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Re: Ringmaster Jr Kit S5

Post  NEW222 on Thu Feb 28, 2019 8:50 pm

Apparently all white planes are now the in thing. Here's my Lil Jumpin Bean. All kidding aside, I sprayed the white last fall. I did not yet decide the other colors. I may just stripe it.


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Post  NEW222 on Thu Feb 28, 2019 9:04 pm

Sorry I forgot the in-between photos, but I have installed the rear sheeting along the TE. As well, I made and installed a 1/8" aircraft ply bellcrank mount and installed it with epoxy. I then made a bellcrank and mounts to hold it. I did this on the simple. I drilled the hole from the bottom as per the instructions and made sure it extended into the upper spar. I used a 4-40 screw and to space the bellcrank in the wing, I used two pieces of hardwood dowel drilled for the screw as well. When installed, the bellcrank is freely moving, and as this will be a plane to learn on and appearance is not my main priority, the screw I am using will protrude through the top as well, and I will put a nut on it for security. In this fashion, it is very solid. Also to note, I will be putting CA into the screw holes before final assembly to strengthen them. Tonight, I installed the wingtips and they are now drying as seen in the picture. I actually burnt through this so far as I had decided to use CA to build most of this with the exception of the TE sheeting and now the wingtips. Also tonight, I will be putting the leadouts onto the bellcrank getting it ready for installation. I cannot honestly say when I will do anything else as like I mentioned earlier, it is race weekend so I will be at the track for the most part starting immediately after work tomorrow. But here are a couple of update pictures that I promised.


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Post  Mark Boesen on Thu Feb 28, 2019 9:32 pm

i don't really remember, i did like the red/white/blue factory paint scheme of the ringmaster? Lol, i never flew farther then some 50' from me...
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Post  getback on Fri Mar 01, 2019 9:58 am

Looking Good Chancey , No hurry do your thing and have Fun . Heck i got builds 2+ years old not finished lol!
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Post  NEW222 on Thu Mar 07, 2019 7:47 pm

Another little update. Two nights ago, I installed the bellcrank and did a mock up of the plane with the elevator in place so I can make a control rod. Then last night, I sheeted the center section of the wing as planned. So what I now have left is to trim the center sheeting flush with the wing ribs, do the final sanding, then assembling and finishing. The tail surfaces in the pictures is just pinned into position for the photos. I cannot remember if I mentioned it before, but the fuselage and tail will definately be doped the sprayed with rattle can paint. But the wing... Oh the wing... That is still up in the air (no pun intended) on its covering. As a trainer, I am hesitant to put a bunch of time into a doped finish, and I cannot justify buying a roll of $kote just for it as I have a BIG roll of doculam sitting here. So I am honestly really thinking of doing doculam with painted finish to go along with the rest of the plane. Just cover, scuff, then shoot! So that's it for now. Until the weather gets nices so I can work outside to do my sanding and doping. This weekend looks nice, but I have some major car issues to diagnose, find, and hopefully fix first. So here are a couple of pictures.


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Re: Ringmaster Jr Kit S5

Post  Cribbs74 on Thu Mar 07, 2019 9:19 pm

What’s going on with the car? Lot of dudes on here that are car guys including myself.
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Post  NEW222 on Thu Mar 07, 2019 11:04 pm

Oh, not much. 2001 Chrysler Sebring power windows not working. The drivers rear wenot a few years ago so it was unplugged. Then a little while ago, they all stopped working. Tried the 30a circuit breaker, even jumped it with a wire and no go. Dad bought a used switch from a wrecker and that did not work. So as of now, I am thinking broken wire in the door between the a pillar and door. Supposed to be nicer here this weekend, 28 - 30 Fahrenheit, so will disassemble the door. I would prefer to bring the wiring harness through the door and out the inside to work on the wiring in a nice more open area rather than cut the boot to play with it in a tight area, Thanks for asking, it is greatly appreciated.
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Post  NEW222 on Fri Mar 08, 2019 8:10 pm

Well, fixed the car today. 2 completely severed wires, and 4 partially severed. Did as I said by disassembling and bringing the harness back through the door where it was easier to solder and shrink wrap the broken wires. But at least I now have power windows on 3 of the 4 doors. The rear drivers door gave the ghost a few years ago. This is just my summer beater and all around spare vehicle so it will stay that way....
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Post  NEW222 on Wed Mar 13, 2019 10:01 pm

So, here it is framed all up. Tail feathers are all glued in place with epoxy fillets. Wing is the only thing not glued in as I am waiting to go the hobby shop to get a piece of 3/32 music wire for the landing gear. All I have here is 1/16", and I bent one up, but it remains very weak still. So this kind of rained on my parade. However, I just may install the wing in place and carefully mark it where it goes. If I do that, I will probably just cover it in doculam minus the center section where the glue will be. I can also dope the fuselage as well. Then when I get back from vacation, I can do a final assembly and paint it. Also to note, while working on teh horizontal stab and elevator, my new hinging method seemed to be binding badly and was no longer smooth. I did not know what happened. So, while not taking the time to look things over, I rushed and cut the hinges I installed and wondered why it suddenly binded up. Immediately after cutting them, I looked at the horizontal stab and saw it was badly warped. Icould not figure it out. I was just about ready to cut out another out of a spare piece of balsa I dug up then realized the problem. The drywall spackle I was using had made my tail wet and warped it. The next day it was as straight as straight could be again after drying. So, it was not my hinges afterall. But since I cut them, I did my favorite thing. I sewed them together right across. Nice, tight, and very free! So with all this as it sits, it is at 5.6 oz as seen in the picture. Until next update, thanks for reading.

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Re: Ringmaster Jr Kit S5

Post  Cribbs74 on Wed Mar 13, 2019 10:50 pm

Looking good Chancey, real good.
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Re: Ringmaster Jr Kit S5

Post  rsv1cox on Thu Mar 14, 2019 6:56 am

Covering these airframes is always a question.

You put all this work into what becomes a beautiful structure then you have to cover it. But, for my next built-up plane I'm going to consider some sort or transparent film, either natural or in a color. I always liked transparent blue with some trim.

Love the yellow plane in the background above Chancey, the one with the stars with black and white beams coming from them. Very effective.

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Re: Ringmaster Jr Kit S5

Post  NEW222 on Thu Mar 14, 2019 9:15 am

Thank you. If my work looked better, I would probably just cover it in clear and leave it. Just to match my Baby Ringmaster. The only problem is that I had already put some compound on the tail and sanded it so it is white in a couple spots. Thanks for the idea. As for the yellow plane in the background. It is my Sig Twister I bought a couple years ago. Just gotta run the engine up on the stand then install it. Still dont think I'm ready for a big flapped bird yet. But bought it anyways. I will get a picture of it up later for you.
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Re: Ringmaster Jr Kit S5

Post  ticomareado on Thu Mar 14, 2019 9:23 am

What is Doculam?
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Re: Ringmaster Jr Kit S5

Post  NEW222 on Thu Mar 14, 2019 11:16 am

Here is a picture of the afforementioned Twister.
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Post  NEW222 on Thu Mar 14, 2019 11:18 am

Doculam is simply document laminating film. Just like using other plastic films, except at a fraction of the price.
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