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Re: Miles Sparrowhawk Dimer
Reply #16 - Today at 7:19am
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Glue-stick the end of the tissue strip near the stab, gently pull it tight and align along the longeron, then hit it with thinners

Absolutely superb. I'm amazed at your finishing details, truly a work of art. Gotta ask tho, how did the thinner work to fasten the tissue, what's under it?
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Re: Miles Sparrowhawk Dimer
Reply #15 - yesterday at 9:09pm
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Chopped poplar 1x2s.  Got it all wrapped up today, except maybe a pilot.  Very pleased with the airframe weight, just under 14g balanced (without rubber).  I foresee more Miles aircraft in my future - they have such beautiful shapes.

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Re: Miles Sparrowhawk Dimer
Reply #14 - yesterday at 4:39pm
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Looking great Mike.  Are those blocks balsa or chopped 2X4's?
  

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Re: Miles Sparrowhawk Dimer
Reply #13 - Aug 1st, 2020 at 9:42pm
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Thanks Tom - the old-school techniques still work well.  The red flash runs right along the upper longeron, so this one was easy.  Glue-stick the end of the tissue strip near the stab, gently pull it tight and align along the longeron, then hit it with thinners.

Big step tonight - glued on the wing!

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Re: Miles Sparrowhawk Dimer
Reply #12 - Aug 1st, 2020 at 6:15pm
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You skill with the marking is remarkable.  How do you align the cheat line on the fuselage?  Your aircraft always looks fantastic.  Like their painted on! Smiley
  

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Re: Miles Sparrowhawk Dimer
Reply #11 - Aug 1st, 2020 at 4:54pm
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Go for it Tom!  The proportions really are good.  As long as the fin and wheel pants don't conflict aerodynamically it should really go.

Got markings on the fuselage and fin this afternoon.  Cut from tissue, tacked with glue stick, then pulled down tight with thinners.

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Re: Miles Sparrowhawk Dimer
Reply #10 - Jul 31st, 2020 at 5:25pm
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OK...now I have to build one!  This is a real beauty and the lines are perfect for rubber power!  Look forward to your progress!  I can resist those mockups either! Smiley
  

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Re: Miles Sparrowhawk Dimer
Reply #9 - Jul 30th, 2020 at 8:25pm
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Thanks Mike, I'm really pleased with how it all went on.  Tom, yes, it does have an adjustable stab (and a Gizmo Geezer nose button).  I got the noseblock covered today, finished painting the wheels and got them mounted in the spats.  Had to enjoy another mockup with all the parts this evening.  13.25g with all tissue sealed, cg is within 1/16" of target at the moment.  With markings, windscreen and final sealant I think I can keep it under 15g.

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Re: Miles Sparrowhawk Dimer
Reply #8 - Jul 30th, 2020 at 12:25pm
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This is the best covering job I've seen with silver tissue, truly great and gives the model some extra punch. Well done.
Mike
  

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Re: Miles Sparrowhawk Dimer
Reply #7 - Jul 29th, 2020 at 5:27pm
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The silver is dazzling, especially on the top of the fuselage.  This model just pops!!! WoW Smiley
Are you going to use your nylon screw adjustment on the horizontal stab?
  

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Re: Miles Sparrowhawk Dimer
Reply #6 - Jul 29th, 2020 at 12:45pm
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Thanks Tom - the silver tissue has been most accomodating on this model.  Got the wheel pants and fuselage covered.  Wings and tail group have been sealed with Krylon, weight is still looking promising, 13.1g all-up, with noseblock tissue, markings, windscreen, peg and final sealant still to go.

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Re: Miles Sparrowhawk Dimer
Reply #5 - Jul 27th, 2020 at 4:25pm
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Nice job with the silver tissue!  This is going to be a fantastic flyer for you Mike! Smiley
  

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Re: Miles Sparrowhawk Dimer
Reply #4 - Jul 27th, 2020 at 10:57am
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Thanks Tom, Neal and Mike.  Got the flying surfaces covered - the silver tissue is behaving so far.  Wing was covered wet but will need a final shrink before sealing.

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Re: Miles Sparrowhawk Dimer
Reply #3 - Jul 27th, 2020 at 5:53am
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Beautiful build, work is terrific as usual and covering will really bring it life.
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Re: Miles Sparrowhawk Dimer
Reply #2 - Jul 26th, 2020 at 6:02pm
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She's beautiful, Mike...a real lady!  That fuselage just looks loooonnngggg and slim...great lines.

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