HW-4 FLAMINGO 1/4 SCALE

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Re: HW-4 FLAMINGO 1/4 SCALE

Post by chris williams » 18 Oct 2019, 22:27

Now the fin can be put together and the sheeting at the top of the fuselage can be finished at the rear...
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Re: HW-4 FLAMINGO 1/4 SCALE

Post by chris williams » 19 Oct 2019, 20:15

The rudder is pretty straightforward...
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Re: HW-4 FLAMINGO 1/4 SCALE

Post by chris williams » 20 Oct 2019, 16:34

Now the fin can be permanently fitted, using a guide to ensure that it is vertical to the fuselage. Then the lower rear ply sheeting, with the rudder cable guides installed...
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Re: HW-4 FLAMINGO 1/4 SCALE

Post by chris williams » 23 Oct 2019, 11:55

Moving on to the canopy: (I have decided to make the canopy in one piece with magnet retention for extra operational convenience, as with the smaller version of the Flamingo)) The side rails are laminated from 2 lengths of 3 x 6mm spruce, and clamped to the fuselage sides to take up most of the shape. (To finalise, strips of balsa are added to the outer edges of the side rails and shaped up to the fuselage after construction) The joints are reinforced by forcing thin gauge piano wire into them... There are also reinforced with gussets of 6mm ply at the corners.
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Re: HW-4 FLAMINGO 1/4 SCALE

Post by David R » 23 Oct 2019, 12:54

Hello Chris, I really enjoy reading the build thread and I am keen to build one for myself. I have been looking at the 1:5 scale Petrel, but I prefer the look of the Flamingo, although similar, I know. I have seen both in 1:5 scale at Whitesheet. Are the plans available for the 1:5 Flamingo available, please? and how does is vary in construction technique to the Petrel. Is there a laser cut set of parts for it also? Thanks

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Re: HW-4 FLAMINGO 1/4 SCALE

Post by chris williams » 23 Oct 2019, 16:04

David, the 5th scale Flamingo plan is due to be published in the December issue of RCM&E, I assume as a free plan, like the Petrel. I also assume there will be a laser kit from the mag, as well as a canopy. (This will be the same canopy as the 3.5 scale version, which fits all three)
You can get the full build log pics direct from me FOC...

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Re: HW-4 FLAMINGO 1/4 SCALE

Post by chris williams » 24 Oct 2019, 11:49

With the 10mm magnets fitted, the canopy trimming can commence...
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Re: HW-4 FLAMINGO 1/4 SCALE

Post by chris williams » 25 Oct 2019, 10:17

Paint frame, make up console, final fit of the canopy...
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Re: HW-4 FLAMINGO 1/4 SCALE

Post by Homebuilt5 » 25 Oct 2019, 18:02

Sailplane looks very good, excellent work. Learned a new bit with making the nose out of polyester filler. Going to need the weight and much stronger than wood or thin fiberglass/resin.
I have a suspicion that you have done something like this at least once before.

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Re: HW-4 FLAMINGO 1/4 SCALE

Post by Cliff Evans » 25 Oct 2019, 18:13

Homebuilt5 wrote:
25 Oct 2019, 18:02
Sailplane looks very good, excellent work. Learned a new bit with making the nose out of polyester filler. Going to need the weight and much stronger than wood or thin fiberglass/resin.
I have a suspicion that you have done something like this at least once before.
Hmmm!!

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