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Semi-scale ASH25

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Jolly Roger
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Re: Semi-scale ASH25

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The first attempt was ok but the second was much better when we heated the plastic until it was really saggy and soft.

Not perfect, but ok for test flying. I’m happy to be learning a new skill and think I could do better next time.

I’ll add a little cockpit detail then trim the canopy and glue to the frame.
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roo Hawkins
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Re: Semi-scale ASH25

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Nice job of the canopy. It's not easy to get it right first time. I use a gas camping cooker to heat the plastic has it will heat all the plastic in one go and finish off with heat gun. Great Job. Roo

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Cheers Roo. To be honest if I hadn’t seen you pull canopies it I wouldn’t have bothered trying! So thanks for the inspiration.

I had one piece of plastic left....and you know how it goes...you just have to have one last go, don’t you? Third time lucky - it’s just about perfect (I’ve had worse commercial canopies).

Couldn’t resist a bit of cockpit detail, even though it’s a very semi-scale model. After that I settled in for a couple of hours painstakingly trimming the canopy to fit the frame. Ooh, I do love a nice tight-fitting canopy, so this job is perfectionist nirvana. Then it was time for a quick round of Hunt the Canopy Glue (I won) and it’s now all glued in place, drying in the workshop.

I also made up and fitted a sprung canopy latch from some old transmitter aerial tubing and a ballpoint pen spring, which is operated by pull wire exiting the fuselage under the wing root trailing edge.

Tomorrow I’ll mask and spray the canopy frame and prop blades, then check the electrics all work and adjust C of G. If the weather’s ok I’m hoping to test fly on the Long Myndd this weekend, with prop removed.
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Jolly Roger
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Re: Semi-scale ASH25

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Prop blades sprayed white after a tickle with 240 grit to give the paint a key. Did some other blades while I’m on...
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Jolly Roger
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Finished.

Last jobs were to spray the canopy frame and check the CG was where I’d designed it to be (based on the original fuselage). It was spot on. :)

I also checked the electrics really thoroughly last night, wiggling all wires and connections to check for reliability. That was lucky... I found intermittent faults on rudder and one flap...traced to accident damage to the wiring. I slept on it then woke up this morning and replaced the entire wiring loom inside the fuselage. Better safe than sorry, (as wise, risk-averse people say).

So here’s the old and new front fuselage sections. (The new one is at the bottom of the photo ;) )

Next photo will hopefully be atop the Long Mynd before I throw it off....
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Jolly Roger
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Perfect conditions on the Mynd and it flew straight out of my hand just like the original. I moved the CG back 2mm after the first flight for a more neutral feel.

Thanks to everyone who's shared tips and inspiration.

Rog
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terry white
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Well done Roger, thanks for sharing the rebuild, Terry.

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Couple more photos, from a friendly passer-by.
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Fun times.
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