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Old 01-11-2021, 01:55 AM
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Thank you for the kind words. I'd say the model has a slightly above average complexity. The instruction states, mounting the engine in the fuselage will be the hardest part. Let's see.

For now, I finished the empennage and fixed it at the fuselage.

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Old 01-11-2021, 02:01 AM
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Now the engine. The framework of the engine is made of laser-cut parts, that will later be plated.

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For the exhaust pipe, i made a template to correctly position the bent plastik rods.

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Old 01-11-2021, 08:28 AM
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This is the second Stipa build in the past year or so posted here.


Very interesting design and nice work.


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Old 01-11-2021, 12:32 PM
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The engine is ready. Plating it was the most difficult part up to now. Many parts are very small. I also painted and mounted the exhaust pipe.

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As I was not in the mood to mount the engine in the fuselage, I started with the wheels. They are stacked and will be sanded later.


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Old 01-12-2021, 12:27 PM
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Today I made one wing. First the rips. There are holes for two rods that will hold the wings to the fuselage. I inserted these rods while glueing, so all holes are aligned neatly.

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Next, the wings are covered. Upper and lower part are separate. So, how do I connect them at the leading edge? I tried different methods with previous models, but none of them was 100% convincing. This time, I use small scraps of paper and glue them to the edge.

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Glueing them one by one gives a convex object.

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Looks good, and I have to say ... that did not work as expected.
But let's see how it looks when everything is cured. I will use another method for the other wing probably.
To avoid warping, I squeeze the wing into a fixture.

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In the meantime, I make the ailerons. They are also fixed for curing.

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Old 01-17-2021, 07:21 AM
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I grind the wheels using my old mini drill. This little machine serves me for more than 30 years now. I got it from an Uncle (this kind of uncle that is no relative, but a close friend of my parents) when I was a teenager and wanted to build electronic circuits. For grinding, I use grid 100 to give the wheel its shape and grid 1000 to smoothen the surface.

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I paint them black and add the rims using grey construction paper (is this the correct translation for 'Tonpapier'?).

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Now the second wing.

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As the first one did not come out as hoped, I used a different technique. I shaped the leading edge with a bonefolder. Then I glue the skin to the skeleton (sound sooky). When trie, I glue the leading edge with cyanoacrylate glue to the tip of each rib.

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Old 01-17-2021, 01:29 PM
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The stern wheel. I did not use the parts from the kit but made it out of black and grey construction paper. It is too small to grind it with my drill. So I used little paper discs and rings of different diameters to mimic the shape of a wheel.

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And also the propeller is finished.

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Old 01-20-2021, 02:17 PM
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Today I mounted the engine inside the fuselage. First, threads are added.

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With these, the engine is suspended inside the fuselage.

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Then I add the wing struts. They hold the engine firmly in place.

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Finally, some struts are added at the sides, and under the engine. Placing them inside the fuselage was like keyhole surgery. Luckily, I have some long tweezers.

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The wings are finished, too. The leading edges are not my best work. There must be some better way to do this, but I haven't found it yet.

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Old 01-21-2021, 10:07 AM
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Despite the crinkly leading edges, this is going to be a really beautiful model when finished. Installing the engine looks like it must have been a challenge even with long tweezers.
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Old 01-21-2021, 11:14 AM
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The building instruction states that this is the hardest part of the whole model. In the end, it was easier than I had expected. However, I needed more than two hands. Without my wife as assistant, I think I wouldn't have managed to do it. Holding the fuselage, positioning the engine, shoving in the wing struts, holding the threads out of the way... Two hands are just not enough.
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