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Old 01-29-2012, 07:28 PM
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should have flown today..

But wind was up, so decided to stay home and work on getting the PT 19 back together. first time I've covered in fabric and first time I've ever covered a fusealge this large and rounded. A challenge to say the least, but learning alot.
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Old 03-26-2012, 06:18 AM
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Very nice Bill! Going to warbirds over delaware? Im thinking of taking my p51 red tail.
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Old 03-26-2012, 06:34 AM
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Wow that came out nice.You give me confidence to try and recover a plane I have that needs new skin.
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Old 03-27-2012, 07:06 AM
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Ok, Have been so busy with work, but today is the final day for the rebuild. All that is left is putting on the prop and tightening the landing gear. She looks fantastic. There was a small factory flaw in the yellow coverite covering. It wasn't rolled on the shipping tube evenly and this created a crease. So on one area of the wing, when I was ironing it on, the crease separated, It's not too bad, so I will touch it up with some cub yellow paint. Will post pics tonight. If the rain holds off, this weekend will be the remaiden flight!!
Purcilas, yes I will be flying at WoD!! I'm thinknig about taking the RV and setting up camp for the entire time! I'm also thinking about going to the Joe Nall event is South Carlolina in May, not flying, but thinking it would be a nice Motorcycle ride down to there. Some of the guys at our field are going to ride down. If my work schedule permitts, I just may join them for the ride.
You had better be a WoD Mister!!! Don't Forget to jion IMAA, It's 25.00 a year and you have to be a member to register as a pilot.
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Old 03-27-2012, 07:08 AM
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Wow that came out nice.You give me confidence to try and recover a plane I have that needs new skin.
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This is only my second recovering job. It is not as hard as it looks. I"m getting better at it! There are tons of how to videos on the web, They helped a lot.
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Old 03-27-2012, 02:54 PM
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Ill join imaa then. I have a couple of warbirds now bit the biggest one is my p51. Have a 70" hellcat and a 70" at6 too.

Id love to go to joe nall or the xfc but driving 10hrs sucks!!
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Ill join imaa then. I have a couple of warbirds now bit the biggest one is my p51. Have a 70" hellcat and a 70" at6 too.

Id love to go to joe nall or the xfc but driving 10hrs sucks!!
NICE!!! We are thinking that we will ride for 200 miles, stop, rest, and ride again. We figure if we take hte bikes we won't be tempted to buy anything!!
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Old 03-28-2012, 06:59 PM
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Bill you did do a really nice job
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Bill you did do a really nice job
Thanks, just need to check the CG and she's ready. will probably do the wing tip method for measuring the CG. I only have the GP balance machine. Not really designed for giant scale. I'm afraid the load on the balsa in the wing will be to much, as the pads on the GP machine are just small circles. Which would place a huge weight load on the pad and the wing, that may or could cause the balsa to crack..
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I usually do the wingtip too on my giant scale. Haven't had any issues yet.
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I locate wing ribs under the sheeting and ensure the support points for the CG test are on the ribs. The further you are from being on the rib the more skin area you need to spread the load over to prevent punching through the sheeting. If you are ON the rib your fingertip is enough area for a 18 lb plane (about as heavy as I can balance check on fingertips)
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I locate wing ribs under the sheeting and ensure the support points for the CG test are on the ribs. The further you are from being on the rib the more skin area you need to spread the load over to prevent punching through the sheeting. If you are ON the rib your fingertip is enough area for a 18 lb plane (about as heavy as I can balance check on fingertips)
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Wow! I'm very impressed with your work! I've always wanted to build one myself but have been intimidated. I find your progress very inspiring and one of these days I may give it a go.
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Bill,

Bad news I took my CMP Hellcat 120 out today and it snapped while I was landing and I broke the wing. It seems repairable as it did not completely snap off but my skill is NOWHERE near yours with this kind of things. I am going to expoxy the parts together tonight and will go buy some fiber glass cloth in the morning to put over the top. Hopefully it comes out good as I REALLY like this plane.
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Bad news I took my CMP Hellcat 120 out today and it snapped while I was landing and I broke the wing. It seems repairable as it did not completely snap off but my skill is NOWHERE near yours with this kind of things. I am going to expoxy the parts together tonight and will go buy some fiber glass cloth in the morning to put over the top. Hopefully it comes out good as I REALLY like this plane.
BUMMERRRRRR Man!!! Sorry to hear that. I doubt I will fly this weekend, weather looks bad for today and 20 mph wind forecast for tomorrow. Where did the wing break? I have learned that just about anything is repairable with time and patience. is there anyway to get the fiberglass cloth and epoxy to the inside of the break? Maybe just cut out the bad balsa and replace? Epoxy and cloth will add weight.
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