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Re: Hangar 1080 - MKelly's Planes
Reply #94 - Jan 19th, 2021 at 7:11pm
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Outstanding build and finish!  As usual! Thanks for the video.
  

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Reply #93 - Jan 19th, 2021 at 2:30pm
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Yeh, you "tweaked it" all right...right outta this world!  Again...that is beautiful...sweet.  I love the armored cowl ring.  Wink  All you need is a Russian forest to leave it sitting in for the next seventy-odd years...the real deal!  You need to publish a book...something to let the rest of the world (or at least me) learn how to finish a model properly!  Smiley

She's lovely, Mike...handsome...a knockout.

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Re: Hangar 1080 - MKelly's Planes
Reply #92 - Jan 19th, 2021 at 2:16pm
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A little nostalgic fun.  The Guillows #502 FW-190 was the first stick and tissue model I built, back in the mid-70s as a kid.  During our December flying session a gentleman that works at our new flying field gave me one with the fuselage built - he felt the sticks were too small for him to enjoy building the rest of it.  I started on it the day after Christmas and truly enjoyed the build - used the kit wood, tweaked things where I felt like it and didn't worry too much about what it'd weigh or whether it'd be competitive.  I printed flight simulator graphics on the kit tissue and experimented with chalking the back of that with white PanPastel - I think it gave a much better look than what I got from raw printed tissue on my Tempest.  I even found the cowl blisters from my original 1970s build (I'm such a pathetic pack-rat) and used them on the model.

It's quite portly at 32g without motor.  Saturday I loaded 8g (2x24" loops 1/8") of rubber into it and took it out to play - was pleasantly surprised with how it flew despite being shall we say kind of dense.  Still needs more trimming but let's just say it looks and flies a bit better than the one I built back in the 20th century...

Video at:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HGOCGsrtR34

I flew the SBD Saturday as well, haven't edited up the video yet.  It's very light and flies well.  Trimming is a work in progress - I think the cg is just a little too far back as it wanders left and right at the mercy of the slightest upset.

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Re: Hangar 1080 - MKelly's Planes
Reply #91 - Jan 12th, 2021 at 9:56am
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Thanks guys - I had a a great time building it and the "Yellow Wings" colors make me smile.  Like most Dime Scale kits it has some scale compromises (fuselage is a bit tubby, canopy is too low and too wide, fin is oversized and the LE doesn't have the right taper in the center section) but it's recognizably a Dauntless and has some character to it.  I resisted the temptation to "fix" things and built it pretty much as it is.

Saturday's weather looks promising - hope to get out and wind it up a bit.

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Re: Hangar 1080 - MKelly's Planes
Reply #90 - Jan 11th, 2021 at 8:51am
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Truly a beautiful build but as we all know, this is how they all turn out for you but Neal is right, this airplane has never been done this well.
Mike
  

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Re: Hangar 1080 - MKelly's Planes
Reply #89 - Jan 8th, 2021 at 11:55am
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I concur with Neal on your Dauntless, Mike. You've done a masterful job in all respects. I like the SBD with its porky frame. Always reminded me of a bulldog on the playground. I've a copy of the recent remake of Midway. Sadly wanting for actors but I watch for the CGI renditions. Again, wonderful craftsmanship.
Thanks for the well wishes. This stuff is all they say it is. It certainly doesn't make a good house guest.

  
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Reply #88 - Jan 8th, 2021 at 10:28am
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Ahhhhhh Mike, that is absolutely stunning!  No Whitman SBD ever looked that nice...of that I'm certain! Just beautiful!  And I love the "teak-wood flight deck" in the last two pics.  Wink A real winner!  Smiley

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Re: Hangar 1080 - MKelly's Planes
Reply #87 - Jan 8th, 2021 at 9:27am
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Most recent completion - an Ace Whitman dime scale SBD-1 Dauntless from an original 1941 kit.  I tried to build this as close as possible to the kit's plans and instructions, only deviating by moving the peg forward, making a noseblock that permits using a blast tube, adding a stab adjuster and installing a few tissue anchors.  All kit wood except for the noseblock backing plate.  I finished the kit's sawn prop, but also rigged up a second noseblock with a cut-down 7" Peck prop that will be used for most flying. 

Tissue finish, using the kit's paper insignia and pilots and printed tissue for the tail flash and USMC emblems. Panel lines are colored pencil. Gear is plug-in, removed for flight. 

I've only had it out for test glides and hand winds, but it will fly a nice little circle around our neighborhood retention pond - should go nicely next time I get out to the flying field.

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Re: Hangar 1080 - MKelly's Planes
Reply #86 - Nov 23rd, 2020 at 1:08pm
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Mike,
It's always great to see your birds in flight!  Sorry to hear of the loss of the Rocket!  Look forward to it's replacement!  Keep up the great work! Smiley
  

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Re: Hangar 1080 - MKelly's Planes
Reply #85 - Nov 23rd, 2020 at 11:03am
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We found a new flying field and had a good time there last Saturday.  The Utility Special flew very nicely at higher power levels on a short motor.  The Sparrowhawk and Lark did some good flying too, but I underestimated the drift and lost the Sky Rocket...

Video here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d9o3yVcVwQ4

Looks like it's time to build another Embryo.

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Re: Hangar 1080 - MKelly's Planes
Reply #84 - Oct 24th, 2020 at 2:14pm
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Love the SkyRocket and it's pilot!  Perfect choice of pilot!  Well Done! Smiley
  

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Re: Hangar 1080 - MKelly's Planes
Reply #83 - Oct 24th, 2020 at 12:41pm
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Thanks Bob, good to see you back on the forum.  Here's a quick Embryo to replace my Windindicator - a Sky Rocket from Volare Products.  Flies quite nicely, and makes me smile every time I look at it.  Pilot is the Rocketeer, of course.

Mike
  

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Re: Hangar 1080 - MKelly's Planes
Reply #82 - Oct 23rd, 2020 at 2:26am
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Mike, she is a beauty and I like the TWA color scheme.

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Re: Hangar 1080 - MKelly's Planes
Reply #81 - Oct 5th, 2020 at 12:06pm
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Great flights...watch out for Hung!  She looks like she'd just fly away if she hit some great air! Well done!!!
  

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Reply #80 - Oct 5th, 2020 at 9:13am
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Thanks guys.  It flies!  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C4lvZmXgbho

Cheers,

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