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Reply #26 - May 15th, 2019 at 4:59pm

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I think I'm going to complete the Guillows P-38 as the XP-38 prototype. I'll cut away the existing engine parts forward of the wing former. The paper mock-up shows the basic idea. Also plan on not using the plastic parts that make up much of the engine booms.

As with the Vega, much of the balsa is badly weathered and broken.
 

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Reply #25 - May 13th, 2019 at 11:54am

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Well Alf...building from a Cleveland plan...that constitutes a scratch build in my mind...and a really fine job of it as well...classic plan, classic plane...classy build.  Smiley

I shouldn't let this cat out of the bag...but I'm definitely going to build your Vega's cousin...Lockheed Air Express 1929.  Mighty fine aeroplanes.  Wink Smiley

Neal
 
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Reply #24 - May 13th, 2019 at 10:55am

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You guys are constant inspiration...life has gotten in the way again...but hope to get back building soon.  Keep up the great work.

Alfa...love those bones and have always felt the beauty of the bare bones is something most people don't see!!!!

Mike...the Spit is looking fantastic!  I agree with the fellas, your craftsmanship is outstanding! Smiley
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Reply #23 - May 13th, 2019 at 10:28am

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Kerak wrote on May 13th, 2019 at 9:58am:
I wonder Alf...if you splash some clear butyrate dope on your Vega...maybe those "old bones" will gain some strength...even if you choose to display it that way.  Could even apply some stain.  Looks awfully pretty.  Wink  Is that a kit (Dumas)...or one of your scratch-builds? 


Built from a Cleveland plan from the 30s. I built the motor stick per the plan but removed it from the rebuild, the mice had chewed it up pretty badly. Removing it made the fuselage a little wobbly so I added some cross-bracing in the middle that helped out.

I did use a little dope on some of the parts for the reason you mentioned. When I decided to leave it uncovered, I stopped any more doping.
 
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Reply #22 - May 13th, 2019 at 9:58am

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I wonder Alf...if you splash some clear butyrate dope on your Vega...maybe those "old bones" will gain some strength...even if you choose to display it that way.  Could even apply some stain.  Looks awfully pretty.  Wink  Is that a kit (Dumas)...or one of your scratch-builds?  VERY NICE work.

BOB!...there it is again!  I've always been partial to your Schneider Cup racer!  The ghost of Jimmy Doolittle is waiting!!!  Wink Cheesy Grin Smiley Roll Eyes

Oh Mike...beautiful Spit!  She's in good hands now.  I can almost hear her breathing a sigh of contentment. Wink

"IT'S ALIVE...IT'S ALIVE!"

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Reply #21 - May 13th, 2019 at 9:42am

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I use the same, have it in white and balsa color. Also still use spackle, sometimes I think spackle has a finer texture. I thin both with a little water. The Hobbico seems to dry out in the jar. I seal both with regular dope, EZDope, or MinWax Poly.
 
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Reply #20 - May 13th, 2019 at 9:27am

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Thanks guys.  AK, I'm using some Hobbico filler I picked up at our local HobbyTownUSA.  It's not much different from lightweight spackle, but it has a yellow tint that makes it a bit less obvious.  I try to use as little as possible.

Weather here was very nice this morning, enjoyed sitting on the deck sanding out the filler.

Mike
 
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Reply #19 - May 13th, 2019 at 5:47am

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Mike, what are you using for filler? The nose looks perfect!
 
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Reply #18 - May 12th, 2019 at 9:24pm

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Mike, I love the crabby spitfires camo job.

Looking at your Spitfire bones I become more in awe of you building technique. Thanks for your photos the are a great reference.

Bob
 

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Reply #17 - May 12th, 2019 at 9:06pm

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In between family activities this weekend I got the rocker covers carved and sanded.  Hated to do it but I had to put a little balsa filler on them to smooth out the transitions between pieces.  A bit of sanding on the filler and another coat of sanding sealer and the nose will be ready to cover.

When I test-fit the wings I found they were swept back in a most unSpitfirelike way  - looked more like a Heinkel.  Corresponding with Crabby from HipPocket (who's built the Rockytop kit) he encountered the same thing, but found it too late to correct it (see pic).  I used a miter saw to cut some balsa wedges to go between the wing and fuselage root ribs to correct the sweep.  Glued those in, sanded them to match the root ribs, mocked everything up and it looks much better.

A little cleanup and detail work around the wing roots and fillet areas and this one will be ready to cover.

Mike
 
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Reply #16 - May 11th, 2019 at 3:46pm

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This just like when I was 14 and going to someones garage and their father was an airplane buff.

Bob
 

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Reply #15 - May 11th, 2019 at 2:52pm

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You fellas are really making these projects come alive. 

Alfa...those bones look great!

Mike the Spit is looking good.  I've only done the small Easy Built Kit of the Spit.  I want to do a larger version.  I've been thinking of the Naval version like the Seafire like Maxifliarts version.  Great looking model.  I'm sure this one will be of the same calibre!
Tom
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Reply #14 - May 11th, 2019 at 11:44am

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That's some pretty nice reconstruction AK, considering all the splinters and teeth marks on it when you pulled it out of storage.  I love the Cleveland frameworks - I have a Cleveland P-6E kit stashed away for someday, may build it just for display.

Been plugging along with the Spit and having a good time.  When I received it the fuselage was assembled but infilling was incomplete.  I filled the rest of the upper and forward stringer bays, trimmed off the broken cockpit former, filled the step behind the moving canopy and trimmed the kit's vacuformed Malcolm-style canopy.  Wings and tail are off the board and sanded up.  Flying surfaces add up to under 10g, fuselage is just over 20g after sanding.  With canopy, noseplug and spinner the framework weighs 33g at the moment.

The Stahl Spitfire appears to be primarily based on the Spitfire prototype.  Since the model's going to need weight up front I'm scabbing on some soft balsa to carve up representing the flared cowl over the top of the Merlin on the production Spits.

Mike
 
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Reply #13 - May 11th, 2019 at 9:59am

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Done all I care to do with the Vega. Replaced/rebuilt stringers, formers, the right wheel pant, and wing/stab tips. It's going to be a bones display!

Much of the remaining original wood is quite fragile, darkened with age, etc. I imagine one backyard toss and all that would be left is kindling!
 

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Reply #12 - May 10th, 2019 at 11:07pm

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No offense to Alfakilo...the Cookup board is usually reserved for a minimum of five modelers committed to build as a project either a model type, manufacturer or single model everyone builds together, like P-51, P-39, Bf-109 etc. 

Nothing was officially started and only three or so fellas were participating so I just opened this board so we didn't violate the Cook Up's usual rules. 

So this is a way we can all participate at any time and if things go back into the boxes no biggy...no time limit here and no expectations!!!  Build away fellas and complete or stick back into the boxes for another day!!!
Tom
 

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Your attitude will determine your altitude!- John Maxwell
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