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Reply #12 - yesterday at 10:58pm
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Very nice looking bones!!!
Thats ALOT of wood in those wings and cowling and lg.
Curious, is it close to balanced with just the wood?
Kinda looks like it might not need tons of nose ballast.
I  built a big taylorcraft once that almost doubled in weight by the time I got it to balance.
  

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Reply #11 - yesterday at 8:58pm
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Your Lockheed Vega looks great! Yes, adding dihedral, weight reduction, and the size of the stabilizer are things to consider.
  
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Reply #10 - yesterday at 3:35pm
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Good looking set of bones.  I bet with a bit of weight reduction in the ribs and maybe adding some dihedral (looks pretty flat) to the stock looking wing dihedral.  You could get her to fly.  The fuselage looks good for weight!  Find that hole punch and rat tail file.   Roll Eyes Grin Cheesy Wink
  

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Reply #9 - yesterday at 11:46am
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This is a Lockheed Vega that I built back in the 90s from a Cleveland plan and never finished. I imagine it would have too heavy to have flown very well. W/s is about 30" with each wing panel having 14 ribs. More of a display than flying model.

The Vega is a good design to compare formers, ribs, etc. The OZ plan website has numerous versions of varying wingspans allowing us to compare wing details.
  

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Reply #8 - yesterday at 9:36am
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  lol, great. Now I will spend one of my days off looking at Cleveland plans. I love looking at plans.
  I wonder which is best if you want to lighten those wings? Half ribs or omitting some of the ribs?  I guess it depends on the model?
  

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Reply #7 - Aug 6th, 2022 at 7:13am
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Too Much Glue wrote on Aug 6th, 2022 at 6:04am:
...They both had a ton of wing ribs. Plus, a box fuselage with motor sticks going down the middle? What scale is your model going to be.


The Cleveland plan that I bought is 1/32. I'm using a scaled down copy of the Model Builder magazine plan and it is somewhere in the 1/32 range (14" w/s).

Yes, Cleveland plans can get heavy due to the amount of detail...I imagine many folks back then built them as display models. Motor sticks seem to have been a common feature in scale models. I've thought that might have been a way to support the wound motor loads.

Peerless models from those years offered detail that compared to Cleveland.
  
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Reply #6 - Aug 6th, 2022 at 6:04am
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Cool, I did a Fairchild 22 and a Curtiss Robin, both 1/16th scale. I did mine using all the wood. They come out too heavy for rubber power. Roll Eyes They both had a ton of wing ribs. Plus, a box fuselage with motor sticks going down the middle? What scale is your model going to be.
  
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Reply #5 - Aug 5th, 2022 at 9:45am
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My Shrike plan from Cleveland Models arrived yesterday and as always didn't disappoint. Golden Age plans from Cleveland are the best, usually are the plans drawn up back then and show modeling methods and techniques from those days.
  

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Reply #4 - Aug 4th, 2022 at 8:50am
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Here's the new build along side of my yet-to-be finished P-31. You can see the similarities in the Curtiss designs. The Shrike w/s is 14". Planned paint scheme is the colorful OD and yellow.
  

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Reply #3 - Aug 4th, 2022 at 8:46am
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Go for it, Andy...Shrike will be a real beauty!  Smiley  Been eye-balling her for years...alas, don't think she's in my future.  Plan at 22"ws currently available at OuterZone...was published years ago in MB Magazine...then sold by Diels who currently has a kit available.

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Reply #2 - Aug 3rd, 2022 at 10:53pm
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Will be lots of detail work on that one.
  

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Reply #1 - Aug 3rd, 2022 at 3:30pm
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I look forward to seeing this one come together. What span will this one be?
  

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Aug 3rd, 2022 at 3:16pm
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A question that I've been wrestling with for a while...I wanted to stay in the "Golden Age" but couldn't make up my mind. Lots of interesting material there.

One model kept coming up, the Curtiss A-8 Shrike, an early 30s attack design. Seldom modeled and would make a colorful Army paint scheme.

The more I looked into the airplane, the more intrigued I became. It's a design with one foot in the post WW1 world and the other in the emerging pre-WW2 technology.

Curtiss was also trying to attract attention to its P-31 fighter design and this small competitor to the Boeing P-26 seems to share a number of features found in the Shrike. Sadly for Curtiss, neither design had much success, The P-31 lost out to the Boeing Peashooter while the A-8 managed to make it to production but only in small numbers, and then they didn't last very long.
  

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