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Old 09-28-2007, 02:38 AM
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Gee -- what's eating Tommy?
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Old 09-28-2007, 03:07 AM
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Old 09-28-2007, 03:30 AM
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He even took his avatar with him??

Come on Tommy it's all good. There is nothing wrong with LL's efforts. Take it for what it's worth if you get something out of it great if you don't thats fine too. I have not read where he has tried to announce his information as the last word. Relax dude . Hate to see ya go.
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Old 09-28-2007, 03:53 AM
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Yeah, what's up? You'd think we were back at RCG or something. :p
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Old 09-28-2007, 04:12 AM
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Today I performed the following steps:
1) Cut new cowl screw backplates out of aircraft plywood (for the cowl).

2) Cut new spots in the fuselage to connect the cowl to the fuselage (I did this so that the connector is not in the middle of the tiger's mouth decal).

3) Filled in the two unused (stock) cowl connection spots with lightweight spackle. (This is to that there are no gaps between the foam fuselage and the plastic cowl.)

4) Centered the cowl, and taped it in position.

5) Gorilla Glued the firewall mount in position, using the entire assembly (motor, spinner, firewall mount, cowl) to center the spinner properly.
I still need to find some screws for the cowl, and install them... Then, the painting begins! (I hope to start painting this weekend.)
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Old 09-28-2007, 04:17 AM
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Oh -- I almost forgot... Something else I need to do before painting is to anchor the firewall mount to the foam fuselage with bamboo skewers.
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Old 09-28-2007, 04:17 AM
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Nice work LL. But I have a question. Why not just use the supplied press studs for the cowl but with the bottom ones in the new location? Was your solution the owner's preference?
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Old 09-28-2007, 04:43 AM
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Hmmmm -- to be honest, I don't think the owner and I discussed that option.

If it had come up, I would have pointed out that the press studs are HUGE, when compared with the tiny screws I tend to use to hold the cowl on... :o
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Old 09-29-2007, 02:08 AM
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Today's work -- I took the cowl, spinner, prop, and motor off the airframe, and drilled two holes into the motor mount. Then, I Gorilla Glued two bamboo skewers into the airframe, through the holes. This will anchor the firewall to the airframe -- so it will never let go.
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Old 09-30-2007, 04:20 PM
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Yesterday's work. I didn't get to work on it much yesterday, because my son is in a soccer tournament this weekend. We already played our first game this morning, and we have to be back at the field at Noon for the championship game.

Anyway, I'll put a second coat of grey paint on the bottom today, then I'll start with the OD Green paint tomorrow. The OD green usually takes three coats before it looks good...
Picture #1 shows the bamboo rods cut and sanded flush with the motor mount. (I used my trusty Dremmel tool for this.)

Picture #2 shows how small the cowl screw is. (If you look carefully, you can see the clear cowl in the picture.

Picture #3 shows the GWS P-40's size relationship to the GWS P-51. This is a pre-paint picture.

Picture #4 shows a better view of the P-40. (The first picture was washed out.)

Picture #5 shows the first coat of grey paint... We're getting there!
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Old 09-30-2007, 05:13 PM
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The curiosity is killing me Guy. What are the small wires hanging out the front for?
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Old 09-30-2007, 07:39 PM
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Originally Posted by smokejohnson View Post
The curiosity is killing me Guy. What are the small wires hanging out the front for?
I'm guessing they are strings to pull the wires through with.

Looks good LL. What paint are you using?
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Old 10-01-2007, 03:57 AM
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Originally Posted by Grasshopper View Post
I'm guessing they are strings to pull the wires through with.
Exactly -- I used several different colors of thread so I can pull the ESC wires through, where I need them, when the time comes.

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Looks good LL. What paint are you using?
The grey and OD Green paint is interior house paint from Ace Hardware. Both colors are custom colors which were color matched to an artists rendering of a P-38 ("Miss Virginia") in an Osprey Aircraft Of The Aces book.

I never would have thought to use interior house paint, but it's a trick I learned from "the master" on RCGroups.
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Old 10-01-2007, 04:08 AM
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More painting... I put the second coat of OD Green on the P-40 tonight. It already looks a lot better, but will still require that third coat...

I realized I messed up and totally forgot to paint the canopy while I was applying the OD Green, so I'm a little behind on that front... The canopy usually takes several coats of OD Green paint as well -- however, I promise it will get done, and look awesome.

Picture #1 -- The top of the airplane after the grey paint, but before the first coat of OD Green paint.

Picture #2 -- The airplane after the first coat of OD green paint. (I always think the first coat of OD green looks ugly, but many people say it looks like a weathered airplane...)

Picture #3 -- The airplane after the second coat of OD green paint. Looking better...

Picture #4 -- Another angle after the second coat. It still looks pretty rough, but will look so much better when it's all done.
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Old 10-02-2007, 07:24 PM
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Almost there!

EDIT --> Note the canopy in the background, behind the tail. It is covered with clear "Scotch" tape. When I peel the "Scotch" tape off, the canopy *should* be perfect.
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Old 10-02-2007, 10:23 PM
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It's looking good Guy.
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Old 10-04-2007, 04:20 PM
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Hey guys -- I put the final coats of Grey and OD Green on the airframe yesterday. I do this to make sure there is good "blending" between the two colors.

I started painting the cockpit last night. I will finish that up today.

The next steps are to apply the decals, and remove the tape from the canopy. I expect there to be some overspray on the inside of the canopy (due to the shape), and I'll have to clean that off; that may take some time...

However, we're looking at a completion date of no later than October 8.
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Old 10-04-2007, 04:44 PM
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Any new pictures LL? Sure is looking nice in the ones above.
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Old 10-04-2007, 10:27 PM
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Thanks Grasshopper -- I will take some pictures tonight, after I have the canopy all cleaned up.

EDIT --> Actually, come to think of it... I always tend to pull this same "stunt" every time I near the finish line... I don't post a lot of pictures, because I want to do all the little stuff and get it FINISHED before showing the final "WOW" picture. KarglUSA -- We build anticipation.
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Old 10-05-2007, 02:48 PM
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LOL -- well, I busted my <you know what> last night... I tried to get it all done last night, so I could post a picture today... The reality is, I'm still not ready to post any pictures...

I'm going to apply the decals today, during my lunch break...

All that's left on the "to do" list:
  • Apply GWS Decals.
  • Seal with Krylon Matte Finish.
  • Glue pilot to cockpit with canopy glue.
  • Glue canopy to fuselage with canopy glue.
  • Balance.
  • Check control surfaces (throws and direction).
  • Photo Shoot!
I must tell you guys... At about 10 PM last night, I stood back and looked at this model from about 6 feet, and was just taking in the beauty... My wife walked in the hobby room, and I said "TA DA!"... To which she responded, "It's beautiful. I was looking at it earlier today."
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Old 10-05-2007, 11:10 PM
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And are you sure you don't want to maiden the plane yourself and then send it to the owner? I would be willing to throw it in the air for ya :p.
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Old 10-05-2007, 11:15 PM
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The thought has crossed my mind. However, I'm certain I will build mine just like this one (with the exception that I might fiberglass the whole thing, and I'll use a different motor).
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Old 10-06-2007, 04:07 PM
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Here are some pictures before the matte finish coat.

The first picture is one I took yesterday, before I applied the decals...
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Old 10-06-2007, 04:11 PM
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That looks really good LL.
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Old 10-07-2007, 12:14 AM
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Okay -- I've sealed the decals, and glued the pilot and canopy to the fuselage with canopy glue.

The WHITE glue will dry CLEAR. Trust me.

Note the "weathered" exhaust stacks in the first picture.
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