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Post  YakNine on Sat Feb 09, 2019 10:09 am

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Post  YakNine on Sat Feb 09, 2019 10:14 am

I bought this plane as part of a box lot at an auction house I really like the handle its like a Cox U Reely I have an engine for it as well I have some really strong tape that I might try and repair the wing with. TJ
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Post  NEW222 on Sat Feb 09, 2019 9:33 pm

Nice score. I hate this though, as someone here in the not too distant past was working on one of these that needed repairs. The reason I hat it is that I cannot remember exactly who, but I have an idea, and cannot be of any other help. However, I wish you luck with the repairs.
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Post  roddie on Sat Feb 09, 2019 9:49 pm

That's a Thimble-Drome "Flight Trainer".



Mark McRiley (batjac) built one from balsa and plywood, using an actual model for templates.
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Post  Cribbs74 on Sat Feb 09, 2019 11:27 pm

Strong tape or not, it will flex.
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Re: Old Thimble Drome Airplane

Post  KariFS on Sun Feb 10, 2019 2:40 am

I think someone made a balsa version of this one a year or two ago Huh...

Edit: Found it, a remake of the TD-4 by Batjac Aero Works Smile

https://www.coxengineforum.com/t6595-giving-new-life-to-a-classic

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Post  YakNine on Sun Feb 10, 2019 7:06 am

Cribbs74 wrote:Strong tape or not, it will flex.
I didn't say it but I have a sign shop by my shop and I had planned on trapping some coroplast from his dumpster on the underside of the wing like a splint . I think the landing gear or a crash broke the motor mount I'm gonna figure that out first.TJ
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Post  rsv1cox on Sun Feb 10, 2019 7:49 am

No tape, as Ron says it will flex.

My well damaged Jim Walker Firebaby fuselage is held together by Testor's Red Tube plastic cement.  I had no respect for it but lately after using it to repair several plastic airplanes I have changed my mind.  It works great.  My son likes the plastic epoxy (pictured) but I have not used it.

If the break is clean or even structured, clean both edges well and apply the glue to one side only, then clamp and forget it overnight.  Next day apply a second coat brushed on covering a half inch or so on either side of the break and over the break and let dry.  Do both the top of the wing and underside.

Best your going to get.  





PS  If there is dihedral (doesn't look it) shim both ends of the wing to the proper angle. Use waxed paper under the break.

Orrr........Trace the wing onto balsa sheet. Wet to get the proper camber, let dry.  Good luck on that one.  Tried it.
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Post  YakNine on Sun Feb 10, 2019 9:14 am

The Fire Baby looks great, I also thought about gluing the wing back together and cutting some plastic from a bucket and using it as a splice on the undersde, the wing is split almost in the middle.I Iwould like to get a few flights in with this plane just because it would be neat and then give it a more dignified retirement .TJ
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Post  YakNine on Sun Feb 10, 2019 9:44 am

as much as I like the plane I really like the Thimble Drome handle that came with it I gotta remember to get some new line and connectors for it, kind of like Cox's version of a U reely. TJ
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Re: Old Thimble Drome Airplane

Post  Mark Boesen on Sun Feb 10, 2019 9:56 am






The spinner is basically a PT-19 spinner you could dye or color black, the props used was a Kaysun brand and later the early Thimble-Drome nylon with rounded tips, pretty rare.
Gluing plastic can be a challenge, for static display only i use thick super glue. If you're going to fly it, plastic glue or epoxy and fiberglass tape.
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Re: Old Thimble Drome Airplane

Post  YakNine on Sun Feb 10, 2019 4:52 pm

Mine will never look as good as yours, but I would like to get a flight or 2 in with it some day Laughing TJ
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