Ki-61 Hein "Tony" from Halinski

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    A finished pic of the assembly in place...

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    The prop blades were installed, (this is alittle further on in the build, after the landing gears were installed so the plane doesn't rest on the blades).

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    And Contact....

    Start 'er up!

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    Something to land on...

    The next step was the landing gear. There are 2 little end doors that had to be built first, and these little buggers were a "treat". You have to form a piece of card part around a thin wire part, and then glue the door to the fuselage then the bottom to the well and then the wire bits to the door. I tried glueing the well part first, that didn't go, then tried glueing the wire to the door, but they kept pulling off, so I glued the door to the wing, then the wire holder to the well and then bent the wire bits up to meet the door. Wow, my head was spinning!

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    One more of the little bugger...

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    The gear part was already made up so superglueing the parts to the well was sorts anticlimatic. They fit pretty good...

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    Finished right gear...

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    And finished left. With the landing light in place.

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    And the tailwheel. Almost done..............

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    The next bit was the antennae and the aerial wires. This was made by semirolling the kit part around a small wire bit, and threading some 2lb fishing line around the wire and letting it come out the back part of the antennae blade. It is very important that you anchor this line securely, as you need to tighten it up later. I use a needle to poke mounting holes in the fuselage and tail section. I threaded the line into the rudder, let it dry then used a small cautery tool, to gently heat up the line to allow it to get taunt.

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    VERY cool spinner mod. I will definately be stealing that idea in the future. And it's not just the gawkers that want to spin them - I do too! And of course, my son's first questions about these things are "do the wheels turn?", "does the rotor thing turn?"

    About that light in the wing - was that a standard kit feature or did you bash it? It really adds to the look.

    Everything has turned out fabulously! Bravo!

    Rick
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    Thanks Rick. The landing light came from the kit, I just painted the lens silver and added the cellophane glass cover.
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    Another FANTASTIC job Ted!

    john
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    Finished!!!!

    You get a certain joy when a project finally comes to an end. The Hein kit was easy in some steps, the fit was near perfect most of the time. The cockpit frameing was one of those issues, where a little off meant grinding of 3mm thick parts! The canopy could've been a bit better. If I had to redesign the thing, I think the little triangle windows forward, should've been an integral part of the fuselage. I took the plunge and opened her up. It just didn't look right all buttoned up. The first pics are outside sitting on the porch rail. It was only supported by 1/2 the wheels so I didn't want to chance an accident The rest of the porch was wet with dew.

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    Pic of the plane on the rail...

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    Some safer indoor pics...

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    more...

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    Bottom shot...

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    The End!

    The last!

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    Beautiful! I really enjoyed following this one... Looking forward to your next! =)