High praise from the steel bike fabricator extraordinaire. I'm thinking high gloss black with the original decals & UGV logo in the center of Brit decals on the upper wing. That should scare the crap out of Werner... BVR for that matter....
So one of the hard rules is don't drink & build! Broke the curved wing stringers on both sides. The fix is, wet the balsa on curve, leave the 3 contact points dry, bend & glue. The rest of the pics are tacked then glued stringers. The base & side keels are always 24 hr dry before this process. Next, the tail & nose & some of the bttom get extra "aromor" sheet balsa. Not in the plans but I don't have nice gassy field to fly the plane, so it will hit trees with thorns or the rocky grould. Will do something similar on the wings too
broken spare at air foil. Now, never do anything free hand. OK, you have the keel, side keel & stringers to align on the opposite side. How tough could it be?...The switch panel & charging port will be on the bottom.
Last Edit: Nov 26, 2014 11:27:57 GMT -5 by Desertguns
Post by Desertguns on Nov 26, 2014 22:56:37 GMT -5
Didn't do much today but started on the horizontal stabilizer. It changed after the first drawing but thought I'd show the process anyway. The dashed outline is the original SE5a stabilizer. The solid line is a Pitts variation. Then mark some balsa for a mock up/test piece. I built the stock unit for better comparison,then covered with some old tissue I had - and won't be using btw. Didn't like the look or reduced surface area so it was scrapped. Parts were used in the new one which is nearly identical to a Pitts model 12 unit. This is the first significant change to improve the SE5 with bits of the modern Pitts design. Next, the wings get clipped...
Post by Desertguns on Nov 28, 2014 23:28:32 GMT -5
Been tinkering the past few days & decided to do a little mock up with the redesigned tail section. Also repositioned rear fuselage stringers to make the top more rounded. Just wanted to get a feel for the plane.
Here's the 1916 Brit original:
Here's mine so far - tail changes & canopy position but haven't clipped the wings yet. The tail is taller & wider & will provide more stability. It's also made from wood that's as strong as the keel. The sheet balsa on the stabalizer/elevator is extra armor against Fokkers & pointy bits found in the desert. This guy is also gonna get wheel pants.
It's been one week since I started this project & I'm farther along than I thought I'd be. Will be done by the 13th or sooner. The lower wing is getting dihedral (a1 x+b1 y+c1 z+d1 = that looks about right!) tomorrow & the upper is getting a slight sweep back a few degrees. The good thing about something this complex (relatively) is that if you get tired of working on one section, you can always move to another for a while.
For anyone wondering what a Pitts Model 12 is, also called the "Pitts Monster", a picture of it is below. Although designed 80 years after the SE5a, it still shares a fabric skin & wooden wing spars with its WWI brethren. It is influencing this SE5a build.
Last Edit: Nov 30, 2014 1:00:45 GMT -5 by Desertguns
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