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Post  duaneh Fri Oct 29, 2021 9:39 am

There were 3 airplanes in the Top Flite Junior Aces series, the P-51, Hurricane, and Cosmic Wind. I built the Hurri and Cosmic Wind some (gulp) half century ago. Ken’s post a few weeks back made me decide to complete the trifecta. This presented a small problem in that I don’t have a kit or plans for the P-51. However, I do have a Cosmic Wind kit, and it is essentially the same airplane, uses the same wing. So, I copied the kit wing parts.  For the fuse, I simply found a drawing of the full size P-51B, and blew it up on a copy machine to the size I needed.

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I decided to use a Medallion .049, so that I could preserve the P-51 nose shape. I also ended up changing the wing LE design to a more blunt shape.

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All finished. It is covered with the ‘flat finish’ Monokote. I fly over grass, so I just left the gear off. Final weight came out to 6.2 oz.


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Post  Ken Cook Fri Oct 29, 2021 2:53 pm


It looks great, nicely done.
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Post  rsv1cox Fri Oct 29, 2021 3:18 pm

Looks great, ought to fly well. What did you use for the elevator's hinges? Monokote? My P-40 uses that same Monokote on the wing. Olive drab paint on the profile fuselage.

Got pictures of the other two?
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Post  NEW222 Fri Oct 29, 2021 6:36 pm

A very nice looker you got there. Turned out great.
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Post  944_Jim Fri Oct 29, 2021 7:23 pm

Duane,
I'm slack-jawed...Great job! I can't wait to see the maiden.

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Post  duaneh Sat Oct 30, 2021 9:42 am

Thanks, guys!
Bob; yes, I used the over-under style monokote hinges. I find this is an easy way to get free-running hinges.
Sorry, there are no pictures of the other 2. They went to model airplane heaven long ago.
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Post  getback Sun Oct 31, 2021 5:58 am

Nice looking plane !! Like the colors too ! This Site Rocks!
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Post  duaneh Mon Jan 03, 2022 10:20 pm

After building the Mustang, I felt like I needed to have all three from this series in the hangar. The Cosmic Wind & Hurricane were easier since I have original kits to copy parts from.

I built the Cosmic Wind first. I omitted the gear on this one also. The wing mounted gear is wrong for a Cosmic Wind anyway, the originals had fuse mounted gear. I had a roll of transparent orange Monokote on hand, and this seemed like a good place to use it.

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I decided to put the gear on the Hurricane, just to get the right "look". Covering & markings again are all Monokote. I think this one took longer to cover than to build. I was fresh out of stunt tanked Bees, so it got a standard Babe Bee.
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Post  getback Tue Jan 04, 2022 6:34 am

Wow duaneh Two more Beautiful models , the Hurricane really catches my eye ! Nice job I know you want hear that covering looks Amazing ,Cause it does Happy New Year
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Post  rsv1cox Tue Jan 04, 2022 7:17 am

Winners!!!!!

You caught that unusual turtle-deck slope on the Hurricane perfectly.

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Post  944_Jim Tue Jan 04, 2022 1:37 pm

Just. Slack-jawed. Beautiful!

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Post  944_Jim Tue Jan 04, 2022 8:33 pm

duaneh wrote:
I used the over-under style monokote hinges. I find this is an easy way to get free-running hinges.

Duane,

I like the close set leafs of hinge material, but...
I'm confused. I thought Monokote had adhesive on one side. I can see the first part sticking, but how to you glue the opposite side to the elevator? Or does Monokote come without adhesive, and Stix-it is the adhesive to secure it to the stab and elevator?

I just can't figure this one out. Doh!


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Post  fredvon4 Wed Jan 05, 2022 4:20 am

Jim imagine a 8 inch by 1/2 strip of mono, times 2. Then the two are ironed to each other one up and one down and only over lapped by 1/4 inch leaving 1/4 inch each long side with adhesive unused. Then the 8inches is sliced into 8 1 inch tabs than can be attached over and under with the hinge line no adhesive
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Post  944_Jim Wed Jan 05, 2022 4:26 am

Thanks Fred,
I could never get that one figured out. Makes sense now.


