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Oct 04, 2012, 07:12 PM
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Very nice markings. I also prefer painted markings. Just for future reference, according to Dave Platt the standard for Luftwaffe crosses was the width of the white portion of the crosses on the fuselage sides and the wing bottoms was 1/8th of the cross overall height. The width of the white portion of the crosses on the wing tops was 1/20th of the cross overall height. There were, of course, individual variations.

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Oct 05, 2012, 09:35 AM
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Cheers guys, getting closer by the day. Pat the weather over this side is usually best in the winter for flying, Perth cops a very strong easterly wind in the mornings, and it changes to an often stronger souwesterly ( the Fremantle Doctor ) in the afternoon of the spring/summer months, and as usual the wind gods tend to mock me by saving the still air for when i am up on site at work at this stage i figure that it will be a couple of weeks before maiden time anyway.
Cheers for the info Larry, as you say there are inconsistencies, and the formative days of the Luftwaffe seem to be full of them, i scoured through a lot of the photographs on the web, suprisingly there are more pics of Heinkels in Spanish markings than German, especially considering the Luftwaffe was one of Adolf's new toys and he was dead keen on showing it off! anyway nearly every photo of the type in German markings has different crosses, in the end i just went with what i figured looked best Below are some links to photos showing some of the variations, usually you can count on the Germans for order and precision, they must have been having an off year!

in the end i figured that i would just go with the one below that i found on
Wings Pallete which supposedly was supposedly operated by
2./JG 132 Richthofen who were the first unit supplied with the type.

Oct 06, 2012, 09:12 AM
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Looks fantastic. Great job on the graphics. Looking forward to seeing her all together.

Oct 07, 2012, 12:43 AM
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Thanks Jim.
the windscreen was made from some clear plastic from a fruit juice bottle, with the framing out of evergreen 'C' channel, and 'I' beam, the frame painted silver, and then glued in position with canopy glue.
the exhaust stubs were vacformed from the balsa form i made previously, the two halves of each were trimmed, gaps filled, and painted. to mount the stubs 3/16 holes were drilled into the fuse with larger holes counter sunk 1/4" in. the stubs then had a short length of 3/16" aluminum tube glued into each stub which will then be glued into the matching holes in the fuse. the 2 center stubs on each side have a piece of carbon tube in place of the ali tube these are longer and go right through to the center section of the battery bay, these will locate through blocks on the under side of the battery cover to hold it in position.
lots of little things to do still, but slipped all the big bits together for a looksee, nothing was screwed down hense the small gaps where the struts locate in the wings.

Oct 07, 2012, 01:04 AM
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Oh my! That is so beautiful. Wow.
Oct 07, 2012, 01:32 AM
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Great work Craig!

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Oct 07, 2012, 02:43 AM
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Very nice Craig - the exhausts do the job

Oct 07, 2012, 03:14 AM
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Cheers Guys,
Reuben, mate i have not followed the V8's since Lightning Larry Perkins retired, the bloke was a dead set champion! might start to follow them again next year seeing as more manufacturers are getting involved, makes things much more interesting when the local product is up against some real competition i think, i miss the glory days of the 80's and 90's when Aussie tintop racing was at it's best!

Oct 07, 2012, 04:11 AM
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Wow. That is one beautiful build/bird. Well done! Cant wait for the maiden and video.
Oct 07, 2012, 06:15 AM
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Awesome work Craig! what a looker...

Oct 07, 2012, 07:09 AM
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Thanks darook, and Stephen, i am looking forward to the big day myself, a mate of mine down at the club Capt Biggles has kindly offered to film the maiden for me when the time comes.

Question for Peter, i just made the brass WM strap that secures the lower wing, i was wanting to know if the two center screws that secure it to the fuselage are really required? the reason being that with the wings in place and screws at either end of the WM strip the wings can't go anywhere, and i am not overly keen on the screws in the center possibly chaffing any servo wiring in the center section. this area in the fuselage is the prime location for recievers and the associated servo wiring. your thoughts?

Oct 07, 2012, 07:37 AM
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Absolutely beautiful what else can I say, looking forward to seeing her in the air, maybe we can get the HS123 up as well after your maiden.

Oct 07, 2012, 08:37 AM
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Now that, mate, is looking really spiffy. I love the panel detail.

Those screws are there to prevent the strap going missing, rather than anything else. If you don't intend to dismantle her, leave them out - or leave the strap attached to one wing so you can't 'leave it at home'.

Oct 07, 2012, 09:16 AM
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Keeps getting better and better......

Wonderful work. Will be a pleasure to see fly.

Oct 07, 2012, 09:20 AM
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Thanks Pete, i have only gone lightly with the panel lines, you have to get pretty close to see them but i didn't want to over do them. Cool as regarding the screws for WM, just wanted to be sure before i disgarded them.

Thanks Bill, and Shaun. will be cool to see the 123 up there, BTW i finally after nearly 5 years killed the Boomy today in the name of science and fun, specked her out and power dove her straight down to see if i could discover the V-max, survived the first 2 pulling out about 2' off the deck, 3rd time she flicked into a lunatic spin when i went to pull out Splinter is now the proud owner of a slightly second hand CAC Boomerang!

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