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Warbirds Replicas Tempest - tips and tricks


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On 22/05/2024 at 09:39, Eric Robson said:

How many people have started on the Tempest kit ? apart from Ron and myself there is not much going on. OK It's summer and who wants to model on these beautiful warm evenings .

Been watching Ron's video series and forum and the kit looks a bit troublesome to me, I'm not looking forward to building mine )-:  I will do 190 first

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Just a general point about the 'gotchas'. I've highlighted them, as has Eric, ahead of you guys (hopefully) so that you are aware of them and so that you don't have to worry about how to get over them if that is what you want to do.

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On 28/05/2024 at 20:06, John Britton 1 said:

Been watching Ron's video series and forum and the kit looks a bit troublesome to me, I'm not looking forward to building mine )-:  I will do 190 first

John , I can see why you would think there are some tricky bits . 

Ron has done a great job in trying to make things easy for those that follow . The only problem with going into that kind of detail , is that it can sound more complicated . 

Regarding the leading edge shaping :

We use to make our old Spitfire wing like this , way back in 1998 . 

As Ron points out , the leading edge will get very pointy in the centre and the wing sections will be very much "in the ball park " . But It wont make any difference to how it flies because it's the outer panel leading edge that needs a blunter profile , which , if you just follow the plan shape , is what you end up with . 

I just glued the leading edges on , sanded roughly along them till most of the step was gone , then left it at that . 

Unfortunately I was in Canada when that part of the build was discussed so couldn't add the above experiences . 

The 190 is easy to build , but the Tempest is only 10% more complicated . 

Compared to the fully built up Spitfire and P51 , they are both just large , quick build, fun fighters . 

You've already built two Spits , so this will be a doddle . 

As Ron said , dont overthink it . 😉

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For anyone wondering about the fuselage centre section under the wing, I made the front part with off cuts from the 1/4" laser cut sheet and 1/8" fuselage bottom sheet. 

A little more sanding to round the corners then covering. 

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Having mounted the  tailplane and elevators I wanted to fill the 20240601_203043.thumb.jpg.72c0dcb8d4c3d21cbd9d3bc03c1936d5.jpggap behind the tailplane and having made a few Tempests there is a shaped fairing between the elevator and fuselage. It won't make it fly any better and will add a little weight,  building to  the  plan is OK as it won't be noticeable but I thought it would look better. It is a piece of 6mm offcut from the elevator sheet. It also is the tail light housing, I pushed a red glass pin in to see what it looked like,  nothing is glued at this time. 

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just doing bits here & there when i can ,got to this stage in not much time at all so if you really got stuck into it 

,it really would be a quick build , probably come back & bite my ass later in the build now ive said that

 

andy

 

 

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11 hours ago, stu knowles said:

I have also made a start Andy.  The race is on!

 

You will probably beat me , tested the dolly for the fw190  down at the field this morning with the spit went ok so not really got any more excuses now to try the fw190 except the weather probably 

 

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Fitting the plastic spinner supplied requires a little surgery. If you want to use an Apc electric you will have to use a different spinner and omit the two square motor packing pieces. I am using an ic 12x6 prop and the slots in the spinner have to be cut away to enable the spinner to sit flat on the prop, I have also fitted the washer that comes with the motor on the prop before fitting the spinner back plate as in the photo.

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I cut too much away as I was trying to get the spinner to sit on the prop when it did it was too far back and was catching the cowl, I will be try a thinner washer as it has too big a gap between the spinner and cowl.

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2 hours ago, Eric Robson said:

Fitting the plastic spinner supplied requires a little surgery. If you want to use an Apc electric you will have to use a different spinner and omit the two square motor packing pieces. I am using an ic 12x6 prop and the slots in the spinner have to be cut away to enable the spinner to sit flat on the prop, I have also fitted the washer that comes with the motor on the prop before fitting the spinner back plate as in the photo.

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Not quite correct Eric, you can use an APC electric prop with the supplied spinner. 

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2 hours ago, Ron Gray said:

Not quite correct Eric, you can use an APC electric prop with the supplied spinner. 

Yes Ron, but it needs about 6.5mm packing to get the spinner to clear the blades and sit flat. Still enough thread for the nut though.

I did try to fit one on a motor in the past and the shaft was too short to get the nut on after packing the spinner out.

 

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I’ve fitted a 12x8E to mine and used 3 washers between the prop and spinner backplate (I haven’t measured it but your 6.5mm sounds about right). I just didn’t want others to think that you can’t use an APC prop with the supplied spinners!

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