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Well the first thing he does is turn some aluminum sparkplugs to wire it up. Then he details the heck out of it by putting some wear on the parts. Then he gets stupid with detail. What do you aviators think?

 

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You're missing a whole bunch of safety wires back there in that accessories section, but I suppose we can let that go. :smiley24:

 

Very nice! Welcome to the fraternity.

 

 

Rick L.

Thank you Rick. Interestingly, I was looking at the references I have of the Planes of Fame Sakae engine(yes, that one is a different model, but very similar except for the exhaust) and I was very surprised at how little is actually safety wired on the back side of the engine. There appear to be less than 5 items with safety wire on them. I would have expected more.

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Very nicely detailed. Just remember that AC's generally don't sport chrome bumpers or door handles.

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Very nicely detailed. Just remember that AC's generally don't sport chrome bumpers or door handles.

Dick,

Neither do most of my car models. :smiley2:

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What do you aviators think?

 

I think it's time to get out of this hobby. I can't compete against something like that, nor can I complete something like that.

 

Stunning good work Pete, I can't wait to see more.

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One comment. It is a good thing to photograph you models as you build them. I posted the above photo and was looking closely at it and noticed that I had lost the push rod tube on the left rocker cover on the jug directly under the prop on the lefts side of the photo. It is now replaced, but had I gone further it would have been a challenge to get in. At this point it was an easy replacement.

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Ok. Just stop now. You don't need to wrap an airplane around that engine. Nice!

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Nice work, Pete!

 

Mark

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Ok. Just stop now. You don't need to wrap an airplane around that engine. Nice!

Oh, but it is such a nice photo etched skeleton. Trust me, when it is done the engine will still show off nicely.

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By the way Rick, I use to be the driver of the ride in your avatar. AFSC 1065C

Pete, that's really cool! I love the Dayglo scheme on tankers. One of my side hobbies is collecting old Kodachrome slides. Here is the rest of that picture in my avatar.

 

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Rick L.

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Pete, that's really cool! I love the Dayglo scheme on tankers. One of my side hobbies is collecting old Kodachrome slides. Here is the rest of that picture in my avatar.

By the way Rick, I use to be the driver of the ride in your avatar. AFSC 1065C

 

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Rick L.

 

Wow, that is an old photo! The hi-viz paint was gone by the time I got in the drivers seat(1972) and they were all gull gray. Any photos of the cockpit? By the way, what part of Nebraska are you in. I grew up in Sidney.

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I'm in O'Neill. Been here my whole life, except for college in Omaha and Council Bluffs. I've been to Sidney and Cabelas.

 

No cockpit photos. This was the one and only slide of this airframe. If somebody would do decals, I would build it. Short fin and all.

 

Rick L.

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Rick- Thanks for the photos. Never been to O'Neill but I do know where it is. I don't recall ever going to the northeast part of the state. Since you shared the photo, I thought you might like to see a couple I took at Fairchild in 1981. I waited for a calm day and a heavy weight, wet takeoff. I think they are impressive for an old bird.

 

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Ok, so here is a bit of an update. I have to say it is really nice to have the tools to make tools. Often times we think of a mill and lathe as useful for making parts that will go on a model. I find myself making a fair amount of tools to make parts. In this case I needed a couple of small round screens for the ends of the oil cooler on the engine. I tried cutting them from photo etched screen and just couldn't get them symmetrical. Then I thought of using a punch and die set, but I didn't have one big enough and they had to fit very closely. Well, why not make a punch and die to the size I wanted? Now to be fair, this was the third one that I made. The first one was not a close enough fit between the punch and the bore and the discs came out a little ragged. The second one had too wide of a slot and I got a poor shape, so I ordered a .010" slitting saw and the third one did the job. I know, it is a lot of work for a couple of screens but to me the fun of doing this is the mental exercise of figuring it out.

 

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I have been busy with the Zen end of this build, figuring out how to do something and it finally came to me how to build this part. This is a really detailed model and I was disappointed with the cowl flaps. The kit parts are a single thick part with some engraved lines to portray the flaps in the closed position. I am disappointed because when they are in place they cover the exhaust and that is a really nice looking piece. I decided to open them so you could see the exhaust.

 

I started with a piece of .020" brass and flattened, filed and polished the piece.

 

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I then bent it to shape.

 

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..and cut the individual pieces

 

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And soldered them up in an open position and added tabs to glue them into position. The kit part is in the background and I think it is quite an improvement.

 

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