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Old 09-18-2011, 01:31 AM
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Not really a build but I am almost ready for covering. This is a Alien Aircraft design and a good quality kit. The build is straight forward and the balsa is excellent quality with accurate laser cutting. Will all these laser cut kits it is a little difficult to build using my favorite wood glue so I finally converted over and used CA. I tack glued everything with thin CA and went over the major stress areas with wood glue fillets. I probably could have used wood glue, but man between the clamps and dry times it would have taken sometime to build. I started this build yesterday morning and new she is ready for covering minus a final sanding. The only modification I made was to sheet the nose instead of leaving the stringers. I am impressed with this kit and now I am going to order the newly released Pt-17 Stearman from Alien Aircraft.
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Old 09-18-2011, 02:04 PM
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Very nice. I have the new Stearman Bipe coming.
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Old 09-20-2011, 03:06 AM
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Started covering today, using Monokote Jet White and Insignia Blue. I really like the look of Monokote so I don't mind the weight penalty vs a lighter film. I will finish covering on my next day off. I covered the bottom wing with one piece of Monokote and the top wing with one Piece, also added some washout in both tips.
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Old 09-21-2011, 11:14 PM
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scigs30, Very nice clean build. Great covering job. I like opaque covering, but never had good luck with the higher temp products. I usually end up with warps. Any idea what are you going to use for power, battery size etc. ?

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Old 09-22-2011, 12:46 PM
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I am still undecided if I am going with the recommended set up or pick my own. Right now the covering is all done and now I just have to paint the struts and cowl and put her together. I also received my next build from Alien Aircraft today, the Pt-17 Stearman, I must say this kit has a lot of wood.
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Old 09-22-2011, 09:34 PM
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scigs30, I have this motor, http://www.bphobbies.com/view.asp?id...7&pid=B1898551 , in my Hornet and it's very fast. It weighs exactly 14 oz. with a 1300 ma. batt. and 4 hitec 55's. I had this motor, http://www.valuehobby.com/product_de...28&item_id=159, in originally and it was too fast for me. I was flying around with 30% throttle !
With the motor I have now it draws about 12 amps with an 8x6 and i fly for about 6 min +/- .

I'm can't decide between the Alien or Mountain Models Cub for the next build. I like the clip wing cub from MM, but the AM kit was very nice too. Maybe leave one bay off each wing half on the AM ?

Your plane looks great. Be happy to see the final product.

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Old 09-28-2011, 07:29 AM
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Been busy at work once again, but I was able to break time away and almost finish my Taylorcraft. Everything is complete except the final coat of LustreKote on the cowling and struts. I found a Rimfire 300 that should work perfect except I had to change the motor mount a little to accept the Rimfire. Even with using Monokote I believe I will be at the 16 oz mark ready to fly. When the paint dries I will take some more pictures, but in the mean time I will start on the Alien Aircraft Pt-17, pictures and new post to follow.
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Old 09-28-2011, 01:39 PM
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Looking fantastic!
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Old 10-03-2011, 12:44 AM
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The paint is dried and I was able to finish up the Taylorcraft. Once again a fun easy build and I cannot wait to take her out for the first flight. Now back to building my Pt-17.
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Old 11-23-2011, 08:46 PM
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how did it fly? have you had it out yet?
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Old 11-27-2011, 04:22 AM
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The last couple of saturdays it has been raining, then my Appendix burst so I have been sitting in the hospital.......Yea
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Old 11-27-2011, 06:39 AM
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Wow, That's pretty scary. Hope you get well soon.
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Old 11-27-2011, 01:44 PM
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Originally Posted by scigs30 View Post
The last couple of saturdays it has been raining, then my Appendix burst so I have been sitting in the hospital.......Yea
No fun... we had that a couple of years ago with our son and about lost him. Dr said his had burst 2-3 days earlier. He was a sick pup for sure. Get well soon!
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The last couple of saturdays it has been raining, then my Appendix burst so I have been sitting in the hospital.......Yea

Ouch, no fun.

Hope you get to felling better real soon.
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Old 11-28-2011, 03:23 AM
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ouch is right!!!.....hope your doing better,the herr will be waitting for you when your ready.

you did a super smooth job on the covering. looks great!!
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