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Aug 05, 2018, 09:26 AM
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Mike, Beautiful! About how many hours per day do you put in on a project like this?
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Aug 05, 2018, 12:34 PM
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Thanks George and Jim. Freddy, I have been keeping an hours build record since day 1 (which was 70 days ago) and it comes to about 2 hours a day. I can hear my wife's hollow laughter as I write this, because I have really been putting in the time on this build. With the hot weather I'm up at 5:45 and get two hours before breakfast, so I don't really know how the figure is so low. Flying weather has been good lately though, and I do a fair amount of dinghy sailing.

I'll do a full breakdown of hours per structure at the end: at the moment the nacelles and associated parts are easily in the lead!
Aug 09, 2018, 07:10 AM
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I had a couple of hours of fun with the cockpit, copying as far as possible the real thing. Just half close your eyes please.

I edged all the nacelle/wing joins with strips of covering material. This makes subsequent covering much easier. The nacelles are covered in halves and don't look too bad at a distance.
Aug 09, 2018, 09:17 AM
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Everything looks great at a distance! (LOL)
Aug 11, 2018, 03:50 AM
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An other one built in Sweden !
Aug 11, 2018, 11:00 AM
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I could not open the link Ivve, but I saw the model on the Hall of Fame. I think mine will be the fifth, if you count the enlarged one. And Ivan's, of course.

Did some more covering today. Why is it always the very last piece of the session that turns bad and has to be redone? Or ignored until it stares you out?
Aug 18, 2018, 10:38 PM
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Update to item #28in this thread.
There were three DH86s that came to NZ in 1935 for Union Airways, which is now Air NZ.
All three aircraft were taken over by the RNZAF in 1939.
ZK AEF and ZK AEG both had taxing accidents during the war when in RNZAF service.
ZK AEH crashed on takeoff and was written off.
I am interested in the story of a cover up by UK Authorities.
My Uncle was one of the first eight pilots to join Union Airways in 1935 and did a lot of flying in the DH86.
Last edited by Fly Tusk; Aug 18, 2018 at 10:47 PM.
Yesterday, 01:26 AM
And nobody knew their names ..
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Very nice work Mike. Looks like you will have built yourself into the shed by the end.


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