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Reply #32 - Feb 18th, 2017 at 11:17am

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Great looking model.  Nice canopy!  I'm always on the lookout for shrink wrap packages that might be a future canopy!!! Never know where a modeling product will appear!
Tom
 

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Your attitude will determine your altitude!- John Maxwell
And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free. Jn 8:32
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Reply #31 - Feb 17th, 2017 at 11:27pm

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Thank you, Ian.  I forgot to add that the Wildcat canopy...to my eye, looks a lot like it belongs on a Hellcat.  I wonder if that means I should build a peanut Hellcat?  Grin

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Reply #30 - Feb 17th, 2017 at 11:10pm

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Sehr gut! Very nice  Smiley.
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Reply #29 - Feb 17th, 2017 at 10:15pm

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Canopy made from pumpkin cookie container...delicious...then to grandson's (is 6'4" and 16 years old) high school basketball game (he had 12 points and 9 rebounds...then to dinner...and home to attach the converted pumpkin cookie container and apply tissue framework.  Done...complete...das Ende!  Time to clean up the mess I've made.  Grin Grin Grin

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Reply #28 - Feb 17th, 2017 at 12:20pm

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Plunge-molding has never being a process that I've enjoyed...although I've never NOT had success with it.  It's just so involved...at least that's the way it seems to me.  Personally, I like to just lazily sit at my work bench and putter around while building. Grin

Generally I start by going through the bag of bucks (male molds) that I've already created for some build in the past...looking for something similar in shape...preferably a bit larger...and then proceed to sand it into the proper shape.  When all else fails...I look for a block large enough...and create a new buck.

It's funny, because now I'm creating small canopies....  My initial project with this process was fairly large...the center fuselage of an Fw-189.  Many years ago, sometime last century...around 1971, I created a control line 189...my own plan.  The layout was so straight-forward...easy.  Then came that center fuselage with all it's glazing! Lips Sealed  I ended up carving a buck of the entire fuselage out of pine (cheaper than balsa)...and plunge-molding the entire shape in two halves.  Using the pine buck, I then designed and constructed a balsa inner structure...joining the molding over that...and painting.  Worked great! Smiley  And now I'm loath to follow the process on something as tiny as a peanut model. Grin Grin Grin Shocked

We'll get there...was telling my wife that this little Wildcat has a pre-war color scheme...by just a few months...and that I don't want to do the canopy.  Her response was, "Well, let's say it's a pre-plastic airplane and leave the canopy off."  Like her logic.  Wink

Neal
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Reply #27 - Feb 16th, 2017 at 9:01pm

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I'm too cheap to buy them (tissuecals)...always trying to build "on the cheap."  Printed them on this inexpensive white tissue the wife uses for gift box wrapping...has one side that is hard gloss...that's the side I print on.  It's always an adventure to create your own...find something with acceptable resolution on the internet.  It works....  Sure adds a lot to the model.

Now I'm at the stage of canopy creation...will plunge-mold a canopy.

Neal
 
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Reply #26 - Feb 16th, 2017 at 8:35pm

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Tissue-cals look great...did you print them yourself or purchase them from somewhere? 
Tom
 

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Your attitude will determine your altitude!- John Maxwell
And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free. Jn 8:32
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Reply #25 - Feb 16th, 2017 at 7:36pm

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Things are slowly coming together...decided to NOT airbrush the blue/grey onto the upper surfaces...went with a summer 1941 scheme...seems the Navy noticed what was happening in the world and dispensed with those colorful schemes of the 30's...went for overall light grey.  In the interest of weight savings...so did I. Smiley  Markings are tissuecals.

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Reply #24 - Feb 13th, 2017 at 6:35pm

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Here you are, Bob...is in three parts...first two are pre-flight.

Tom...model's dihedral is above bottom of cockpit...of course that may be because I mounted the wings a tiny bit higher.  Smiley

Neal

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Reply #23 - Feb 13th, 2017 at 6:20pm

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Neal, what is the link for "Kermie" walk around?

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Reply #22 - Feb 13th, 2017 at 5:38pm

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Neal,
This a great looking little Wildcat!  The scale dihedral may be just enough to get away with some good flights.  The old ROT (Rule of Thumb) is wingtips at or just below the bottom of the canopy edge. 

Your scale dihedral looks to be above the thrust line so you should be ok.
Tom
 

If God is your Co-pilot...switch seats...
Your attitude will determine your altitude!- John Maxwell
And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free. Jn 8:32
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Reply #21 - Feb 13th, 2017 at 12:56pm

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Here's the wing attachment...butt-glued to the fuselage wing-plates.  Position is first marked to ensure location and incidence...then both root rib and wing-plate are cross-hatched to assist adherence.  Lower root wing panels remain open to assist in applying pressure during gluing process (thumb and finger pressure, that is)...then covered afterward.

Aft lower fuselage opening is to access rubber motor/peg...can then be covered...or remain open.

I've included an in-flight photo head-on of a Wildcat to illustrate wing dihedral...which appears to be extensive when compared with other WW2 fighter aircraft.  It's all good for a flying model.  Smiley

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Reply #20 - Feb 12th, 2017 at 9:05pm

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This little model is a sweetheart.  I've learned lots about the Wildcat.  Watched a walk-around and helmet-cam demo flight by "Kermie" on YouTube.  Definitely not a Mustang...but it gave me even more appreciation for what was accomplished with a pre-war design.  Amazing heroes.

Neal
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Reply #19 - Feb 12th, 2017 at 8:02pm

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I love this tissue job.  Just outstanding!!! 

Bob...my to do list is too long to list by number.  I just can't stop getting inspired by these great modelers to build another airplane.  On to the list it goes mentally!!!  I was able to knock out several in the Comet  Cookup we did a while back!
Tom
 

If God is your Co-pilot...switch seats...
Your attitude will determine your altitude!- John Maxwell
And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free. Jn 8:32
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Reply #18 - Feb 12th, 2017 at 7:28pm

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OK! Neal how did you apply tissue to that barrel? I had all kinds of trouble with the Veron
F4F
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BTW great job on your
F4F
Smiley

Tom, how many airplanes do you have on your  to
build list
? Grin I hope that Ive not been a bad influence on you Shocked

Bob
 

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