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Message started by DAVE Q on Nov 22nd, 2017 at 4:59pm

Title: Hawker Hurricane kit bash tether flyer
Post by DAVE Q on Nov 22nd, 2017 at 4:59pm
Found this kit in the attic the other day digging around. As shown in the picture, the kit is not exactly complete. So it is pretty much worthless to try to sell. I am also almost getting ready to start the winter Cookup with a Boeing P-26 Peashooter, and going to try to follow the rules. So, on that note, I feel like breaking all the rules. I'm thinking of slapping the P-26 large radial engine and cowling on the front of this Hurricane. A man's engine is round. I'm going to use craft paints and put a race plane/sleek paint scheme on it. And I'm thinking of trying to use Durham's rock hard putty in the canopy, to make a mold. And try plunge molding from a soda bottle. One build, follow the rules, this build, "don't need no stinkin rules".
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Title: Re: Hawker Hurricane kit bash tether flyer
Post by Sky9pilot on Nov 22nd, 2017 at 8:16pm
Have fun Dave and "Have it your way!" [smiley=thumbsup.gif]

Title: Re: Hawker Hurricane kit bash tether flyer
Post by pb_guy on Nov 23rd, 2017 at 1:56am
This is the kind of flying that these kits might be good for. They carry some weight for good wind penetration.
ian

Title: Re: Hawker Hurricane kit bash tether flyer
Post by DAVE Q on Nov 23rd, 2017 at 5:50am

pb_guy wrote on Nov 23rd, 2017 at 1:56am:
This is the kind of flying that these kits might be good for. They carry some weight for good wind penetration.
ian


Ian,
I didn't realize this till after you said what you did. But, what I realized is that, these tether flying builds are so forgiving, easy, and stress free. Just simply keep adding weight to the nose, to where the airplane doesn't want to climb anymore, and maintains a level flight. And every one that I have built so far, turns out to be a champ of a flyer.
Dave

Title: Re: Hawker Hurricane kit bash tether flyer
Post by DAVE Q on Nov 23rd, 2017 at 6:06am
I'll have to be honest, I haven't been this excited about a build in a long time. For the first time, I am the instructions and plans. When I saw this "Hot Stuff" photo in the Wnter cookup, Those forward swept wheel pants I thought were cool. They wont be as short, but I'm thinking of modifying the P-26 wheel pants to a forward swept design. And also, I like the fuselage stripe design on that red Corsair. Coming off the P-26 cowl, around that radial engine, I think will work. Colors of red, white, and blue keep coming into my head, but I have to watch, I don't want it to remind people of "Miss USA". Have allot of parts cut out so far. I think for the fun of it also, I am going to try Toms idea of watered down yellow carpenters glue.
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Title: Re: Hawker Hurricane kit bash tether flyer
Post by DAVE Q on Nov 23rd, 2017 at 6:35am
Lengthened the nose to make up for not using the plastic Hurricane cowling anymore. After looking at the P-26 wheel pants again, I think I am going to bring them more forward, shorten them somewhat, and probably have to change the angle on the bottom of them. Do I have to worry about these wheels being at the right point for this airplane to actually land and work, NO. The beauty of tether.
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Title: Re: Hawker Hurricane kit bash tether flyer
Post by DAVE Q on Nov 23rd, 2017 at 7:00am
The very first thing I did on this build, was went downstairs and started my molds. There are some small air pockets, but I don't think I am going to worry about them. Need to trim them next. Then I need to get some soda, for the next step. I have to look, I may have some plastic that may work. Too bad beer does not come in plastic bottles.
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Title: Re: Hawker Hurricane kit bash tether flyer
Post by simpleflyer on Nov 24th, 2017 at 7:37pm
Your building of the Hurricane as a radial engine racer is an interesting idea.  I am looking forward to reading this build and wish you well with it.

Al

Title: Re: Hawker Hurricane kit bash tether flyer
Post by DAVE Q on Nov 25th, 2017 at 1:04pm
Al, nice hearing from you. Hope you enjoy the build. This idea in the picture is not my original idea. I think I remember some kind of building jig for sale, but this was the basic idea. I love this idea for building these keel fuselages.
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Title: Re: Hawker Hurricane kit bash tether flyer
Post by Sky9pilot on Nov 25th, 2017 at 2:47pm
Dave...I've used that kind of jig for years.  Mine was just two strips of 1"X2"X24".  Works great. ;) 8-)

Title: Re: Hawker Hurricane kit bash tether flyer
Post by DAVE Q on Nov 25th, 2017 at 5:27pm
Did a really good job at getting that first bulkhead on square. Not going to get upset about it, I'm going to glue on some soft 1/8" sheet, and sand it square. I don't know what happened, I just can't see anymore. And I'm even already wearing 2x reading glasses.
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Title: Re: Hawker Hurricane kit bash tether flyer
Post by DAVE Q on Nov 26th, 2017 at 8:19am
Like Tom says, can't resist a mockup. I think it's looking pretty cool.
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Title: Re: Hawker Hurricane kit bash tether flyer
Post by DAVE Q on Nov 26th, 2017 at 3:37pm
Final mockup, finish sand and start to cover
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Title: Re: Hawker Hurricane kit bash tether flyer
Post by Sky9pilot on Nov 27th, 2017 at 9:18am
Nice looking set of bones...the radial looks right at home on the Hurri!!!

