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Old 08-30-2012, 05:24 AM
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hiya guys,
been slowly plodding away with my Heinkel He.51 prototype that Peter kindly drew up for me, and Charlie at Manzano's beautifully cut. the plane has a 54" wingspan and should come in at about 5 1/2 lb. when it is all done and dusted Charlie will add it to his inventory. there is a build log over at RCG
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1664316

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Craig
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Old 08-30-2012, 07:00 AM
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Looks beautiful! I'm so jealous of you guys who have the talent and patience for this kind of building. You're no longer limited to what they put out for ARFs.
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Old 08-30-2012, 10:52 PM
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Originally Posted by xmech2k View Post
Looks beautiful! I'm so jealous of you guys who have the talent and patience for this kind of building. You're no longer limited to what they put out for ARFs.
That's the easy route. Like the Ansaldo, I beat Peter to them with scratch builds. Seriously, the HE51 was a lot of work as a scratch build. So was the Ansaldo. Nice to see Manzano having kits for folks to build these planes from.

Stop by more often Trumps. Those who got the JTGboot don't go there much. I have a nice scratch build going on here now.
I imagine you're doing the #7 scheme?
I did #2, since I had nice decals on hand.
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Old 08-30-2012, 11:28 PM
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Yeah, will probably do 7, it will be a nice easy stencil to cut, just about lost my mind with the stuff doing my Holtzem schemed Pfalz a couple of years back and haven't touched the stuff since! Got a nice rare WWI project to build after this one, was contacted by the designer a couple of weeks back to see if I wanted a crack at it, plan looks very nice!


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PS, nice job by the way, what method did you use for you exhaust Stubbs, the look great, I still have not gotten around to make mine, will probably make a cople of masters and just vac form them I guess.
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Old 08-31-2012, 11:04 AM
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Originally Posted by trumps1 View Post
Yeah, will probably do 7, it will be a nice easy stencil to cut, just about lost my mind with the stuff doing my Holtzem schemed Pfalz a couple of years back and haven't touched the stuff since! Got a nice rare WWI project to build after this one, was contacted by the designer a couple of weeks back to see if I wanted a crack at it, plan looks very nice!


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PS, nice job by the way, what method did you use for you exhaust Stubbs, the look great, I still have not gotten around to make mine, will probably make a couple of masters and just vac form them I guess.
The exhaust manifolds were a real pain!
I heat formed them from plastic tubing, making the 90 degree bend and the flare and the end as close as possible. Of course that wasn't very close, so I built them up with thick CA/activator, hand sanding all 12 of them to shape.
It probably would be a good idea to make them with something like resin, molded in halves and then glued together. At least that way, you would only have a center seam to sand a bit, after gluing them together.

BTW, I just saw your thread at the other place, and Peter mentioned that you need a 1/8 scale pilot. I have the perfect pilot for you: Peter Rake himself. I think he looks pretty close, and it was a good bit of work, reshaping the head to look like Peter.
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Old 10-07-2012, 04:58 PM
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slowly getting there, quite a few little details to go though like basic cockpit, pilot, radiator core and rigging. as we all know its the little bits and bobs that take the most time still need to do some power tests to decide on a suitable pack, i am thinking that 3S3300 should be in the ballpark, but want to test it first.

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Old 10-07-2012, 05:54 PM
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fantastic work, almost makes me want to dust the old building board off.
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Old 10-07-2012, 08:39 PM
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I'm blown away by the craftsmanship I see on this forum! Truly inspiring, trumps1. Thank you for sharing!
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Old 10-08-2012, 03:07 AM
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Beautiful job Trumps. The exhaust manifolds made from molded halves worked out as well as could be imagined. I think we have two of the most accurate HE51 models out there now. You and Peter really got this one right. I came across many with that just didn't quite have the shape correct, when I was building this plane.
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Old 10-08-2012, 06:26 AM
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Cheers all, Pete really did a cracking job of the design of this one, it is a good one to build! Greatful that he took it on being as it is not really his cup of tea era wise! With my fly in fly out work schedule it would have taken far too long for me to try and draw one up my self, wouldn't have been a patch on petes quality either!

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Old 10-25-2012, 02:15 AM
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Well, she is all done and dusted, maidened her the other day, she flys like a dream, even in our windy conditions, didn't even mind crosswind landings which are the norm at our club. came in at a slightly heavy 5.5lb RTF but such is life. got 3 flights in with no bad habbits to report!

Video is of the 2nd flight
http://youtu.be/cvyCnXC19JQ?hd=1

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