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Old 11-24-2015, 08:51 PM   #571
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Tonight's work, one prop blade is now 90% done, and we'll have all 3 done, glassed, and painted by the weekend. That will allow us to assemble the unit, and get some photos Saturday or Sunday. Also, one aileron has all but one leading edge attached, it will be completed tomorrow, and handed over to John Webber for the leading edge metal, and fabric work.
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Old 11-26-2015, 04:18 PM   #572
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Lots of work done today, Leeann and I got the prop blades final shaping and sanding done, and then glassed the face of the blades with 4 oz cloth and MAS epoxy. Tomorrow, Leeann will trim the excess, do all the sanding/filling, and get them painted. We also completed one aileron, it will go over to the workshop folks, who will install aluminum leading edges, and then cover with fabric. Leeann managed to finish the canopy frame, and once it dried, I put it in place on the cockpit. Next will be the lexan panes for the canopy, and once the aircraft is sitting down normally again, we can finish and paint the windscreen, and install the lexan. Lots done today, and lots more to do tomorrow.
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Old 11-27-2015, 04:41 AM   #573
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Forming that front canopy glass looks like it will be the toughest job. with all those curves, have you considered how you are going to form it/mould it?
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Old 11-27-2015, 05:38 PM   #574
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There's nothing to it, really, all the side panels in the canopy are flat. The windscreen front is flat as well. The rounded topsides isn't a difficult radius to tackle with thin lexan. We'll have it done in no time. Today, we got the props re-attached, spinner set in place, and Leeann got the first coat of paint on the uppers, one blade has a coat top and bottom. It will be completed tomorrow. We'll see if we have room to put it on, but probably not until the outer wings are removed, and the tail lowered back down, we can then push the fuse back, to make some room.
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Old 11-27-2015, 06:25 PM   #575
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Looking REAL GOOD. The only thing I am wondering is, Have you sat in the seat, and does your but tingle looking out the windscreen..... Al
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Old 11-27-2015, 06:42 PM   #576
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I haven't installed the seat yet, but will do so soon. I have stood on a milk crate, before the lower wing was installed, and looked around, pretty amazing view. It's a tight fit, but as an aviator, it really feels similar to strapping on a performance sailplane, or sitting in an aerobatic plane, you feel like an extension of the aircraft, or the aircraft is an extension of your body. It's a very unique viewpoint, that's for sure. This is the single most involved project I've ever done, and most likely will ever do. Unless someone wants to spring for an Me-109, Spit, Mosquito, Sea Fury. . . . lol I should mention the budget, our original budget was $10,000, and we have access to about $2500 more if required, but happy to report we're currently at $8600, and I've got very little left to buy.
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Old 11-27-2015, 06:54 PM   #577
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Re: Really Giant Scale Hurricane

Really an impressive project, on so many levels.

Wow.

You've built this 1:1 faster than I build most of my .60 size sport planes and clearly maintained a high level of craftsmanship.

What else can I say. Thanks for sharing.

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Old 11-27-2015, 07:26 PM   #578
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You are most welcome. A regular visitor of the museum was in today, and showed me a project that he spearheaded, a few years ago, a LAV (light armoured vehicle) for one of the army museums. They wanted one to display, but the real deal was too heavy. So, they built one, mostly out of MDF, and the results are amazing. You can't tell it's not fresh out of Afghanistan. Some pretty cool stuff out there!
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Old 11-28-2015, 10:27 AM   #579
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Dang it Dave! Cant you tell that guy to get out of the way when you took those pictures of the prop assembly? He's ruining the shot!!
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Busy day today. We need to move the Hurricane soon, to make room for a Beech Expediter. So, we got the wings and tail feathers removed, and back over to the other side of the museum. Then, Leeann finished the prop and spinner, I got the left aileron completed, and all but a little touch up sanding on the right aileron, as well as some more framing on the radiator. All in all, a long day!
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