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Post  rsv1cox Thu Sep 08, 2022 2:10 pm

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Post  rdw777 Thu Sep 08, 2022 4:17 pm

Looking good Bob, You’re getting to be a hand at scratch building!…. Something very satisfying in being creative like that…. I think I saw in the other thread Levent was maybe making decals …. Depending on how that works out I would be happy to make paint stencils as well…Just let me know  Thumbs Up

Here’s what’s what I’ve done lately….”Pixie “ by Dave Robelen…https://outerzone.co.uk/plan_details.asp?ID=8992

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I want to do a Pageboy by Ken Willard for .020 so this is the test mule to see how far out I can see something small like that…So far so good..

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My version uses a KFm-2 airfoil and I wanted to thank Andrew for the tips on it from the Guppy thread…Seems to be pretty efficient and can punch thru a light breeze nicely…Nice glide too…
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Post  rsv1cox Sat Sep 10, 2022 10:30 am

Thanks for the offer Robert.  Let me try Levents decals on-white first.

Lot's of migration on the fuselage, might try exacto scrape followed by fine brush application from spray can to cover, but white over red does not work well.

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Post  Levent Suberk Sat Sep 10, 2022 11:13 am

Hi Bob, try to brush a clear coat along masking tape, this prevents seeping paint under masking tape. Sure that you know that trick, however I wanted to inform. Red seepings can easily retouched with a brush with Tamiya or Testors enamels or acrylics.

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Post  rsv1cox Sat Sep 10, 2022 2:55 pm

Black or red?

Anybody?

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Thanks Levent, I did not know the clear coat trick but it makes sense. Will have to try it on my next one.

Bob
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Post  pman1111 Sat Sep 10, 2022 3:41 pm

rsv1cox wrote:Black or red?

Anybody?

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Thanks Levent, I did not know the clear coat trick but it makes sense.  Will have to try it on my next one.

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In keeping with Levent's artwork, my inclination would be black, (for what it's worth) Laughing
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Post  rdw777 Sat Sep 10, 2022 7:22 pm

I agree with Levent’s suggestion of sealing the edges…..You might have to run a sharp blade along the edge to help the release if it started pulling paint…. You can also use an old plastic credit card to burnish the tape down to help with the edges…. Definitely black, Will compliment the engine Thumbs Up
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Post  rsv1cox Sun Sep 11, 2022 8:07 am

Two for black, obviously I can't make up my mind.  Smile

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Nothing cemented yet.  I have to make the wheels and add the tail skid and fix the paint bleeds.  I did not notch the wing for the needle, kept it flush with the firewall.  Engine as depicted in Levents drawing.  Bought it March 6, 1982.

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Post  Levent Suberk Sun Sep 11, 2022 8:15 am

Engine of the Month Very Happy Thumbs Up cheers
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Post  Levent Suberk Sun Sep 11, 2022 8:19 am

I realized that black lettering is looking better Very Happy
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Post  Levent Suberk Sun Sep 11, 2022 8:21 am

BOB and RSV1 letterings in white on red. A4 size.

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Post  Marleysky Sun Sep 11, 2022 9:39 am

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Post  davidll1984 Sun Sep 11, 2022 10:11 am

He is super beautiful look good Small Cox Logo engine of the month Thumbs Up
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Post  rsv1cox Mon Sep 12, 2022 9:13 am

Thanks David.

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That cavity begged to be filled for posterity. Postage stamp on a balsa/tooth pick pedestal.  Thought about coins (too heavy), a stealth pilot, etc.

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I like Levents angular triangle/trapazoid canopy.  I have styrene plastic but I can't come up with a friendly design.  Something maybe like four pieces coming to a point above the pilots head and glued with Testors red tube all on a matte black balsa base.  It might wind up being all balsa.

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Post  GallopingGhostler Mon Sep 12, 2022 12:23 pm

Good job on the hand crafted wheels, Bob. Thumbs Up

It is kind of a throwback to the kits of the 1960's into the 1970's. All kits came with wheels, most of the time they were hardwood dyed black, but in some instances as with the Comet rubber powered kits they were left in the natural wood. The half-A C/L kits, Midwest, Scientific, Sterling, they all came with wood wheels. I'd replace them with Perfect cast hub rubber tire wheels, which looked and rolled so much better.

Only Top Flite came with rubber wheels with eyelet bearings and wound wire wheel retainers, but T/F kits seemed to be a touch better than the others. They had an interesting half-A series of kits that was molded balsa, full fuselage series. They weren't much on stunting as they had such narrow elevators but once built, sort of resembled the RTF's of the day with high undercamber sheet wings when built.

