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Reply #19 - Mar 5th, 2013 at 12:19am
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Thanks Al,

She's a small model, just 13 inch span. Guess I need to lay out a ruler to show some scale. Wordguy drew up a really nice set of plans.  Very easy to build from.  The Japanese had a habbit of painting their trainers in this orange and black scheme. Sometimes using more black for anti glare shield on the nose.  They had a number of nice biplanes in all orange and black as well.  I hope to do a "Willow" some day.  When you've been away from building and you build fast you sometimes forget some basic stuff, like a motor anchor! Embarrassed Tongue Cry Shocked Huh  So I still have to find a box of stuff and fix the motor mount.   Smiley

All part of the fun.

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Reply #18 - Mar 4th, 2013 at 7:08pm
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Tom, your Claude is nicely done and very colorful.  I'm impressed how quickly you were able to build this model.

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Reply #17 - Mar 3rd, 2013 at 12:20pm
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Thanks Thyme,

I made a mold for the windscreen from scraps of sheet of 1/8 balsa and plunge molded the windscreen using some shrink wrap plastic from a package of batteries.  I save all these packages that I think I could use for some model. 

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Reply #16 - Feb 28th, 2013 at 7:25pm
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Tom, that is FANTASTIC!!!!
You really do good work. How did you do the window?
Your work on the cowling is wonderful. I wish I could do that.
The color choice is great!

Thanks for the links. Good info. Sometimes we forget that real people flew those things.
  

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Reply #15 - Feb 28th, 2013 at 12:16pm
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Still missing a box in the move...it's in the stack somewhere but not found at the moment.  So cannot finish the prop bushing.  So baby steps now in the construction.  Finished the frame work on the windscreen.  Here's some pics with the morning sun shinning through the tissue.  Shows all the warts and wrinkles. Embarrassed Lips Sealed Roll Eyes

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Reply #14 - Feb 26th, 2013 at 7:19pm
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Thanks Tim,

A bit more progress on the A5M4... amazing how you see stuff you forgot in a picture.  Also how things aren't aligned as you hoped.  So can you see my slip-ups?

Here's the pics,

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Reply #13 - Feb 26th, 2013 at 10:28am
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Tom,
This is looking really good; love the orange!

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Reply #12 - Feb 25th, 2013 at 11:53pm
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Well my A5M4 Claude Trainer now has tissue....

Something about the orange and black and how they set each other off.  Still lots of detail to finish.  She is just mocked up for now....

If you see some miss alignment nothing is glued permanently except the turtle deck and fin/rudder.  I'll pull everything apart to add panel lines and markings then add fillets at the wing roots when I glue things together. I made the wheel spats functional thought the additional weight with this short nose wouldn't be much of a penalty.

Here's the pics

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Reply #11 - Feb 24th, 2013 at 6:51am
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A yes, the book Zero was originally written by the pilot in Japanese.  Martin Cadin got involved in a translation of the book.  Cadin wrote several good books on WWII planes.  He wrote an excellent book on the B-17 which I read last year.  He was also the creator of the 6 million dollar man TV show.  But the Zero book was re-released I think about 5 or 10 years ago.  It has a new forward which you can read online:
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Reply #10 - Feb 23rd, 2013 at 6:18pm
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Now that I think about it, it's been than long for me.  I enjoyed Zero also.  I have two cabinets in the garage filled with aviation books and magazines.  I ought to dig them out and re-read them. 

The Claude was used by the Japanese in China much like the Germans used their aircraft in Spain to develop their aircraft and tactics for their all out war in WWII.

Clare Chenaults' Flying Tigers faced the Claude in their early battles.  They were told to never, never get in a turning battle with the Claude.  She was much more manuverable than the P-40s.  The P-40s could absorb much more damage than the Claude and still bring her pilots back.  A good book on that side of the battle in China is by Col. Robert L. Scott, "God is My CoPilot". Another good read!  Warner Bros made a movie off the book for propaganda purposes in 1943. 
Edited 2/24/2013 Here's the trailer on Youtube:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Kdc4yT8guw

The Claude was more like a light weight sports car, a Lotus, if you will, while the P-40 was 56 Chevy. Heavy Iron. Wink

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Reply #9 - Feb 23rd, 2013 at 3:26pm
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itoo have read SAMURAI and found it an interesting read. I also read 30 years ago  ZERO, the story of the famous plane which mentioned sakai.  Ditto for CATCTUS AIR FORCE. THE USA side of the Guadalcanal struggle.

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Reply #8 - Feb 23rd, 2013 at 6:42am
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Looking good Tom, and you're a fast builder!  Having a lazy day today, and read some of your links for Sakai - very interesting.  He did some damage, and he also sustained quite a bit!  And he was long lived after all that.

I spent some time in the Solomon Islands, I remember walking a Japanese airfield out in the western part.  The strip was still used for civilian flights, and in the jungle alongside a number of Zeros and Betty bombers were still standing in their revetments.  Well not standing, subsiding with collapsing undercarriage, trees growing through the floors etc.  It was quite eerie. 

Looking forward to more on the Claude.

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Reply #7 - Feb 22nd, 2013 at 8:58pm
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Bobber wrote on Feb 22nd, 2013 at 12:44pm:
Very cool plane.  Can you say more about the pilot mentioned?

The jig is very interesting.  How do you make sure the angles are at 90 degrees on it?


Bob,
I have a set of machinist squares that I purchased a while back.  Four different sizes.  I use the smallest of this set to mark the lines on the bottom runner. Then before the glue sets completely I square the uprights with the square to make sure that they are at 90 degrees. I mark the formers with the cross lines, verticle and horizontal (sometimes these are on the plans already) I measure up from the bottom of each upright equal distance that will allow me to align the formers horizontally on the uprights as well as vertically.  The upright aligns the vertical and the line drawn on the upright is lined up with the horizontal line on the former.  Again using the square to align the marks.  Once this is done the former are square and ready for the stringers and side crutches.  Stringers were 1/32X1/16 the Crutches were from 1/16 sq or 1/16X1/8. The stringers are glued to the outside of the formers sticking up 1/16 above the former. 

If you don't have any squares you can use an inexpensive plastic right triangle from inexpensive drawing kits that can be purchased at arts and craft stores, or Dollar Stores. With this triangle you can make your own square is you wish. You can see the squares in reply #12 on my F-84G build.  As you see there are alot of uses for squares, you can't have too many!   http://www.stickandtissue.com/cgi-bin/yabb2/YaBB.pl?num=1344990968/0

I hope I haven't confused you with this wordy discription.

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Reply #6 - Feb 22nd, 2013 at 5:47pm
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Here's a link on Saburo Sakai...  I've read his biography years ago... I belived it was entitled "Samurai".  I found it in a used book store in paperback.  I highly recommend it.  I probably have it out in the garage in my stash some place. 

here's the link:  wickipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sabur%C5%8D_Sakai

His is an outstanding story of  incredible skill and bravery.  Especially after recovering from injury that would have left most men crippled and unable to continue living.    Check it out...

Well got some more done on the Claude.... I found some suitable balsa for the turtle deck so that was shaped and then mototool hollowed out to approx 1/32 thickness. Very light and lighter than the foam.
here's the latest pics.

I used glue stick to mockup all the components...they pop right apart when ready to start covering.

Tom

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Reply #5 - Feb 22nd, 2013 at 12:44pm
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Very cool plane.  Can you say more about the pilot mentioned?

The jig is very interesting.  How do you make sure the angles are at 90 degrees on it?
  

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