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    Yet another PGD Slingsby T45 Swallow
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    Major construction pretty much finished inside of 2 months ( a record for me ) in my attempt to have two airplanes at the painting stage.
    Some photos at the different stages
    Using 3/4" x 1/4" UHMW Polyethylene strip ( and skid plate ) similar to Dean Gradwell's Cherokee II ( and Gene's 1/3 Cherokee II)

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    Digital gauge was helpful to jig the wing up when applying the lower sheeting ( trying to avoid any twist ) Thanks to John Ellias for finding the TL90
    CA used when applying the cap strips and sanding bars to keep things level

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    Test fitting all the pieces for inspection and a test panel using Polyfiber process but PPG Omni LV for the Yellow so it will match .

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    1/8" Great Planes clear pin hinges for the ailerons and some artistic license in the wing tips - I really liked the Horton upswept tips on Dean's full-sized Cherokee so...... a 3"x1"x12" block of balsa and time with 80 grit sandpaper was required.

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    90% done so that means only 90% left to do......


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    Last edited by MarnochS; 04-01-2018, 03:53 PM.

  • #2
    Nice! I see you have an inspector, too!


    • #3
      Nice Scott, looking forward to seeing it at Visalia. I was very close to buying one of these kits but I have a backlong of projects.


      • #4
        Nice Scott, there should be several at the Monticello Aerotow, look forward to seeing it in person.


        • #5
          Thanks Guys, ......more progress.

          My version of the canopy release ( accessed via the top hatch as I didn't want anything on the outside )

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          Wing tip skids using 4-40 pushrod material and 1/8 brass tubing ( leftover from all the fuel tanks I've used ) and the drill jig ( copied from Gene's Cherokee II build ). Friction holds them in place.
          I'll probably solder a washer to the posts to prevent them from driving through in the event of a less than graceful landing.
          For aileron spacing, I had to add another wing tip rib ( 1/8 lite-ply and 1/64 ply ) then I replaced the original wing tip rib with a 6-ply 1/8' rib to glue the Balsa to.

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          Successfully coaxed the 1/64 plywood around the leading edge of the center section.. using a fair bit of water spray and the hot iron/glue technique.
          Magnets on the hatch access are my "removal tool" for getting the hatch off. Four small 4mm x 2mm magnets around the corners of the hatch hold it in place.

          Checking on the look of the wing tips with the ailerons installed

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          • Swiss1
            Swiss1 commented
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            Looking good Scott!

        • #6
          When all of the models appear at Horizon we'll have to dub them 'The Swallows of Monticello'!


          • MarnochS
            MarnochS commented
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            ........"When the Swallows come Home".....

        • #7
          Pre bent the canopy faring plywood before installation as it was flatting out on the narrow section at the back... Quart size paint can is the perfect form.

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          Matching the wings to the fuselage with some minor error corrections as I built the root rib straight instead of at an angle ( to match the taper of the fuselage ).

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          • #8
            Thanks for the inspiration Scott...particularly that last little part! 😉
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