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Posted by fairweatherflyer | Jan 21, 2020 @ 04:37 AM | 29,453 Views
For the time being switching over to here with the Demon build.
For all those who have commented so far on the build, thank you- all your comments have been welcome, No amount of jokes about vices or grandma's tables have been considered in this decision which was independent of that.
Posted by fairweatherflyer | May 20, 2016 @ 03:52 PM | 19,022 Views
These are the pilots for Tim's pzone mossie. They are David Banks pilots and were painted by David Banks.

picture of them in their office now attached
Posted by fairweatherflyer | Apr 20, 2016 @ 08:26 AM | 18,609 Views
flying pics of my favourite plane!
Thanks to John for the great photos
19thApril2016 (1 min 11 sec)

Posted by fairweatherflyer | Jan 26, 2016 @ 06:26 AM | 19,246 Views
For the condensed version of the stutter build and maiden flight click here
Posted by fairweatherflyer | Sep 11, 2015 @ 12:25 PM | 20,356 Views
What happens when too much heat is applied to polyspan

the heat gun did a great job of sorting out the few bags I was having trouble ironing out in a wing panel. Then I got a bit enthusiastic and just did a bit too much.

Have now stripped off the panel and will start again (with a bit more caution)
Posted by fairweatherflyer | Aug 08, 2015 @ 04:19 AM | 16,869 Views
getting harder and slower now - steaming experiment ahead of doing some of the decking and wire bending pics below
Posted by fairweatherflyer | Jul 19, 2015 @ 05:07 AM | 20,380 Views
started fus. loads to do still. but starting to look like I have a useable pile of bits!
Posted by fairweatherflyer | Jul 01, 2015 @ 02:25 AM | 20,345 Views
Hello everyone, Does anyone have a good trick to stop the lid of the CA gluing itself to the tube. Tried wiping it, but just got stuff stuck to it!!

Thanks everyone
Posted by fairweatherflyer | Jun 30, 2015 @ 11:09 AM | 20,924 Views
1st wing panel under construction minus root rib. - ply cutting progressing OK too. Trailing edge wood seems a bit too soft and might need beefing up.
Posted by fairweatherflyer | Jun 25, 2015 @ 07:18 AM | 20,215 Views
advice from peter rake as to method as follows

'Personally I've never found root rib guides to work particularly well - even when they are cut at the correct angle. I find it much better to leave out the root rib until you have finished wing panels, then pack up the tip the required amount and use a set-square to set up the root rib. Set-square, angle iron, whatever, as long as it results in an upright rib.
Anyway, as long as you end up with roughly 2.4 - 2.5 degrees of dihedral it'll be fine. '

And re the wings being slightly different lengths and setting them using 3/4" packing under the wing tips
"Even using a common guide for both upper and lower wing roots there won't be enough difference to worry about. "
Posted by fairweatherflyer | Jun 22, 2015 @ 10:48 AM | 20,695 Views
re weights of covering material.

Litespan 30g per sq m (all others are weighted to in g per sq metre.)*
Polyester supershrink gloss 60-80g (as on Blackburn models)
Polyester supershrink matt 60-75g
Profilm/Oracover - haven't been able to find a weight for this
Solarfilm 55-60g
Solar tex 85-98g
Solite 20g.**

*requires balsaloc adhesive.
**rather opaque looking
Posted by fairweatherflyer | Jun 20, 2015 @ 09:07 AM | 20,820 Views
Having a crack at building this. Haven't built for an age, so hoping it will turn out OK and with 2 pairs of wings and not 4 for one side (oh well, if that happens I'll just have to do another one! Slightly confused at first having cut out the ribs and realising there appeared to be no top spars Thanks JIMA and others for putting me right on this. Incidently weighed the paper templates that I peeled off the parts after cutting them - a little over 6g so far and some like fus.sides still have template on. Have had a few snags sourcing bass wood, but that should be resolved now - seems to be used by lots of crafters and makers of dolls houses.

Whilst waiting for this - am making model park/playground with daughter who is eagerly gluing scraps and cutting them up with the razor saw!-off topic so no separate build log for this!