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Old 04-16-2016, 08:29 AM   #51
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Engine is mounted. Next will be to install the fuel system, and mount the choke and throttle servos.
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Re: Jerry Bates F4F Wildcat

Looks great with that engine sitting up front.
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Old 04-16-2016, 11:38 AM   #53
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thanks, way better jigging things up early in the build, otherwise I'd quickly run out of finger room.
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Old 04-16-2016, 11:50 AM   #54
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Nice!

One thing that's always turned me off about engines is non-scale protrusions from the cowl. Looks like there's none of that here.
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Old 04-16-2016, 12:24 PM   #55
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Looking pretty good that things will fit nicely, haven't checked the spark plug cover yet though. Just reinforcing all the ply bulkheads on the front section, then I'll get the horizontal stab done, and attached.
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Notches are now cut out on both sides for the gear to fully retract. Same notches appear in the real aircraft. Now that the gear is done, I can sort out the air tank location, and start plumbing things. Have tons of gear to fit in, but so far, tons of room.
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Finished the Horizontal Stab on the WIldcat, then framed up the Vertical Stab. Hinges were attached, and then glued in place. Now I can remove the Rudder, and get ready to sheet the Vertical Stab. Once that is done, I can install the control system for elevators and rudder.

Good weather today, so we opened up the Shearwater R/C Club, five of us out flying, perfect spring day for it! That limited building time somewhat.
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Fantastic weather in Moncton too! Was quite a shock when I got out to the field (20 minutes south) to find it cold & windy! Didn't stop us, but it did send us packing sooner than expected.

Dang it felt good to get some flying in!
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So, this thing's a Martlet VI (FM-2) isn't it? Which means, argh, that I have to remove the rudder top, and extend it. Laser cut parts only have the shorter rudder, which of course, I built. Also, they only cut one elevator hinge support bracket, supposed to be two. They also figure on using a 1/8th ply elevator control horn, and rudder control horn. I'll have my pro metal workers do up proper metal ones, and rigging the elevator a lot simpler than the plans call for, with five connections to add a ton of slop, vice one with a more conventional setup. Minor annoyances, but overall, loving the build.
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So, this thing's a Martlet VI (FM-2) isn't it? Which means, argh, that I have to remove the rudder top, and extend it. Laser cut parts only have the shorter rudder, which of course, I built. Also, they only cut one elevator hinge support bracket, supposed to be two. They also figure on using a 1/8th ply elevator control horn, and rudder control horn. I'll have my pro metal workers do up proper metal ones, and rigging the elevator a lot simpler than the plans call for, with five connections to add a ton of slop, vice one with a more conventional setup. Minor annoyances, but overall, loving the build.
That's OK, I can work with an F4F-4. Way easier for me to order a different set of decals. And the earlier Wildcats are visually more interesting really. They have the oil coolers under the wings, and some marks have an extra intake on top of the cowl. I just need to find a Canadian pilot that flew them for the RN... and that CO for 881 Sqn. might be the ticket.
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