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Old May 25, 2008, 01:35 PM
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Dang, I'm missing notifications.

Sorry guys, I seemed to have missed your posts.
At any rate, I clicked the link that you pasted in there seanreit and it takes me right to the page. I guess it's likely been sorted out by now, and I know that you've subscribed so you should get an email notification as well.

At any rate, I've just posted the latest vid - just one section left and the fun starts! (I shouldn't say that - I'm already having fun!)

the vid is #7 in the series and you can find it on my youtube channel at this link here www.youtube.com/b1heqh54
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Old Jun 03, 2008, 01:19 PM
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Pic Update Complete Fuselage Mould

...just a quick pic update today
There will be another video shortly, but I wanted to keep the thread updated.
I've completed all of the mould sections, and will now move on to some access holes to allow for construction.
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Old Jun 07, 2008, 06:58 PM
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P40 Warhawk Fuselage Mould Complete

Well video number 8 is now available on my youtube channel and can be seen on this page here www.youtube.com/b1heqh54
This episode is all about sacrifice and glory! lol
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Old Jun 16, 2008, 12:01 PM
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Tool Validation Layup

...just some quick pics today
All looks good so far - I've just finished joining the two main fuselage sections here and I'm about to join and attach the tail sections.
This part will validate the tool function and provide a sample part for sectioning. The sections will provide templates for formers, radio tray etc..
I removed the bottom mould sections freely by hand to provide access for the joining operation. I used 3 coats of 100% carnauba wax as a parting medium. Detail transfer looks good, and as you can see there was very little flash. To colour the epoxy I used very cheap metallic flake acrylic paint. I expect to have a complete fuselage shell by mid week. I had a few minutes to post some pics and thought I would take the opportunity. Stay tuned - more to come.
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Old Jun 19, 2008, 04:17 AM
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1st P-40E Composite Fuse Pics

I just finished pulling the first fuselage for the P-40 project. There will be another video very shortly to answer some more questions for you "how-to" types.
As you can see, there is still some flash to trim up, but the functionality of the tool has been validated. I also tried a few different experiments with seam joining and layup technique, so if you look closely you will see some variations. All in all, it will serve the pupose and I can fly my plane without fear of pushing the envelope. The weight is 1.6lbs or 0.73kg. It's probably a little on the heavy side, because I wasn't too concerned at this point.
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Old Jun 21, 2008, 02:31 PM
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Success

The final video in the fuselage mould how-to video series (#9) can now be found on my youtube channel on this page here www.youtube.com/b1heqh54
Good luck with your own projects! It's been a blast.
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Old Jul 17, 2008, 08:04 PM
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Great work my darklord
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Old Jul 18, 2008, 01:41 PM
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Australia!?

Well Mick, I'd written this thread off for dead, but seeing as how you've replied from half way around the world, even I, must take the time to say "hey man, thanks for the post - I'm glad you took the time to watch, and I hope you found some info you could use". C U L8R ON M8
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Old Jul 18, 2008, 05:26 PM
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Do you have any pictures of a finished version of this plane
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Old Jul 18, 2008, 07:46 PM
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Not yet sir. Just getting ready to glass the wing.
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Old Oct 01, 2008, 10:48 PM
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Where did all the jobs go?

For anyone who wants to know where all the jobs went.

DGCTV Developers Corner - In Victory Molds with M & M - Part 1 (6 min 49 sec)



Keep buying ARF's guys.
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Old Oct 03, 2008, 01:59 PM
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Inpsired by a friend.

A Builder's Soul.

Building season's back again, that chill is in the air.
Soon the winter storms will blow, yet somehow I don't care.
There's solice in a friend they say, and yes I'll say that's true.
But all alone with wood and glue I'll find it in this too.

Another summer come and gone, the gentle breezes blew.
I found myself in air aloft on wings my fingers knew.
Far above my cares I soared, lifted up to better times.
Try to tie me to the ground but those memories are mine.

Building season's back again, that chill is in the air.
Soon the winter storms will blow, yet somehow I don't care.
There's solice in a friend they say, and yes I'll say that's true.
But all alone with wood and glue I'll find it in this too.

And now the winds of change are here that warn of colder times.
I'll shut myself inside my house, don't worry I'll be fine.
You see I'm building times remembered that once my father knew.
Crafted from a soul some say he made from wood and glue.

Building season's back again, that chill is in the air.
Soon the winter storms will blow, yet somehow I don't care.
There's solice in a friend they say, and yes I'll say that's true.
But all alone with wood and glue I'll find it in this too.

Nothing more than dreams it takes to fly to higher heights.
I still hear those words from him when I'm alone at night.
And so as winter's winds will blow and keep me on the ground,
Alone in precious silence is where you know that I'll be found.

I'll build another ship of hope to sail without a care.
From dreams and dust I'll rise again to challenge summer's air.

- A builder.
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Old Oct 03, 2008, 02:32 PM
2 Build or not 2 build???
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Nice poem, but bummer you have to stay inside all winter. This is the time of year that we start getting serious coastal winds. So the local beach spots are rockin' and the inland sites get bigger winds too. Can't wait. We'll be building too, but that's part-time, year-round. It's the flyin' (year-round) that really keeps us goin.

Sorry to gloat. Get out of the cold and come visit us. There's plenty of wind for everyone.
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Old Oct 04, 2008, 08:22 AM
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A sort of medley of various Beach Boys tunes was playing in my head by the time I got to the end of your post. Dang you anyhow! I just had to scrape the frost off my windshield to go for coffee this morning.
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Old Oct 04, 2008, 12:21 PM
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Weight Comparison Balsa & Ply vs Fibreglass

Alright then, here we go concerning weights.
Before I get into it, I should begin with a few thoughts.

Concerning the fibreglass fuse.
This layup was only intended to validate the function of the mould and as such I wasn't overly concerned with weight.
I used 7Oz cloth rather than 6Oz - so that will likely save a couple of ounces.
I didn't vacuum bag it - so there will be a slight savings in an improvement of epoxy to cloth ratio there.
I put 5Oz of acrylic paint into the epoxy that wasn't necessary but I wanted some contrast so that I could verify the detail transfer from the mould.
I haven't installed ply for the motor mount, battery tray, or wing mounting blocks, but there's also extra material in the nose of the fibreglass shell yet to be removed in that nose.
All in all I expect these factors to amount to an additional reduction of around 7Oz's in the next layup schedule.

Concerning the plug.
There's alot more filler in the plug than I would've put on a flying model in order to achieve scale outline etc.
There's additional materials in the nose and wing saddle area to facilitate mould construction.

There are no control surfaces on either one at this point.
Alright then...

As it stands now
Plug weight - 49Oz or 3.1lbs
Fibreglass fuse weight - 32Oz or 2lbs even
net reduction - 35%

Considering projected weight reduction of 7Oz's in next layup
Plug weight - 49Oz
Fibreglass fuse weight - 25Oz or 1.56lbs or 1lb 9Oz (this is about what I would expect to see)
net reduction - 49% reduction

I still have a couple of tricks up my sleeve, but I think I'm track anyway.
Just out of curiosity does anybody out there have a fuselage in the works without control surfaces on it yet? I'd like to know what one would come in at without all the filler and extra material on it.
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