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Windindicator Bostonian-to-Embryo conversion (Read 262 times)
Reply #16 - Nov 15th, 2019 at 8:06am

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Thanks Mike and Tom.  My printer (Epson 7710) does 11x17, so that's my typical tissue printout.  The tissue doesn't need to go edge-to-edge on the carrier sheet, but my shrinking frame needs at least a 9x17 piece of tissue.

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Reply #15 - Nov 15th, 2019 at 7:40am

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Wow indeed. Truly great work and that bubble canopy really makes this airplane pop. The tissue looks to be a bit bigger than the usual 8-1/2 x 11 format, maybe legal size. I'm coming up on that need soon with the Fang fuselage tissue and the Culver Dart wing with a fairly difficult curve at the wing tip.
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Reply #14 - Nov 14th, 2019 at 8:39pm

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WoW Mike...your printed tissue looks fantastic.  That white cheat line in the flash really pops.  Shouldn't have any trouble finding this one in the tall grass!  She's a real beauty...as the old Pepsi comercial said..."Simply Maaavelos!"
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Reply #13 - Nov 14th, 2019 at 8:01pm

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Been working on covering the Windindicator this week.  I was going to do a Vietnam-era VF-33 scheme as that was mentioned in the magazine article's backstory, but I saw on Swan Island Replications that James Longstreth had already done that one (see pic, looks great).  Looking at the nose of the model made me think about the Canadian SAR Buffalos, and that scheme just seemed perfect, so off I went.

The graphics are printed on some old yellow tissue from a Herr Cub kit. I used a white gel pen to color the white line in the fuselage flash - sprayed a test piece with Krylon clear first to ensure the gel ink wouldn't bleed.  For the insignia that needed a white background I'm trying something new, 16lb HP "Ecoffecient" lightweight printer paper.  Quite a bit thinner than typical inkjet paper, but still nicely opaque.  Tissue has gone on well.  The model gets a stringer down the center of the upper fuselage after the wing has been installed - that's in and I'll get the top tissue on tonight.

Although the plan has a simple sheet plastic windscreen I decided to plunge-mold a sort-of bubble canopy, so I carved a mold, got a good pull on my second try and trimmed up the resulting canopy.  I did this mostly because I thought it would add some unique character to the model, but also because it'll allow the model to qualify for some bonus points in FAC Embryo.

Should be able to shoot some Krylon on the model tomorrow afternoon (supposed to get back up to 60 after 3 days of 30-40 deg with rain).  I still have to sand out the fiberglass and resin on the prop, paint that, frame the canopy, rig the tail surfaces and put on some wheels.  Am thinking about turning some tundra tires from lightweight black foam...

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Reply #12 - Nov 10th, 2019 at 6:05pm

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WoW...the Kelly Aeronautic Corporation is really turning out the aircraft!  Nice looking set of bones...It looks like I need to add an Embryo to the "ToDo" list!!!  Well done! Smiley
 

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Reply #11 - Nov 9th, 2019 at 4:49pm

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Wing and stab went together quick.  Bones with prop and noseblock came out just over 9g.  A little bit more finish sanding and it'll be ready for some tissue.

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Reply #10 - Nov 8th, 2019 at 5:38pm

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Coming along nicely...Your prop looks great.  I'm going to have to carve me a prop again soon... Smiley
 

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Reply #9 - Nov 8th, 2019 at 4:29pm

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Thanks Tom - this is a fun build.  Turned the wheels and cut out the ribs last night, carved up a prop today while the wingtip and stab laminations cured.  The fuselage is pretty much done, just need to assemble the flying surfaces.

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Reply #8 - Nov 7th, 2019 at 6:36pm

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Your craftsmanship is outstanding.  That infill and skinning of the bottom of the nose is great.  Looks as smooth as a baby's bottom!!!
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Reply #7 - Nov 7th, 2019 at 4:58pm

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Got the nose sheeting finished yesterday, built up and sanded the noseblock and set it up to take a Gizmo Geezer thrust button.  Also laminate up some blanks for the wheels.

The GG button compromises the lines of the nose a bit, but the color scheme I have in mind is black at the front end and should mask it somewhat. 

Today I've built the rudder and laminated LE/tips for the stab.  Hope to get the ribs cut out this evening, maybe even laminate up the wingtips.

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Reply #6 - Nov 6th, 2019 at 6:14pm

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Looks like great fun!!! Smiley
 

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Your attitude will determine your altitude!- John Maxwell
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Reply #5 - Nov 6th, 2019 at 2:07pm

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Sky9pilot wrote on Nov 6th, 2019 at 12:24pm:
Mike,
How did the "V" tail work out for you?


I've only flown the Patootie as an RC model - with appropriate mixing in the transmitter the v-tail flies just like a conventional tail.  Model setup was rudder-elevator-throttle, with one servo actuating each side of the V-tail, synchronized for elevator and opposing for rudder.  It's a hoot to fly, I've worn out several motors horsing it around the sky.  There's a dodgy cell-phone video of it flying here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=68saGQhrkGU

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Reply #4 - Nov 6th, 2019 at 12:24pm

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Mike,
Love your Sweet Patootie and the yellow and black is striking!  How did the "V" tail work out for you?
 

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 #3 - Nov 5th, 2019 at 10:00pm

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Ian,

I scanned and enlarged the plan image from the magazine.  He had several really neat designs, and did a few more that weren't published but are shown on his Facebook page (search FB for "Swan Island Replications", lots of great stuff on that page).  I might have to build another Sweet Patootie for rubber (see below pics of mine before I put in the RC gear).  His published plans always included an amusing fictional backstory for the aircraft - adds a lot to the character of the models.

Mike
 

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Reply #2 - Nov 5th, 2019 at 7:10pm

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Nice looking design. Did you blow it up from the magazine, or did you get the plans from the plan service?
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