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Guillows kit #301 Aeronca Champ '85 (Read 2195 times)
Reply #39 - Sep 25th, 2019 at 8:14pm

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You're welcome.  My flyer is coming along nicely thus far.
 

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Reply #38 - Sep 23rd, 2019 at 9:01pm

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Thank you - I hope you have success with your flier.
The wonderful thing about Guillow's and the other balsa kit mfgs is that one can take their models in either direction.
Something no plastic kit mfg can claim.
 

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Reply #37 - Sep 23rd, 2019 at 6:01pm

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She looks amazing! I can definitely say my Champion will not look as good...but then again, mine might take to the skies, and I've yet to perfect my craft.
 

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Reply #36 - Sep 23rd, 2019 at 11:31am

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Thank you, Mike - I really appreciate your kind assessment of the Aeronca.
What started out as the selection of a ‘simple’ model kit of a ‘basic’ airplane ended up as one of the more
challenging and involved projects I have done to date.
Guillow has done such a terrific job on these kits that adapting and enhancing them a bit is relatively straight forward.
I should also thank them for creating their float kit!!
I want to add them to every suitable civilian plane model I can find.   
 

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Reply #35 - Sep 23rd, 2019 at 8:58am

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Wow - another master work. Very nice work, fit and finish and the rigging is outstanding.
Mike
 

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Reply #34 - Sep 22nd, 2019 at 10:10pm

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tomorrow I'll take a few outside in the daylight..

also I am posting the video of how the rigging was done to the channel - should be up in a bit at Heywood Planes
 

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Reply #33 - Sep 22nd, 2019 at 10:08pm

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I finally have the Aeronca finished - rigging and all..

 

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Reply #32 - Sep 22nd, 2019 at 10:05pm

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I think that makes the most sense - use it at the leading edge with the warp bending forward - as opposed to upward, downward or backward toward the trailing edge...and pin it securely 

this way - when you sand it to airfoil shape you will be removing most of that which is causing the warp - this coupled with the strength of the rib and wingtip connections should straighten it out
 

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Reply #31 - Sep 22nd, 2019 at 7:00pm

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Yes, it was a spar that was warped. I am cautiously optimistic that moving that particular piece to the leading edge and pinning it down securely might fix the problem. Otherwise, I'll have to replace it or figure out how to straighten it.

Happy to have watched the videos. Those that deal with fuselage construction are of particular interest to me, as that seems (for me, anyway) the most challenging part of the build.
 

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Reply #30 - Sep 22nd, 2019 at 6:15pm

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sorry to hear that the kit included a warped part..spar? 
I try to keep sheet stock here on hand in 1/16", 1/8", and 1/4" thickness not only for infill etc.., but to cut replacement strips if needed.
I hope a solution presents itself. 

..on the other hand I am happy to hear that you have visited the channel and watched the videos - Thank You !
 

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Reply #29 - Sep 22nd, 2019 at 4:52pm

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You're very welcome. I will view all of your Aeronca videos as my schedule allows. Right now, one of the wings is giving me minor fits due to a slightly warped piece of stock.
 

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Reply #28 - Sep 22nd, 2019 at 3:24pm

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Thank you for your positive feedback on my Aeronca project!

you might want to review this video when it comes time to lay up your wings...

it has to do with getting the wing to fuselage joints done properly


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jNHmWtG3w3I&t=420s
 

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Reply #27 - Sep 20th, 2019 at 7:33pm

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That is a beautiful Aeronca! I just picked up a copy of this kit, and I'll be starting the build tomorrow. If my results are half this nice, I'll be pleased.
 

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Reply #26 - Sep 19th, 2019 at 9:58pm

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update on the Aeronca :

the non-skid float deck pads are applied and the oar with its brackets are attached to the right hand float.

also : the question was posed to me about the use of the floats Guillow provides for the DHc2 Beaver, which is a much larger airplane than the Aeronca Champ and would seem unlikely.
The reason they work is the difference in scale. The Beaver and thus the float kit made for it are roughly 1/24" scale or
(1' = 24")

The Aeronca Champ falls between 1/17" and 1/18" scale (much larger scale size than the Beaver) so it works out nearly perfectly.

The basics for floats is that they must be at least 75% of the length of the airplane they are mounted on and the step must be located just aft of the center of gravity (usually about 9 - 15" aft of it) and in both cases these Guillow floats fit the bill.
 

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Reply #25 - Sep 19th, 2019 at 7:49am

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Was asking myself that very question throughout the build and I still don't have a satisfactory answer.
For now the Aeronca is still on the bench getting the final touches so I don’t need to solve it just yet.
But I have at least two more projects to finish after this - might have to add a room to the house before I can continue.

 

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