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Jul 16, 2020, 12:34 PM
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Yes, I think I'll do so, Fuzz.

I added planking on the top of the fuselage and sanded it all down. Still a lot of details to do, but good for some outside shots.
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Jul 16, 2020, 03:39 PM
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Very attractive Ronald. What are you planning to cover with?

All the best

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Jul 17, 2020, 05:49 AM
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Thanks, Alec.

Covering depends a bit on the paint scheme and I'm undecided about that.

I wanted to use silver heat shrink film for a military scheme. But now I thought of a civilian scheme, probably a racer? Those often don't have a metallic base color.

I have tissue and Koverall available, as well as the film. I prefer the look and feel of tissue or Koverall but painting a metallic base color isn't easy.
Jul 17, 2020, 10:47 AM
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Hi Ronald, that looks like a Mustang! Have you tried poly span?

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Jul 19, 2020, 09:39 AM
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I read a lot about polyspan on rcgroups but couldn't find a source in Germany up to now.

At the moment I'm leaning towards using some heavier tissue.
Jul 20, 2020, 01:44 AM
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Look for 'polyester tissue'.....Mike at Free Flight Supplies www.freeflightsupplies.co.uk sells it.
Jul 20, 2020, 05:37 AM
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Ronald, Poly Span(or FAI polyester tissue) would be perfect for this size frame. Be sure to get the real thing. There are some heavier stuff being sold in large quantities, that do not have a very smooth good side. The real stuff, is 20"W x 12"L. Grain running the length of the roll. An 18" chord is about max, leaving enough for handling.

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Jul 26, 2020, 04:39 PM
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Thanks for the hints! I think I found the correct stuff on German supplier's sites.

But I have to admit, I still used the silver heat shrink film from Hobbyking.

I will do a paint scheme with a metallic base color, so it's much easier to use the silver film than to paint the whole plane.

Vertical tail was the first to get started.
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Jul 26, 2020, 05:08 PM
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Thats understandable, Ronald. I have used silver or alum iron on as a base also. Makes for nice wear and tear look after painting.
Jul 28, 2020, 03:52 PM
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The wing is done, took me the whole evening
Jul 28, 2020, 04:18 PM
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smoooth...looks sleek!
Jul 29, 2020, 09:06 AM
Still the "Pro"-crastinator...
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Beautiful workmanship. You sir, are a craftsman!

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Jul 29, 2020, 06:00 PM
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Looks pretty good for an evening's work to me
Jul 30, 2020, 04:37 AM
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Looking great! What's the airframe weight at the moment?
Jul 30, 2020, 11:39 AM
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Hey guys, you make me blush

The weight right now including a 3s2200 lipo is 1130g, or 40oz, or 2.5lbs.

I'm still missing a canopy and some detailing. I think that's a good weight so far. The E-Flite P-51 1.2m is just 4 inches bigger but weighs 1500g.


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