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Top Gun - CML Me109e

Final Stages

With the wing close by to the fuselage connected up the retract airline.  With a full charge of air and using the TX I slowly increased the retract servo travel till it just operated the valve without groaning.  I was surprised how quick the retracts operated even with restrictors.  Even faster on spring return!

With that out of the way it was time to fit the wing properly and tweak the control surfaces.  Done!

The wheels supplied are hard foam so I will replace these with Dubro scale wheels with air-filled tyres - The latter absorbs impact on the landing especially when the landing gear is not Oleos.

The coolant radiators are grp and pre-painted so it's only a matter of marking their respective positions on the wing undersides and cutting away the film 3mm inside these lines for the epoxy to key into.  The superchager intake is located on the port side of the cowl where it meets the fuselage.  I will screw rather than epoxy this to the cowl and fuselage for added security as the cowl obviously will need to come off from time to time and the intake overlaps the join.

The wheel wells are designed to have the plastic inserts as supplied but the edges do need to be sanded and champfered down to get a reasonable fit.  I may just paint in the wheel wells with black paint.  If I do stick the wheel well inserts in I'll use silicon sealer - can always pull them out at a later date for maintenance, etc.

The wheel legs need to have the covers attached.  The manual recommends clear silicon.  I have used this method but I think they won't stay on long so may take them off before maiden and find another way of securing using small clamps.

And no model should take to the field without an "Idiot" aka a pilot.  Why idiot?  Well, if anything goes wrong I can blame the pilot rather than myself...  His name is Willy, short for Wilhelm.  He may acquire other names but we will start off with this one!

Update January 2020

This warbird has now been modified and sports a DLE20 gas engine up front. The conversion was not easy due to the fact that the fuselage was moulded and designed to take a glow motor. The DLE20 sits very close to the firewall so rendering the non use of the choke. This is not a problem, I just spin it up with an electric starter until it fires. The engine sits well inside the cowl too.  The ignition module and tank are fitted to a tray that slides into the old tank area. The original tank supports and formers had to be cut and fiddled with to get the tray to fit. Behind this tray the batteries sit on the original battery tray.


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