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Old Mar 17, 2006, 05:14 PM
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Finally all those ugly overhangs get removed. I use a razor plane for most of the work. The fuselage then gets sanded. I round of the corners.
I also used a little bit of light filler here and there.

I was almost tempted to try some light f/glass and Minwax polycrylic which others have used with great success.
However I have not been able to find Minwax Polycrylic here in Australia and I'm not sure what to use as an equivalent. Read here that any help would be appreciated.
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Old Mar 17, 2006, 05:17 PM
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Couldn't resist. Dry fit of tail feathers. Now it definitely looks like a Stik.
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Old Mar 19, 2006, 02:20 AM
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Tailplane glued on
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Old Mar 19, 2006, 02:21 AM
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Its easy to get it straight as the v at the front and the tabs at the rear get it all aligned
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Old Mar 19, 2006, 08:51 AM
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Finally all those ugly overhangs get removed. I use a razor plane for most of the work. The fuselage then gets sanded. I round of the corners.
I also used a little bit of light filler here and there.

I was almost tempted to try some light f/glass and Minwax polycrylic which others have used with great success.
However I have not been able to find Minwax Polycrylic here in Australia and I'm not sure what to use as an equivalent. Read here that any help would be appreciated.
Did you ever try mixing about 15% of water based acylic coloured wall paint into some of your selleys probond and wiping it on after its foamed a bit with an old credit card then sanding when dry ?
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Old Mar 19, 2006, 08:54 AM
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I've got to get back to the build on mine. I picked up some ultracoat (all I could fine) and played around a bit with covering foam. Never tried it before this. Looks like the best approach is to get the iron just hot enough to stick the covering down and not try to shrink it any. I tried it on some scrap, and boy does it make it stong!!!

I still haven't glued up the fuse, but I got a good feeling that today is the day...
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Old Mar 19, 2006, 10:45 AM
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Yup, got the glue on!!!!

Since I hand cut the parts, I cut the tabs completely open (as opposed to cutting just enough room for a hot wire. That, and since I used FFF (due to the waves) I used pins to hold everything together. It went together very well and despite it looking like a pincushion, it is looking great!!

I will take a few shots of it drying and post later. I'm getting ready to try and cover the wing. I've got a few iron cross decals from my ol' slow stick that I might put on it, but I haven't decided yet if I'm going to do the traditional ugly stick, or a different covering scheme. I only have red and white film so we will see what I come up with....
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Old Mar 19, 2006, 09:40 PM
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Good looking builds PJ and NS. What are you uys using for rudder hinges?? They are different, but not tape??
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Old Mar 19, 2006, 10:31 PM
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I used an old floppy disk. Break them open and use the black disk inside. I had never tried it before, but it seems to work well, and being in IT, I have many old disk laying around. I also used poly glue for the hinges too.

They seemed to work for PJ, so I thought I would try them.
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Old Mar 21, 2006, 09:23 AM
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Hey pmjass, could I talk you into posting a few pics of your hatch on the completed model? I'm getting ready to cover the fuse, and install gear, but I don't want to do it until I see how you've got it in mind to set up. I could figure it out myself, but why reinvent the wheel?
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Old Mar 21, 2006, 02:08 PM
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I have a bunch of photos ready to post. Been a bit busy however.

This is the hatch shot. It is a little out of sequence. I'll post the other pics later.

The cutout is 40mm from front face of rear bulkhead, 5mm from rear face of front bulkhead and 5mm into the side (To avoid having to cut along the glue line).

The rear is tabbed with some 3mm balsa full width and I use some 6x3mm neodynium magnets up front.
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Old Mar 22, 2006, 06:21 AM
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Did you ever try mixing about 15% of water based acylic coloured wall paint into some of your selleys probond and wiping it on after its foamed a bit with an old credit card then sanding when dry ?
Not yet, I'll give it a try when I have a chance.
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Old Mar 22, 2006, 06:24 AM
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Wing glued on.
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Old Mar 22, 2006, 06:26 AM
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Tailskid assembly attached. Baseplate is 3mm balsa. Tailskid is ply.
Assembly is deliberately long enough to splice across the fus to tailplane joint which would otherwise be a weak point.
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