Monday, 13 May 2019

PSS Hawker Seahawk - maidened!

A great afternoon's flying on Saturday at the Bwlch PSSA meet saw me maiden the little Seahawk.  Needless to say, she's a keeper!  A real charm to fly - responsive in all axes, a good speed range, looks bloody lovely.  Can't wait to get out there again with her.

Thanks to Phil Cooke for the photos.

Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Tuesday, 7 May 2019

6th scale Supermarine Spitfire Mark IX, for PSS

I won this glass fuselage a while ago on ebay, which was apparently a Mick Reeves product, but I'm not so sure.  I think it was a copy of one of his units, as the panel lines and rivet detail is there, but very feint.

Sixth scale fus next to the Tiffie
Once the Tiffie and Seahawk were finished, I needed a new project to get my teeth into, so here she is.  I'm still moving the C17 along with a view to having her flight ready this year, but that's just non stop glassing.  I like to have an aiframe I can pop in to the workshop and do the odd 10 or 15 minute's worth of work on, rather than having to be there at least half an hour as is the case with the glassing on the C17.

Anyway, I ordered a set of foam wings from Cloud Models, that were very nicely cut, with spars, and veneer epoxied on.  A quick bench fly (ok, floor fly):

Wings have LE added:

Big block of foam for the under nose area.  This is usually engine access on an MR spit:

Shavings - wings start shaping up:

Tip on (ply core), and shaped along with LE:

First aileron cut out and faced:

Both ailerons complete and hinged:

First servo box going in.  My usual Corona MG HV digitals here:

Wings joined with two quarter inch dihedral braces :

Foam nose part shaped and two layers of glass :

A few more jobs to do yet, then!  I hope to have her done for a maiden on the Lleyn Peninsula at the end of June, should be do-able.

Monday, 1 April 2019

PSS Hawker fest - Typhoon and Seahawk final pictures

These two finally out in the sun together this weekend, hopefully maiden the Seahawk next weekend on the Orme - weather permitting...

Wednesday, 27 March 2019

Hawker Seahawk for PSS - complete!

With Shona away in the USA for a while, Seahawk work has progressed quickly!

Final bits of filler applied, sanded, and primed:

Underside sprayed up: 

Underside then masked off: 

 Topside sprayed:

Decals and panel lines start going on:

Hinge everything, get the servos in: 

Exhausts glued on:

Finished! (yeah I can't be bothered mowing the grass yet, it's still March!):

She weighs a svelte 3lb's on the nose ready to fly with a 2500mAh LiFe battery up front.  All programmed up and we just need some wind!

Tuesday, 26 February 2019

Hawker Typhoon for PSS - balanced and programmed

I made up the looms for the Tiffie, installed all the servos (8), made the myriad of links and closed loop runs, then programmed the lot into the FRSky Horus.  All told, she's 31 lb AUW which includes about 8lb of lead behind the spinner!  Well, it is a short nose and she used to have a 90cc engine up there, and still needed about 3lb of lead with that, so I've saved around 8lb from the old AUW, which isn't too bad as a percentage.

Wing loading comes out in the region of 39 oz sq ft, and a WCL of 11 - quite respectable compared to the A10.

I'm just painting the servo covers, and printing a mount for the redundancy bus, then she'll be RTF.

Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Hawker Typhoon for PSS - paint completion

Time to get the Tiff in for some weathering.  This was done with the little cheap "ABest" airbrush and thinned black paint :

And underneath:

When that was all dry, time to shoot the lacquer, and that's it for paint!

She's a big girl!

Time to get on with wiring, controls setup and balancing...great!

Monday, 11 February 2019

Hawker Typhoon in the paint shop

The big Tiffie is at last getting her colours, and she's coming along nicely.  Secondly (didn't get pictures of the first stage - light grey underneath) the top green goes on :

Mask that up :

Then shoot the grey : 

Mask up, shoot the invasion stripes (missed that too!)

Indoors for decals :

Final bit of masking for the tail coloured band :

That leaves me with..
  1. Paint the inner cavities of the flaps grey-green
  2. Paint the spinner
  3. Find and paint the belly pan finisher
  4. Washes and weathering
  5. Lacquer
Then onto radio and linkage installation, then balancing. Phew!