Been plodding along with a Stearman to Avro Cadet conversion, slapped on some paint, need a few coats to get over the original yellow and blue. The Cadet had top and bottom wing ailerons, so cut then slaved via wire, will be interesting to see how she rolls now? Next get stuck into some detail, engine, cockpit and pilot. From the little bit of reading up I have done on the Cadet she was designed to compete with the Tiger Moth as a trainer, almost looks like they went to the De Havilland factory and stole some the rudder?
Post by planecrazy on Dec 20, 2018 12:02:28 GMT 12
Slapped some paint on the other British Biplane, all brushed I have tried airbrushing, you need so many coats to get things even. One coat of base white then three coats of top coat to get a good look. I must weight one of these before and after to see how much actual weight I am adding?
The scheme from all I can find on the net is accurate, the North African desert flown with 3 Sqn RAAF, I like how the wings are different browns and while you can’t see she has half black half white undersides, you can just see have added flaps, more on this later. The hand painted fin flash was a bit of a curse to get right.
Last Edit: Dec 20, 2018 12:07:47 GMT 12 by planecrazy
Post by planecrazy on Jan 18, 2019 11:51:41 GMT 12
Have the a bit of a biplane bug at present, the little Waco is by Airwing can’t find much on her on the net, one thing I will say about her is way better quality than other micros, really good hinge and control surface set ups. Came RTF with a 2.4 radio which is also the charger, converted her to a full Spektrum set up, added a pilot and changed the colour to racy red, yet to fly since mods!?
Post by planecrazy on Jan 18, 2019 12:03:50 GMT 12
Stearman to Avro Cadet all done also, mods, lengthened rear of fusy, scratch built tailplane and fin, added upper ailerons via a link, new working undercart as in it can move to take landings, detailed the engine with exhaust, pushrod tubes added, pilot and RAAF trainer scheme paint job. Yet to fly will wait and see may be interesting with the longer fusy!?
Asked before but be interested to hear why Avro used a De havilland fin, from what I have found on the net the Cadet was a direct competitor to the Tiger Moth. The RAAF evaluated both and chose the Cadet for various reasons, you would think in the spirit of competition the last thing you would do is use a fin that looked like the competitors machine!
Last Edit: Jan 18, 2019 12:23:07 GMT 12 by planecrazy
Post by planecrazy on Jan 19, 2019 10:11:23 GMT 12
Thanks Dave, well maiden flights didn't go so well, Waco crashed and damaged the motor mount, had reduced the aileron roll rate as I had figured with dual ailerons she might be aggressive in roll. Lucky I had plenty of rudder control and that's what got her home, back to the building board for her!
Cadet a bit better although very tail heavy as predicted having lenghtened the fusy, hate adding weight but small amounts of lead will need to be added in the nose to get a better C of G, bit of time on the building board for her as well!
Post by planecrazy on Jan 23, 2019 17:40:37 GMT 12
Bit of a progress report on the Waco to Gladiator conversion, again I’m going a bit over the top on this job! Top and bottom wing flaps will be linked like the ailerons, pilot will be linked to the rudder so he look where he’s going! Top wing has been shortened, cowl fattened, cockpit detail, guns, rear wheel moved to scale position mains as well, paint, decals and weathering etc.
Bit more progress with the Waco to Gladiator conversion, have held off refitting the top wing to get the fuselage detail done, pilot is attached by a simple arm to the rudder link, he turns and looks the way the rudder points the plane. Cockpit with gunsight, dash with gauges, seat with straps and canopy covers.
Panel lines with a pencil and added all the flying wires, yet to fit the under wing 303s, fuselage guns fire up the channels in front the name. “Sweet Sue” named after Peter St George Turnbull’s personal 3 Sqn mount that flew in Egypt.
Underside, exhaust, and air intake and you can see the lower flaps will be linked to the also added upper wing flaps via a wire similar to the ailerons.
Getting closer the upper wing will be taped so I can take it off, flaps and ailerons linked up, motor in and she is ready for test flying, gulp!
Last Edit: Feb 1, 2019 14:54:00 GMT 12 by planecrazy
Have the Gladiator ready to maiden after mods but been way too windy, wind can help with maiden flights but not 20 plus knots of the stuff! So in the meantime started on another project that has been bubbling away in the back of my brain!
Purchased a couple of these a while back in a clearout sale, sadly they are now discontinued, pitty as they are one of the better 1 cell 3.7 volt flyers. First one stayed pretty stock apart from adding a few guns and a new uniform! Must have been terrifying being on the end of twelve .05 cal machine guns!
This one a bit more extreme and perhaps a little modelled aeroplane?Should be pretty easy to work out where this one is going, the small blue foam bits should be a fair hint?
Last Edit: Feb 24, 2019 21:02:29 GMT 12 by planecrazy
Post by planecrazy on Feb 21, 2019 21:12:32 GMT 12
Bit more progress on the Neppie first coats of paint, doing her as a RAAF early model, the white paint was added to decrease internal temperatures.
The RAAF had from the early model P2V-4s with gun turrets to the later model P2V-7/SP-2H, most of the earlier model RAAF Neptunes where upgraded. I’m doing mine as a bit of an interim, the earlier models had a none raised canopy, jets added and less streamlined wing tip pods. I left the mid upper turret even though they were removed with the upgrades, it is linked to the rudder so it turns with the rudder.
So far one coat thinking at least two if not three coats will be required, especially the white.
Post by planecrazy on Feb 25, 2019 17:29:15 GMT 12
Neptune ready for maiden after conversion from Mitchell, had to add three coats of white and two blue to get decent coverage.
Mods include additions to nose, tail and wing tips, underwing jets, radar randome, sanded off the cowl flaps to look are Neptune like, new fin, used the original tailplane with tips from the Mitchell's twin rudders, added a link to the rudder so the turret moves with the rudder. To achieve the nose area and cockpit panels painted satin black then dry brushed silver over the top, not fantastic but will do.
Made the removable nose longer so I can access the electronics and this is where the battery mounts, you can just see a length of wood in there, this is one piece in the shape of the under fuse randome, figured this will cope a bit of action belly landing so quite long and therefore strong.
She fits in the original box with a few mods, made the wing tip pods so they are removable and cut some foam out of the foam carrier to suit the jets and randome.
Mitchell and Neptune, where she came from.
Want to do some weathering add serials and spinners but ready for flight, been a little windy of late, got a bit of a hammering from a cyclone called “Oma” 68 knot gust recorded down at the airport, bit much for a little foam rc plane!
Last Edit: Feb 25, 2019 17:31:38 GMT 12 by planecrazy