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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......

    Scott

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

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

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    • #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.

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

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        • #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
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            Looking good Scott!

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

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

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          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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          Last edited by MarnochS; 04-11-2018, 10:14 PM.

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

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            • #9
              Sand, Sand,....Sand,....and more sanding....
              and a Sailplane emerges......

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              And then...on to .... ..."Sculpting with Sandpaper"........ had to add some "extra" thickness to mine.... so I could sand ......oops.....Sculpt it to shape....
              Used a ).010 shim in-between the base and fin to allow for removal ----- I hope......
              the self-adhesive sand paper (150 grit ) attached to a popsicle stick worked great.

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              • #10
                Geez Scot, you're closing in on it now, Looks like your just about ready to start covering it,
                Len Buffinton
                Team Horizon Hobby

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                • #11
                  Hi Len,

                  Actually that has already started, Wing tips , Stabilizer and Fin / Fin base are glassed/epoxy ( 0.5 oz glass ).
                  Figured if I glassed the Fin first there would be a slight safety margin while "shaping" the fin base........

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                  The plan is to start covering this weekend with Stits lite ........after a little final SANDING............

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                  • #12
                    Thats great,
                    I would LOVE to cover and paint versus the plastic covering. Believe me!!
                    Len Buffinton
                    Team Horizon Hobby

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                    • #13
                      A little better detail of the bely/nose skid using the UHM material and stainless steel skid....
                      Socket head screws will be replaced with countersunk units.

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                      had to put the wings on to match sand the underside of the wings and check the look of the rounded boom section and of course the new nose.

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                      • Gene C
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                        Looks outstanding.

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                      A productive Saturday ......temperatures were in the 80's which is a help for Epoxy cure time. ( 0.73 oz .glass )

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                      And fuselage transport jig in an effort to reduce Hanger Rash.

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                      • #15
                        You gonna bring it to Horizon?

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                        • MarnochS
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                          Hi Mike......that is the Plan.....
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