root. If you get different numbers try to find out why. I prefer to take my readings in about the middle of the wing rather than at the root or tip.

5) once you get your plane level. Then you can install the stab. set it on the saddle and lay a bubble level on it. You want the bubble in the middle!

TFLG

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 Aug 11, 2004, 12:28 PM I'm your huckleberry USA, CA, Gardena Joined Jun 2004 1,920 Posts TFLG, I had thought about doing something very simular to your set up. But after seeing others using an incidence meter I decided that was the way to go. I'm thinking I could bring my plane into work and check it here. I work at a compay that makes flight controls for miltary and comercial aircraft. I work in supplier quality and my office is in the receiving inspection room. We have all kinds of fancy measuring equipment. Although I'm sure it would be interesting to go to Rays shop and check it out too. Boy what a choice. Go to Rays, take it to work.....Go to Rays, take it to work... Well I'm going to have think about this. Thanks, Bob
Aug 11, 2004, 02:35 PM
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 Originally Posted by TFLG I think Robert is bringing a few kits to Soar Utah. If you give him a heads up he might be able to bring one for you.
Oh MAN...so much for my "economy" trip to Soar Utah... With all the stuff that I'm packing, I'm not sure I'll have room to take anything else back with me! Guess I could hold the box on my lap, lol

ericm
 Aug 11, 2004, 02:36 PM Registered User United States, CA, Riverside Joined Feb 2002 9,657 Posts Who needs a box!
 Aug 11, 2004, 02:38 PM Registered User Vancouver WA Joined May 2004 1,335 Posts Oooo, good point! I will have to seriously consider this... ericm
 Aug 11, 2004, 02:44 PM I'm your huckleberry USA, CA, Gardena Joined Jun 2004 1,920 Posts Hey another question for the experts. I have been looking at the nose of my plane for a while now and there are no exhaust stacks. Does anyone no where to get simulated exhaust stacks or should I carve some out of some wood? or should I just leave them off. I see that the aircobra has them molded in. Bob
 Aug 11, 2004, 02:51 PM Registered User Vancouver WA Joined May 2004 1,335 Posts You can make some fairly easily using some wood and brass tubing. It'd be nice if there was some molded ones available... I duplicated a set once from an old .40-sized House of Balsa Mustang kit, but those were a bit big... ericm
 Aug 11, 2004, 02:57 PM Registered User United States, CA, Riverside Joined Feb 2002 9,657 Posts Buy and aircobra and cut off the stacks. I usually just make mine from scrap balsa. You don't need to do anything too complicated but it sure looks better with something stuck there. TFLG
 Aug 11, 2004, 03:25 PM I'm your huckleberry USA, CA, Gardena Joined Jun 2004 1,920 Posts ok, anybody got a crunched aircobra? Just kidding. I think I can come up with somthing made out of wood. Thanks again, Bob
 Aug 11, 2004, 10:22 PM Tryin not to be a hack!! SoCal Joined May 2004 1,797 Posts You kiddin.... some cut brass tubing, on some balsa, or whatever would look super cool. If the Aircobra did have em already...sheesh... I know everything has a value, but I'd put some kick booty stacks on that bad boy, and I wouldnt be concerned with parasite drag, or if it added 5 ounces!! Sure would look cool. Geez, even TFLG's diagrams got panel lines.... no wonder why he's so good at it!! Im gonna go practice some panel lines ... on the vacuum cleaner, the toaster and the toilet!!! Its gonna be sahweeeeet!! Kevin
 Aug 12, 2004, 12:01 AM I'm your huckleberry USA, CA, Gardena Joined Jun 2004 1,920 Posts Kevin and TFLG, I have a couple of idea's going for the stacks. Tomorrow I will get my idea's drawn up and posted. See what every one thinks. I primered the fuse and tail pieces today and got the wings glued on tonight and my control linkages all built up. I will post some pics of the results tomorrow. Kevin, I'm glad you are getting some pratice with panel lines. Like I said earlier Just do it!!!!! LOL Bob