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Re: Simon's Skywriter Build Blog
« Reply #45 on: February 17, 2015, 11:26:26 pm »
Looks good and will look much better when it's covered.




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Re: Simon's Skywriter Build Blog
« Reply #46 on: February 18, 2015, 11:34:48 am »
Looks fast and "furious" and your workbench looks better than mine...Nice work!
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Re: Simon's Skywriter Build Blog
« Reply #47 on: April 11, 2015, 08:57:28 am »
Well, it's not perfect (some would probably say it's not even good) but it's mine and I built it.......
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Re: Simon's Skywriter Build Blog
« Reply #48 on: April 11, 2015, 12:27:35 pm »
I think its fabulous. Such a different look with a small amount of alteration. Great achievement!


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Re: Simon's Skywriter Build Blog
« Reply #49 on: April 11, 2015, 09:32:30 pm »
Well, it's not perfect (some would probably say it's not even good) but it's mine and I built it.......

You gotta be kidding right? Looks amazing! Word is that silver covering is the toughest to apply ... did you find that to be the case?

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Re: Simon's Skywriter Build Blog
« Reply #50 on: April 11, 2015, 09:38:42 pm »
Well, it's only the second fuse I've covered (I've done 4 wings before this) so I'm no expert but I'd say its reputation is worse than reality. It doesn't shrink as much as the other colors I've used before and it does show every imperfection but it wasn't a big problem. I did struggle around the nose taper and have 2 creases.

But as Michael says "you'll not see them at 50mph and 50ft!" That's why I say it's not perfect but for my second ever fuse covering I'm happy. It won't win any scale awards but it's a model I now love very much!

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Re: Simon's Skywriter Build Blog
« Reply #51 on: April 11, 2015, 10:13:25 pm »
That looks fabulous, Simon!  Wow!  Great work!

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Re: Simon's Skywriter Build Blog
« Reply #52 on: April 12, 2015, 08:16:44 pm »
Simon,


After your maiden flight just tell people the two creases were due to a subsonic high speed dive. 8)


Just finished my Skywriter today.  Will try to post a picture (tougher than building the plane as Jack would say)


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Re: Simon's Skywriter Build Blog
« Reply #53 on: April 20, 2015, 10:01:27 pm »
Last class tonight! Now I have to finish on my own.....

Thanks to Robert, Frank & Jack for the covering help.

Still to do:
Ailerons for top wing
Connect ailerons
Make interplane struts
Make axle for main wheels
Fit tail wheel
Balance

Should be ready for May 9th.

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Re: Simon's Skywriter Build Blog
« Reply #54 on: April 20, 2015, 10:26:55 pm »
Wow! That's nice!
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Re: Simon's Skywriter Build Blog
« Reply #55 on: April 21, 2015, 09:47:43 am »
It sure is!  I can't wait to see it flying!

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Re: Simon's Skywriter Build Blog
« Reply #56 on: April 21, 2015, 10:08:09 am »
Damn!  Those classes must be good!  ;D

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Re: Simon's Skywriter Build Blog
« Reply #57 on: May 02, 2015, 09:49:31 am »
Just a few little things to do now.  Should be good for next weekend's maiden....... :)

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Re: Simon's Skywriter Build Blog
« Reply #58 on: May 04, 2015, 08:15:39 am »
Please can someone describe the correct way to balance a biplane? For example right side up or upside down? Top wing or bottom wing? Etc.

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Re: Simon's Skywriter Build Blog
« Reply #59 on: May 04, 2015, 08:40:48 am »
Always on the upper wing.
What I have done is to take a piece of heavy thread, stretch it straight and soak it with thin CA and kicker.
I cut this into 1/2" lengths and glue them on the CG. If there is a range I will use two or more.
When you turn the plane right way up you can feel the threads with your finger tips.
No one will notice them on the model.
I have also used half round tooth picks instead of thread.


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