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Old 10-27-2015, 08:00 PM   #31
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Rant time! lol One of my pet peeves with Top Flite, they seem to think you can easily sheet a compound curve fuse, with one huge piece of flat balsa. I get that people want to see fast results, but I also want good results. So, as I've done with all my builds, I sheet in sections. It takes a bit of time, but custom fitting each section, and with the aid of plenty of windex, you end up with a great shaped fuse, requiring the least amount of sanding. Forward section, because of the large wing saddle area, did indeed sheet nicely. Top Flite suggests sheeting nose to tail in one piece per side. I'll be doing it in a few more pieces, and while it will take a bit more time, it's only minutes per piece, and results are very satisfying.
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Old 10-27-2015, 08:02 PM   #32
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Re: Top Flite Hollywood Zero

Forgot to mention, if you look at the third photo, it shows the fuse upper and lower bulkheads, sandwiched on either side by some scrap 1/8th balsa. I find the lite ply a pain when it comes to using CA, and each section is a bit of a weak point. So, the balsa strips not only help with that, they also help ensure perfect alignment.
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Old 10-28-2015, 07:13 AM   #33
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Along with my morning coffee, managed to sheet the forward section of the right side of the fuse. Depending on the amount of leaf raking required after work, hopefully I can get the rest of the fuse sheeted.
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Old 10-30-2015, 08:25 PM   #34
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Fuse is all sheeted, Horizontal Stab is attached, Vertical Stab and Rudder well underway. Some shots of the sheeting process, as I suspected, very happy with sheeting in smaller sections than the plans call for. I also posted a couple of shots showing the Zero mods, canopy, gun bay, and rudder so far.
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Old 10-30-2015, 10:23 PM   #35
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Kinda looks like a small Hurricane.....
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Old 10-31-2015, 07:31 AM   #36
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Everything's starting to look like a Hurricane! I've still got the Mick Reeves kit that we used to scale up, to finish as well!
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Old 11-07-2015, 08:57 PM   #37
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Got the last bit of glassing done on the fuselage, and the gun cover attached. She's looking more like a Zero now, and less like an AT-6. Next phase will be to hinge the elevators and rudder, then hook them up to servos. When that's all done, I can take things apart, and cover the rudder and elevators with fabric, and permanently install the hinges and control horns. After that, on to the wings!
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Old 11-10-2015, 07:08 PM   #38
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After glassing the fuse, I started the wing build. Super straight forward, everything jigs into place nicely. Only mod I did was in joining the wings. They have some interesting jigs that are supposed to be attached to the wing center section, but not a big fan. Also, wing is fully assembled, then sheeted. I chose to sheet the undersides of the outer wing panels, to help keep the washout set properly. Once done, I placed the wing center section on the table, with weights, dialed in the correct dihedral, and epoxied the spar joiners. Top of the matching wing ribs were clamped, then a shot of thin CA was wicked along to help hold things while the epoxy set. Next, I'll run the servo wires, prior to sheeting the top of the wing. Some work has to be done as well for prepping the flaps. once that's done, then the Zero mods to the wing center section and wing tips get done. For detailing work, I'll take the model to the museum, and lay out panel lines, hatches, etc, from the Harvard that we have sitting there. I am spoiled, lol, I can spend the night at the museum, working on my RC aircraft. A great perk indeed!!
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I am spoiled, lol, I can spend the night at the museum, working on my RC aircraft. A great perk indeed!!
Oooh! Night at the museum. Maybe after midnight the warbirds all come to life!!!

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Old 11-11-2015, 02:02 PM   #40
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There are supposed to be ghosts at the museum, and considering some of the fleet, the Swordfish, a pair of Avengers, and the Fairey Firefly, I wouldn't doubt it!
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