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Old 04-20-2020, 04:44 PM
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So for the final finishing touch for the fuselage I attempted to replicate the panel fasteners which are seen on the sides of the full size. I sourced some tiny screws from an excellent company called model fixings here in the UK. I used masking tape as a guide for the lines and marked a spacing of 20mm with the tip of a bradawl and inserted the screws with a dab of cyano to secure them. I am really pleased with the final finish, they really set the refurb off. So apart from the wheel spats that is the refurb done and its just a matter of re-assembling and installing the radio gear and engine.
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Old 05-20-2020, 04:24 PM
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Next job was refurb of the spats. They were in sorry shape so the old paint was removed then they were reinforced from the inside with cloth/resin, filled with flexible bumper filler, sanded primed, painted and installed.
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Old 05-20-2020, 04:28 PM
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Elevator and rudder servos were installed. Straightforward job with M3 stainless studding and kavan ball links coupled to bolt through horns. The tail brace wires were also installed with Graupner M3 turnbuckles to keep them tight and finally the tail-wheel was installed after a coat of matt silver paint.
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Old 05-20-2020, 04:30 PM
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The main legs were installed after a coat of silver paint and the sprung suspension re done with fishing trace and ferrules.
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Old 05-20-2020, 04:33 PM
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The final bit of insignia was designed cut and applied to the underside of the wings. The four aileron servos were also installed along with the aileron horns. Again Kavan balls and M3 studding was used.
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Old 05-20-2020, 04:35 PM
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Next up was the engine install, an XYZ 53cc twin, with twin snufflers from J'tec to keep her quiet. Such a nice compact and easy to install engine.
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Old 05-20-2020, 04:40 PM
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I use reinforced silicone coolant hose to attach the snufflers to the exhaust outlets (45 degree elbows in this case) and secured this with jubilee clips. I've used this hose for years as pipe couplers but after sleeping on it overnight I wasn't happy leaving the snufflers un supported. So I knocked up a simple mount using a couple of garage too clips and some aluminium stock. They are nice and secure now.
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Old 05-20-2020, 04:46 PM
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Next was the fuel plumbing and wiring inside the fuse. I'm using a Hitec Optima 9 rx with a JR matchbox with a separate power supply to drive the aileron servos. I use dual military grade toggle switches with a self soldered wiring harness. Power is a 2S 3600 LiFe. On the ignition i use a standard heavy duty RX switch and RcXel ignition switch. I also made up the flying wires from 50lb fishing trace, heavy duty fishing swivels and M3 clevises and eyelets.
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Old 05-20-2020, 04:48 PM
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Now for the CG, i use the method of calculating moments and taking a weight reading on each wheel. CG was set on the leading edge of the bottom wing.
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Old 05-20-2020, 04:51 PM
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And that is that, radio set up and awaiting the test fly. I am really really pleased with how this refurb has turned out, its better than i could have ever imagined and has given me something to focus on during the lock-down. The final pics of the finished assembled plane!
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Old 05-20-2020, 08:18 PM
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Amazing Job looks great
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Old 05-20-2020, 11:03 PM
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Excellent job there Doc, well done, you've given the old bird a new life
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Old 05-20-2020, 11:30 PM
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Amazing job, best of luck on the maiden Iím sure it will go well!
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Old 05-21-2020, 06:09 AM
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Thanks guys, I'm so pleased with how its turned out as I'm not normally that great with covering etc.

Heres a vid of the engine run up, purrs like a kitten.

XYZ 53cc run up in Pitts M12 (0 min 52 sec)
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