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Old Jan 22, 2006, 06:13 PM
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Maxecuter photo update

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http://www.his.com/~tschmitt/004FEB0...PHOTOPAGE.html
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Old Jan 22, 2006, 06:27 PM
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You guys build and fly the most amazing models---they are all so beautifull.
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Old Jan 22, 2006, 10:18 PM
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I second that!!! Is that Boeing 314 an original design or a kit???
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Old Jan 23, 2006, 11:04 AM
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John Hunton is building the Boeing from scratch--he did his own plans. This is gonna be a beauty. John whips out incredible models--his Gladiator and P-3, Snorter, and Typhoon have all graced this forum in the past.

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Old Jan 23, 2006, 06:19 PM
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How do learn to design models like that???
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Old Jan 24, 2006, 10:58 AM
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John is an architect by training and also a flyer (full size and models) for over 50 years. He rebuilt a full size Stinson SR8 and has designed and built numerous models. He was a good buddy of Bill Winter and a lot of Bill's skills were transferred to John. He builds some incredible models.

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Old Jan 24, 2006, 04:49 PM
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But how do you know what shape to make the formers/ribs??? Do you need an original blueprint??? Or do you use your imagination on some of it???
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Old Jan 26, 2006, 10:44 AM
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You start with photos and a 3 view. Draw up a set of plans (basically the outlines of the plane) at the size you want (enlarge the 3 view to whatever wingspan you decide to build the model) and then do the formers for the fuselage--sometimes they are on the 3 view, sometime you have to "loft" them --lofting is an old term from drafting--basically guessing at the shape and modifying as necessary by trial and error. Pick an airfoil suitable for the model or modify the original 3 view airfoil --this is what you use for the wing ribs. Design the structure as you want--leading edge, trailing edge size and shape, spars, wing tips, etc. Similarly you build the crutch of the fuselage--the upper and lower keel with the formers in their proper place, then add all the stringers. Try to get a nice smooth fuselage--if one or more of the formers is too big or to small, adjust as appropriate by sanding the shape or adding balsa to get a smooth flow on the fuselage. Decide where you want the electric components and install. Then cover and finish. It helps to have built several stick and tissue models--something that is less common today.

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Old Jan 26, 2006, 01:06 PM
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Thanks Pat
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