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May 10, 2018, 04:37 AM
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Hi guys - is anyone doing stick and tissue and rubber motor models in Bucharest? I am an english speaking visitor to Romania, my wife is Romanian, and we are here until July. In between visits to the relations and my wifeís old school friends and many many government offices, I have been constructing a Taylorcraft O57 to plans by Earl Strahl. I have had some trouble tracking down matierials. If anyone else is doing this kind of thing, could we compare notes?

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Jeff Robinson
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May 10, 2018, 08:19 AM
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Wings, being rough shaped.
May 14, 2018, 11:28 PM
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Oh well, I was hoping to get some advice about where to buy music/piano wire for the landing gear and rubber hook mecahanism, but it seems I will have to use some of this. My wife is not best pleased, but we bought a new one. I would still like to know if it is possible to buy nitrocellulose dope, and good quality tissue around Bucharest.

Cheers,
JR
May 15, 2018, 09:02 AM
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Hello Jeff,

You can go to https://www.sierra.ro/ .
They carry lots of building materials and hardware and. It's an online store.Check them out.

Cheers,
Val
May 15, 2018, 11:58 AM
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Thanks Val, Sierra is new to me, I will have a look there.

Regards,

Jeff
May 16, 2018, 02:27 AM
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phoenixmodels.ro also, for tissue:
https://phoenixmodels.ro/ro/277-mate...pentru-finisaj
and dope
https://phoenixmodels.ro/ro/96-vopsele
May 16, 2018, 12:58 PM
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Thank you renatoa, and all the best to you.
JR
May 17, 2018, 09:34 AM
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Phoenix looks as though it has everything but I went ahead with disassembling the whisk and obtained about a metre of a fairly soft spring wire. It bent up quite well into the 2 part landing gear, from which I must now remove the chrome and solder the 2 parts together.
Sorry about persisting only in english - my romanian does not extend much beyond buna deminaza.
JR
May 18, 2018, 02:24 AM
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No problem at all !
There is a local forum, much more active than here, where you can post in English and will get replies. This is the link to general model planes branch:
http://www.rhcforum.ro/forum/2-aeromodelism/
Also, there is a FB group devoted especially to handmade model planes:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/airdream/
May 19, 2018, 12:20 AM
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A-ha! Thats great, renatoa, thanks. I am not a user of FB but Iíll register with the other and put up a few words about this build.
JR
May 29, 2018, 03:44 AM
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Most of the construction work is done now, the nose will be shaped from the piece of pink foam found on a construction site nearby, the landing gear needs to be soldered together and wheels built, again from pink foam I think. Also a lot of sanding/shaping to do on the wings and fuselage. I found tissue paper in an art supply store in the city, and I find I can adhere it to balsa if I lay it, wet, over glue stick on the frame. Enough progress to imagine I will have it finished before I leave Romania at the end of June. We plan to do a road trip within Romaniafor the next week, so no more building for a while. All the best, JR
May 30, 2018, 01:32 AM
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For balsa sanding should be replaced as much as possible by a razor plane.
Check my thoughts on this subject, and pictures, at the end of this message:
https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...07&postcount=4
May 30, 2018, 09:09 AM
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I like your work renatoa, and I agree with you about razor planes. I do not have one here, instead I carve the first shape with a box cutter knife, and sand to the final form. This works on leading and trailing edges as well as foam. Today I soldered my first ever landing gear, bent up from that whisk, above, and attached and shaped the nose. Regards, Jeff.
Jun 10, 2018, 10:14 AM
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A first mock-up, still lots of sanding to be done, but most of the parts are built.
Jun 12, 2018, 11:04 PM
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Propeller laminations of 2.5mm and 6mm have got me almost to the end of my small stash of balsa, which was one of the objects of this build, and shaping has begun.


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