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Old 09-26-2010, 07:47 PM
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I will provide pics of the build as I progress. Let me know your thoughts Guys. And NO D you can't have it unless I turn the kit into confetti! Marty
You do not need anykind of bracing on the wings. Just fly without any bracing. Do long dives and tight loops.
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Old 09-26-2010, 07:57 PM
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UNREAL!!! like a buzzard flying around in circles, waiting for the kill!
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Old 09-26-2010, 08:49 PM
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Old 09-27-2010, 02:24 AM
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Default The Sopwith Pup Build

OK Boys. Here are some pics. The plane went together quickly. I worked on it early this morning when the witches were sleeping! A few things were noted. The decals were and are crap! The fuse had a chunk out of it. I did try to remove the decals but I started to pull the paint off. Perhaps I would be better off just covering them or just leaving them alone. I am installing Sir Percy that I made up and painted. He came from my Comet SE5a kit. Also had to open the servo tray to install my TP 5 gram servos. Still not 100% sure on my power plant choice. Maybe i'll have you Guys help me to choose. Also note the HUGE rudder and fin. I had half a mind to cut it down but it would look out of place with that huge elevator/stab so I left it alone. After all it's not scale, just sorta. Look at the pics and see what you guys think. Long dives and large loops indeed! Next thing you'll be suggesting D are some violent spins! Marty
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Old 09-27-2010, 02:44 AM
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Do as I did. Take the decals off. Go to Walmart and buy some acrylic paint. One bottle of a green you like for top and sides of plane. A bottle of linen for the bottom. If you have a color printer get some white sticker paper and make your own decals. Laser is best cause it is water proof.

I don't want to waste violent spins on a Pup. I need the violent spins made by a Bristal Scout(I don't have one of those yet). Wait a second, now let me look, what can I change a Pup into. LOL

If you really want to make the Pup differant, there was a Pup in one of the training schools that was black and white stripped.
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Old 09-27-2010, 02:50 AM
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I am going to have to look for that Sir Percy. I take the pilots I get with models that are in 2 pieces, fill them with epoxy and use them as masters for my Vac-u-form to make more pilots.
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Old 09-27-2010, 09:58 AM
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Default Decal removal

D what is the best way to remove the decals? I was thinking GOO GONE but I'm not sure if it will attack the foam. Maybe I should try it on a piece of scrap from my TM. It's the same foam with paint on it. Marty
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Old 09-27-2010, 10:02 AM
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Here's the one I was thinking of D. It's the captured Pup on the right of the screen. Marty
http://www.wingnutwings.com/ww/A3932...B6507D64DC8FEC#
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Old 09-27-2010, 12:19 PM
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I just peal the stickers off taking the paint with them. I do not care what it looks like where the sticker was cause I put a new sticker over the spot after I repaint the plane. Some planes have a smooth finish on the surface of the foam. If that surface is missing in spots I just paint over it. You can tell where the damage was but does not look that bad. Just call it battle damage fixed in the field.
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Old 09-27-2010, 01:21 PM
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Originally Posted by degreen60 View Post
I am going to have to look for that Sir Percy. I take the pilots I get with models that are in 2 pieces, fill them with epoxy and use them as masters for my Vac-u-form to make more pilots.
Sounds like a good way to make pilots D. Did you make your own vacuum tool or have a real Vac-u-form? What do you use for plastic? An old coke bottle perhaps? Maybe you can show us a sample. Thanks, Marty
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Old 09-27-2010, 02:44 PM
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Originally Posted by scalercflyer View Post
Sounds like a good way to make pilots D. Did you make your own vacuum tool or have a real Vac-u-form? What do you use for plastic? An old coke bottle perhaps? Maybe you can show us a sample. Thanks, Marty
I picked up an old Mattel Vac-u-form in a junk shop for about $5. I buy precut but not drilled sheets for around $10 for 50. I do not think these sheets make as clean a copy as the original sheets but are a lot cheaper. After painting they look good enough for me. I always give the pilots a final wash of thined black paint. Kind of hides flaws and makes them look dirty. The pictures of my Pup has one of my larger pilots in it, came with a Kaven Albatros. My next picture of the Breguet 14 will show 2 people made with my small pilot master. I think I got it long ago in a Sterling kit.
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Old 09-27-2010, 06:04 PM
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Default GP tech support

