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Re: HW-4 FLAMINGO 1/4 SCALE

Posted: 27 Nov 2019, 08:53
by John Vella
Cliff, I know how you feel. When I was Chairman of a full-size gliding club the hardest thing I had to do was massaging people's egos. You are doing a great job. Keep it up. Can certain individuals kiss and make up please and then we can all move on.? Regards John.

Re: HW-4 FLAMINGO 1/4 SCALE

Posted: 27 Nov 2019, 09:46
by StephenB
Don't go Cliff!

Decisions made in the heat of the moment are rarely the best ones, maybe take a step back and let things settle down, from my perspective this really looks like a storm in a teacup.

This forum is a great resource thanks to the input of many members. In my short time on here, and as a returnee to modelling, the information and advice I have received has given me the confidence and encouragement to tackle a scale build, brush up on my modelling skills and derive an immense amount of enjoyment from the project. I perhaps couldn't have done it without this place, certainly not as easily and it definitely wouldn't have been as much fun.

As the saying goes, keep calm and carry on!

Re: HW-4 FLAMINGO 1/4 SCALE

Posted: 28 Nov 2019, 09:00
by VinceC
Back to the Flamingo and I have put together some documentation from the VGC plus a load of photos, colour scheme and a decal set for this fifth scale model which Cliff will make a page for shortly

Re: HW-4 FLAMINGO 1/4 SCALE

Posted: 28 Nov 2019, 19:38
by chris williams
Meanwhile... time to make up the ailerons. These are top-hinged and bottom-sealed with Mylar for max efficiency, and built flat to the plan. At first glance, it might seem that the ribs are too short, bit it's an optical illusion due to my inability to draw a three-dimensional view of the LE on the plan...

Re: HW-4 FLAMINGO 1/4 SCALE

Posted: 29 Nov 2019, 22:25
by chris williams
A quick look at the wing servo arrangements...The spoiler servo cost the princely sum of £1.90 ;)

Re: HW-4 FLAMINGO 1/4 SCALE

Posted: 30 Nov 2019, 08:51
by SedB
Hello Chris,

Lovely progress so far!
Just out of curiosity; I'm about to build your 1/4 T-21 and for this I ordered 2meter longhorns and mainspars, just to have them out of one piece.
Image Here, on the left, is seems you have extended the mainspar of the aileron? I'm not an experienced builder, so that's why I wonder if this is a standard trick which functions as good as a 'one-piece'?

Kind regards,
Daniel

Re: HW-4 FLAMINGO 1/4 SCALE

Posted: 30 Nov 2019, 10:23
by chris williams
Now that's a long time ago, Daniel...! In this instance, a join in an aileron LE (I probably didn't have a piece long enough) is perfectly acceptable, because due to the aileron being hinged to the much stronger wing, it's never going to experience and serious lateral force...

Re: HW-4 FLAMINGO 1/4 SCALE

Posted: 30 Nov 2019, 11:30
by Barry_Cole
Mr Williams is very very old Seb!

And is even older this very day............

8-) 8-) 8-) 8-)

BC

Re: HW-4 FLAMINGO 1/4 SCALE

Posted: 30 Nov 2019, 11:54
by chris williams
Briefly dipping my toes into the subject of scale... I have now re-discovered the latest pics I have of the Flamingo, hanging in a museum in Brazil.

Three things worthy of note:

1: There is now a deeply unattractive 'flat' 2-dimensional canopy fitted

2: The skid and wheel fairing is now a whoppper, partially covering the wheel

3: Do my eyes deceive me? Are those top & bottom airbrakes rather than spoilers that I spy...?

Re: HW-4 FLAMINGO 1/4 SCALE

Posted: 01 Dec 2019, 09:38
by SedB
chris williams wrote:
30 Nov 2019, 10:23
due to the aileron being hinged to the much stronger wing, it's never going to experience and serious lateral force...
Now you say it, it makes perfect sense! Thanks!