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Sport The Kool Kanary (Giant Hot Kanary)

Discussion in 'Giant / Scale Scratch and Kit Build Threads' started by Bipeguy03, Oct 5, 2017.

  1. The stab is done. The elevators are finished all but putting in a hard point for a control horn, and I'm holding off on that because I might use a hidden horn with an access hatch (just like the Krier Kraft).

  2. With the empennage finished, this evening I started framing the fuselage truss. Here is where there will be some deviation from the plan to save some weight.


    Up until this point, I've pretty much followed the plan, but there will be quite a few changes from here out.


    The bottom of the fuse was lowered 1/4" to fit grampa's cowling. I will also be replacing the 1/2" thick ply landing gear plate with a 3/16" ply laminated plate.


    The plans called to inset 1/4" balsa sheet in between the trussing from the firewall to the tail, this was then sheeted with 1/8" balsa. That would basically make the fuse as strong as a baseball bat, but it would also weigh about as much as a brick.

    So, I'm just adding diagonal trussing down the tail and eliminating all of the insets aft of the first 2 bays behind the firewall. Then it will be sheeted with 1/8" balsa. This basically eliminates 3-4 sheets of 1/4" balsa sheet and a bunch of glue. That's a couple ounces of weight saved :D
  3. BalsaDust

    BalsaDust Moderator

    Heck in all honesty you could prolly get away with sheeting it with just 1/16" balsa and be just fine. Looking great by the way.
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  4. I did think about using 1/16" or possibly 3/32" instead of the 1/8" but I worried about it being a little punky.

    The empennage is sheeted in 1/16" and it's right on the verge, if the distances between the trusses were any bigger I don't think I would have been happy with it.
  5. 1/4" sheet insets are in, and I'm ready to sheet the sides after dinner. Very possibly be boxing the fuse in tonight :)


    From here until the sides are sheeted, I will keep the fuselage sides top to top... I will not build two lefts, I will not build two lefts, I WILL NOT BUILD TWO LEFTS :)


    The insets in the nose.
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  6. :lol2:
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  7. I sheeted the sides after dinner, which took all of 20 minutes, straightened up the shop a bit and started boxing in the fuse.

  8. HRRC Flyer

    HRRC Flyer GSN Sponsor Tier 1

    Well @Bipeguy03,

    it looks like you were successful in not building two left sides, so I guess congratulations are in order. . . . . . . :laughing:
  9. The fuse is boxed up and tonight I sheeted the top rear deck, put the cockpit floor in, and the top forward deck block on

    I then glued in the main firewall (F1) Am and then carved the top deck block to shape. Once that was all finished I fit the cowling, which took a little tweaking to F1, but now I'm ready for the landing gear plate and bottom forward deck block.



  10. stangflyer

    stangflyer I like 'em "BIG"!

    Pretty darn KOOL!! You're making good progress.
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