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Reply #306 - Aug 10th, 2019 at 6:30pm

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alf, and Tom, those airplanes look
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Reply #305 - Aug 10th, 2019 at 4:19pm

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Looks great AK...I look forward to seeing this one in the air...

While grounded I was able to take a couple pics of the Fang with the Design Master Floral Spray "Burgundy"  It's still a bit transparent but give the dark cherry color pretty good.  When I'm up to it, I'll carve the canopy plug and finish up the fiddly bits... here's a couple pics.
 

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Reply #304 - Aug 10th, 2019 at 3:58pm

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Sky9pilot wrote on Aug 7th, 2019 at 3:02pm:
AK...you might want to try making your own clear prop using a clear plastic peanut butter jar.  They're about 4" diameter and for the pusher just remember to place the 15 degree angle to the right instead of the left for a regular tractor prop.  Just a suggestion.


I did, Tom, used one of those flavored water drink bottles. It's too big, about 8", I'll trim it a little.
 

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Reply #303 - Aug 9th, 2019 at 12:38am

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Got some color on the "Fang" today using the Design Master Floral spray raddle can.  It is a very fine misting spray as you can imagine for flowers and is a bit transparent.  Pics to follow tomorrow.  Had a gout flareup and so I'm off my feet for a bit.  Taking meds and hope to be up and around again soon!  Got my balsa blocks finally so I can start the canopy plug to begin the fiddly bits.
Tom
 

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Reply #302 - Aug 7th, 2019 at 6:36pm

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This is a fairly interesting report on the original X-1 flights https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W39TdNFdSug
ian
 
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Reply #301 - Aug 7th, 2019 at 3:02pm

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AK...you might want to try making your own clear prop using a clear plastic peanut butter jar.  They're about 4" diameter and for the pusher just remember to place the 15 degree angle to the right instead of the left for a regular tractor prop.  Just a suggestion.  The X-1 is fantastic.
 

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 #300 - Aug 7th, 2019 at 2:05pm

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Nose cone has a hook for the motor and is removable. That way I can replace it with a nose prop/spinner with the motor hook now in the tail cone.
 
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Reply #299 - Aug 7th, 2019 at 1:37pm

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Very nice X-1 AK.  Where is the front motor peg?  Is it a hook on the nose? 

Last weekend I rewatched The Right Stuff.  Love that film.  It's always fun to see Chuck Yeager himself "working" at Pancho Barnes' Happy Bottom Riding Club in the film.

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Reply #298 - Aug 6th, 2019 at 12:30pm

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A real peach, Alf!  Now...don't forget which direction to wind that motor (not as silly as it sounds  Roll Eyes).  Smiley

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Reply #297 - Aug 6th, 2019 at 11:30am

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AK...look forward to your trim test flights.  She's a real beauty...thanks for making such a looker from my drawings! Smiley
 

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Your attitude will determine your altitude!- John Maxwell
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Reply #296 - Aug 6th, 2019 at 10:31am

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Ready for trim tests! Many thanks to Tom A for his excellent plan and everyone else for the many tips and suggestions!!

Note the black squares that were the openings for the B-29 suspension gear. Also note the pre-USAF stars and bars lacking the red stripe. Yeager's mach run came only days after the creation of the USAF and his X-1 had the red stripes.
 

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Reply #295 - Aug 5th, 2019 at 6:36pm

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I put some end-plates on the X-1 peanut fuselage preparatory to doing the nose and tail removable pieces.
ian
 

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Reply #294 - Aug 4th, 2019 at 9:42pm

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Outstanding AK...she's a beauty!  Smiley Smiley

Life has gotten in the way of building, but I hope to get some paint on the Fang this week.  Due to the life demands,  I'll be using some Design Master Floral spray to add some color to the Fang.
 

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 #293 - Aug 4th, 2019 at 7:28pm

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Beautiful AK.  Wish I could build at your pace - my build list keeps expanding far faster than my completed list.

What's next?

Mike K.
 
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Reply #292 - Aug 4th, 2019 at 7:12pm

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Looking really good AlfaKilo! Very Inspiring. Just finished all the stringer work on my fuselage - 22 of them. Up to 3.5 grams for the fuselage now.
ian
 
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