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Workshop Build-Alongs

Workshop Build-Along — Douglas Skyraider — Part 11 — Wing Sheeting

Workshop Build-Along — Douglas Skyraider — Part 11 — Wing Sheeting

Well, it has be a while since I’ve posted some progress on our 85 inch span Ziroli Skyraider. So lets get back to it, with this post for sheeting the wings. The last time out we finished the prep work for installing the Robart 148E electric retracts and now the plywood support ribs and the […]
Scale WW I Finishing Techniques — Applying Plywood Panels

Scale WW I Finishing Techniques — Applying Plywood Panels

When it comes to any model of a Sopwith Camel, (and some WW I German aircraft), there are some plywood panels that give the aeroplane its characteristic look. It was always part of my over all finish scheme to include these side and top panels. Since they are added after the model has been covered […]
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Workshop Build-Along — Douglas Skyraider Part 9 — Wing Construction

Workshop Build-Along — Douglas Skyraider Part 9 — Wing Construction

So now that we have come to a natural breakaway point with the fuselage, it’s a good time to begin the wing construction. Eventually we will return to the fuselage for the firewall and engine installation, but for now, lets work with some ribs. After cleaning up all the debris from the fuselage build, lay out the […]
WW II First Dogfights
Workshop Build-Along — Douglas Skyraider Part 8 — Fuselage Sheeting

Workshop Build-Along — Douglas Skyraider Part 8 — Fuselage Sheeting

Well, it has been a little while so I thought I would post an update for the Skyraider project. After installing hardware that would be difficult to get to after the fuselage is all covered up, here’s how I spent the last week getting the fuselage sheeting complet. For more information on the Ziroli Plans Douglas […]
Workshop Build-Along — Douglas Skyraider Part 7 — Tailwheel

Workshop Build-Along — Douglas Skyraider Part 7 — Tailwheel

While I was sheeting the fuselage, I also was working out the installation of my scale Tail wheel unit (custom made by Earl Aune). This included installing the new plywood former and reinforcement side doublers while still having access to the parts in between the pieces of sheeting. The sheeting also helps keep the fuselage structure rigid during […]
Workshop Build-Along — Douglas Skyraider Part 6 — Fuselage Sheeting

Workshop Build-Along — Douglas Skyraider Part 6 — Fuselage Sheeting

Now that the fuselage is almost completely built up, it’s time to start sheeting the structure and to begin some of the hardware installation. By first applying the 1/8-inch balsa sheeting to a few key areas, the fuselage structure becomes much more ridged and this helps it remain straight and properly aligned while moving it […]
Workshop Build-Along — Skyraider Part 4 — Building the Rudder

Workshop Build-Along — Skyraider Part 4 — Building the Rudder

We continue our workshop build-along with the assembly of the rudder. This project is my 85-inch version of the Ziroli Plans Skyraider. As with most of Ziroli giant scale warbird designs, the Skyraider’s rudder uses inset plywood hinge tabs that support an internal metal hinge wire that runs the full length of the control surface. The […]
Workshop Build-Along — Douglas Skyraider Part 3 — Tail Feathers

Workshop Build-Along — Douglas Skyraider Part 3 — Tail Feathers

Well, it has been a busy summer and flying season and with the weather getting cooler and the days shorter, I thought I’d get back into the workshop and make some more sawdust with the Douglas Skyraider project. As a reminder, I am building a 15% reduced version of the popular 100-inch Ziroli Skyraider. My […]
Workshop Tips for Better Building

Workshop Tips for Better Building

For several years now I have been highlighting my projects and workshop builds online to share some of my building tips and Techniques I use. In the long view, I have always thought that learning how to fly RC planes was a lot harder that the actual building of the planes, even when kit-building. MAN readers are […]
Making Functional Biplane Rigging Wires

Making Functional Biplane Rigging Wires

Many sport scale biplanes are designed with wings that are strong enough without the use of rigging wires (landing and flying wires). However, if you want to add them as a scale enhancement for its appearance or if you are building a scale multi-wing which does need them, here’s a great way to make them […]
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