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Post  duaneh Wed Jan 05, 2022 7:41 am

Exactly. Thank you Fred for explaining it better than I could have.

For these small models, I overlap the mono by about 1/8". Use a piece of glass as a work surface when ironing the strips together, as one strip will be adhesive side down. The mono will not stick to glass.
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Post  getback Thu Jan 06, 2022 6:00 am

That hinge does look really good never have tried it do you use a trim Iron or reg size to mate the monakote ? Smile
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Post  duaneh Thu Jan 06, 2022 8:30 am

I just use the tip of the regular iron. A trim iron would work as well, but it's usually sitting on the shelf when I need it, and I'm too impatient to plug it in and wait for it to heat up.
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Post  duaneh Sat Feb 25, 2023 9:11 pm

Wow, it's been over a year already since this project. Time sure gets away from you.
I was at the St. Charles, IL swap last weekend, and stumbled on a partially built kit of the Top Flite Junior Ace Mustang. The wing was built, and the tailfeathers were glued onto the fuse. The plans and decals were still in the box, as was a Babe Bee!
The bad news is that I still don't have a full kit, the good news is I don't have to feel guilty about finishing this one. I decided to take a break from the usual military markings, and did it up as Paul Mantz's Bendix racer.

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Post  Ken Cook Sun Feb 26, 2023 1:04 am

Absolutely stunning, that will be a real winner. It looks terrific just sitting there.
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Post  getback Sun Feb 26, 2023 5:10 am

Swap meet / what's that lol haven't had one here in years ! Oh and the plane looks Fantastic !! Did you fly any of the others ? Yea the years go by like weeks it seems ?!?! I Love This Forum!
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Post  duaneh Sun Feb 26, 2023 2:54 pm

Eric, yes, I have flown all 3 of these. I like the Cosmic Wind best, although I really can't say why. It and the Mustang fly exactly the same. The Hurricane is heavier because it has landing gear, and this shows up in the flying.

I am lucky in that I can get to several swaps. I am located in the middle of IL, it is 3 hours to either Chicago or St. Louis. Both have multiple clubs that hold swap meets.
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Post  getback Tue Feb 28, 2023 6:42 am

That's Great duaneh Well there is a swap meet 40 miles from me in March bee there at 8.00am would hurt me ! Oh well I need to build and crash what i got first !! Use to bee one 15 miles from every Feb. but no more ?! That is alot better than 3 hrs. Snowman DAMMIT!
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Post  F4D Phantom II Mon Dec 18, 2023 8:01 pm

[quote="duaneh"]There were 3 airplanes in the Top Flite Junior Aces series, the P-51, Hurricane, and Cosmic Wind. I built the Hurri and Cosmic Wind some (gulp) half century ago. Ken’s post a few weeks back made me decide to complete the trifecta. This presented a small problem in that I don’t have a kit or plans for the P-51. However, I do have a Cosmic Wind kit, and it is essentially the same airplane, uses the same wing. So, I copied the kit wing parts.  For the fuse, I simply found a drawing of the full size P-51B, and blew it up on a copy machine to the size I needed.

Hello duaneh
                     Great job on the Top Flite junior aces designed by Dave Platt for top flite. I really liked your model of the red P-51 Bendix winning racer that was owned by Paul Mantz. I saved your thread pictures for inspiration. I liked the change in the leading edge of the mustang wing is a good idea. Thanks for posting your plan on Outerzone. I had been looking for a P-51 TF plan. I like 1/2a models. Here is a link to a Scientific Little Bipe original version designed by A. Spampani that I built. After a search for a plan I was able to acquire a kit box that had the plan from Gordon Von Tighem.

https://stunthanger.com/smf/12-a-building/scientific-little-bipe-first-version/

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Post  944_Jim Mon Dec 18, 2023 9:30 pm

Welcome back, Juan,

It's been a while since we've seen anything from you here. I love your Lil Bipe! Have you had a chance to fly it yet? I'm sure the guys here would love to see pictures. I'm not sure if SH non-members can see pictures over there as guests. Sparky (the Admin on SH) had it locked down pretty tight for a while.

Thanks for "re-appearing" here.

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Post  akjgardner Tue Dec 19, 2023 10:41 am

Ex E Lant Job . I Love the Color .
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