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 :

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.