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Scale Pitts S1-T, S1-S, and a Challenger.

Discussion in 'Giant / Scale Scratch and Kit Build Threads' started by acerc, Apr 27, 2015.

   
  1. Very nice! Looking good.:yesss:
     
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  2. Snoopy1

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    Do you use the aluminum panels because that is scale and do you paint them when done or polish the panels.
     
  3. I did initially start using the aluminum for scale panels as it is the easiest to work with. But I also use them for builds like this where I want the nose to be accessible. This kit called for balsa planking but with all the electronics and the such in that area it just did not make sense to enclose them. Even with everything up front including the DLE 111 it will more than likely need a little nose weight, but not near as much as it would have with everything behind the instrument panel former.
    A Rx, EP X10, dual bridge rectifiers, fuel tank, smoke tank, dual Fromecos, ignition kill, oil fill, dual switches and fuel fill. Odds are sooner than later something would have to be looked after.
     

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    That’s a good idea, nice to be able to open up a panel to have access to plane equipment. How thick is the stuff you use.
     
  5. LOL. Was adding to the post while you posted. I use the roll flashing from Home Depot, it is listed as .0092 but measures .0080.
     
  6. Snoopy1

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    The aluminum panels are a lot easier to do than making removable hatch’s. All you need is make sufficient locations so you are able to screw the panels down nicely. Man I have to remember that for the future like the ides.
     
  7. I did hatches on some planes that called for them like the Waco, it had a luggage compartment of which I used for the switches. But the idea of having to pull a fuel tank by way of a hatch just does not sound as feasible as removing a complete panel by way of 20'ish screws.
     

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  8. I remade the panels a few days ago, today I set on getting it sanded and ready for covering and that is just what has been done. I will start the covering either later today or tomorrow morning. Should go pretty quick as it is a simple scheme.
     

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    Love to look at planes at that point of the build you can really see how it was built and how well. You cannot hide anything. Looks real nice and clean.
     
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  10. I have to agree Snoop, there is a beauty in the bones. A number of years back I took one similar to this to an event, show and tell type thing, and people were blown away by how much goes into our aircraft.
    The covering has begun with getting the bottoms of the H stab and ele's covered. I like to put the hinges in while I can see how much epoxy ooze's out the back so tomorrow I will start with that on these then continue on with the rudder, half of it anyway.
    And it only took about five minutes in to remember just how much I hate this plastic stuff!!!
     

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