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Old 07-03-2016, 08:07 PM   #141
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One outer wing panel completely primed, and I also sanded the rudder and elevators to shape. I'll get fabric on those soonest, and get the other outer wing panel framed up, sheeted and glassed. We'll soon have a complete airframe, soon as we do, I'll post some pics.
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Can't wait!

My procrastination with the dummy radial continues. I've looked at it... I've got what I need to dress it up... Just need to focus on it!
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Old 07-11-2016, 09:03 PM   #143
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Tonight's work, framed up the right wing for the WIldcat. The fit of the laser cut parts is spectacular, bravo to the kit manufacturer. The flap spar is only set in place, to ensure alignment of the wing ribs, and not glued yet. It's got a bit of a curve to it, typical with cut ply parts, and will get straightened out when it's glued in. Should be sheeting by tomorrow, and hopefully get it glassed and primered prior to the Fun Fly. Kevin, let me know if you're planning on attending, we can manage accommodations at the field for you, if need be, and if you are attending, I can bring the Wildcat to show off.
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Old 07-11-2016, 09:39 PM   #144
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Sweet!

There were certainly a number of choices to go with for the short kit. Bob Homan seemed to be the most widely-regarded commercial cutter; glad to see he's lived up to the reputation.

I've been hoping to make it down for the fun fly. Right now Saturday seems unlikely, I'm coming down with a case of "visiting family" this week, and they only leave early Sunday morning. However if it's a two-day event I will definitely be there for day two!
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Old 07-13-2016, 06:51 AM   #145
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Looking forward to your visit! Right wing is fully sheeted on the top, so working on the servo bays, wing tube installation, running wires, then I can close up the bottom, do the leading edge, install flap servo hinges, and it will be ready to glass.
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Right wing is all framed up, and sheeted on the top. I've just completed the aileron servo bay, and hinge point installation, flap bay to go, a bit of sanding, then I can finish sheeting the bottom, get the wing tip and leading edge stock on, shape those, and she'll be ready to glass. Prior to sheeting where the wing tube is located, both wings need to be mounted to the fuse, dihedral checked, and wing tube sleeve glued into place.
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I don't know if this is any help http://www.aviationmegastore.com/yan...nfo&art=124117
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Thanks! I already have decals from Callie Graphics; the markings I wanted aren't normally available.
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Right wing is all glassed, so tomorrow I can carry on with the sanding, any filling, and get it primed. Once that's done, I'll finish up the flaps and ailerons, get those attached, and set the wing panels aside for painting. Then it's back to the fuse, sorting out the landing gear geometry, finishing cockpit installation, radio gear, air tank, etc, so I can close up the fuse and get it glassed.
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With both wings completed, and primed, ready for paint, it was time to get back to the fuselage. The biggest hurdle was the setup for the elevator, which, while it totally hides the controls, it leaves no possibility for maintenance, and involves multiple connections, which all increase the chance of failure. So, after a whole lot of playing around, I went back to the basics, with a single large diameter rod, in a guided sleeve, to a control horn. While not perfectly scale, it's simple, and easy to change out if need be. Now I can carry on with sheeting, creating a servo hatch, and getting the fuse ready for glassing.
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