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Jetco Rearwin Speedster Restoration (Read 8866 times)
Reply #14 - Mar 13th, 2010 at 11:27am

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The speedster is looking great with the red and white scheme.  Great job of restoration. Grin

Keep up the great work.

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Tom
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Reply #13 - Feb 3rd, 2010 at 7:08am

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Looking forward to better weater. The snow inst much fun.
The dremel is a real blessing. Your plane is looking like a real winner. Thanks for posting it.
 

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Reply #12 - Feb 3rd, 2010 at 6:59am

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LG wasn't anymore difficult than if it had come from a kit, really. The wire LG was already there and I just traced around it (inside and out) on some poster board then made it slightly larger (about 1/8") on the sides. I cut 4 pieces of balsa form that pattern then traced the wire path onto them and grooved the balsa so that the wire would be encapsulated when the balsa pieces were glued together.

Wheel fairings were about the same deal except I printed out a pattern and cut multiple pieces from that so it would be a sandwich-block when glued together. I left the two outside pieces intact but then traced the wheel onto the pattern and cut it to allow clearance then transferred that to the remaining pieces and cut them out. Glued together they made a real nice fairing that then was shaped and sanded. To assemble the wheels were placed inside the fairing then the whole thing was slipped onto the axle shaft. I had to use triangular stock (grooved out) to add more support to the fairing plsu hide the rest f the exposed LG wire.

The jigsaw, Dremel tool and electric sander sure made short work of cutting and shaping. I sure wish I had those back in the 60's!!!

Sure, I'll be flying it once the weather warms up and this snow goes away. I don't know about vids though...I don't have the wherewithall to make any. Maybe one of the guys at the field might have something? Not sure but I can say that I will take photos.
 
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Reply #11 - Feb 2nd, 2010 at 5:11pm

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Looking REALLY good. Are you gonna fly it? When? Vids?
Looks like that lg was pretty tough to build.
 

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Reply #10 - Feb 2nd, 2010 at 11:25am

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Time (not Thyme) passes and finally the wing is on along with the struts in place. All that's left is more paint (only two coats on it now), the wingtip weight and leadout guide to be mounted. Well....that's all there WAS until I found a near fatal flaw.

It seems the 40+ year old cloth elevator hinges have dry rotted. I didn't notice it during the rebuild but did notice it the other day. One of them has already failed so I need to replace them. Luckily this happened before it got airborne but, unluckily, I'm going to have to resort to using cloth yet again. Now that the rudder and all have been glued in place there isn't room enough to separate the elevator from the stab and slot for plastic hinges. I do have some aluminum piano hinge that I've been eyeballing as a last resort but that'd be U-G-L-Y even if mounted on the underside.

So now I have to cut and sand off the old hinges then put new ones on. Yes, Virgina, I do have an ample supply of good old fashioned cloth hinges. Heck! I have an ample supply of good old fashioned everything, it seems!
 
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Reply #9 - Jan 18th, 2010 at 8:59pm

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Looks GREAT !!!!
Dont worry about the hit and miss thing. I suffer that also. Just keep hitting at it when the mood and time avail themselves.
When will you get to fly it? Will there be vid?
 

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Reply #8 - Jan 18th, 2010 at 1:02pm

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It's still been hit or miss on working on the Speedster but I keep plugging along. It's all covered now and being painted. The wing isn't set on (makes painting portions of it easier) but will be soon enough. still more coats of paint to go but here's what it looks like today. I did find something to put in for pilot and passenger. Who better to be inside a Rearwin Speedster than....Speed Racer and his girlfriend Trixie!

Once the wing is attached then I can finish the "wrap" of the windscreen over the top of the wing. Struts still sitting on the side and need to be attached as well.

 

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Reply #7 - Dec 27th, 2009 at 6:21pm

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Grin Grin Grin
Glad you got time "in the room."
Also glad that white nasty is not at my house. Plenty cold enough here.
 

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Reply #6 - Dec 27th, 2009 at 5:40pm

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Man! The holidays have taken a bite out of my planned build time; I didn't accomplish half of what I wanted to. Angry

Wing is covered and has a single coat of dope. Cowl, Lg and tail are doped as well plus I've started covering the fuselage. What a pain that is having to piece it together in sections. It's coming along though and now I have to start deciding on a color scheme one of these days.

Other than the holidays and stuff involved taking time away the weather hasn't cooperated one bit either. We got 12"+ of snow yesterday and I spent most of my time trying to keep up with it plus finish up this morning when another 1" or so dropped on us. Winter? PHOOEY!!

So I'm downstairs in my hobby room covering and doping the Speedster when I hear this  sort of rushing sound....kinda like a jet going over at low altitude. It started out kind of subtle like then got louder and rumbled for a second then quit. What the heck? So I come upstairs and look out the window  to see what's going on outside and what do I see? My wife....completely covered in snow like someone dumped it on her head! All pissed off she came stomping into the house and, of course, I'm laughing and she's mad and I'm not making any points...

So I get control and ask what the heck happened and I'm told she decided that the snow on the roof should come off so she went and bought this thing with handle extensions and started pulling the stuff toward the eave from the peak with it. So she's got part of it pulled down into a pile across the roof and then starts to remove one of the extension handles when she hears this noise and looks up...just in time.

