Answer Nakajima J8N1 Kikka

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  1. shoki2000

    shoki2000 Active Member

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    When installing antenna masts in the planes, I always had to put a few strong words when they moved during adding the antenna wire. To avoid this, i decided to try something to make the mounting more rigid...

    Simple tube rolled tigthly around the pin and glued on the inside of the segment, plus triangular reinforcement to stabilize it. Will see how this works out....

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    Status as of now.
    I am much happier with the new look of the fuselage :grin:

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    Excellant idea, some of my antannae seem to "migrate" with time. This should keep it steady for life!
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    Looking very nice, Michael! Thanks for the tip for the antenae, I certainly would not have thought of that!

    Rick
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    Not much progress today and unfortunately first fit problem on the skin...
    Tried twice and no matter what I do I either end up with the gap on top or this overlap and visible former on the bottom (left part of the photo)
    Since I preffer to have problems on the bottom where it is easier to hide that's how it's going to stay. Later I will cover the formers with triangular pieces of gray card from the provided color surplus.
    Right side of the photo shos how it came out on top - I will use this rolled tube to reinforce the front wheel mounting.

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    I second the motion. Who wants a perfect fitting Halinski kit or Gremir kit that just sort of goes together with no problems?
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    I would like that! But sadly for me even they don't go together with no problems!

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    I've been thinking about this issue and I'm pretty sure it was my fault due to inadequate instructions...
    I guess, that when you build the interior, formers E1 and F1 should be omitted...
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    Just to prove that work continues on the model (and to kick it back to the first page :grin: ) here are few photos of the progress...
    I like the idea of the reinforced former for the last segment - it greatly helps to give it the correct shape without any bulging in the center.
    Horizontal stabilizer has to be built up and then the entire assembly slides into the slot on top of the segment.

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    Vertical stabilizer...

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    And the entire assembly mounted to the rest of the fuselage...

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    Now the model started finally looking like a plane :wink:
    For the time being I left off the nose cone to prevent any damage happening there, plus I might need to add some more weight there to assure that plane is not tail heavy...

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    Very nice! She's going together well!
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    Very nice and clean!

    Are you planning for this to actually FLY? :grin:

    Rick
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    No way!!! :grin:
    I just want to make sure that it stands nicely on all the wheels - Kikka has tricycle landing gear.
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    Next step was possible thanks to great help offered by cmdrted (BIG THANK YOU!!!!)
    I really have to learn how to do those canopy thingies.....
    <<<Fault finding macro mode enabled>>>

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    And installed on the plane...
    Word of advice for whoever wants to build this plane - leave about 1mm of card more while cutting out the cockpit opening in the area marked with red.
    It is not necessary but it will make your life much easier when installing canopy.
    Now off to the wing framework.....

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    Ya did good! I see where extra card is needed but is plastic needed too? This problem can be solved with the downloaded model if it's just lack of paper, a little editing a little jiggery-pokery.... Looks nice Mike!
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    No, plastic is not needed because then you would need to add on the canopy frame too...

    XXX DON'T BUY LASER CUT FRAMES FROM ANSWER FOR THIS KIT!!! XXX

    All slots in the wing spars are to narrow to accomodate the frames. It's no big deal but having spent the extra money not to deal with cutting out all those pieces and now having to fix the issues like that it's just aggravating :cry:
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    That's an outstanding canopy!

    Rick