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Post  Mark Diedrichs Tue Sep 17, 2019 5:33 pm

Bob, look at the bright side. Judging from the pictures, looks like most of the airframe is intact...Rots Of Ruck Bro!!! Go for It, if you must!!! Mark
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Post  NEW222 Tue Sep 17, 2019 5:42 pm

Well, if there was anyone that I would have confidence in to do this thing justice, I think it would be you.... It most definately looks like a very interesting build and the was they did it, that's for sure. Then again, I just saw the price tag. As much as it is neat and interesting, that would be enough to do it for me.
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Post  rsv1cox Tue Sep 17, 2019 6:26 pm

I have great respect for "Tin Benders" as we referred to them in the Navy.  People than an work with metal, and we have a few of them right here on this forum.  I'm more comfortable with wood barely getting by with that medium.  

I wonder what the builder sat in the nose, a Rogers or O&R sparker I would think, and that for looks only.  

Yeah, price, "free local pickup" and that 52" wing killed it for me.  But wouldn't it be fun slowly dismantling it and putting it back together.  

Had a weak moment today as Mark and I were visiting the local classic car dealer.  While Mark was ogling a '65 Mustang fastback, and a blown 5.0 I discovered a 1987 Corvette sitting in the back lot with AS IS $2500 on it's windshield.   Needs heads, electrical, and interior.  Right down my alley.  But the C4 is one ugly Corvette and my least favorite so there it still sits....but I think...

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Post  Cribbs74 Tue Sep 17, 2019 6:33 pm

I would venture a guess and say it’s a magnesium frame, should have been a pretty lightweight, cheap and prevalent material of the time. I think it could be done, the one wing is missing a bit of parts.

I have never seen one like that and I like the way the wood is spliced into to metal.

Some kind of Sparkie powered that thing...
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Post  ticomareado Tue Sep 17, 2019 6:43 pm

How is magnesium welded?
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Post  Cribbs74 Tue Sep 17, 2019 7:01 pm

Very carefully...😉

Seriously though GTAW had been around since the 40’s. It could very well be aluminum or maybe even pewter. Just the corrosion and dark grey color looks like an old VW crankcase.
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Post  rsv1cox Wed Sep 18, 2019 7:15 am

This one I can do, doesn't even have tico wing syndrome.  Won last night with a single bid of $15.50.  Looks complete except for one missing wheel.  I have Williams bros. replacements.  I cautioned the seller to pack carefully if anyone remembers my Aurora powered C/L SE5A disaster.  

Looks like the pilot bailed, and I'm not sure what those three gismos are, must be fuel tank.

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But it does retain that neat faux cylinders insert.

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Post  ticomareado Wed Sep 18, 2019 7:47 am

You lucky Snoopy Dawg! $15.50 on Evilbay?
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Post  rsv1cox Wed Sep 18, 2019 10:14 am

@ticomareado wrote:You lucky Snoopy Dawg!  $15.50 on Evilbay?

Yes, The evilbay. I looked at it for three days with no bids, so thought what the heck. I watched the last few seconds count down expecting a sniper. Didn't happen.

It's not far from me so I should get it this week. No one seems to fly these, maybe I will be the first to do so if I can get to the handle before the engine quits. Smile

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Post  getback Wed Sep 18, 2019 10:21 am

That don't look bad , compared to the first one and 149 + shipping Shocked
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Post  ticomareado Wed Sep 18, 2019 3:54 pm

I believe Testors used metal Pipe Bombs with separate tanks in the WW I Fly 'Ems. Hopefully the tank is considerably larger than the WW II Pipe Bombers.
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Post  ian1954 Wed Sep 18, 2019 4:22 pm

@ticomareado wrote:How is magnesium welded?

As Ron says - Very carefully!



Even magnesium alloys have a tendency to burn but it is a very light metal.
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Post  rsv1cox Wed Sep 18, 2019 5:20 pm

So, is anyone saying that it was actually built to fly with a light metal structure, wood inserts, canvas covering and a place for a large model engine? Seems with even those advantages it would still be to heavy to leave the ground.
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