Mitsubishi A5M "Claude"

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  1. cmdrted

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    My mistake, the strips altered the fwd section a tad and misaligned the panel lines slightly. aft of the cockpit all is well when dry fitted, I'll live with this little boo-boo for now...

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    Topside view so far... enough for tonight, more tomorrow!
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    Forgot the %^^% picture again!

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    Some small amounts of progress. I haven't forgotten the project, sometimes that 4 letter word gets in the way of fun and the important things get left behind, but for a little while the earth is spinning by itself, the sun will come up in the am and maybe the bears will win the superbowl, it's time to build!
    The little progress tonight comes in the form of more fuselage work. It was straight forward, but of course I had to make it more difficult. Jeremiah at Skyline designed the fuselage formers to straddle each section and that's what you glue each section too. Its a partial end to end butt glue with 1/2mm of former lip for each section to get a grip on. I did it for 1 section and it came out ok, but I chickened out and made strip connectors for the after sections. Some habits die hard! You have to trim down the formers accordingly but it worked out. Sorry about athe lack of pics, my daughter decided to have a fashion show and ran the camera batteries down, so I had to wait for the charger to catch up, so there aren't interim pics...

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    An oblique shot...

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    Building up the dorsal fairing...

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    I'm having trouble visualizing what you've described as the as-designed fuse building method. When you get a spare few minutes, can you elaborate?

    Thanks Ted!
    Rick
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    This was how it was designed. Actually a modified bulkhead to end butt glueing.

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  9. cgutzmer

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    sorry been busy as heck lately and getting caught up with build threads :)

    Can you tell me how you cut such perfect little circles for the control panel dashboard They look darn near perfect! Mine turn out more like octagons.....
    Chris
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    Not so ancient Japanese secret!
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    Seriously, it is done with a tool I bought many years ago. It is a hole punch with indivual heads that is used by old time book binders. It was a bit much at the time @ 50.00 US but has payed for itself times over in circumventing the frustration of having to do it by hand. I bought it from a place called talous or taos publishing supplies. I'll try and find the flyer. I think Saul Jacobs old website had a tools of the trade post regarding this tool.

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    A bit of tail

    Here's a pic of the finished dorsal section with the rudder installed.

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    Close up of the rudder, it was entirely butt glued Carl, I thought I was going to cave and add a strip inside but I couldn't bear the shame! It came out OK. I one of the secrets to getting this type of shape together is to sand down the inside of the curved edge to be joined so that it can mate up without alot of excess card. I'll draw a schematic later.

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    The fuselage is just about finished. I installed the cowling piece, with the prerequisite brass wire for the prop spinner in place...

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    Last progress pic for the night, more later...

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    Here's a little schematic for butt joining edges on curved parts. The problem happens usually with tail, rudder and wing tips. You put a curve in the parts but when you glue them the seam either looks split open or bunched up. The solution is to sand a bit under the seam so the thickness of the card doesn't cause this problem. In the pic the area in green is the area to be sanded.

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    This is a real beauty!!!
    Plane that is, however tool is neat too :grin:
  19. cgutzmer

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    awesome thanks guys! I still have a bit of xmas money ;)
    Chris
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    Glad to help, thanks Mike and Gil. A small amount of progress this am, the tail feathers, complete.

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