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Reply #50 - Dec 5th, 2017 at 11:44am

Brad   Offline
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I just got word that the plane arrived in perfect condition!!  That's coast to coast:  Oregon to Florida  Smiley  Now I wonder how the plane will deal with the humidity - although I think it will just be displayed in my brokers office.
 

It's much easier to ride the horse in the direction its going.
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Reply #49 - Nov 25th, 2017 at 2:57pm

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Fantastic shipping box.  Are the tubes slip fit or did you use some kind of cement!

Love the container...your "Gem" should arrive safely!
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 #48 - Nov 25th, 2017 at 2:33pm

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I spent a hour or two boxing up the plane for shipping.  I am hopeful that it is very safe.  Nestled in a braced center cradle.  The top part lifts out freely so you can then remove the plane.
 

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Reply #47 - Nov 24th, 2017 at 5:23pm

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Awe,
yes
Brad !!   
Nicely done!
  Smiley  It is a
GEM
.  And thanks for all of the great baby pics. Smiley  Your Broker will love this Christmas present.
LWM
Richard
 

OH, I HAVE SLIPPED THE SURLY BONDS OF EARTH ... UP, UP THE LONG DELIRIOUS BURNING BLUE ... SUNWARD I'VE CLIMBED AND JOINED THE TUMBLING MIRTH OF SUN-SPLIT CLOUDS ...
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Reply #46 - Nov 24th, 2017 at 4:55pm

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last batch of photos
 

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Reply #45 - Nov 24th, 2017 at 4:54pm

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I'm calling my Little Gem build complete!!!  Here are the final photos with the tail wheel and pilot name finished.

I won't be flying this plane as it will be a Christmas/thank you gift to my broker for 2017.  A while back, I asked him what is favorite number was and if he had a nick name in the service.  He answered with "22 and Haddock".  That's why the plane is not the usual #14 as shown in photos and then I added his nick name with a silver gel pen.  Now I have to figure out a safe way to box it for shipping = Oregon to Florida/at Christmas time so it has to be strong.  I learned previously not to use the inflated air bags - they swell at altitude during shipping and break the plane Angry 

 

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Reply #44 - Nov 21st, 2017 at 8:33am

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Hi Brad.  That is a
VERY
attractive little sport racer!!  Smiley  You really do that captivating category justice!!  Shocked
LWM
Richard
 

OH, I HAVE SLIPPED THE SURLY BONDS OF EARTH ... UP, UP THE LONG DELIRIOUS BURNING BLUE ... SUNWARD I'VE CLIMBED AND JOINED THE TUMBLING MIRTH OF SUN-SPLIT CLOUDS ...
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Reply #43 - Nov 20th, 2017 at 2:22pm

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I have the canopy almost attached.  I have just one more corner to glue and anchor while it dries.  I found I had to work in sections and get creative to hold the bent plastic in place.  I did try to heat and curve my first wind screen, but it got too hot and front lower edge scalloped.  I had to trash it.  Next, I'll add tissue trim as the canopy frame and to hide the glue  Smiley

I also got the spinner attached and the front tip doesn't wobble when spinning !!!!  I always feel good about that.  My slots for prop where a little larger than usual, so I used some thin double stick foam tape as filler.  It really worked well and allowed me to adjust the position, then lock it down with a bit of CA.

I'm almost done with the Little Gem and I should be ready to move to my next build for the winter cook up while the turkey cooks.
 

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Reply #42 - Nov 16th, 2017 at 9:10pm

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Chin scoop is the carburetor air intake.
 
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Reply #41 - Nov 16th, 2017 at 7:23pm

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Brad - that "Little Gem Racer" looks just beautiful from underneath with your checker color scheme!!  Smiley Smiley Thanks for that underside pic! Out of curiosity, what is the function of the "chin scope"?
LWM
 

OH, I HAVE SLIPPED THE SURLY BONDS OF EARTH ... UP, UP THE LONG DELIRIOUS BURNING BLUE ... SUNWARD I'VE CLIMBED AND JOINED THE TUMBLING MIRTH OF SUN-SPLIT CLOUDS ...
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Reply #40 - Nov 14th, 2017 at 1:11pm

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small strips of masking tape help to hold the canopy in place till the glue dries.  It also helps to make a handle out of folded tape to handle the canopy while placing it on the model...Click Here for pic of my Rearwin Speedster window placement
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 #39 - Nov 14th, 2017 at 1:08pm

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Brad, canopies are difficult for me also.

GREAT job so far on this GEM.

Bob
 

IF IT AINT BROKE DONT FIX IT!
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Reply #38 - Nov 14th, 2017 at 12:56pm

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I mounted the wheel pants and made/covered the landing gear fairings. 
Cheek cowls and chin scope attached. 
I have the tail wheel made, but I'll attach it last, otherwise, I know I'll break it off while doing something else. 

Next step is to attach the wind shield.  I have the plastic cut and the canopy top in place.  My plan is to attach the wind shield and then trim it with a thin band of tissue around the edges (vs. trying to trim the canopy first and then attach it).  I'm always nervous about this step and getting glue all over the canopy and plane.  I use Formula 56 which works great, but it takes a day to dry, so I have to figure out how to hold things in place and not make a mess.
 

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Reply #37 - Nov 11th, 2017 at 10:31am

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A couple of quick shots of the fuselage number on and the plane getting its final coat of easy dope.  I'm still adding the weight to the stab while drying to keep it true.

I have the wheel pants about ready to attach so hopefully I'll do that today.
 

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Reply #36 - Nov 9th, 2017 at 4:55pm

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I'm admiring this. This is a racy looking build- and my sign painter side LOVES the drop shading!
 
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