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Old 01-25-2016, 01:04 PM   #11
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Old 01-26-2016, 08:06 AM   #12
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Hi Guys;

Just now I’m not doing anything that is really worth a photo… I’m working out where to put the fuel lines, batteries and the ignition module etc…
You have to keep in mind that this plane was designed for a large Nitro engine, as I’m putting in a 30cc Gas engine I have to do some extra thinking on where things go and how you secure them. The short nose does not give the normal storage space for the batteries and radio – so I have to get ‘Creative’ when it comes to securing this stuff down.

The Mid West Kit has been a good build, but it is the first model that I have built that was a ‘Tubular’ design and fully sheeted – which has caused me some headaches.

What am I talking about? There are lots of compound curves in the Fuselage and I had a hard time bending the sheeting to accommodate all of the curves as the glue was setting. I’m sure that there a lots of guys out there that don’t have a problem with this type of build – but it was a first for me.

If I had to do it again – I would have used a ‘Planking’ method to sheet the fuse. It is more work, but ultimately easier to get a good finish.

Then there is the covering material – still to be decided – but as suggested – I’m considering Solartex. It is going to be another first for me, but that is what the hobby is all about – pushing yourself to new experiences.

Still to come is the Cockpit – the instructions just have you glue down a floor and then attach the canopy… I want to make the Cockpit removable, add a couple of pilots (Larry likes to take Photographs of Planes with pilots! ) and add some colour to the Canopy frames. All time consuming stuff, but I have lots of Aircraft to fly – now I want to take my time to make something with some ‘Flair’.

We’ll see how it works out…
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Old 01-27-2016, 10:32 PM   #13
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Well Guys;

My build continues at a snail’s pace in all the things that don’t REALLY MATTER – but MEAN a lot… (I think).

The instructions ‘Mentioned’ that I ‘Could’ now attach the canopy and add a cockpit deck with any extras that I wanted…

Hmmm… OK…

So, I decided that I wanted the cockpit to be Classy and Removable.
Which meant that I had to start ‘THINKING’ instead of following instructions!

So, I built a Cockpit deck, added a false Firewall (with pins), A rear former and I have started to build Instrument panels, Control systems, and Chairs PLUS I acquired and painted a pair of pilots… just for fun.

The Canopy was a particular PAIN! As the original plane (1930s logic) has an entire series of glass inserts held in place by a metal framework. For me it meant several evenings of cutting out and placing Trim Lines to accent the framework…

Right!
It’s a hobby, something we do in our spare time for FUN! …RIGHT?

But, when it is done… it’ll look great! (I hope)

As to how it flies… another story, for a later date.
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Old 01-28-2016, 08:58 AM   #14
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Looking good Rob, looking forward to seeing the finished product.

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Old 01-28-2016, 11:25 AM   #15
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Hey, Bruce; looking forward to seeing it.

I am down in Florida, and spent part of last Friday at the Kissimmee Air Museum where they have THREE AT-6s, all in flyable condition. In fact, for $250 you can get a 15 minute flight in one and they even let you take the stick briefly. I was considering it, but then the rain started....

I grabbed a couple of photos of the inside of the forward cockpit with my phone, just in case (I have a small AT-6 kit on the shelf)

I doubt I'll make mine as nice as yours, but it's fun to try.
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Old 01-30-2016, 12:48 PM   #16
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Looking good. I like the canopy framework.
On my last build I made a shelf above the engine to hold nose weight and the ignition module for the gas engine. You may be able to add the battery too, but I woud be concerned about heating the battery.
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Old 02-01-2016, 03:47 PM   #17
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The Canopy Framework is some CTC Pin Striping from the Automotive Department, it is NOT the exact size required… but as an old modeller once said (and I love to quote) “When the plane is passing at 60 mph, 300 feet out at an altitude of 100 feet – CAN ANYONE SEE IT!??”
“THEN WHAT DOES IT MATTER???”


MY Beef with the Canopy - is that it is in BLACK… IT SHOULD be YELLOW! But; CTC does not sell yellow pin striping… and how many people at the field would notice OR want to point out the discrepancy??

But the Black does look nice and the plane is coming along.

As I have said before – I am putting a lot of time into making the plane LOOK nice – because it makes me happy.
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Old 02-03-2016, 08:02 PM   #18
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OK Guys;
I have been busy - but not in the REAL BUILDING Department...
...more of the 'Fun Stuff' detail sort of thing...

OK I was playing!

But I think it came out pretty nice.

FYI, I gave the pilots Blue Uniforms (1950 RCAF colours), made the Teacher a captain, the student just looks 'Young', I added the silver to the goggles, plus a bunch of finishing touches to the pilots. I also installed the two instrument panels, as well as the roll bar cage - just for fun!

What you cannot see is the two sets of .25" magnets that are holding the aft section of the Cockpit in place (I hope that it'll survive flight! )

Now I'll have to get serious again and start working on covering the Fuse, installing the wheels and so on... fun time is over - BACK TO WORK!
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A bit more work required. A real RCAF student pilot would be in tears, or at least some smoke curling out of his helmet!
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A bit more work required. A real RCAF student pilot would be in tears, or at least some smoke curling out of his helmet!
Give him time... he hasn't even started the engine yet!
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