Projects

Scrap Box Challenge

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Scrap Box Challenge

A Lockdown Project.  Hopefully by the time this is published, ‘lockdowns’ will be a fading memory. In mid-2020 like a lot of us, I was stuck at home (we weren’t allowed out) and everywhere was shut, including our flying field (I was a member at Sevenoaks & District MAC then) and the model shops. To pass the time, I decided to build a plane from my box of spare and offcut balsa and plywood, plus other bits and pieces I’ve accumulated over the years.

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Carf Ultra Flash Repaint

Completed Airframe

I first bought the model 2nd hand back in March 2018, it had been repaired following a heavy landing and although had been structurally repaired well, the paint was far from perfect and some small cracks had been covered with stickers. In addition I wasn’t that keen on the pink colour scheme (I have always been adamant it was purple, but now it has been repainted I’m prepared to admit it was pink!) so I had always had it in the back of my mind to repaint it one day.

Later on in October of the same year, I managed to damage it myself over running the landing into our then brand new earth bank! Although I repainted it and was very happy with it, over time it became apparent that the aerosol lacquer coat I had used had not hardened properly, so it gradually started to deteriorate. 

So when our first lockdown came along being unable to fly, it seemed the ideal time to bite the bullet and start stripping the paint. In hindsight had I known then how much effort and how many hours it would take me to do it, I might not have bothered, but once I had started there was no going back! It took me approximately 2 months on and off to get it done, I tried several methods of doing it, solvents had only limited effect but still made a huge mess, in the end I did it by roughing it up with coarse sandpaper then scraping off with a sharp blade and finally wet and dry to finish.

 

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Weston UK Hype

hype

I recently acquired a Weston Hype 3D. It was brand new but with no box. I am not into 3D as such. No-one seemed to want it so I took it on as a  general "muck about" plane and it would be a shame for it to go to the bin which it was destined to be. After doing some research for a manual or some kind of guide it appears that there is not much on the "Tube" for these things although there were a few items for the Mini Hype but scarcely anything for the 60+ inch version. I found a manual but it was for a later version as the one I was looking at did not have a battery hatch or EP conversion mount. Neither were any control wire guide tubes installed as per the manual.  Oh No! What have I commited too?

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Rubin Build Log

rubin

With the Covid-19 creating a lockdown I now find the time to build a few more projects that have been waiting for some attention and has an ample supply of balsa in stock.  First project on the bench is a Rubin by Wolfgang Matt and H. Nishioka.  F3A-Model
Europameistermodell 1992 and 1994.  Wingspan -184cm.  Length - 80cm.  Weight 4.3kg.

Fuselage is underway. A very simple box with thick sheets of balsa on top of the nose in front of the canopy.  Turtle decks cut from white foam and skinned with 1/16 balsa using Gorilla Glue. I was not looking forward to cutting these, but they were a lot easier to make than expected.  Fin and rudder made in the same way. They're curing now and can come out after about 3 hours...much quicker and easier to work with than epoxy.

 Once glued to the fuselage and carved/sanded to shape you get a very strong but light fuselage.

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