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thanks guys :)

 

been a bit busy on the Fury - much of what I started to do has been binned and remade, so while you have seen this, you haven't seen the accurate version :)

 

 

..first I remade the tubular framework with squared joints which was a way Hawker managed to joint tubes in this way..  here also some of the brackets are being added (with dummy ali tubes) that support the control stick / rudder pedal assembly..

 

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..checking the alignment again by putting both side frames together..this is crucial for everything to be true & square..

 

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..also made up the fuel tank from a pen lid covered in litho sheet..

 

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..getting the right positioning of the mounting brackets..

 

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..then the seat - this was remade from drawings using sheet litho...

 

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..then the addition of some detail parts - PPD turned around the PE in 5 days (for a premium :)), they are amazing, but they did it in brass not nickel silver by mistake so while they re-do it I can use the brass bits on things that will be painted..

 

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..the height adjustment lever is a complex contraption..

 

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..and the entire kit of parts for the seat..

 

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and dry fitted ready for painting..

 

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..all the parts were primed and painted with alclad and MRP..

 

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..and the whole lot dry fitted..

 

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..so, as you were, but at least now I know it's right :)

 

..probably do the rudder bar next..

 

TTFN

Peter

 

 

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Can we get a video of the seat height adjustment mechanism in action, Peter? :blink:

 

I'm so excited to follow along with this build. What an inspired choice of subject! I hope a 1/18 Charlie Brown is part of the plan, to recreate the photo which triggered this project.

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Peter,

 

Your work never ceases to amaze me! I am just really catching up with this awesome scratch build; building a bi-plane is so different to anything else you could imagine and presents all sorts of unexpected new challenges to solve (you very quickly appreciate the very different engineering and design philosophies compared to later monocoque structures and just how important angles are!).

 

One great thing for me, looking at your assembled and installed seat assembly, is how immediately clear it is to understand exactly how the seat raising mechanism operates and functions.

 

You may already have explained this elsewhere, but what have you used for the fuselage frame tube members? (and how were they attached?) and what adhesive do you use to attach the litho plate (and PE) parts together?

 

Many thanks

 

Derek

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9 hours ago, Derek B said:

what adhesive do you use to attach the litho plate (and PE) parts together?

+1..... although I thought you just used super glue? Is there anything different to attach those PE brackets to the carbon rod frame? 

 

Amazing work on a) starting again and b) lining everything up between the fuselage sides.... still don't know how you manage that, even in a jig!

 

Awesome update as usual Peter!

 

Craig

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Hi again chaps :)

 

On 11/8/2020 at 1:06 AM, KiwiZac said:

Can we get a video of the seat height adjustment mechanism in action, Peter? :blink:

 

I'm so excited to follow along with this build. What an inspired choice of subject! I hope a 1/18 Charlie Brown is part of the plan, to recreate the photo which triggered this project.

 

 

A 1/18 Charlie Brown eh, I have never done a figure (can't paint...), but I would like to try one day :)

 

 

On 11/9/2020 at 10:53 AM, Derek B said:

Peter,

 

Your work never ceases to amaze me! I am just really catching up with this awesome scratch build; building a bi-plane is so different to anything else you could imagine and presents all sorts of unexpected new challenges to solve (you very quickly appreciate the very different engineering and design philosophies compared to later monocoque structures and just how important angles are!).

 

One great thing for me, looking at your assembled and installed seat assembly, is how immediately clear it is to understand exactly how the seat raising mechanism operates and functions.

 

You may already have explained this elsewhere, but what have you used for the fuselage frame tube members? (and how were they attached?) and what adhesive do you use to attach the litho plate (and PE) parts together?

 

Many thanks

 

Derek

 

Thanks Derek & great to hear from you again :)  Yes, it seems this is very much more an engineering subject than my previous builds, but that said I am really enjoying myself :)

 

..as far as cements go, I pretty much use Zap CA thin and medium for absolutely everything... sometimes, very rarely JB Weld for super strong structural joints but all teh brass, carbon rod, plastic etc is all CA.. seems to work if used with care..

 

 

On 11/9/2020 at 8:48 PM, Thomas Lund said:

This is SO inspiring !!! And I respect and envy your skills very much, but that just mean I'll have to work harder :evil_laugh:

I recently got my hands on some this alu plate - kinda feels like a soda can, only flat - is that the same as your litho plate ??

 

 

Hi Thomas - certainly sounds like it - should be ultra thin and quite stiff & resistant to bending unless you heat it..

 

so, only a few pics, but this has been a lot of work...

 

..the rudder pedals & control assembly seen here in a lovely old ink drawing...

 

notice the pedestal assembly, the star control wheel assembly, the pedals & pistons... all need to be made..

 

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..started at the bottom with the pedestal - this is just tube and tiny litho bits to look like a casting..

 

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..then the star wheel assembly with a PE star and some bits - the threaded rod is a watch part..

 

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..and the pedals and bar - the bar was pretty difficult - you can't see it well here but it is a complex casting I tried to copy in brass & solder... the pedals & hoops are a few PE bits but largely scratched..

 

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..and the whole lot stacked..

 

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..starting to get closer to having the main control parts completed..

 

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..getting this into the fuselage frames and knowing when the right time to put all that together is becoming increasingly hard to determine...

 

until next time..

 

TTFN
Peter

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Wow wow wow.  Amazing precision and dedication to detail.  Even at 1/18 this is going above and beyond - it looks like the 1/1 aircraft!  I assume you are designing all these photoetch pieces yourself and then having them made?  Maybe the full DIY lithography setup can be next on your list ;-)

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