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Old Feb 20, 2002, 12:02 PM
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New Scorpio Focke Wulf FW-190 from Hobby Lobby

When I was given the opportunity it get a pre-release "sample" kit of this plane, I jumped at it. This has always been my favorite Axis warbird, and I've also been itching to put retracts in a plane, so this seemed like a perfect combination.

The kit is very similar to the Spitfire in design and construction. Putting in the retracts has necessitated in dispensing with the stock battery compartment, but I think I might have done that anyway since I don't like the fact that the battery can't be moved around to adjust the CG making it difficult to experiment with different power systems.

As these photos will show, I've only gotten as far as the retracts installation at present. This has proven to be more challenging than I thought it would be, but I think I've got them working pretty well now. All I have to do now is build the rest of the plane. (I just taped it together for these photos.) The wing will be attached by nylon bolts so I can get access to the retracts servo. I thought I would have to cut a hatch for battery installation, but it looks like I'll be able use the opening for the canopy.

Here are some pics of my progress so far.
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Old Feb 20, 2002, 12:10 PM
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Here's the underside of the wing showing the retracts. (The exposed parts of the wing necessitated by the retract installation obviously haven't been filled yet.)
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Old Feb 20, 2002, 12:11 PM
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Old Feb 20, 2002, 12:12 PM
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Old Feb 20, 2002, 12:12 PM
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Hi Neil:
Keep us posted on your progress in building and when you are ready to fly this thing. I may try to make it over to your flying site to see that and the Spitfires flying out of your field. Mike Heer
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Old Feb 20, 2002, 12:15 PM
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A little bit of inspiration for the detailing
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Old Feb 20, 2002, 12:22 PM
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Mike:

How did I guess that you would be the first to respond to this thread? Jeeze, I hadn't even finished posting photos! No problem, I will certainly keep everyone posted on my progress, and it would be great if you'd come over our way to see it fly. As you can see from the Spit thread, Jonathan is about ready to launch another edition of his "Spitfire on steroids." Jonathan also got one of these FW's as a prize in the HL demolition derby, so hopefully will have the makings of a Luftwaffe squadron in addition to his Spit. Who knows, I may even build my Spitfire one of these days.

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Old Feb 20, 2002, 12:32 PM
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Nurnberg show

Just a note; I saw that plane on display at the recent Nurnberg toy shoy. There was also a gorgeous F6-F Hellcat. Oh baby!

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Old Feb 20, 2002, 01:04 PM
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Any chance these things will be available at the WRAM show this weekend in Whiteplains? Been eyeballin the Spit....but the FW looks sweeeeet.

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Old Feb 20, 2002, 01:14 PM
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My information is that HL will be releasing this kit very soon. I know that HL will have a booth at WRAM, but I don't know if the FW will be available there.

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Old Feb 20, 2002, 01:17 PM
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How sturdy are these retracts? Is the wire in the retract thinner than the wire landing gear that comes with the model?

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Old Feb 20, 2002, 01:20 PM
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Sturdy enough, I hope! The fixed gear that comes with the kit has thicker wire (I think about 1/8"). The Robarts 123 retracts I'm using have 3/32" wire.

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Old Feb 20, 2002, 01:46 PM
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Nice!

Hi Neil - very nice looking retracts there! Can't wait to see it up close.

-Jonathan.
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Old Feb 21, 2002, 01:13 PM
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The FW is on the HL website today:

http://hobby-lobby.com/firstguyonblockfw.htm

There's a video clip showing the plane flying -- looks very cool in the air.

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Old Feb 21, 2002, 02:48 PM
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Neil,

Looks great especially with the retracts.

What motor and battery combo will you be using on the 190 - a standard speed 400 or something a bit hotter?

Cheers
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