Roof is pretty clear of snow now.

You guys are sworn to secrecy! If she ever finds out I posted this then I'll be the next one in a snow pile....permanently!

 
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Reply #5 - Dec 17th, 2009 at 1:10pm

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Slow but sure it's coming along. Here is montage of pics as it sits today. The cowl is complete but I had to add a "beard" to it as a cooling exhaust duct for the engine. LG pants are laminated 3/16" balsa encapsulating the original wire gear. Spats (wheel fairings) are 5 plys of 3/16" balsa cut, glued and shaped. Had to add some triangular (sanded half round) pieces to hide the LG wire and anchor the fairings to the LG itself. Also shown is the flat 1/16" planking installed in the cabin to hide the bellcrank from view. I might add a pilot and passenger onto the planking if I find something suitable and to scale (1/12th).

 

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Reply #4 - Dec 7th, 2009 at 1:13am

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Well, the last post was a lie; no pics this time either. The cowl is somewhat completed except for vents for engine cooling and it's not U-shaped like proposed. It's a full cowl with a ply former in the rear, a 1/4" balsa former attached to that and a 1/4" balsa nose piece with 1/8" stringers holding it together. It's planked with 1/16" balsa and fits quite nicely. The cabin area is planked now as well and I'm now working on the LG and wheels to complete the fuse before covering.

Work has been slow due to time constraints. Being the end of the year the company I work for is pushing production a bit so have been busy with that place rather than what I'd rather be doing.

Maybe I should hire Bill Parker to work on this for me? LOL!
 
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Reply #3 - Nov 16th, 2009 at 12:41pm

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Haven't had a lot of time to spend on this lately due to work and all but some progress has been made. The new tail feathers are in place, the controls (bellcrank, leadouts) are mounted and the framework has been reglued in almost all places to strengthen any age resultant weaknesses. Before getting into covering I want to add the "missing" details (cowl, LG fairings and pants) plus do some cabin modification. Models always look better if there's a pilot onboard so intend to plank the cabin section just below the windscreen edge. That will give me a platoform for mounting a pilot (and passenger(s)?) plus hide the controls from view.

Unfortunately, the cowl will not be true to scale due to the beam mounts making the nose section a bit wider. The motor will be mounted inverted and the finished cowl will be U-shaped making it a slip on fit from the vertical and leave the engine open for cooling air flow. All the additional parts are still in the cardboard cutout stage and, after fitting detail is worked out, will be transferred to balsa and ply and then constructed.

I've been jumping back and forth between the Rearwin and the P-40 just so I don't get anxious and rush on either of them. No pics as yet since nothing worthy of a photo has been done. Next update should include some though.
 
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Reply #2 - Nov 12th, 2009 at 7:54pm

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I built this model for free flight.  It looked nice but was heavy.  It flew OK, but didn't get much altitude.  I think I had a Fox .07 (?) in it.  I think this was a Walt Mooney design that appeared in Model Airplane News before being kitted.

I hope your restoration goes well.  It is a beautiful model.

John
 
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Reply #1 - Nov 1st, 2009 at 2:55pm

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Here's the Speedster today. Covering has been cut off and airplane has been partially disassembled. The vertical stab and rudder were originally frame and tissue to reduce weight for the Fox .10 but, since I'm going to a larger motor and the vert stab was broken, it will be replaced with solid balsa parts. The new vertical stab and rudder parts are laying next to the old parts on the left.

Next is sanding, sanding, sanding. Once ready then a new single bellcrank (no mo 3-wire) and leadouts will be installed and it's on to the covering stage.

 

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Nov 1st, 2009 at 10:19am

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Well, I'm started on the Rearwin Speedster to some extent so thought I might as well start posting progress here. It's a U/C airplane but it is stick and tissue so I guess it's appropriate for this place.

The history of this airplane dates back to 1959 or 1960. I know the oldest photo I have of it is from 1960 and I don't know how long it had already been flying. To my knowledge the last time it was flown was probably 1966. It was a good little airplane, very docile in the air and you could literally walk it like a dog across the field. It probably would have flown free-flight with absolutely no problem. I remember one time that I laid the control handle on the ground and the plane just circled around overhead while I sat down and watched. No, it wasn't very exciting.

It had a Fox .10 motor on it which was just enough motor to make it flyable on 52' lines. It was setup for 3-wire throttle control but was never flown that way that I remember. It was never completed in that the pants, wheel fairings and cowl weren't constructed or added before it hit the air. It went into storage in 1966-67 and remained there until 2004. It's in bad shape now and needs a complete overhaul. I still have the old Fox .10 that was on it but will upgrade it to a Fox .15 so it has a bit more oomph. When done it should be sporting new skin, new paint, pants, fairings and the cowl.

I'm not the best modeler in the world and really don't get into critical detail all that much. I intend to do my best on this animal but the end result just might be a bit shy of a perfect work.

Here's a pic of it when it back in 1960 when it was still in good shape. It has a 38" wingspan...BTW.


 

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