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Old Apr 07, 2007, 04:38 PM
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Enola Gay at the Smithsonian

Shot a few picks of the beautifully restored Enola Gay a couple of weeks ago. The B-29 sure was a beautiful bird.
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Old Apr 07, 2007, 04:46 PM
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Nice pictures - Thanks for sharing
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Old Apr 07, 2007, 05:40 PM
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Looks like they couldn't round up a set of boots for Enola Gay. (No biggie, polished aluminum looks better, anyway)! Attached is a pic of "Dock Crew of the Month", 55 years ago. That's me, 2nd from the left, back row, just so you know what those Goodyear de-icer boots looked like.
(Docks were wooden structures that provided a roof over the engines, so we could perform maintenance on the engines, out of the weather).
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Old Apr 07, 2007, 07:19 PM
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Birth of a B-29 on my YouTube page

Birth of the B-29 Part 1 (3 min 59 sec)


Birth of the B-29 Part 2 (8 min 50 sec)


Birth of the B-29 Part 3 (7 min 28 sec)
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Old Jul 03, 2007, 12:31 PM
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All,
I'm going to be starting my B-29 soon and was wondering how you sheeted the fuselage. I've read several "how to's" on vacuum bagging sheeted foam wings but a cylinderical shape seems like it might be more difficult.

Thanks,

Stuart
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Old Jul 03, 2007, 04:55 PM
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Hi Stuart,

The principles are the same no matter what the shape. Just make sure to insert the off cuts in the fusealge or you'll crush the tube.

If you use contact cement, you can get around bagging it. You just roll the fuse on the sheeting, trim the overlap, and glue the seam with some foam safe CA.

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Old Jul 03, 2007, 05:42 PM
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Thanks Jim, I have some old formula 3M that I'll try. Let you know how it goes.

-Stuart
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Old Jul 17, 2007, 09:25 PM
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Jim,
I followed your advice and purchased some Weldwood waterbased contact cement to sheet the fuse . Everything worked great! I did use foam safe CA on the seam and then put both fuses in their original foam cutouts. I've glued up the horizontal stab tonight as well as part of the vertical stab. I'm planning a functional rudder and retracts for my plne. Hope to have it finished by the BEST fly-in in October.

Thanks for the plans and all of the work to get a foam cutter lined up!

-Stuart
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Old Sep 02, 2007, 10:50 PM
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Has anyone flown their B29 with a Spektrum radio/receiver yet? I was wondering if anyone is experiencing any glitching when using chrome Ultracote?

Here's a couple of pictures of my work in progress. The nacelles will be carved out of foam and I'm adding spring air 602 retracts.

-Stuart
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Old Sep 02, 2007, 11:50 PM
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I used Chrome Monokote on my version of Pat Tritle's Cessna 140 after checking with Monokote and Spektrum folks on potential problems , they assured me that Monokote is transparent to the 2.4ghz signals. I have had no problems with chrome Monokote. If I were using 72mhz gear, I would run an antenna outside the fuselage to the rudder .
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Old Sep 03, 2007, 06:22 AM
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Nice job on the detailing, it really looks great.

I agree with E-C, and I know that Ultracote is transparent to RF.

-Jim
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Old Sep 03, 2007, 07:20 AM
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Thanks for the responses guys. So far, the build has been very easy. The foam parts cut by Flying foam have been outstanding.

I'll be fitting the LG to the Nacelles and building the motor mounts this week. I'm making adapters to fit dual wheels on my LG now.

-Stuart
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Old Sep 20, 2007, 07:13 AM
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Progress report

Thought I'd check in with everyone on my progress.

Rudder and elevator linkage installed.
Wing is sheeted and wing mounts installed. Set the wing to +1 1/2 degrees incidence
Installed retracts. I'm using Spring Air 602's.
Fab'd axle mounts to run dual wheels.
I've carved out 1 of 2 foam nacelles for the inboard motors -

Still have a bunch to do.

Does anyone know where I can find turrets & windows? I don't have a vacu-form machine yet ( on my list of projects ). I've seen where some are using salt shaker tops, etc for forms, then pull heated plastic over them.

I'm also trying to decide on decals to make, just haven't found a good subject yet!

-Stuart
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Old Sep 20, 2007, 10:32 AM
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I have used the Harbor Freight foil without incident .....much more pliable as well, and it is REAL aluminum, how much more scale can you get ?

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Old Sep 20, 2007, 11:19 AM
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Quote:
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Does anyone know where I can find turrents & windows? I don't have a vacu-form machine yet ( on my list of projects ).
I find a lot of usable clear plastic at the 99 cent store. Packaging for a kids ball and jacks set yielded several small domes for example, they might work. I used one on my B-24 for the navigator astrodome
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