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Old 01-22-2008, 12:38 AM
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Got a little time off from work and started a new plane yesterday.

I found these plans while cleaning up at my dads house.
I built this plane nearly 50 years ago. It was rubber powered then.

Now I'll build it electric.
It has a 54 inch wing span, I think I'll cut it down a bit to be more like Duane Cole's plane.

The plans were old and yellow and delicate so I had them coppied at Staples.Click image for larger version

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Second side layed out over the first.Click image for larger version

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I cut out the formers by photocppiing them and pinning them to the balsa.
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Fuse starting to take shape.Click image for larger version

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Old 01-22-2008, 05:08 AM
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Nice one Paul, looks like it is going together pretty quick, I checked out Duane Cole's plane, pretty sharp. what are you planning for power plant?

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Old 01-22-2008, 05:11 AM
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Old 01-22-2008, 02:51 PM
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Hi Glenn,
I've got a couple BL motors in the drawer that need a home.
Probably one of them.
Doesn't look like it will need much power.

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Old 01-22-2008, 07:57 PM
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Watching...

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Old 01-22-2008, 08:03 PM
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Yep, this is going to be a nice plane. I am imagining your craftsmanship applied to a nice high-wing scale plane!!

You made short order of the formers too. That's the one thing that is keeping me from trying my own scratch build. Not cutting the formers themselves, but having to try to put all the slots for the stringers and whatnot. Even if you can get them cut small enough, I can't see how it is possible to get them all lined up!!

What is the span on this (if I missed it)?

EDIT: I guess lining up the slots is only a big deal if you change the size because you enlarged the plan.
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Old 01-22-2008, 08:33 PM
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So, you cut the formers out of balsa sheets? Dang.....
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Old 01-22-2008, 09:51 PM
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Andy, Even if you enlarge plans the locations of the formers and stringer remain the same.
Wing span is 54 inches. I will probably shorten it a tad.

I use a razor saw for most of my cutting.
I cut the slots with the saw and use the tip of the knife to cut the tab free.

Kev, Yup it's balsa. I stink at foam.

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Old 01-22-2008, 10:01 PM
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Are you going to clip the wings?? I think anything in the 54" area is nice! Especially if you build it light and floaty!! Do you have a target AUW? I happen to know a guy that built a plane that flys at 74 ounces, with a mere 39 inch span.

OK, I guess like every other plane I've struggled through in here, you have to just jump in and solve the problems when you get to them. OR, I could send you the plans and let you cut the parts!! You seem to be good at it.

Looking forward to your usual 2-day build!!
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Old 01-22-2008, 10:04 PM
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Andy, I have the forward formers and stringers on already.

I'm waiting for glue to dry on the sheet I added to the nose.

Since I'm not in a hurry I'll keep using Titebond.

I'll post pictures tomorrow.

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Old 01-22-2008, 11:13 PM
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Paul ,

Great subject ! Looking forward to seeing this one . I don't think my "Lizzie" will be ready for Sunday . Maybe another week or so .

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Old 01-22-2008, 11:32 PM
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Paul,

Using Titebond, do you let it wick into the joint, do you "paint" or brush it on both surfaces, or is there another method to use that glue? (All I have done so far with a balsa kit is CA on the joints).
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Old 01-22-2008, 11:42 PM
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subscribed. Looking forward to this one.
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Old 01-23-2008, 01:24 AM
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A few more pictures.
Kev I think CA is good, it just seems a little more brittle than Titebond.

I personally dab it on one piece and clamp the pieces together.

Then I use a stick of scrap balsa and add a little around the joint.

Landing gear braces in.Click image for larger version

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Sheet on clothes pins to hold until dry.
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Stringers on, stringers are 1/8 x 1/8 .Click image for larger version

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View of nose with sheet on bottom, Next will be the ply gear mounts.
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The longerons were upped in size from 1/8 to 3/16.
3/16 is over twice as strong.
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Total weight so far is 2.3 ounces.
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Old 01-23-2008, 01:26 AM
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Very nice!!! Nothing like a good scratchbuild.
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Old 01-23-2008, 01:41 AM
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ShutterAce, Thanks.
Here's a shot of Duane Coles Taylorcraft.
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Old 01-23-2008, 02:06 PM
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Suscribed on this very nice build thread.
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Old 01-24-2008, 12:03 AM
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Paul ,

Looking very nice ! Hey , is that the ME262 in the background there ? When can I expect to see that one go ? Still waiting to see you Fockwulfe fly too

-John
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Old 01-24-2008, 12:06 AM
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John, You can see them fly, but you have to go out to the field.
I like your Lizzie.

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Old 01-24-2008, 12:27 AM
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Originally Posted by pd1 View Post
John, You can see them fly, but you have to go out to the field.
I like your Lizzie.

Paul
Paul ,

Which field do you have in mind ? Sparky has his Cub ready and may need a qualified pilot to maiden and trim out for him !

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Old 01-24-2008, 12:57 AM
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Very cool build thread Paul. Subscribed
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Old 01-24-2008, 02:21 AM
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ShutterAce, Thanks.
Here's a shot of Duane Coles Taylorcraft.
Are you sure it's his? LOL

Your's is lookin' great!. All these older civies are just good looking planes. My favorite is probably the Cessna 180 but I really like them all.
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Old 01-24-2008, 02:19 PM
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ShutterAce, I like the Cessna 180 too.
Much more than the Taylorcraft.

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Old 01-24-2008, 02:57 PM
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Tail is done.
Landing gear base is in and wing rear hold down ply is in.

Stab pinned to board.Click image for larger version

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Stab size has been increased over original
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Wing rear hold down and gear base in.
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Tail sanded and pinned on fuse.Click image for larger version

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Old 01-24-2008, 03:03 PM
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Looks great Paul. Inspiring!
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