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Andy Sephton 1

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  1. I'm embarrassed to learn that it's a few days under three years since I posted here. It's high time I added an update! In 2021 I completed the basic build of the model, extending the nose slightly to contain the Laser engine. I glassed the front of the fuselage, covered the rear with silver Oratex, covered the remainder of the model also with silver Oratex and applied Mick Reeves metal covering. The result was awful - my lack of skill rather than the covering process. Nevertheless, I added vinyl markings cut on a Silhouette Cameo 3 and by now it wasn't looking too bad. My interests changed and the Fury was put to one side. I started thinking about it again early this year and eventually made the decision to strip off the metal covering and convert the model to electric. I started that about a month ago and work is progressing nicely. I'll post pictures later today when I fire up my laptop.
  2. I'm just starting an Inside F5J. The above has proved very useful, has there been any other developments of interest over the past two years?
  3. It's about time I got around to building these, the two kits I got for Christmas off my lovely wife. Both are the same, the kits include parts for a bungee launched glider and an electric conversion. The kit is packaged in a plastic bag. The plan was included folded so I removed it on arrival and rolled it to try to remove the creases. Otherwise the kit shown is untouched. The instruction sheet was downloaded off the net: The kit is sorted into separate packages of wing, tail group, fuselage parts (three packs) and an electric conversion pack: I'm starting with the fuselage, so here's the main parts unpacked and identified on the plan. The electric pack is at the bottom of the picture:
  4. I met Ranold while he was still alive and I have the greatest respect for him, but I have to disagree with his comment on Auster landings. It is a tricky aircraft, but if you use the right technique, fly within your own limitations and the limitations of the aircraft, then a good landing should result every time. ?? How do I know that... well, my wife owns an Auster, and I've yet to witness her doing a bad landing! ? ?
  5. I can confirm that the front screen on Jaqui's Auster is flat .. it surprised me when I first saw it, too.
  6. Finally found the thread Danny ... looking good if I may say so. However, given that more Austers were produced with flat four engines, I would have preferred to see one of those modelled. And yes, I know I have a vested interest! ?
  7. Following a lot of planing and sanding, the fuselage now looks like this: The next job was to decide on hatches under the fuselage. In the end, I opted for a removable hatch over the tank/engine servo bay and a fixed hatch behind it. The engine bay will remain open underneath. The issue with the latter was getting access to the C/S hold down bolts for fitting, tightening and removal. In the end I solved it by adding a wing nut to the bolt and removing the lower part of former F5 . I could then get my hand into the right place and operate the hold down bolts without issue. The tank bay hatch will be laminated from 2 x 1.5mm and 1 x 3mm balsa. The pic shows only the 3mm balsa core for the tank bay The 'wing nut' solution: The engine in place, showing what will protrude under the cowl:
  8. The next task was to fit the motor. In the end, I've decided on the Laser 70. With it's rear carb, choking the engine prior to start may be an issue, So I decided to move the motor forward to make enough room to get my finger over the carb. This increases the length of the nose by about 15mm, but as I am making my own cowl and the model will be for sport scale/flying only, I feel the mod is justified. The following pics show the position of the motor relative to the plan position and give an idea of the increase in length of the nose. They also show how the cowl was progressively built up. Note that the underside of the cowl is completely open to give good access to the engine and to help with cooling. I then fitted the engine, cut a circular form for the front of the cowl using a compass cutter and fitted it to the front of the model, centred over the engine. There's no pictures of that operation, unfortunately!
  9. I parallel with the planking, the brass clips were bent and attached to the C/S hatch with counter sunk bolts. Sanding continued on the fuselage to form the gun troughs. Pics show left side before and right side after:
  10. It's time to get back on with this one again, with a view to getting it flying for the BMFA Light Scale Competitions in 2021. Starting again after a 6 month lay-off meant I had to spend a few days getting back into where I was with the model. But that done, I've got off to a good start. The following summarises where I was 6 months ago and reports on work carried out over the past few days. Planking continued 6 months ago with a decision required as to how I was going to model the gun troughs. In the end I laminated a balsa block slightly larger than the largest dimension of the trough, and fitted it in position in the fuselage and the Centre-Section (C/S) hatch. see front end of following photo Planking continued leaving the fuselage looking like this: The troughs were then hollowed out using a Perma-Grit round sanding tool of appropriate diameter. The pic shows one trough done and one to do on the C/S.
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