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Old Apr 11, 2002, 02:45 AM
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switchback construction pics (not for the bandwidth challenged)

Hi gang!

OK, so we've had a ton of Tiger Moth pics, and I thought I'd post some pics of my Switchback and how the construction is progressing. I am totally impressed with this kit, and I've spent about 10 hours to get her to where she's at now. Everything is painted except the sport wing (soon to be modified with retracts), and I'm nearly ready to cover. Enjoy! This first pic is a result of 45 minutes of work.
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Old Apr 11, 2002, 02:47 AM
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3d wing, after 1 hour of work on it
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Old Apr 11, 2002, 02:48 AM
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and an additional 1/2 hour of work to come to this point...
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Old Apr 11, 2002, 02:49 AM
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mostly ready to paint, with an additional cockpit per my own design. I will use the canopy one as well, just switch when I feel like it
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Old Apr 11, 2002, 02:51 AM
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painted, showing open cockpit... painted was this evening's achievement!
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Old Apr 11, 2002, 02:52 AM
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again, but this time with the canopy cockpit. The paint I am using is Testors in the spray can in light light quantities
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Old Apr 11, 2002, 02:54 AM
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and finally, another achievement for this evening, the sport wing, taking a whole 1/2 hour or so to get the wing this point. I'll be installing retracts as per BEC's experience (thank you!!!)
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Old Apr 11, 2002, 04:23 AM
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great plane, great pics dreamer

thankyou
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Old Apr 11, 2002, 08:12 AM
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Hi Dreamer, NICE! Looks like you're ready for the fun part. (the covering)

I like your open cockpit idea, looks great.

BC
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Old Apr 12, 2002, 03:21 AM
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I spent a little bit of time this evening fitting the retracts into the sport wing, and fabricating mounts for them. Here is legs down
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Old Apr 12, 2002, 03:22 AM
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Old Apr 12, 2002, 03:22 AM
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detail of my gear mounts
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Old Apr 12, 2002, 11:43 AM
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Isn't this a great kit Laser cutting is just perfect. I don't think I have ever had a kit go together as good as the Switchback has every part fit just perfect. I look forward to his new kit the Cessna 180. For anyone out there who wants to build a balsa kit this should be the one.
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Old Apr 12, 2002, 12:05 PM
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The Cessna 180 is coming along pretty well. It won't be as simple as the Switchback because the emphasis will be on scale appearance so I won't be using as many keyed parts. I will be laser marking the wood to indicate where things go so it should still be straight forward to assemble. I'll keep you posted.

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Old Apr 12, 2002, 12:38 PM
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RE: For anyone out there who wants to build a balsa kit this should be the one

I'll second what Russ has said. This is my first balsa plane and 2nd overall. I have about ten hours building time invested and it's ready to cover. I haven't had any problems ( if you don't count 2 minor errors I made because I was in a hurry and not reading the directions )
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