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Apr 26, 2012, 12:36 AM
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Hi Joe
Thanks for your input and for taking the time to research it, much appreciated (made me feel a lot better) – I'm covering with Solite so should be able to keep the weight to something like that figure.
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Apr 26, 2012, 07:05 AM
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Wonderful job your doing there Charles!!

How many hours to do the planking? It looks GREAT...

Hope your weight works out OK, seems like every plane I build ALWAYS ends up at least 10 to 20% heavier than I thought it would be.... they have all flown though never had one so portly it wouldn't get off the ground

Enjoying your thread.

Apr 26, 2012, 10:38 AM
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Hi Bill
It took about 12 hrs in total to get the fuse to the state as you see it – keeps me out of the pub!
Very satisfying when you get the right result!
Apr 30, 2012, 07:20 AM
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The 17's looking great! About "glueing" the wings into place. I was building my GB-17 when someone I know crashed theirs on takeoff, they had glued the wings into place and was a pain to repair. So on mine after sliding the spars into the slots in the fus. I drilled two holes per spar and held them into place with dows. That way if I ever have bad damage I can just detach the wing(s).
Apr 30, 2012, 10:37 AM
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Hi Parkk that's a good idea I will have to give it some thought
Apr 30, 2012, 10:12 PM
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This is impressive, gives me hope for my project!
May 17, 2012, 01:39 AM
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Hi Everyone
Some images showing the installation of the wiring amazingly everything worked first time with no problems plus two images taken by a photographer friend of mine at RAF Binbrook in Lincolnshire during the filming of Memphis Belle in the late eighties William Wyler directed the original film back in 1943, his daughter, who appears in one of the attached images alongside David Putnam also directed during the making of the second movie Robert Morgan and other crew members were also present for the shoot that's inspiration!
May 18, 2012, 01:13 AM
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Some images showing the completion of the wing sheeting, tidying up of the electrics installation, rudder and elevator glued in place and rudder/tail wheel connected to the servo via Dubro cable
May 19, 2012, 05:22 PM
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Looking fantatsic '54

May 27, 2012, 10:48 PM
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Im On to this one too...
I ordered some hk retracts and on hold for $ for motors considering cf2812... The hk1811 2900 kv didnt work so well for me (think its cause I used 3 cells...only worked on the p-47) Also, considering micro servo for bomb doors... My weight right now is 450 grams w 4 servos installed and 4 channel receiver for test purposses (will switch to 6 channel when it arrives. The wing tip in one image is an hk sbach vry similar flight surfaces at 1100 grams and running on 425 watts of pwr so I figure I need 400 watts for this project and similar weight restriction. Found one called the golden hind with image of women in golden knickers on tail w yellow tail control surfaces (think its from the 5th bomber group.
May 28, 2012, 08:27 PM
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I built 1/2 and added the 2nd sides ribs to it. I don't think my way is the right way to do it, but in the past I had trouble withe the plastic parts not fitting correctly. Since I sheet it with the thin balsa, everything gets a little bigger than if it was coated with paper or a monocoat type material Everything is very fragile before I sheet it But, the sheeting adds strength (and some weight) Honestly, its all 1 big experiment for me I would assume if you are going to coat it with paper or monocoat, You will want the strength of the extra ribs.
Jun 15, 2012, 01:26 AM
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Hi Everyone update on this build have managed to get the nacelles and cowlings fitted, not as daunting as first thought. Almost ready to start covering with silver Solite I am going to use black Solite cut to shape for the windows etc.
Jun 15, 2012, 08:02 AM
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Looking really nice! As one who started this model several years ago only to bog down in its complexity, I admire your perseverance, especially given the beautiful job you've done on the insert planking. Perhaps once I finish my Lancaster I'll dust off my Fort and see what can be done...


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