Title: Re: Hawker Hurricane kit bash tether flyer
Post by simpleflyer on Nov 27th, 2017 at 10:41pm
Dave, I'm impressed by how quickly this build is coming along.  And the construction looks very nice.

Al

Title: Re: Hawker Hurricane kit bash tether flyer
Post by DAVE Q on Nov 28th, 2017 at 2:27pm
What a surprise, another mock up. Covered it, shortened the gear, and glued the tail on. Undecided on a tail wheel, guess technically it should have one. Might try to shorten the gear even more. There's no prop going on it, because it is a tether flyer, just a spinner. So I guess the prop clearing the ground is not an issue. Going to let it dry for several days before beginning paint. So I guess I'll be starting my Boeing P-26 winter cookup build. Decided against the red, white, and blue paint scheme. I think I am going to go with red with white trim.
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Title: Re: Hawker Hurricane kit bash tether flyer
Post by DAVE Q on Dec 5th, 2017 at 6:36pm
Getting there. Need to paint and install the spinner, adjust CG, and fabricate the attach point for tether flying. Next picture will be in the air.
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Title: Re: Hawker Hurricane kit bash tether flyer
Post by MKelly on Dec 5th, 2017 at 7:34pm
Dave that's a sharp-looking bird!  The fixed gear, radial and color scheme came together very nicely - well done.

Title: Re: Hawker Hurricane kit bash tether flyer
Post by simpleflyer on Dec 5th, 2017 at 9:03pm
Nicely done, Dave.  You've given me a couple of ideas with your treatment of the radial engine and the landing gear that I will use on some future swing control models in the planning stage.  Nice paint job, looks good.

Al

Title: Re: Hawker Hurricane kit bash tether flyer
Post by DAVE Q on Dec 6th, 2017 at 12:42am
Thanks for your comments guys, that was nice of you. I enjoyed the heck out of this build.

Title: Re: Hawker Hurricane kit bash tether flyer
Post by Sky9pilot on Dec 6th, 2017 at 11:46am
WoW Dave....that is outstanding!!! I love it!  Reminds me of an old 20's and 30's aircraft!  Lockheed or Douglas!   [smiley=thumbsup.gif] ;) 8-)

Title: Re: Hawker Hurricane kit bash tether flyer
Post by DAVE Q on Dec 6th, 2017 at 5:38pm

Sky9pilot wrote on Dec 6th, 2017 at 11:46am:
WoW Dave....that is outstanding!!! I love it!  Reminds me of an old 20's and 30's aircraft!  Lockheed or Douglas!   [smiley=thumbsup.gif] ;) 8-)


Coming from you Tom, thank you, that means allot.

Title: Re: Hawker Hurricane kit bash tether flyer
Post by pb_guy on Dec 6th, 2017 at 8:41pm
Good color combo. Interesting creation. Modifying existing plans into an entirely different character is a challenge. Well done!  [smiley=thumbsup.gif]
ian

Title: Re: Hawker Hurricane kit bash tether flyer
Post by DAVE Q on Dec 7th, 2017 at 7:42am
Well, as usual, my in flight pictures are not the best. But, there it is, all done and flying.
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Title: Re: Hawker Hurricane kit bash tether flyer
Post by LASTWOODSMAN on Dec 7th, 2017 at 8:06am
Hi Dave - I really like that pic - it's a bird ... it's a plane ... it's a Hurricane with trouser wheel pants and a Radial Engine!!!   [smiley=thumbsup.gif] Great looking silhouette against that perfect cloud and blue sky and treed backdrop.  :o  Really shows the shape of the plane and your tether line.  ;)
LWM
Richard

Title: Re: Hawker Hurricane kit bash tether flyer
Post by simpleflyer on Dec 7th, 2017 at 11:18pm
Nice flight shot, Dave.  The cloud and tree background coupled with the reduced light conditions add a lot of drama to the scene.  Amazing to me, is that from start of this build to first flight took only two and a half weeks.  Looks like simplicity in construction and tether flying worked very well for you on this project.  Well done.

Al

Title: Re: Hawker Hurricane kit bash tether flyer
Post by DAVE Q on Feb 26th, 2018 at 4:19pm
Al inspired me with his pictures today, to go out back, and do a little flying. Thought while I was out there, I'd try to take a better picture. Complete with UFO in hot pursuit. Sorry about the delay on the PBY Catalina build guys. Work has me busy, and what time I do get, I'm working on RC repairs getting ready for spring.
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Title: Re: Hawker Hurricane kit bash tether flyer
Post by Sky9pilot on Feb 26th, 2018 at 7:16pm
Always great to see air under the wings!!! Well done.  Life does tend to get in the way at times! :o ;D ;)

Title: Re: Hawker Hurricane kit bash tether flyer
Post by simpleflyer on Feb 26th, 2018 at 10:11pm
Nice shot, Dave, of your Hurricane Racer.  Could the UFO be a daytime partial moon? Good to see someone else taking advantage of a spot of good winter weather.

Al

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