Feb 01, 2013, 11:19 PM
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Canopy On

No Way Out for the Dodgey Little Pilot Now!
I glued the canopy retraction thingy on this morning, and then proceeded to glue on the canopy itself using canopy glue (which looks and smells suspiciously like white wood glue!).

Prop Hub Woes...
I ordered the parts I need to attach my prop hub from Truturn a couple of days ago. And of course when I tried to take off the adapter I currently have in place, I find that it is securely fused to the motor shaft, and I can't budge it! Must have been the thread lock I put into the grub screw holes. To make matters worse the shaft has started to spin in the motor because of how hard I was trying to get the damn adapter off... Some tightening of screws will fix that, but man what a pain. I may have to resort to cutting the damn thing to pieces to get it off!
Last edited by Gree; Feb 03, 2013 at 05:55 AM.
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Feb 01, 2013, 11:34 PM
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You need a fag lighter for your adapter Gree.
Feb 02, 2013, 08:13 AM
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Excellent work Gree.. something those hands have'nt seen... is that nail varnish?
(actualy Gree, there is only one of us, but it allows me to add some comments here and there that are'nt sarcastic)

It's at this stage when you find a large thumb print on the inside of the canopy!!
Feb 02, 2013, 08:50 AM
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Top notch work Gree...it looks super!
Feb 02, 2013, 09:11 AM
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Fantastic Gree!

You must be getting pretty anxious by now to fly it?
Feb 02, 2013, 09:58 AM
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Just put a soldering iron on the adaptor that has the thread lock on it. With a little heat it will come right off.
Feb 02, 2013, 01:53 PM
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The pilot looks great in there. Must be scary to glue the cockpit shut though, I'd be afraid something would come loose inside or I'd realize I'd forgotten something right after it was on . Oh and the thingamagig looks perfect.
Feb 02, 2013, 04:19 PM
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Feb 02, 2013, 05:33 PM
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Thanks guys, I appreciate all the comments. Good to know you're all out there.

I tried a large soldering iron Jeff. No joy. I'll try a flame and see what happens. Jeff (Glasser) good to have you and your multiple personalities back on board!
Last edited by Gree; Feb 03, 2013 at 04:25 AM.
Feb 02, 2013, 05:35 PM
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Originally Posted by rcwings View Post
Fantastic Gree!

You must be getting pretty anxious by now to fly it?
Do you mean anxious TO fly it, or anxious ABOUT flying it!?
Last edited by Gree; Feb 03, 2013 at 04:25 AM.
Feb 03, 2013, 03:39 AM
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If the shaft comes out of the motor body I would either use a blow torch or bung it in the oven at 300 for 15mins with the shaft upright and thread down. The ali should expand quicker than the steel and fall off. Just thinking of when I put my Z1000 cylinder head in the oven to cure after spraying it :0/

Feb 03, 2013, 03:58 AM
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Not Much Done...

I am Smarter Than Threadlock
I am very pleased to be able to report this. My short battle with the jammed collet/adapter on my motor shaft is over. After trying soldering irons, flame and all kinds of swearing, I suddenly thought back to using a steering wheel puller in my car days. For those who don't know it is a device you hooked up to a steering wheel on a car in order to remove it. Basically it worked by tightening a bolt thus pulling off the very tight wheel from the shaft (which is otherwise impossible believe me!).

Luckily, my shelving is built from square steel tubing. By lucky coincidence, the motor could rest on the back of the tube, while the thread of the adapter stuck out the front from a hole. I simply held the motor in place, and wound the nut on. It pulled the adapter off very nicely. It was definitely thread lock that was the problem - it was all over the inside of the collet. Lesson learned there!

Cowl is On
But I fear I will have to take it off again, because I need to shim the motor mount to point the shaft down a smidge. Bugger. The standard way of mounting the cowl is terrible, and it is a real pain to take on and off! I should have built my own mounting system, but as I keep saying, "practice plane!".

After I put the cowl on, I just couldn't help it. I put the wing on and hooked up all of the servos, pumped up the air tank and cycled the gear a few times. The tail wheel doors work perfectly, and it was very satisfying to see the plane in one piece again after so long. After that I sat it on the ground and took some photos, many of which I have posted below to bore you all to death .

I didn't have the battery hatch on because I was making it easy to remove by poking a small hole through the top, and lining the inside with thin aluminium. Basically you take an allen key and poke it through the hole and pull the hatch off. Very simple, but it works, and once I paint the inside of the hole you won't really notice it being there...

All of this preventing any major progress from happening, but it was nice to see the plane in this state
Last edited by Gree; Feb 03, 2013 at 04:14 AM.
Feb 03, 2013, 05:50 AM
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I'll throw this up for giggles. A VERY bad video I took with my phone of the retracts. The shadows are terrible but you can get the idea of the finished tailwheel doors working...

P47 quick retract test (0 min 42 sec)
Feb 03, 2013, 06:14 AM
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Originally Posted by rcwings
Fantastic Gree!

You must be getting pretty anxious by now to fly it?

Do you mean anxious TO fly it, or anxious ABOUT flying it!?

ĦĦĦĦĦ Absolutly awesome ... Gree ĦĦĦĦĦ . Keep closing seeing your new uploads and waiting with expectation your maiden. Rest assured cause this ship flies beautifully, and may carry with spare all that extra scale detailing load that you made and we like a lot. The low speed performance when flaps are deployed are incredible for her weigh...ĦĦĦ. so with a little front wind landings at full flaps are a breeze.
Best regards.
Last edited by ultimatetwo; Feb 03, 2013 at 06:27 AM.
Feb 03, 2013, 09:16 AM
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Originally Posted by Gree View Post
Do you mean anxious TO fly it, or anxious ABOUT flying it!?
LOL. I am sure it will surprise you how good of a flyer it is. I have not had the opportunity to fly a TF P-47, (mine is still in the box it come in....) but have heard from a few guys in my club that they are pussy cats!!! Have flown a number of TF planes including a Corsair, and they all flew really well!

Cheers and keep those pics coming.


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