Hostetler 113in Super Chipmunk

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  1. Nov 29, 2018 #141

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    There is no precut piece for the the back canopy former. you need this to keep the shape of the Canopy. Had to make a template out of scrap balsa. Did it in 4 sections then glued them together. Traced it on to 1/8 ply then still had to sand to make it fit right. Tack glued it in the canopy with CA. Once I saw the fit was OK, I finished gluing it with Hysol. I still need to sand some clearance between the bottom of the former and the turtle deck

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  2. Nov 30, 2018 #142

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    Forgive me Tom if you already mentioned it, but will the canopy be manually opened and closed or motorized?
    Either way it is way cool.
     
  3. Nov 30, 2018 #143

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    It's a manual canopy. The full scale was also.

    We have a sliding Canopy. Started the day with going over to my friend Mike Sharps house and he bent up the aluminum handle for me. We tried bending tubing but they wouldn't bend over 45 degrees before breaking. He had some solid wire that he bent up. I drilled and tapped the ends and installed the studs with red locktite. The handle location presented a problem since that was where the ball pin needed to go. I did come up with a working bracket after the 3rd try.
    The canopy stays with the hatch or you can remove the canopy once you removed the hatch. Backyard engineering worked out fine.

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    Finished up the dorsal fin radius and also around the stab and under the ruder. Have it fiberglassed with 3 coats of Poly on it. I think I'm done with fiberglassing.

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    Got some pictures yesterday from Mark Meredith of the tail section. It made me realize that what I had wasn't even close. Grabbed the sanding blocks and reshaped under the ruder. I think this is more like it. If not then it looks more like it belongs there.
    Also made and glued in the Windshield former. IMG_7361.jpg IMG_7362.jpg IMG_7363.jpg IMG_7364.jpg IMG_7365.jpg IMG_7366.jpg IMG_7367.jpg
     
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    I mounted the LG and set it on the wheels for the first time.
    Got the right side under primer. Working on the Lt. Side. Did I mention I hate to sand.

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  7. Dec 6, 2018 #147

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    The left side is under primer.

    While I was waiting for things to dry. I started on Fuse #2.

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    Lots of pictures today. Finished reinforcing the sides of the canopy. It was to flimsy. Now it's not. [​IMG] It also slides better.

    Put the plane together to get it ready for the Christmas party Show and tell and took some pictures first time on the ground with the wings on.

    I weighed it just out of curiosity. This is without the Cowl. I figured it would be heavier. I'm happy with that. "Not". I'm never happy with weight. [​IMG]

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    Greg brought the DA-120 over yesterday and seen the plane for the first time in person. Hes happy with it. [​IMG]:) Today I made up some standoffs and mounted the engine.
    For those that followed Bob 's build thread on RCSB know that the cowl was made for a 3 in spinner. The smallest spinner a 3 blade prop can handle is a 4 in. diameter spinner. So I'll be modifying the cowl to fit the spinner and also will be changing the shape on the bottom to resemble the outline of the Pepsi Chipmunk.

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    It looks like your shop's Christmas tree needs some lights, or maybe just needs to be plugged in. And where is that wonderful dog Deliah. Perhaps she can shed some light on all of this.
    Oh yeah, that plane is looking awesome BTW.
     
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    Tree is in the house and deb has it decorated. Delilah is to cold to go to the shop with me plus I don't want her breathing the junk I'm produceing.

    I do have a Miss Kitty picture for you. For some reason she likes to lay on the evergreen garland. :)
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    Step one of redoing the cowl was easy. Step two. Not so much. I cant get the angle needed for the front bottom of the cowl. I'm going to have to Fudge it. But to my surprise it's looking pretty good.
    The brown putty is Bondo. Running out of Easysand and I'm not ordering anything else on the net till after Christmas.

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    I'm still working on the smile on the Cowl. Making parts in between for my fuse. IMG_7414.jpg IMG_7413.jpg
     
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    Still filling and sanding on the cowl. Getting some special Mufflers from JTEC with a modified exhaust angle. I need that to finish step 3 which is the exhaust opening. Sanding and filling till then.
    Meanwhile I have some time to work on the Meredith Chipmunks Fuse. The hatch is my own design and have to make everything from scratch and modify what was provided. It's a little easier the second time around.

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    All this practice sanding and I still don't like it. :)
     
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    On the second chipmunk I mounted the gas and smoke tanks and glued the plate in the fuse wit 5 minute Epoxy.

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    Good day in the shop today. it was one of those days when one feels like one made progress. Sanded the top of the Cowl and glassed over the top of the putty to keep the vibrations from cracking anything. Then gave it a good sanding and a good coat of primer on the top.

    On my plane Made up the servo tray and working my way to the tail of the plane doing the best I can to keep it straight. I'm happy so far.

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    I have to glass the smile in sections. I'm gaining on it slowly.

    Got the bracing in on fuse No-2.

    Have the base plate for the hatch cut out.

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    Very impressive work there Mr. Seres.
     
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    Not much time for the shop the last few days. Managed to cover the smile with Glass and primer it. Can't do more on it till I get the mufflers. I'll start the wing tips after Christmas.

    The second fuse is going along pretty well. Finished installing the hard points and the ruder tiller arm. Installed a few formers and stringers. It's starting to look like something.

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