Discussion in 'Plane Kits & Frames' started by Tseres, Jun 15, 2018.
Merry Christmas Everyone!
Wow!!! What a bunch of stuff!!!!
very cool build, ....great craftsmanship.
I'm working on the wing tips. While Greg and I were taking about the plane. He asked how hard would it be to put lights on the plane. It's only wood so anything is possible. Meanwhile we also decided to go with a scale wing tip. That actually is making it easier to run the wires.
I cut the wing tip off. Drilled a hole through the ribs into the servo bay with a piece of bras tubing. Then glued in a length of blue nyrod sheeting for the wire guide. Made a new cap with a slot through it so the lights could be located in the right spot.
Merry Christmas to you and yours and the rest of the forum members. And Almost Happy New Year!
This is what I came up with from pictures on the wing tip. The pictures are a combination of the Pepsi and Ghost writer. The Pepsi had a good outline and the Ghost Writer had a good view of the inside of the SFG joint to the wing. I left a little extra. Not much and made it removable for the sake of the wiring for the lights.
I added the hard points and glassed the wing tips.
On the Meredith fuse I'm cutting the pieces to build the hatch that wasn't part of this kit.
A cool thing Happened to me last Sunday. I met Nathan K. Hammond on Face Book. He invite me down to Kentucky to take pictures of Ghost Writer and take measurements of what I wanted. Yup I was some thrilled to be looking at the real thing that I didn't take enough pictures or measurements. I did get enough to build the plane and have it look good.
Nathan is a great guy. Very friendly and down to earth. I feel like that blind squirrel that found a nut.
Here are some pictures of us and the hanger the the Chippie is in.
The plan was to watch TV today but I got bored with it.I finished the wing tips and got the primer on them. Marked off the trim tab on the elevator and got it under primer.
While the putty and primer were drying, I worked some more on the Hatch.
I put some detail in the trim tab. Had to stop working on the Ghost writer so I could concentrate on the turtle deck of the Meredith Chipmunk. have it figured out from dimensions given by Mark Meredith. I'll finish framing the turtle deck and get back on the other one.
Made a bunch of templates and cut out the formers for the engineering change. The rear formers are glued in. You can see the change for the head rest now.
I posted this on F/B. I know most of you guys know this but just in case there are new people joining in.
Some people are just joining in in the Chipmunk builds. lots of questions so here it goes.
I'm building 2 chipmunks both Super Chipmunks. One is the conventional lay out of the bubble canopy version. I'm building it for my friend Greg Alderman. We are modeling this after Nathan K. Hammond's Ghost Writer Chipmunk. The other is one of 2 converted to open cockpit. This is the version I'm building for myself. This is the one refurbished and flown by Mark Meredith. He lovingly refers to it as Chippie.
Here you can see the open cockpit version of Mark Meredith. I have to design and modify or scratch build the changes that have been made to the open cockpit version. Here is the picture of Marks Plane and the changes I'm making to mine to make it look like his.
The kits were made for the Penzoil Chipmunk and there are differences in all 3 of them. I'm changing the parts in the kit to resemble better the planes we are modeling.
Moving along nicely. Building the fuse is definitely easier the second time around. Even with the changes I made.
Found a good place to stop. Cleaned off the bench and put Chippie on the shelf. Bet the bench is a mess again by tomorrow night.
You're not alone on the bench situation. Mine is a disaster in the first 5 minutes of building for the day.
Trying to figure out how to put some scale into the cockpit from 14 feet away. I thought the roll bars would be neat. Don't know how I'm going to do them yet. Joe is to big and my first experiment came out to high and the wrong shape. I think it may also be to thick. I had to start somewhere and now I found a few things to change. Have new line of attack for tomorrow.
I'm trying to remember how to weld aluminum. I may be throwing away as much as I keep. As you can tell I had some problems getting started.
The second one turned out usable. But this was the easy part.
The two down tubes took all day yesterday. Most of the time was contemplating how to get the angles right and how to clamp them up so they won't move while welding. I'm not a good welder so it's a struggle. But my OCD is kicking in and I wont stop til I get it. LOL
Things went a lot easier today. I'm calling this a victory.
Put pins in the bottom. This will help to locate and glue them in.
Did you TIG them? They look great.
Yes and it was a struggle. I'm not a welder but I'm getting better at it.
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