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Old 04-14-2016, 06:16 AM   #31
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Re: Jerry Bates F4F Wildcat

If Leeann didn't build as well, I'd have nowhere near the time that I do. With my morning coffee and news, was able to sheet a fair portion of the right side of the fuse, so with luck, I'll have it done tonight, and can start working on the belly, main gear and tail gear installation.
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You are a machine. Good thing you have a supportive wife!
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Old 04-14-2016, 02:21 PM   #34
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She wants me to hurry up and finish the fuse to the point where she can start to do the cockpit kit!
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Old 04-14-2016, 09:47 PM   #35
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Upper fuse sheeting done, and the fuse is now on its nose, so I can fit the main landing gear. Thinking I should have done the gear first, then removed it, and built the fuse. It's a tight fit, but will work, just slow going.
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Old 04-15-2016, 06:16 AM   #36
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With enough sheeting done to ensure the fuse stays straight, time to start working on the innards. Once the location of the gear was determined, drilled the mounting holes, then temporarily attached the mains. With those in place, I could then align and glue the belly bulkheads. The air cylinders need to be aligned and attached next, however it appears robart only included one of the drive chains. I'm not sure yet if I can rig the cylinders without both chains, but in the meantime, I can work on the engine installation, fuel system, and the aft portion of the fuse.
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Dang, that sucker is BIG!
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Re: Jerry Bates F4F Wildcat

She's not tiny, that's for sure! For anyone building this kit, a few recommendations. One, the manual lists installing the gear as step 20 in the fuse process. If I did another one, I'd do all the gear mounting first, before any assembly of the fuselage. While I got it to work without too much trouble, would have been way easier, and faster to pre-fit it all on the bulkhead. The tail wheel is supposed to bolt onto the 1/8th ply #13 bulkhead, plans don't show any reinforcing. I'd bet that one good bounce on the tail, and that gear would destroy the bulkhead. Plan is to cut a pair of fibreglass thin sheet bulkheads, and laminate on either side. Not a huge weight gain, but big gain in strength. Manual calls for the firewall to be epoxied to the forward bulkheads, but I'm not so sure that's the way to go. They have 8 alignment holes drilled into the firewall and forward bulkheads, perfect for blind nuts with bolts. That would allow very quick removal of the engine, still attached to the firewall, and superb access to the entire front of the fuselage. Lockwashers and some lock-tite, and you're good to go. If I can rig it so the fuel tank, throttle and choke servo all slide out attached to the firewall, I will, makes for real easy maintenance, battery access, and any future mods/improvments. With luck, I can have the fuse sitting on all wheels tonight! I still need the wing tube, once that arrives, then I can get the wings framed up, and get some good shots of her naked! lol
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Wing tube is supposedly enroute. They claim the original was shipped, but haven't been able to track it down... So they've shipped a replacement. We'll see.

Any suggestions on capacity size for the ignition battery?
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Re: Jerry Bates F4F Wildcat

I use a 2 cell LiFe battery, 1500 mah will easily give you 5 or 6 flights. But if you need weight in the nose and you will, go bigger.
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