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Thanks for the photo, Jari! Is that an indicator, or an external latch? Maybe someone more familiar with this aircraft can explain.

 

Bill, it is the external canopy lock lever and it was on both sides:

 

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Here is the Flight Manual for the F-105 that may be of use:

 

http://www.avialogs.com/index.php/en/aircraft/usa/republic/f-105thunderchief/to-1f-105d-1-f-105d-f-105f-f-105g-flight-manual.html

 

Jari

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Fuselage portion of the intakes: I'm starting in the middle and working my way out.

 

I cut a profile for the splitter:

 

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(I made two of these).

 

Cemented to a stiff vertical piece of styrene sheet.

 

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Trimmed to the proper height, then skinned with 0.010" (0.25mm) styrene.

 

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A quick test fit, and it was too wide at the top. Damned area rule! I bent tube over a flame to match the curve, then glued it inside.

 

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I rounded the corners on the top; it just fits now...

 

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Hate to break it to You Bill, but it seems You've goofed up the intakes...

From the pics it looks as if You have installed some kind of "blanking plates". Looking at the real thing, it surely looks different in real life...

 

http://data3.primeportal.net/hangar/howard_mason/f-105d_60-0492/images/f-105d_60-0492_30_of_59.jpg

 

http://www.clubhyper.com/reference/images/f105intakejr_1.jpg

 

http://www.internetmodeler.com/2004/july/aviation/f105d-intake2-lg.jpg

 

The following piccie looks more like what You have recreated but of course this is not representable for an operational bird...

 

http://www.clubhyper.com/reference/images/3-hs-big-sal-f105d-intake.jpg

 

I'm not sure what You are trying to achieve in the end but since You're putting in quite some effort regarding the intakes, You might wanna consider changing things before it's too late...

 

HTHH.

 

Regards Rudy.

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Hate to break it to You Bill, but it seems You've goofed up the intakes...

From the pics it looks as if You have installed some kind of "blanking plates". Looking at the real thing, it surely looks different in real life...

 

http://data3.primeportal.net/hangar/howard_mason/f-105d_60-0492/images/f-105d_60-0492_30_of_59.jpg

 

http://www.clubhyper.com/reference/images/f105intakejr_1.jpg

 

http://www.internetmodeler.com/2004/july/aviation/f105d-intake2-lg.jpg

 

The following piccie looks more like what You have recreated but of course this is not representable for an operational bird...

 

http://www.clubhyper.com/reference/images/3-hs-big-sal-f105d-intake.jpg

 

I'm not sure what You are trying to achieve in the end but since You're putting in quite some effort regarding the intakes, You might wanna consider changing things before it's too late...

 

HTHH.

 

Regards Rudy.

Thanks, Rudy. Somehow my mind mixed convex with concave. This is what I love about LSP.

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Rework on the intakes is, to my mind, complete. I removed the skins, filled and sanded.

 

There is a pesky cover over the track on the moveable portion of the intake. I tried cutting sheet brass with the intention of bending it, but the results were no good. I ended up making a form.

 

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Then some lead foil formed around it...

 

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A clear coat to give it some stiffness, then a trim. The final product:

 

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Work on the fuselage internals continues, too.

 

A piece of 1" PVC coupling, the nose of a 500 lb. bomb, and some styrene strip...

 

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Next up is the transition between the two pieces. Then cockpit tub painting (nearly complete), and I'll be ready to finally close up the fuselage.

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That's more like it Bill ! Very good recovery, much closer to the real thing and some sweet scratch-work on the side.    :yahoo:

 

Regards Rudy.

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It's been nearly a month since I updated... Next up is the transition from the intake "tunnel" to the face of the engine.

 

I measured the drop angle at 15 degrees.

 

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To make the transition, I need a tube of the proper diameter (1.35 inches - 34.04mm) cut at 15 degrees. The tube is easy enough to make, but the material is so thin that it distorts when trying to cut the angle.

 

I searched online and found some interesting sheet metal layout tutorials that provided a methodology to cut the transition.

 

Who ever said you'll never need sines and cosines? I developed a spreadsheet and finally came up with this template.

 

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Transferred to paper card stock as a test...

 

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I rolled it up, and it worked!

 

Now to put it in styrene.

 

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And set in place on the engine intake...

 

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That's it for now. Some paint on the cockpit, and I'll be ready to close up the fuselage!. A major hurdle out of the way. Thanks for looking in.

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