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Nov 01, 2017, 07:10 AM
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Giant Scale Shorts 360-200


After scratch building two Shorts SC.7 Sky Vans I have found another Shorts Brothers aircraft to scratch. Thanks to a thread located here https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...-Decals/page33 post number 489 by NAKIUM949. This will not be a complete build thread but more of just updates on construction with pictures. Many thanks for the 3 views posting NAKIUM949.

I have chosen a 93" wingspan with a total target weight of under 12 pounds. Power will be twinn electric motors swinging 14" 4 blade props. This will be more of a stand off scale than a true scale effort. Landing gear will be fixed as opposed to retractable but also removable to accommodate a retract retrofit. Basic construction materials will be 1/2" foam insulation board for the fuse and tail feathers with wings constructed of balsa, plywood, carbon fiber and foam.

The wing sheeting will be a bit of a challenge. I am using Dollar Store Foam Board with its easily removed paper faces. This inexpensive soft foam material 3 - 4mm thick in its stock form is inconsistent in thickness and finish. It's very wavy as well. I will run this bare foam through sheet metal Slip Rollers to condense the foam, roll it a bit to airfoil shape and give it a more consistent thickness. I have already tried this process and it works great. I obtained a used Slip Roller machine an I'm in the process of rebuilding that now.

Covering will be a combination of heat shrink Econocoat and adhesive vinyl sign material. Finish will display the Fed Ex livery.

Most of the structure drawings are completed using the above 3 view drawings enlarged to the correct scale. The fuse has been started and I'll post some pictures of that in the next few days. I hope to fly this beast in the spring...we will see!

Hope we all enjoy this project and as always input is welcomed.

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Nov 01, 2017, 10:29 AM
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Some early photos of the fuse and nose sections
Nov 01, 2017, 04:09 PM
Give me a TriStar anyday!
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No problem, can't wait to see the results
Nov 06, 2017, 10:25 AM
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Fuse starting to take shape. Canít wait to get it on the gear.
Nov 11, 2017, 02:01 PM
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This is thread is a bit old and the model's a smaller all-balsa version, but it might be of some assistance to your build.

Shorts 360 Thread

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Nov 11, 2017, 04:39 PM
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This is thread is a bit old and the model's a smaller all-balsa version, but it might be of some assistance to your build.

Shorts 360 Thread

Shorts 360 Flight
Thanks.
Nov 17, 2017, 02:55 PM
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The fuse construction is making progress. I still have a long way to go and much engineering as well. The vertical and horizontal tail components are under construction. Iím just waiting on the nose gear to come in so that can be fitted.
Nov 17, 2017, 02:56 PM
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I should mention that my work table is 8 feet long.
Nov 17, 2017, 03:40 PM
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Very nice!!!!
Nov 26, 2017, 08:29 PM
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Tail surfaces are completed and installed. The vertical steel ruler is 36 inches just for some perspective. Still waiting on nose gear and some more servos.

The elevator servos are installed and now Iím working on the rudder servo. I need to do some additional form sanding just to smooth out the rough edges and complete the airfoil shapes for the tail feathers.

The design work is progressing on the wing center section and outer wing panels. I have decided to use a 3piece wing design with the outer panels plugging in just outside of the nacelles.
Nov 28, 2017, 09:28 PM
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You do real nice work, bps. I hope that you will keep this thread updated and continue to post lots of photos.
Nov 29, 2017, 06:19 AM
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You do real nice work, bps. I hope that you will keep this thread updated and continue to post lots of photos.
Thanks for the kind words. I do plan on posting pictures and basic information. I wish time permitted a complete build thread but I just don't have that kind of time just now.

I have started collecting electronics for this plane. I've decided on 17 gram metal gear digital servos, one for nose gear, one for rudder, two for elevator, two for ailerons, four for flaps. So far that's 10. For the receiver(s) I will be using two 8 channel FrSky telemetry units. One in the tail for elevator, rudder, strobe and nav. One in the fuse for throttles, ailerons, flaps and nose gear. Landing lights, wing strobes and wing tip nav lights will be on a separate battery pac controlled by two digital switches. The receiver decision might change as I'm also considering a power box. That thought does have merit. More later.
Nov 29, 2017, 10:32 PM
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Dave Rees Built a ~32 " span SCALE Shorts 330 with twin C02 motors.
It proved a good enough Model build to win at the Nationals.
Might be worth mining for info?
Dec 10, 2017, 07:55 PM
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Thanks for the info. Those FF flyers are experts at balancing through all flight modes.

Iíve made a bit more progress this week. The nose wheel box, strut, steering servo, nose sides and bottom are in place. I have started on the nose top sheeting. Just waiting on metal gear nose wheel servo to arrive.

The main gear building is now underway and I have parts on order for them. I will post pics when I have something tangible to see. In the meantime check out this monster fuse as it grows!
Jan 14, 2018, 07:51 PM
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Working on the landing gear wing and making some great progress. The LG wing is ready to receive the wheel pods. I have utilized nose wheel gear for the mains. Iím still working on those hoping to install them next. Once the wheel pods are on the wing struts will attach to them so I gave some design work to do there. I will need to get the wing under construction.

I had some extra time so I assembled the prop and spinner to balance them. One prop assembly finished! Having the prop ready to install will let me take accurate measurements so that construction can begin on the nacelles. More later.


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