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Reply #32 - Dec 12th, 2019 at 8:36pm

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Tom Arnold published a stick and Tissue XF-11 in Flying Models magazine - the plan is still available from their plans service.  It's a big model!

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Reply #31 - Dec 12th, 2019 at 3:41pm

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How about Hughes XF-11?????????
I think you could d a real cool one!!!!
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Reply #30 - Jun 19th, 2019 at 6:11pm

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Great lookin' model, Alf...and the exhibition pedestal makes it look like we're at the air base entrance.  Wink Smiley

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Reply #29 - Jun 19th, 2019 at 6:04pm

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Very cool! 

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Reply #28 - Jun 19th, 2019 at 5:40pm

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alf,
I like it!


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Reply #27 - Jun 19th, 2019 at 5:03pm

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OK, this is as done as it's going to get! Going to hang it up in the den.
 

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Reply #26 - Jun 11th, 2019 at 6:14pm

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Based upon what I see in your initial post, Alf...I think we're only looking at the nature of the blades...not a lot of curvature, one way or the other.  Tell me that's so........ Wink

I like those spinners....  It's interesting how prototypes back in the day seemed to feature that racer look....  Your Lightning looks that way to me. Wink  Good lookin'.

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Reply #25 - Jun 11th, 2019 at 5:27pm

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In picture #22 the prop blade looks to me like it is for a counter clockwise rotation.  I may be seeing this wrong...the front of the blade looks concave rather than convex. Just an observation.
Tom
 

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Reply #24 - Jun 11th, 2019 at 4:13pm

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The props are some kind of wood and came with the kit. Seems harder than balsa and only needed a little final sanding. Edit...the Oshida props are made out of Paulowina wood and are supposedly hard to find these days.

I plunge molded the spinners but didn't have the best results. The spinners are large and pointed more than normal. I tried several types of plastic, even the stuff that worked came out very thin at the base. Consequently, the spinner plastic itself only extends back to the prop.

I tried Neal's Comet technique for making the prop base and it worked pretty well, so the spinner/prop is half plastic and half balsa/paper. Where the two joined wasn't very attractive and had to use spackle to get the spinners even close to acceptable. Next time, I may make the spinner front out of balsa instead of plastic.
 

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Reply #23 - Jun 11th, 2019 at 3:39pm

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SUPER-DUPER, Alf!!!  Wow have you changed Guillows model design into a real work of art!  Please...tell us about the props, etc.  Looks PROFESSIONAL!  Smiley Cheesy Grin  I'm serious...those props and spinners are genuine eye-catchers!

I have to say this...when finally completed, my Lightning was in essence...the props/spinners and canopy...that's what I was most proud of.  You MUST feel the same way about your Lightning!  Those items were the most challenging for me.  You too?  "You know it don't come easy...."


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Reply #22 - Jun 11th, 2019 at 3:21pm

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alf, I love the canopy. I did not see how you constructed the prop spinners.

Great job. Smiley

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Reply #21 - Jun 11th, 2019 at 1:16pm

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Up to your very high standard Alfakilo... what a sleek looking aircraft.  She surely pushed the envelope of her day!!!
 

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Reply #20 - Jun 11th, 2019 at 11:41am

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Progress report. Needs decals, anti-glare paint, and panel lines.

Spinners were a hassle. Next time, I'm farming them out to Neal!!
 

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Reply #19 - Jun 6th, 2019 at 8:33pm

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Lookin' Good, Alf!  Good luck with the props...cardstock...not bond paper...and keep the blade opening holes a tight fit with the wooden blades.  Blades are really hard balsa.  Smiley

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Reply #18 - Jun 6th, 2019 at 6:39pm

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Just finished with gluing the tail parts on. Looks reasonable.

Got a couple of things to add and then its off to the painting. The turbo was modified from the kit plastic part.

I plunge molded the spinners using milk jug plastic and then the commercial stuff. The milk jug spinners came out a little thin in some places but the commercial .015 plastic stuck to the mold and had to be cut off.

I'm using Neal's prop/spinner forms to fashion a hub, we'll see how it goes!
 

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