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Old 03-08-2010, 07:58 AM
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FGMM Santos-Dumont Demoiselle

Well, I'll kick off the forum!

I've picked the Santos-Dumont Demoiselle early flying machine as my build.
This little model has fascinated me and this is a great time to get to building it.

I'm building a mixed version from the standard FG model and the Lad 'n Dad designed model FG sells.

From Fiddler's Green Website:
The Santos-Dumont Demoiselle ("Damselfly") was an early aircraft built in France by Brazilian aviation pioneer Alberto Santos-Dumont. It was a light-weight monoplane with a wire-braced wing mounted atop an open-framework fuselage built around a reinforced bamboo boom.
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Old 03-08-2010, 08:02 AM
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Initial Fames

The airframe is just that - open framework. I think these frames look great and they make you slow down so you don't mess them up.

I've been at these since 5:00 am. They weren't as difficult to cut as I though but the cross rigging will slow me down.

I printed on 100# Strathmore Smooth Bristol Board.
The pieces have fronts and backs so folded I guess it is 200#. This seem light for these open frames but when the edges are all glued, it should be strong enough for the model.
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Old 03-08-2010, 08:10 AM
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Edge Coloring

An optional step in building is edge coloring the cut white edges (or any mis-cuts outside the printed areas.

I like to color the edges. It adds so much to the finished model. I find that by coloring them, it gives the model much more solidity or "presence".

There are many ways to edge color - markers, water-color pencils, paint.
I use CREAMCOAT craft paint. We have a bunch and I can almost always mix a god, matching shade. With a fine brush and finely thinned color, it flows from the brush to the edge very easy. Make sure there's not too much water in the mix or it will soak into the edges. Try you brush on a scrap edge first.

This is the last work for this morning. More tomorrow.
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Old 03-08-2010, 08:45 AM
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Awesome Start!
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Old 03-08-2010, 10:30 AM
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Frame Rigging

Thanks, CT!

OK, I promise, last work today.
Rigging for frame support.

Super glue is a wonder when doing this sort of work. You need something to set fast and light.

Not as hard as it would seem (yet).

Also note I clipped off the landing skid from the bottom rear. I'll add one later.
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Old 03-08-2010, 10:54 AM
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wow, just wow!
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Old 03-08-2010, 10:55 AM
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Coming along nicely so far. Did you find it necessary to coat the frames with crazy glue etc, or were they stiff enough uncoated?
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Old 03-08-2010, 10:59 AM
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Love it! Great choice of aircraft, one of my faves of early fliers. And you're doing exemplary work of it! This should be a little stunner when finished!
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Old 03-08-2010, 11:02 AM
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Thanks, folks!

I feel the frames are sturdy enough without coating with CA glue.
When they are joined in the triangular shape they make they'll be even stronger.

After I put the 3 parts together, I'll re-think before moving forward.

Have you ever applied CA with a brush?
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Old 03-08-2010, 12:23 PM
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Great start so far.....Can't wait to see the spoked wheels come alive.
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