Mid 1960's, I built their Mitsubishi Zero-sen when I was 12 or 13, made it Pee Wee powered. (Pee Wee's were sold in the military base hobby shops for about half the cost of their marked retail. Then, the services on base sold stuff cost plus, basically wholesale.) After using sanding sealer and lightly sanding, brushed on Pactra green dope on the upper side, gray on the lower side. Then I felt good about finishing smooth without grain.
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Post  rsv1cox Mon Sep 12, 2022 2:50 pm

This Carl Goldberg Cub kit came with eyelet rubber wheels.  A smashed ebay buy I rebuilt a couple of years ago and added the wheel fairings and struts.  One of my favorites that I keep on top of the display case in my den.  

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I just cleaned it up a bit and clear coated it.  The wheels were crumbling, but CA saved them.  

BlackHawk kits are pretty complete.  

Working with canopy ideas.  I did not take geometry or trig and am paying for it now.  I can't get the angles right.  Still trying.

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It could get by without one.  Think Spirit of St. Louis.

The .049 could actually fly.  Lot's of SIG airfoil wing area.
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Post  GallopingGhostler Mon Sep 12, 2022 4:45 pm

Bob, I believe that is the earlier Sterling Beginner Series Piper Cub, (motor mount seems 1 piece nylon typical Sterling) which was later replaced by their Piper Super Cruiser (I don't know if this was simply a name change or they actually made a few outline changes.) Those wheels look exactly like the ones on my T/F Zero. I think I still have those wheels in one of my tackle boxes for model airplane stuff, would have to retrieve it and look.

Now come to think of it, my Goldberg Swordsman 18 has the same wheels as your Piper.
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It is possible that for certain years, they used those rubber tires on multiple manufacturers, their kits. Those are cost making decisions, and if rubber tires were aplenty and readily available, they'd win out over the wood. But, I don't recall Goldberg ever having a profile Cub in their lineup.

Also, us kids would switch wheels between kits. My Little Toot has Perfect wheels with rubber tires and cast hubs. I think what I did was, the Little Toot was purchased new back in the 1990's from AHC. The Swordsman 18 was a hobby shop sale item, it was an open box missing things like decals and hardware. I used the wheels from the Little Toot on the Swordsman, and a set of Perfect wheels I had from my parts stash for the Little Toot.

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We can be kids even as adults. Very Happy
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Post  Levent Suberk Tue Sep 13, 2022 6:55 am

Hi Bob, here is a rough sketch of a suitable canopy. Made from clear acetate sheet. A4 size acetate sheets can be find in stationary stores. Lightly scored with a No 11 modeling knife and bent. Canopy glue can be used for gluing. A profile pilot figure can also be placed in canopy.

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Post  rsv1cox Tue Sep 13, 2022 7:44 am

Thanks Levent, what a nice job! I copied it. You may have saved me from something like this. Sad

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I'm eager to start #3. Going to wait on the .010 version and build another .020 using the Pee Wee Cub cowling. It should intergrate nicely into the fuselage. Perhaps a 11" wing vice the 12" of the .049 and the 10" of the S/L. The .010 wing will be 8".

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Thinking your airtruk paint scheme only in yellow.

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Post  Levent Suberk Tue Sep 13, 2022 8:12 am

Blue letterings for yellow version? Any other letterings or insignia like as USA flag?
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Post  rsv1cox Tue Sep 13, 2022 10:09 am

Levent Suberk wrote:Blue letterings for yellow version? Any other letterings or insignia like as USA flag?

Blue lettering and U.S. Flags Levent is a great idea. Thanks

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I'm having waaay too much fun with this thing! Embarassed

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Casual and mostly eyeball. I'm not building the Brooklyn Bridge here!

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Post  NEW222 Tue Sep 13, 2022 9:00 pm

Amazing work there Bob. I really like the looks of it. And now it is quite funny. I had to do a double take when I saw your last picture. I thought, hey, a stapled on wing is different. Only then I realized that it was just there for weight.....

And number 2. I thought the white and green version you posted above looked awesome, and really liked that color scheme. There too, I realized that it was just green tape. Surprised Surprised
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Post  rsv1cox Wed Sep 14, 2022 7:44 am

Thanks Chancey, a stapled on wing.............maybe sometime in the future.  Smile Smile

And Levent, a John Deere themed Airtruk is a good idea for .010 and I already have the paint.

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Got around to struts.  These music wire assortments come in handy.

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Drill rod and music wire 27 pieces

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