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Old Oct 31, 2007, 01:39 PM
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AerodromeRC 1:9 Scale Sopwith Snipe Proto Build

The prototype kit of Kurt's 1/9 Snipe was waiting for me at the post office today. This is a very long short kit! There is a lot of wood included, and there is pretty much nothing except a few dowels that the builder needs to purchase as far as wood goes. The laser cutting and wood selection is top notch. The 3 very large plan sheets are a thing of beauty. I can't wait to dig in and get started! I have a night shift to work, but hopefully I can get a good start later this week. I think things will go together very quickly.
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Old Oct 31, 2007, 01:52 PM
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Heh Huninthesun,
Is that the proper rudder for Barker's machine? Looks like the later variant's tail.
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Old Oct 31, 2007, 02:01 PM
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Heh Huninthesun,
Is that the proper rudder for Barker's machine? Looks like the later variant's tail.
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Fear not, the kit includes parts for both early and late rudder versions, as well as early and late ailerons.

Here's a picture to illustrate how complete the kit is. Included are some nicely cut control horns. Notice the penny for size comparison. Yes, that's a Canadian penny, now worth 1.05 cents US!
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Old Oct 31, 2007, 03:42 PM
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Ah, trust Kurt to put both versions in! Smart move. Hope to start building mine in a couple of weeks or so. Silkspan covered, dope finish. That's one way of chasing the boss and kids out of the house for the day!
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Old Oct 31, 2007, 04:06 PM
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Frank, I'm sure you'll pull off a wonderful job again! I am watching eagerly.
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Old Oct 31, 2007, 04:59 PM
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Thanks Edi. It's not hard to wind up with a great model when you have a kit like this to start with.

A man can resist only so long. The wife went out for some last minute Halloween decorations, so out came the glue and pins. A few minutes with some accurately cut laser parts and some 1/8" square stock, and the fin and rudder are assembled. I'm modelling Canadian William Barker's Snipe, which is the early version. Notice the plan also shows the later version of the Snipe. I actually prefer the lines of the later version, but I'm restricted by history!
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Old Nov 01, 2007, 07:02 PM
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A few more laser cut balsa pieces and some 1/8" square stock form the stab and elevators.
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Old Nov 01, 2007, 10:04 PM
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What glue is that in the syringe? Looks like carpenter's wood glue.

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Old Nov 02, 2007, 01:02 AM
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Sure is. Elmer's "Pro Bond". It grabs fast, dries pretty quick, and sand really nicely. And at $5 for a big bottle, darned cheap, too.
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Old Nov 02, 2007, 12:46 PM
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Fuselage construction starts out pretty basic. Balsa sides with a 1/32" ply doubler, and 1/8" balsa framework at the rear. All the balsa strip stock is included, and it's nice, strong stock well suited to the task.

I like to draw horizontal lines spaced 1/2" apart along the long edge of the fuse sides. It really makes it easy later to keep things square when the fuselage is assembled and it comes time to install servo rails, etc.
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Old Nov 02, 2007, 03:23 PM
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Here's the firewall being glued to the fuselage sides. I decided to leave the firewall in its laser cut sheet and pin the whole thing down on to the building board. It made it a lot easier to install the sides and ensure they were square. I used some clamps to hold a triangle and a square upright against the sides while the glue dries.
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Old Nov 03, 2007, 08:25 AM
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Thought you'd have it finished by now.
The Pro Bond, is that they're polyurathane glue, the one that foams?
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Old Nov 03, 2007, 10:22 AM
Oh no, not again!
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vonJ, sweet looking build. Barker has been one of my heroes since I read "Knights of the Air" as a kid. Far eclipsed Billy Bishop for me. That last amazing fight in the Snipe (and the fact that he survived) sounded more like fiction than real life. I'll get a vicarious kick out of following your build.

Cheers, Jeff
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Old Nov 03, 2007, 11:57 AM
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Baldguy - Nah, it''s just plain old yellow wood glue. Seems to work a bit better than the others, at least for me.

Jeff- Thanks! I agree with you about Barker. Glad you are enjoying the build.
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Old Nov 03, 2007, 05:47 PM
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Sad thing is Barker died test flying a bird after the war in Ontario. Some even speculated that it might have been intentional as he continual suffered a great deal from the injures sustained in the last dogfight. Here at our airforce base there is an admin. building named after him.
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