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Old May 16, 2003, 09:52 PM
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New Peter Rake design


Here are some pics of my latest effort with Peter - 1913 Sommer Monoplane.
Span- 46 in, weight approx 21oz, speed 400 geared with an MP Jet 2.33:1 gearbox, 9x6 prop, 8x600AE cells. Covering is Coverlite. Wheels -home made. Pull/Pull controls.
I just finished the controls tonight and still have to get a pilot.
This is a typical Rake design-well thought out and a fairly easy build. With the generous chord on the wing it ought to be a very gentle flier. Hopefully the weather will cooperate soon and I can get it into the air for some flight shots.
Thanks for the opportunity Pete,
Dave
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Old May 16, 2003, 09:53 PM
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Old May 16, 2003, 10:04 PM
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really nice looking! great workmanship. I wish you luck on your first flights...she should fly as great as she looks. =)
Now, how did you make that nice looking dummy radial? Im trying to think of how to fabricate one for my E.III....I was thinking maybe foam and/or paper, with balsa bits, then painted.
Old May 16, 2003, 10:19 PM
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The radial is made from two disks, 1 lite ply (on the rear) and one balsa. They are wrapped with 1/64 ply to form the engine housing. A third smaller disk is then glued to the front to give more definition. The cylinders are made by wrapping paper around an appropriately sized form, CA'ing the paper as you roll it. The cylinders cooling fins are simply winds of some heavy fishing line. The rocker on top is a piece of balsa and the rod is a piece of aluminium tube. Pins and drops of white glue are used for some detail do-dads. The whole affair mounts right to the gearbox.
Here's a pics of the unpainted engine.
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Old May 16, 2003, 10:22 PM
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Painted and unmounted engine.
Old May 16, 2003, 10:58 PM
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Dave, the monoplane looks beautiful! I bet it'll attract a lot of attention at the field. A nice pilot bust for during flight would really top it off.
Old May 16, 2003, 11:23 PM
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Thanks Gerald. I'm looking for an appropriate pilot. I'd like to get one that with a hat, like those guys in the movie Daring Young Men & Their Flying Machines. You know like an old fashioned golf hat turned backwards. I'll be searching the local doll shops.
I've got three of these early fliers now-Eastbourne, Rapid and Sommer. Its turning into a fleet!!
Dave
Old May 16, 2003, 11:39 PM
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thanks for the details on the engine. thats a great idea using the thick fishing line for the cooling fins and then drybrushing them a lighter color. if only mine will come out so nicely! =) I will "borrow" a couple of your ideas (paper cylinders and fishing line) when I make mine. thanks!
Old May 16, 2003, 11:44 PM
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Dave - That looks wonderful! Best of luck for the maiden
Old May 17, 2003, 03:43 AM
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Lovely looking aircraft,very nice workmanship,you just cant beat these old timers,real flying machines!!
Good luck on maiden

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Old May 17, 2003, 04:51 AM
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Fantastic work, Dave! I look forward to inflight shots.

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Old May 17, 2003, 06:35 AM
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Dave,
Beautiful mate, absolutely beautiful. I eagerly await the photos and flight report. She's even nicer than the Rapid.

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Old May 17, 2003, 08:06 AM
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Just took another look at those pictures and I just cannot resist saying again: Wonderful! Put it on a putting green and take a low angle shot and one might even think its real!
Old May 17, 2003, 10:57 AM
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Wonderful work! Good luck on the maiden.
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