Sunday, 30 November 2014

Miss Canada Senior, Fuselage Part 1

I've now moved onto constructing the fuselage of the Miss Canada Senior. The original kit did not have longerons long enough for the bottom of the fuselage and required splicing two 1/8" strips together, however, I cut my own from 1/8" sheet balsa so I didn't have to do the splicing.

I also added extra diagonal strengtheners in on the nose and under-wing sections of the fuselage to add more rigidity; the extra weight was minimal. Next step is to put these together to complete the box fuselage.

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Miss Canada Senior, Wings nearly complete

Since receiving the Miss Canada Senior 36" wingspan model kit back in May I have been distracted and not been able to devote much time to model building.  However, this weekend I found enough time to sand down the tail and wing surfaces and finally glue the main wings together.

My main quibble with the main wing design is that the left and right wings really require more strengthening when joining them together with the required dihedral, and I am still wondering if I need to put ply supports in just to make sure the wing is fully rigid at the centre.

I need to just to add the triangular wing fillets to ensure the wings won't warp and then they are ready for covering.  I think I will do the wing tips, tail and stabilizer in red with the rest of the wing and fuselage in white.