Just got off the phone with their tech support guy Mark. All I have to say is WOW! He listened to my problem, told me he was glad I called and expressed his concern. I told him about the problem with the decals and he is sending me a new wing. I also sent an email to their tech support line and am awaiting a response. Great Job Mark! Thanks! Marty
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Old 09-27-2010, 06:54 PM
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Originally Posted by scalercflyer View Post
Maybe you can show us a sample. Thanks, Marty
Here are some of the pilots I made.
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Old 09-28-2010, 01:35 AM
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Scalercflyer: If you have a Michelle's craft store, they sell florest paint that will not damage the foam. I used forest green and brown on this tiger moth..the foam was white, I shot very light coats of green then filled in with brown. Just the Green would look good on your Pup. It ages the look of the body as well. Used the green "heavy spray" on the Scout wings. I thought I heard Degreen60 sticking a pin in his airplane voodoo doll again...this time it was a Bristol Scout. I'am not flying mine for weeks now!!!!!
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Old 09-28-2010, 02:25 AM
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Default In the hands of the Germans

Well I tried converting the Pup to a captured plane. Not completely satisfied with it though. I think I'll paint her (per all of your suggestions) Since I think it would look better. I'm entertaining painting the crosses on it too instead of printed paper attached with white glue. It doesn't seem to stick well anyway but I wanted you Guys to get the idea. What do you think? Kinda different HUH? marty
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Old 09-28-2010, 03:50 AM
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I'm entertaining painting the crosses on it too instead of printed paper attached with white glue. It doesn't seem to stick well anyway but I wanted you Guys to get the idea. What do you think? Kinda different HUH? marty
I use Elmer's Washable School Glue Stick to attach printed paper. Were it comes loose I just run the stick around the edges again. It will finally stick tight enough not to come loose.
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Old 09-29-2010, 12:57 AM
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Originally Posted by scalercflyer View Post
Well I tried converting the Pup to a captured plane. Not completely satisfied with it though. I think I'll paint her (per all of your suggestions) Since I think it would look better. I'm entertaining painting the crosses on it too instead of printed paper attached with white glue. It doesn't seem to stick well anyway but I wanted you Guys to get the idea. What do you think? Kinda different HUH? marty
Looks good to me
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Old 09-29-2010, 01:20 AM
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I like it.....paint the wheel covers half black, half white!
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Old 09-29-2010, 01:40 AM
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Thanks Boys! I am continuing with the build. On the wheels I was thinking of putting some small crosses. More to come. Marty
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Old 09-29-2010, 03:18 AM
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Looks good, now my Pup pilot needs to get those black crosses in his cross hairs.
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Old 09-29-2010, 03:19 AM
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Now we have at least 2 of the GP Pups that do not look like all the rest.
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Old 09-29-2010, 03:31 AM
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Looks good, now my Pup pilot needs to get those black crosses in his cross hairs.
My combat flying skills honed in the war choked skies over South Jersey will save the day! You'll never get on my six D! Marty
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Breguet 14 is now armed. Still needs bomb racks installed. Also closeups of the aileron cables.
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Old 09-29-2010, 10:05 PM
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Really nice job!! That looks great!! are the ailerons smooth? Nice job on the engine cowling too! Can;t wait to see her in the air!
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Old 09-29-2010, 10:36 PM
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Really nice job!! That looks great!! are the ailerons smooth? Nice job on the engine cowling too! Can;t wait to see her in the air!
When I first installed the ailerons I had lots of down but very little up. I could not get the top line tight enough to get the ailerons to go up. I made 2 small metal clips that go through the brace wire holes at the top of the front middle struts. I pulled the upper aileron lines tight by hooking them in the clips. Now I have lots of up too. They are very smooth but the plane will only do a slow roll. I find I only need to use the rudder if I raise the nose while flying slow.
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