Friday, 9 April 2021

Planning plans of planes

 I've had cause to update a couple of plans recently - namely the Sea Hawk, and also spruce up something I started a while back; the digitizing of a Micro Mold Avenger sport slope soarer.


Avenger, as seen on the cover of our bible "Slope Soaring", by Dave Hughes.  I've always had a soft spot for the Avenger as the chap who taught me to fly had one, and it was a beautiful machine.




And secondly, my own design Hawker Sea Hawk.  A lovely flying machine and a couple of guys want to build one - so I finished this one up to make it a bit more respectable.  Still quite a "builders" plan though!


I still have the Skyraider plan to finish, and hopefully productionize for PSS.  I'm doing most of this one in 3D as it's a bit quicker for me to do so, but trickier when forming fuselage sides and other bent pieces.  "Sheet metal" mode rarely transfers nicely to the often longer and more compound blends we find in our models.










Wednesday, 7 April 2021

Own design PSS Gloster Meteor, part 3

 Well, regular updates aren't really forthcoming, but at least I'm still here.  I've completed a couple of sport glider builds in the mean time (Angelwings FVT3 and Pug Twisty DLG), and I'm still concentrating on the old Meatbox.  I've decided next up on the build list will be the quarter scale FW190 that was bought as a half completed fuselage with a pair of wings 2 or 3 years ago, but more on that later.

So the glassing and priming went well on the Meteor, and the fuselage has since had a spray putty coat, and some more detail added - namely the cockpit interior with gunsight, and the guns themselves.

The wings had more red spot putty added to the engines, along with blends to the wings being tweaked.  They are now ready for 2k filler primer, as soon as I've finished off the servo hatches in the underside.


Pilot paint WIP


Boxes of paints from Airbrushes.com


3D printed gun ports set in




Start of the servo access hatches; 3 more to go


Chris' Meatbox very close now - paint and lacquer all on!




Soon..... :D

Friday, 8 January 2021

Own Design C17 Globemaster III for PSS

 The catch up with build progressions continues, this time with the big Grey Moose.

I had painted the entire airframe, before realising that I had no efficient way of keeping the wings on still!  I had thought of using a method similar to the A10, but it's quite heavy.  

Anyway, the pictures below show it just before I retro-fitted the wing retention tongues, and I'm also sporting a beard (now gone!).




Just the engines and hatches to spray now, a final balance and controls set up. 


F100 PSS build flies

 I have ben rather slack on the updates in recent times, so I am updating bits and pieces as I think about them.  I noticed that I hadn't mentioned that the F100 flew, and flew...fairly well.  Some odd control responses hear and there which I hope to eradicate with some mixing.









Own design PSS Gloster Meteor, part 2

 The Meteor progresses well, with the wings fully glassed and the nacelles now permanently attached.  I added flaps to the small inboard area - some are better than none I think.  She's a fairly bulky model so I want to be able to bring it in accurately and safely.




The fuselage is ready for glass which I hope to get to this weekend, along with the tail pieces.  Not long now and she'll be ready for a bit of primer.


Friday, 21 August 2020

Own design PSS Gloster Meteor

 This one has been bubbling away for a while, with some beta work on the first build being done by PSSA member Chris Barlow.  I've now got my own under way now, and she's come along nicely.












The wing is ready for glass now, as well as the tail parts.  A bit more fuselage shaping as well as the canopy / cockpit install and the fus will be ready for glass too.  All coming along!


F100 finished and ready to fly

 It's been a long while since I've posted, so some updates I guess!  Firstly, the F100 build which as per the title, is finished and awaits her maiden.





She did attend the Lleyn Peninsula PSSA meet, but we had nothing like enough wind to try, so maybe the next Orme event.  

Here she is with the painted F105.   Oh yes, the F105 is painted now and also ready for flight!



Some photos of her armament now;



She weighs just over 7lbs RTF, so should go well in a stiff breeze.

Monday, 17 February 2020

C17 - keep on priming


Lots of bits still being primed and test fitted, final bits of priming hoped to be done this week, with a view to getting top coat started this weekend.

Engines test fitted for magnets :

Engines now have vortex generators and tail pipes added, then primed :

Flaps hinged onto wings : 

Flaps and engines mounted : 

Fuselage spraying has started too :