Skyline's Grumman AF-2S Gaurdian BETA BUILD

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  1. cmdrted

    cmdrted Active Member

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    The end of the fuselage..., here is a pic with the end piece installed, showing the open top...

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    The top piece capping off the fuselage section. There are no joining strips so it all is edge glued in place...

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    View of the tail hook recess...

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    The framing for the rudder and stabilizers.

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    Man!
    I just realized how big this monster is..........
    Waiting patiently to see the completed plane standing next to A5M :grin:
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    Kuddos

    I second the monster vote. This is one large aircraft.

    Ted, thanks for another great build report. I look forward to each well illustrated installment.

    Best regards,

    -Gil
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    When designing her, I felt that simple oval sections would be easier, but it wouldn't accurately reflect the double-circular cross section of the real airplane. I even ran across some well-published plans that were completely innacurate, ignoring this fact. I wanted (like all of my designs) to capture the overall 'gesture' of the AF2S. Of course, the modeler CAN pre-join the segments, and re-cut the seam at the bottom, if he feels more comfortable to do so, making it resemble the more traditional method. Either way works fine, though.
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    This is what I meant about oval sections then the fairing; the bottom section would represent a complete rounded section. Then the dorsal fairing would be built up right on top of the complete oval section.

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    Anyways on to the rear flying surfaces. I agree with you guys, until I finished the fuselage the overall size never dawned on me. This thing is HUGE! You can really see it when I started building up the rudder and stabs. The rudder was half the size of some WW1 birds and the stabs were the size of some aircraft's wings. The little aux rudder sections were only a bit smaller than some aircraft model stabs I had built!

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    Another view... on to the rudder fwd fairings and the other stab...

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    Waitn' fer wings!

    Got both stabs and rudder finished, waiting for some of the gloss coat to dry. Was playing around with finishes and settled for a glossy coating, just the aft part is gloss, the rest was primed with a matt clear coat.

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    semi close up of aft flying surfaces, wings are on the menu for the 'morrow...

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    Some light building for after work. The canopy was vac'd up the same time as the searchlight lens, but I was putzing around with other stuff, and didn't want to mount it yet. I sprayed on the gloss finish then mounted the framework to the glass. Here's a pic with the canopy dry fitting waiting to be glued down tomorrow....

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    Small gaps around the front pane will have to be dealt with later...

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    Man that canopy is sweet! Where did you get it? :grin:

    This whole plane is turning out just fabulously!

    Rick
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    Heavy stuff Ted enthralling build thread
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    Well the canopy was built by little Grumman elves, living in my study! I think I "painted myself in a corner" as far as finishes go. The gloss looks ok, not as good as I'd like, but if I mount the canopy odds are I'll get gloss on it and mess up the glass. I already did it to the little side window, but it cleaned up ok. The spraycan gloss is good for large objects but the stuff was orange peeking on the fuselage surface. I lightly steelwooled it off. I may have to dig up and use the old Paasche airbrush and the Tamiya clear gloss paint somewhere in the basement. Anyways, I started on the wings today. It comes in two halves top and bottom and is designed to be glued along the leading edge and trailing edge. I tried the as designed method and the best I got was a sharp leading edge that didn't round off to well. sorry Jeremiah I have 2 failed attempts and they just didn't do the plane justice. BUT! I put on the old thinking cap, (found while looking for the airbrush) and came up with a viable alternative. In the bitmap editor I cut and pasted the forward 1/3 of the lower wing to the top half. There is a nice break that has a striaght line. Then I made a connector strip to attach teh last 2/3rds when the time came for gluing. This allowed me to round the leading edge nicely and the bottom portion actually looks good where it is spliced...

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    Here is another look... This pic shows the connector strip that will attach the last part of the wing. It also shows the leading edge curve, now easier to form...

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    The top and bottom now joined up...

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    I started adding the wing innard, wheel wells first...

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