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Re: Aeronca C-3 / G-Mot 120 T
Reply #31 - Mar 28th, 2018 at 1:46pm
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Thanks, Mike- I cheated & hand-lettered the tissue flat before I covered it. The rudder only got a sealer coat of dope right up to the lettering- The Design Master clear doesn't have a solvent that touches the Sharpie ink, so you can spray over it. Had I tried doing it after covering, I'd have either slipped or poked a hole in it. Panel lines give mr enough trouble!
  
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Re: Aeronca C-3 / G-Mot 120 T
Reply #30 - Mar 28th, 2018 at 12:33pm
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Spectacular Craig.  Great detail work, and I really like your hand-numbering the rudder - I'd never be able to do that cleanly first time on a covered part.

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Re: Aeronca C-3 / G-Mot 120 T
Reply #29 - Mar 28th, 2018 at 11:38am
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Your finish looks great!  I love the black and orange combo.   Smiley
  

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Re: Aeronca C-3 / G-Mot 120 T
Reply #28 - Mar 27th, 2018 at 9:59pm
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Wing and empennage done and done. Esaki tissue, one sealer coat of thinned butyrate dope, glossed up with Design Master Dresden Clear glaze. The registration numbers on the wing are cut from black Easy Built Lite tissue, doped on; the numbers on the rudder are hand-scribbled with a Sharpie. The "Aeronca" logos are printed on bond paper, back-sanded until they only have one side, the edges blacked with the Sharpie to eliminate the white border- then glued on with SIG canopy glue. Every flying wire hole is reinforced with a 1/16" aluminum thimble CYA'd in place.

The cap on the boxwood A-frame is made from .005 aluminum, with a strap holding in a 1/16" slice of 1/8" aluminum tubing- all CYA'd together. The A-frame is mortised 1/16" into the LE and the rear spar, glued up with Tite-Bond III
  

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Re: Aeronca C-3 / G-Mot 120 T
Reply #27 - Mar 24th, 2018 at 4:16pm
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The A-frame and front wing struts are Boxwood.
  
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Re: Aeronca C-3 / G-Mot 120 T
Reply #26 - Mar 24th, 2018 at 4:13pm
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Fortunately, the rigging (I think) will hold it all together.
  

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Re: Aeronca C-3 / G-Mot 120 T
Reply #25 - Mar 24th, 2018 at 1:45pm
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Craig 3 wrote on Mar 24th, 2018 at 10:47am:
The aviators of yore were a fearless intrepid bunch.


I agree...makes one wonder about that wing attachment.  This model is coming along nicely!
Tom
  

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Re: Aeronca C-3 / G-Mot 120 T
Reply #24 - Mar 24th, 2018 at 5:55am
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Finished tailfeathers. The blood on the scalpel is a sacrifice to the aeroplane gods. It keeps it sharp!
  

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Re: Aeronca C-3 / G-Mot 120 T
Reply #23 - Mar 22nd, 2018 at 7:11pm
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One elevator outline laminated up and curing- the tight bend was a bear to get done without a kink on the inside run. The radius had enlarged just enough after the first one that the rest went easier.
  

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Re: Aeronca C-3 / G-Mot 120 T
Reply #22 - Mar 22nd, 2018 at 6:48pm
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This bit done. My tissue order drifted in today. I might jump back on the Martlet when I get the empennage framed up for this one. And, of course, keep doing the fiddly bits to the Waco so I can finish covering it.
  

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Re: Aeronca C-3 / G-Mot 120 T
Reply #21 - Mar 22nd, 2018 at 6:00am
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So, I woke up this morning to find this nicely cured over the buck & stout as a turkey wishbone, and notification that I'd scored a nice 36" Ace Whitman Boulton-Paul Defiant kit on the evilbay for about the price of the plan alone. I've never built a Joe Ott pan- it looks really light. Life is good. Now, it's off to the shop. The maiman is supposed to have at least part of my Volare order and some orphaned printwood for Cleveland SF Hawker Hurricane and BF109 kits.
  

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Re: Aeronca C-3 / G-Mot 120 T
Reply #20 - Mar 21st, 2018 at 7:14pm
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Long day at the shop- abbreviated build session tonight. I think the original plan was asking a lot of that cut balsa TE, so I did it my way. 4 strips, 8lb C-wood, 1/32" X 3/32" to give me a little room for sanding. I'm off to spend some time with Winston Churchill as he tries to drag the Air Ministry into reality in 1939. Goodnight, all...
  

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Re: Aeronca C-3 / G-Mot 120 T
Reply #19 - Mar 21st, 2018 at 5:06pm
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The flying wires will need to be right. As on the original AC, they're pretty much all that holds the wing on. That, and the lack of little frivolities like an air-speed indicator, were what eventually prompted the CAA to say " Nah, we don't think we're gonna let you build some more of those."
  
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Re: Aeronca C-3 / G-Mot 120 T
Reply #18 - Mar 21st, 2018 at 5:03pm
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I'm considering this color scheme...
  

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Re: Aeronca C-3 / G-Mot 120 T
Reply #17 - Mar 21st, 2018 at 4:26am
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I'd almost rather have it go OOS than have it hanging 40 feet in a sketchy looking old tree, taunting me! The wind came up last night- as soon as the sun appears I'm going to hike and see if my foamy trainer blew out. Richard, that's why I didn't post a flight report- it's not a REAL aeroplane. It seemed like practice was in order before attempting to fly the Waco- it seemed right!
  
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