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  1. A small suggestion based on my experience with the retracts in my FW190. I also saw a tendency to nose-over. Instead of raking the wheels forward I added a sliver of wood on the inside face between the wheel and the gear wire - this stopped the wheel from sliding along the wire to where the 90 degree bend where it goes from an axle to a gear leg. I noticed the wheel had much more friction when it was running against this radius - and as soon as I prevented it the nose overs stopped. Hasn’t done it since.
  2. Right - mission accomplished for the FW190. Two flights this afternoon - took off from the retracts, flew with wheels up then lowered the gear for a pair of smooth trouble free landings. Just need to adjust the gear covers and repaint the wing lower where it’s been cut away and I think I’m 100% done. I’m still hugely impressed by this kit - everything I was hoping for has been delivered with room to spare. The build experience was straightforward and really rewarding. It’s a joy to fly and looks fantastic in the air. The retracts are icing on the cake - the feeling watching the gear go up whilst climbing away from takeoff will never grow old. I would strongly recommend one of these to anyone contemplating their first balsa warbird if and when these are in stock on the Warbird Replicas website. I genuinely can’t think of any significant improvement I could recommend to the kit.
  3. Crikey - that looks absolutely brilliant. Hats off to you, sir. Magnificent work!
  4. I did get the rotation on the two aborted take offs. I’ll get the file out before I fly again!
  5. Nipped to the field as the weather radar showed about 30 minutes of clear skies between the downpours. The good news was the sun did indeed come out. The bad was that it was blowing a gale and definitely not the conditions for trying out something new and untested. However… as the FW190 had thus far been a total pussycat to fly I decided to have a go. First off - it looks great on its’ wheels. The stance just looks right. Second - even on the slightly larger wheels I’d requested it would nose-over unless I was pretty enthusiastic with the throttle and held full up elevator until it had got going. Third - I clearly hadn’t tightened the grub screws enough as on the first couple of attempts the gear was rotating making takeoff impossible. Any sensible person would at this point have gone home to make some adjustments. I, on the other hand, straightened the wheels and gave it full throttle heading into the gale! What followed was a safe take off, and a nice low pass to watch the gear going up - which it did without any issues. A few more passed gear up and down then I brought her round for a belly landing - didn’t want to risk the gear twisting sideways and ripping itself out. Flight performance isn’t massively affected - possibly a tad more nose heavy and a bit slower but certainly nothing major. Very chuffed - a hail storm just starting so home for a celebratory cuppa. one question - do people file flats on the gear wire to stop them rotating? Seems like it might be a good idea. 🤔
  6. I’ll defo go with “just” a skid - but tail wheel shaped is a marvellous idea!
  7. Looking pretty good on its’ smart new wheels! Just need to add a tail skid and we’re ready for a re-maiden.
  8. Nearly done fitting the retracts. Both wings cut out and ply mounts installed. Y cable routed through the same place as the ailerons and the thin ply walls to line the wheel wells fitted with golden gorilla glue. I could probably get it flyable today if I weren’t spending most of the day campaigning for the election. Very inconveniently timed in my opinion - I’ve also got my big foam Bearcat to finish. I may write a strongly worded letter to number ten…
  9. Just finishing fitting the retracts to my FW190 this week. I’d definitely classify myself as a newb, but the little Focke makes me look a better pilot than I am and (belly) landings are almost always very smooth. One question on the retracts - I’ve doubled up the thickness of the ply where the retract mounting screws go. Is that a bad idea? I’m wondering if longer screws make it stronger, or is it better to have short screws that can fail without causing too much collateral damage if my landing ability returns to normal?
  10. Crikey that’s an outstanding looking FT Spitfire. Congratulations!
  11. Back from holidays so took a brave pill and cut a great big hole in my wing. Actually it really wasn’t very hard, and I’m pretty pleased with how it went. Onto the other side next…
  12. One for the diary, I think. Don’t suppose you know if you need any certification? I can fly - sort of - but haven’t bothered to do even an A test. Would that stop me flying?
  13. I’ll give that a go - thanks. The cracking of the diall white stuff is an issue - and is less likely curved one way rather than the other. You get to recognise which side is the “top” after a while!
  14. Mainly 6mm sheets of this stuff: https://www.diy.com/departments/diall-polystyrene-6mm-insulation-board-l-0-8m-w-0-6m-pack-of-8/1906880_BQ.prd
  15. I The dolly I have was made from scraps. It works but it looks very “shonky”. The one Ron links to above is the best kit offering I’ve seen.
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