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Re: Jimmy Allen's Bluebird Racer
Reply #6 - yesterday at 8:26pm
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Cheers, AK! Have been checking in daily on your Bluebird Project. Hoping all is going well and you've not hit any serious snags. I've personally had so many issues keeping me from my balsa that it seems a crime, but hopefully soon I'll get back into the swing of things. In the meantime I'm enjoying following your build. BTW, we have 5 Bluebird families the wife and I have provided lodging for. So fantastic watching them raise their brood! Look foward to your continuance.

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Re: Jimmy Allen's Bluebird Racer
Reply #5 - Apr 1st, 2021 at 4:31pm
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Really like your build, Andy...and I'm a definite proponent of the box-fuselage method you've used...call it a "traditional" feeling in keeping with the original design...sort-of modeling art-deco.  Smiley  I also think it's the easiest way to keep the model's weight down.  I am looking forward to seeing her covered.  That black tissue can be tough to work with...might consider spraying your favorite-to-work-with light-colored tissue.Smiley

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Re: Jimmy Allen's Bluebird Racer
Reply #4 - Mar 31st, 2021 at 9:03pm
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AK...up to your usual excellent craftsmanship!  I look forward to seeing this one coming together! Keep up the great work!
  

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Re: Jimmy Allen's Bluebird Racer
Reply #3 - Mar 31st, 2021 at 1:51pm
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Thanks, Neo! I've made some minor revisions to the plan. The top and side fuselage longerons are 1/8"x1/16" and the rest are 1/16" square. I decided to flatten out the fuselage sides and eliminated some stringers to save weight. The fuselage formers are 1/16" and the wing ribs are 1/32".

I used Bob Holman's fuselage jigs and found them to be very helpful.

The horizontal and vertical stabs are built up with 1/16" stringers according to the plan. I wanted more of an airfoil shape and liked the additional sturdiness of the laminated stringers.

I used 1/16' sheet to make the rear fuselage turtleback and the nose filleting.
  
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Re: Jimmy Allen's Bluebird Racer
Reply #2 - Mar 31st, 2021 at 9:07am
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AK, your Bluebird Racer is really looking very grand! The woodwork is very neat and tidy and I'm so impressed with your construction of the empennage. Are you using a 1/20 or 1/16 balsa. The wing ribs appear to be 1/32. Is that so? I'll be eagerly watching your build to fruition. The wife and I have a woodland home complete with good population of scarlet and lemon tanagers. the scarlet my favourite. Good  choice for your "bird"  Smiley

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Re: Jimmy Allen's Bluebird Racer
Reply #1 - Mar 31st, 2021 at 8:36am
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Most of the big pieces done. The fuselage box takes quite a bit of time, maybe a keel technique would be quicker and easier.
  

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Jimmy Allen's Bluebird Racer
Mar 15th, 2021 at 2:41pm
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Also known as the Scarlet Tanager. I'm going to user the scarlet and black/grey colors from the actual bird. W/S about 20".

Pretty straight forward build except for the wing mount (gull section). The plan tends to leave us guessing about how that all comes together.

I've got the wing panels and stab done. I'm waiting for a Bob Holman box fuselage jig that I ordered before I start the fuselage...I want to build a bird, not a banana!!
  

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