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Post  getback on Thu Feb 13, 2014 4:20 pm

Well I found out what the plane is and what and probley what its failures was the control linkage set up ...I  have more than I wanted of this plane apart than I wanted to , but the transmission is fubar ed and will need to come out and be redone !! everthing is rusted and out of alignment even the elevator is 1/4 " out . If anyone has suggestions or can turn me on to the plans would be nice they were in 9/71 flying models issue. thanks Eric  Mad


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Post  Cribbs74 on Thu Feb 13, 2014 4:31 pm

Eric,

I can take a look for the plans when I get home as I probably have that issue.

Here's the deal.... With old planes like that everything needs to be gone through. All glue joints need to be gone through and checked for integrity. As you mentioned, the control system needs to be replaced entirely with something more modern as well as control horns and connectors.

Engine mounts should be replaced with new wood and re glued using Epoxy. I imagine the original builder used an Ambroid type adhesive, always try to use the same glue when redoing the joints. Ambroid is still available online or you may get lucky and find it locally. SigMent is a good alternative.

If you love the plane then it's worth the pain if you want to fly it. If you want it to hang on the wall then make it look pretty and hang it up!

I have only restored one and it took a couple months of constant work.

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Post  getback on Thu Feb 13, 2014 5:05 pm

That would be nice Ron thanks I would like to fly it but as you said it would take me awhile to repair it to that extinct to fly . I may have to work it in between models , I want have that time to do straight. o I forgot the pic shoestring classic bill simons 1968 Wp_20145  :heater: 
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Post  Ken Cook on Thu Feb 13, 2014 5:19 pm

I scratch built one of Bill's P-40 from 71. Os FP .40 powered and quite large. A very neat plane I just wished I installed removeable gear. Ken
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Post  Cribbs74 on Thu Feb 13, 2014 5:29 pm

I do hope you fly it Eric. The plane does look like it's worth the effort. Not many full fuse Shoestrings around. At least not many that are not RC.
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