All design modifications are finished. Top wing is swept back (ribs realigned), bottom wing is slightly clipped, all wing tips are totally reworked, tail section complete. Finish sanding begins tomorrow, motor & switch mounts tomorrow, covering starts thurs. Have a partial wing mock up to try a few methods first. Have never done this using all non-toxic material & home made water based dope.
Last Edit: Dec 1, 2014 23:59:58 GMT -5 by Desertguns
Criticize my fab work if you like, but Mingo is a hard working undocumented community organizer who gets up at 4:30AM every morning to pick the digital photo fields of cyberspace. And the liquor bottle wasn't empty when I gave it to him...
Non-toxic materials? What the heck? Why even bother then?
But seriously, that aireoplane it cool.
Thanks. I am missing the smell of Ambroid & Aero dope. If this was a gas driven model I'd have to use them. And that stuff has gotten so damn expense - roughly doubled in the past 8 years or so. Just as well - it's probably already killed enough brain cells. And besides that, it's probably already killed enough brain cells...
Testing black Monokote. Have never used it before - this color - but it's impressive. High mirror gloss (you can see a reflection of the fuselage in one pic) but absolutely opaque. Almost impossible to get a sample photo. Will test the Coverall tomorrow & tend to want to use it because it is a fabric, although also poly shrink.
this whole thing is a foreign country to me. Still watching and learning closely
I'm sure there are youtube vids with more details but here's the short version. One side of the sheet has heat activated glue on it. There are small heat adjustable irons made for applying the stuff. You tack from the center out to the edges, then pull small sections as you continue to heat/glue the edges. Start with the underside of wings, fuselage, etc first. This way when the top sections are applied most seams will be on edge or under the plane out of sight. This method is more left over from how tissue, silkspan or fabric are applied but is still valid. After edges are done, you then apply heat to the open areas to shrink the covering tight. And don't use a curling iron like I just did - its a real pain in the butt - but can't find my good iron. On larger planes you can use a hot air gun to shrink large areas.
By the way, this model reminds me that in the Denver airport there are WWI planes hanging from the ceiling--at least in the United Airlines terminal. So if you are ever there, look up.
Don't know if they supplied the planes but there is a museum near Denver with examples of LaFayette Escadrille equipment & planes, and they still fly. One is a S.E.5a. They have Fokkers too. I need to make the time to go see it when I'm up there.
We have a SPAD XIII hanging near the gate entrances at Phx Sky Harbor terminal 3 - which is also United I think. 80% original parts too. Although French, it was the badass plane at the end of WWI. It's painted like Frank Luke's plane - the namesake for Luke Air Force base in Phoenix.
Well, this isn't working. I guess I'll have to take the plane outside in daylight to take any progress pictures. This high gloss black Monokote does weird thing to light. Was also trying to get a feel of what the chrome spinner will look like on the gloss black plane. I'll be using a larger prop & it won't be red.
Post by Desertguns on Dec 10, 2014 22:02:44 GMT -5
I'm thinking perhaps antiquity, deserves antiquity. This is a 40 yr old Cox Golden Bee nitro engine. Since I'm using Monokote all I'd need to do is seal the nose internally for fuel proofing. Not sure but considering it.
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