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 :

Tuesday, 28 January 2020

C17 - Paint at last, let's get her done!

It's been a while since I've posted (happy new year by the way!) but things have (as always) been moving along in the background.

The C17 has finished most of it's glass, but I'm always finding bits to remake or re-finish to tweak it a bit.  The port wing and most of the control surfaces have now been primed in 2k high build primer, with more bits waiting for garage space to get in there and get the same treatment.

After a quick rub down :

I forgot the battery / ballast box in the nose, so had to cut in and get that installed :

Engines are all now being finished off, as is the starboard wing and flap arrangement. Nearly 4 years after starting, the finish line is almost in sight!

Tuesday, 26 November 2019

F-100 Super Sabre for PSS - a bit more

The Sabre continues along at a pace, as the weather has been pretty poor for C17 spraying in the shed as of late.

Flaps and ailerons created and shaped, then hinged.  Flaps are bottom hinged :

Couldn't resist a quick bench fly :

Servo boxes created for the ailerons and flaps :

Tailplane copied from the plan into CAD :

Ribs lasered out in 3/32".  Oh, I have a CNC laser now for cutting pesky parts :

Wing root centre parts cut and fitted.  Full flap selected! :

Tailplane half going together :

Spruce LE and TE glued and sanded to shape :

A quick assembled bench fly :

Wing root to sort then we're good for glass on the fuselage.

Monday, 21 October 2019

C17 - the long slog continues

Flap canoes have now been all printed and attached to the bottom of the port wing, and some more tidying of the rippled veneer was also taken care of :

This wing is now all glassed, final canoe installation complete.

Parts are now being primed for the C17, so we're getting there!

The final official PSSA meet of the year

Well, just over a week since I got back, so here's some pictures.  Most of these are already out there on the 'net somewhere, but I have included them here for completeness.

I manage to stuff the big Antonov into the trailer and drag the big white heap up to the Orme.  No drama in the launch phase, but I was on full pucker-alert on landing - at the top flatter section of the SW / S bowl was where I donked an A10 landing in the distant past.  Anyway, all went OK and she was a bit of a crowd pleaser even though it's a hateful thing to fly.

A full trailer
I tried to sell the Antonov when I was there for £50, but had no takers - shame!

The Stuka was much more interesting and went well, although the C of G was too far back so was a bit pitchy.  A little damage on landing but all repaired now.

The Spit, Hurri and little Mustang all flew without issues too.  All in all a good end to the season.

Tuesday, 8 October 2019

Junkers JU-87D "Stuka" for PSS - a quick build thread

I purchased this through an offer on eBay a while ago, and a good PSSA friend went to pick it up for me, as it was located way up north.

Hmm,  a bit scabby, but may have potential. I started off removing all that steel work for the undercarriage, which saved 2lbs of crap.  I then realised because this was an ex-power model, it's covered in filth, grease and oil.  A good week of meths cleaning got things to a standard where I'd let it into the workshop without stinking the place out.  I honestly have no idea how power fliers put up with it.

It's a Stuka, so we need to keep those wheel spats for part of the outline.  They'll be magnetised on and hopefully clear the wing and flaps upon landing...

Rudder, elevator and two aileron servos were installed (flap servos already in place), and a battery chucked up front.  As ever, noseweight was going to be required, so I built a liteply box that was then filled with lead shot and epoxy, then bolted to the still extant engine mount.

It comes right up to the back of the spinner

Which allows the cowl to be mounted neatly.  The spinner is glued together lightly with cyano, then double-side-taped to the cowl front.  Hopefully should keep it there.

I printed off a receiver and aerial mount, and glued it to the wing.  My thoughts there being that I only have to make 3 connections to the fus, rather than 5 connections from the wing (oh yes, added a bomb drop, forgot that)

Servo-less bomb drop with a 3D printed 250kg bomb :

 Just about 11lbs I think AUW - not too skinny, not too heavy.

All done - back to other projects.

Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Blohm und Voss BV-138c Sea Dragon

I can't remember if I posted about this in the past, but there aren't any labels saved for it, so maybe not?

I've wanted to get going on a decent seaplane build for a while, and when I saw this come up on ebay a few months ago, I had to send a cheeky offer in.  Thankfully I won it, and it's sat in the bottom shed for a couple of months awaiting a clear workspace.  She's too big to fit in the indoors 'shop, so she will be built mostly out in the top shed.  The wings can come in for planking, so it's not too all bad news for her.

A plastic kit of a BV-138c :

It just fit in the van....!

Welcome to your new home :

Posing with it's new owner (me) :

Fast forward 4 months, out of the bottom shed and into fresh air :

Top shed given a good tidy (yes this is very tidy!) :

Up on her side, time for sanding and joint filling :

Securing some planking that's come adrift :

I'm really looking forward to getting this one into a flying state, so much so that today I ordered the power system (3 motors, ESC's and 6s batteries - 3.3kW), and I'm looking at colour schemes.

Hopefully a new and interesting branch to the hobby (to me at least)!

F-100 Super Sabre for PSS - continued

The Hun has been coming along nicely, planking has finished on the main part of the fus with work now moving to the spine and canopy area.  No canopy exists for this model currently, so it's homebrew time.

Some carving and gluing :

Foam wings have arrived :

A quick dummy run with a dog for scale

Nose block going on - is it a Platypus?

I'm not that far from thinking about glassing it now, so some wing seat details to nail down.  After that, I'll put a blue foam block on the fus and shape that for a canopy mold.