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The horizontal stabs have been installed. I cut a slot from one side to the other, I then inserted a thin piece of sheet metal to use as a support. The sheet metal was then pushed into each stab between the upper and lower skins. Lots o epoxy and Bondo later.....

 

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Working on the lower inboard wing panels. These have a lot going on. I will be adding wells for the wheels and flap. I will need to accomodate exhausts and intakes as well.

 

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And I found some bits that will become the exhaust.

 

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Later, Dan 

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Wow. This is one gutsy build! It's looking spectacular so far. I love how you work out methods to build and detail what is basically a shell. Really impressive progress...and so fast!

 

Richard

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1 hour ago, R Palimaka said:

Wow. This is one gutsy build! It's looking spectacular so far. I love how you work out methods to build and detail what is basically a shell. Really impressive progress...and so fast!

 

Ricahrd

 

Richard,  fast?? Yes I do make some quick progress but....

 

Sometimes I get ahead of myself and make mistakes. Just yesterday I realized that the 2 main gear  wells were not lined up properly. Out with the dremel. Took about 10 minutes to correct.

 

Dan

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Ok....

 

The bottom profile on the intakes needed re-shaping. So I cut the lower surface and re-attached with a little less of a  curve.

 

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Next I want to have a representation of the lower portion of the engine with the inner flaps open. So I found a half round piece of something in the spares box that looked to be the right size. It was and I popped it into place.

 

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I made a list to focus my efforts.

 

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And I have installed the exhausts and am shaping the area aft.

 

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Yup thats it for today, Dan

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A little more progress.

 

I have been working on the intake interiors. I bent some plastic over a candle to get the main shape and then added a back plate and a side plate. I cut a hole in the back plate to accept the compressor face. Lots of putty and sanding to get a smooth transition to the engine face. I covered the hole in the rear and poured in some gloss white paint to get that smooth look.

 

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I used some tape to center the compressor face and then slobbered on some CA to hold it in place. Not very pretty but it will work.

 

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And a little work to finish up the exhausts.

 

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 I cut some plastic tubing in half for each side of the exhaust.

 

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Later, Dan

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A bit of a break, but here is a little more progress.

 

I have cut back the fuselage behind the cockpit to accommodate an equipment shelf. I then added a piece of plastic to hold the equipment in this area.

 

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Test fit of the windscreen.

 

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Some putty work to smooth out the intakes.

 

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Thats all, Dan 

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Just a little bit more.

 

I realized that the interface between the vertical tail and rudder was not perpendicular. So I added a shim and glued it onto the trailing edge of the tail. I also built up the base of the rudder to a more substantial base.

 

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I have been working on the instrument cowl. Very hard to get a good look at what this area looks like. Here is my best guess. Unpainted and with a coat of flat black.

 

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Later, Dan

 

 

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Been a while but progress continues,

 

I have begun scribing, not my favorite thing to do.

 

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An exhaust port on the fuselage.

 

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Scribing the nose cone. Also I have glued the windscreen on and added putty.

 

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Dan

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