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Old May 24, 2006, 03:08 PM
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CMP 140-size P-40E conversion/kit bash.

It's here, and it's looking good. I'm positively surprised. The fuselage is lighter than my ESM Spitfire fuselage and the wing is light and smooth as well.

Mods I will do:
-Move the landing gear inwards to the scale location.
-Change the shape of the elevator counterweights.
-Move the chin louvres forwards in front of the wing LE instead of under the wing.
-Whatever else I find to be far from scale.
-Flaps probably.

I have already done most of the hard work involved in moving the landing gear inwards. I cut holes in the right spot, and luckilly this is between two ribs just outside the wing joiner tube. I made mounting blocks out of 6 mm plywood. In the picture below they are installed in one of the wings with a block of hardwood to keep them level in the hole.

The included wheels were tiny, just 3", so naturally I'm not going to use them. Instead I have some 4.5" wheels and they are just a few mm too small. The included spinner looks like it belongs on a P-51. I bought a 4.5" Dave Brown spinner and it's a few mm too small so I will make a properly shaped one.
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Old May 24, 2006, 05:27 PM
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Did that spinner come with it?
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Old May 24, 2006, 05:30 PM
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No that's a Dave Brown spinner. It came with a black, plastic, parabolic spinner.
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Old May 24, 2006, 11:16 PM
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Dang, you know... it really looks pretty good. When you get a chance, how about a good profile shot of the nose?
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Old May 25, 2006, 07:28 AM
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It's not perfect. You can see in the 3-view overlay how wrong the stock louvres were. They start behind the trailing edge of the chin on the model but I will cut the chin to shape new ones in a more scale location because it just looks weird the way the kit was made. Some of the mis-matching is due to the wide camera angle.
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Old May 25, 2006, 07:38 AM
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The wing looks to be completely symmetrical with a little washout at the tip. There's a generous amount of glue on the ribs and everywhere else. The kit also included a non-functional drop tank.

My Soloprops are shipping today.
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Old May 25, 2006, 11:13 AM
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A lot of room in the nose. The backwall has plenty of room for a 12 cm speaker even. I'm not going to install a sound system (yet).
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Old May 25, 2006, 12:01 PM
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One set of mounting beams installed. The retract unit was installed while glueing to ensure they were aligned and level, and that the retract would operate smoothly.
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Old May 25, 2006, 05:01 PM
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Almost done with the wheel wells and landing gear mod. It was easier than I thought to do this mod. I have cut one of the main beams to make room for the strut so I have to make a big plywood doubler. I will also add some bits and pieces to support the new undercarriage beams better.
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Old May 26, 2006, 10:35 AM
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I'll be able to put it on its own three feet soon.
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Old May 26, 2006, 10:37 AM
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what's the scoop on the retracts?
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Old May 26, 2006, 10:42 AM
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They operate smoothly and easilly. They are Robart 615 units so I hope they will hold up to the weight. There is no lock in the up-position. Chances are the plane will end up at less then 12 lbs so I'm crossing my fingers. the retract covers are a little too shallow to be scale so they barely cover the retract units. I want to try making operating doors.
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Old May 26, 2006, 12:50 PM
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Are they mechanical?
Is the servo going to load up every time you pull G's?
They do look pretty.
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Old May 26, 2006, 01:34 PM
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They are pneumatic so the only issue is that they might drop out a little, hehe.

I have been planning how to cut the chin now. I'll think about it a little more before I go nuts with the dremel. Ideally I should cut some deeper slots in the chin so taht I can pull the trailing edge together to create a more scale curve on the bottom because it's straight in the trailing edge now. I can't make up my mind about wether it will be worth it.

I will change the front of the bellypan as well. You can see I have cut off the flaps.
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Old May 26, 2006, 04:56 PM
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Modifying the elevators.
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