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Jul 22, 2019, 08:01 PM
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After all the sanding comments, I think I finally have the wings close to what I want. Time to work on ailerons.
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Jul 23, 2019, 09:46 PM
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The plans for the Spitfire show the location of the ailerons on the real plane. But they do not match the rib locations.

So, I decided to follow the rib locations for my aileron boundries. I also looked at the ailerons on my 1/2A Eugley Stick as a guide.
Jul 23, 2019, 09:49 PM
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So, I measured in an inch at both ends, and marked the aileron location.

I am using 1/2 inch X 1/2 inch balsa for my aileron backing (to hold the hinges). So I used the 1/2 square balsa to mark my cut line. And saw.
Jul 23, 2019, 09:51 PM
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Glued the 1/2 X 1/2 balsa in place. Then commenced with the razor plane.
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Jul 23, 2019, 09:52 PM
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And here ya go: a spot to attach an aileron. About an hour's work.
Jul 23, 2019, 09:56 PM
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Next, I will use some 1/4 inch thick balsa to make an aileron. The existing wing trailing edge will help me define the aileron trailing edge.

Note that I originally thought I could using the existing wing trailing edge for part of the aileron. But I think it will be easier to sand a full aileron.

Also, a look at where the servo will go.
Jul 23, 2019, 10:28 PM
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I want to emphasize, again, that when I use a sanding block or razor plane, I try to hold the wing in a manner that does not cause stress. Like holding the wing on a flat surface.

And sometimes I still screw up. I break parts.....and glue them back. It is all going to be covered, anyway.
Jul 23, 2019, 11:20 PM
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Lookin' good! Nice progress, Gary.
Jul 24, 2019, 06:09 PM
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Work on the right wing.
Jul 24, 2019, 08:15 PM
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I appear to have fooled around and made an aileron.

'Fooled around" means lots of sanding. I used the razor plane some, but it did not take well to the 1/4" balsa I used for the aileron.
Jul 24, 2019, 08:18 PM
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By the way, there are several places in the wing that need internal fillets.
Jul 25, 2019, 11:53 AM
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Slow and steady wins the race!
Jul 25, 2019, 10:23 PM
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Putting in some Robart micro hinges. Not glued yet.
Jul 26, 2019, 10:03 AM
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Coming along real nice! Whats your target weight?
Jul 26, 2019, 10:00 PM
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Originally Posted by J40
Coming along real nice! Whats your target weight?
On the box, the Spitfire is listed as weighing 17 to 19 ounces [482 to 539 grams]. That is with "standard" late 1990's radio gear and NiCad batteries.

I am hoping I can reduce the weight, mainly by using modern radio equipment, mini-servos, and Li-Fe battery.


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