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Scale Don Smith P-51 Mustang

Discussion in 'Giant / Scale Scratch and Kit Build Threads' started by stangflyer, Aug 27, 2018.

  1. stangflyer

    stangflyer I like 'em "BIG"!

    20190228_210113.jpg How long does it take to glue stab and elevator tips on? About 2 minutes and 43 seconds. Could be why I just got that outta the way. Lol. More later...
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  2. AKNick

    AKNick 150cc

    Nice bags of lead by the way. Talk about uniform weight distribution!

    What is your build surface comprised of exactly???
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  3. stangflyer

    stangflyer I like 'em "BIG"!

    The top of the table is (2) 7/16" OSB. One on top of the other. Then on top of those is good ole normal ceiling tiles. My son and I have used them for...well, forever really. I thought about the magnet type setup and even the glass system. But I am just set in my ways I guess. You find something that works, why change it? I use the bottom side of the tile as the up side. It gives a very flat surface in which to work from. They are compressed tight enough that when using "T" pins to stabilize your build, they dont give or allow the pin to move. They are easy to cut if you want exact table top fit. I also like them because they are dirt cheap. About 3 and a half bucks for 3. On my table I used two end to end and seamed with 3" wide masking tape. Then split the third sheet lengthwise and again seamed together. Makes for a good work surface. If one get cut up, or starts deteriorating, simple replace it.
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  4. I use ceiling tiles as well. Works great.
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  5. Snoopy1

    Snoopy1 640cc Uber Pimp

    It interesting on how many different work benches there are. And it is just what you are use to. All of them end making a plane I have tried a few and ended up liking the glass method. It is almost like which oil is the beast but they all work.
  6. stangflyer

    stangflyer I like 'em "BIG"!

    Although I would tend to agree with you on maybe the building table. Everyone has a method of what they are comfortable with and what works best for them. On the other hand, (just my experience) all oils are not created equal. After building auto engines for off and on over the last 43 years, I can truly state some oils are truly much better than others. Just as Redline is about the best you can buy for rc two stroke engines. Test results verify the findings. But yes Snoops.... to each his own and what works best. I would someday like to step outside my comfort zone and try the glass or magnetic building board method. Just so I can see the difference. But then that would require a fresh build. Ugh. Like I dont have my hands full already. Oh well, we can always use a brand new, (smell the wood) airframe, right? Lol
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  7. Snoopy1

    Snoopy1 640cc Uber Pimp

    Well on red line oil we agree. Yes I am glass builder, but I did play with the magnetic system liked it a lot but what I did not like is how cold the table is all the time and the rust and keeping it clean.
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  8. stangflyer

    stangflyer I like 'em "BIG"!

    Sorry fellas. I just couldn't resist. I sometimes need a little prompting and a little push. Nothing like being caught alone with Emma Samms. Dont need no prompting there. Lol. Just had to catch a rough draft of the Behemoth Stang. Dang, this thing is still growing in size. Lol

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    Oh yeah, Avatar changed...again. Lol
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  9. 49dimes

    49dimes Damn I'm hungry

    That thing gonna be friggen AWESOME! :big_yes:.
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  10. stangflyer

    stangflyer I like 'em "BIG"!

    Thank you Kelly. I appreciate your compliment. I just hope I dont let you fellas down. Trying to think about everything before I proceed with each step. I want this as perfect as possible. It is a lot of work I gotta tell you. I have spent basically 10 hours on one half of the fin and rudder construction. And really, not even 50% done with the build. I'm sure I'll get there. A little at a time. Here is the most recent progress as of today.

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    Hopefully will finish up the main construction of the fin/rudder this weekend.

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