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Scale RCM 1/3 Scale Champ Build

Discussion in 'Giant / Scale Scratch and Kit Build Threads' started by TonyHallo, Jan 5, 2019.

  1. Here are a few photos I based my decision on.

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  2. Got the flat black on today, like so many things life gets in the way of my schedule attainment but hey still moving forward. Got a little over spray that will get sanded away with 2500 grit so no problem there. New radio and receivers arrived today two days early. Got the grandchildren over night can't spent any time on the Champ today. Should be putting fabric on someday next week.
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  3. Let the covering begin. Got the fabric on the bottom and the vertical fin. Took three tries to get the fin covered, tried to do it in one piece. gave up and went for two. Put preshrunk reinforcements on the front stab mount, it's just floating in space, no backing. The rest will be easy. Weather turned north, too cold to paint for a few days.

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  4. Not sure what I did last night but when I looked at the reinforcements, they were just nasty, worked too late I guess, removed and cut new that are much better.
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  5. Before the front pieces of fabric are installed, need to provide the cuts for the rudder cables. Rounded a piece of 3/16 aircraft plywood to serve as a buck to fashion the covers. Looked around the shop for suitable material and decided to use a beverage can from the trash can, maybe that was the problem last night? The covers are glued in place with EkoBond, once dried and set with a 200f iron, preshrunk fabric reinforcements are installed.
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  6. The remainder of the fabric is now being installed, once complete the taping begins. Two more pieces of fabric to go.
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  7. Real planes are made from recycled beer cans so why not eh? :cheers:
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    Looking good.
  9. Thanks, the taping takes a little time, working from the rear to the front. There is no wet adhesion with the Ekobond so it takes a while waiting for it to tac up. Once I get the tail taped I should be able to work in several areas at once. It's all covered now, just a matter of taping. Can't wait to start spraying. Working to the June 19 Fun Fly daye, feeling pretty good at this point but I'll loose two weeks next month due to destination weddings. I ordered the painting masks for the Aeronca logo on the vertical fin and N numbers on the rudder. I found a photo of the plane with the N number NC 83707 in a book by Paul Matt, the plane was on the first page of the Aeronca Champion chapter. I was originally going to use 8730 for the number, my first check number in my working career, this one is real and close enough. Back to work!

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  10. I have one more longeron to tape and the taping will be done. If all goes well tomorrow I will shot the Ekofill coat on. The following days will be too cold, I saw snow forecast for later in the week, this is nuts!

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