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Old 04-20-2021, 10:10 AM
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One of types of radio antennas used on old aircraft were reel antennas.One of the procedures of landing at night and in low visibility was lowering reel antenna to predetermined length.Ground contact was a signal to cut engines.

That procedure was also used in Lunar Lander if I'm not mistaken.

The LM indeed had 'feelers' on the soles of its legs, so to say, to touch down. Then a blue 'contact' light would light up in the cockpit and the piloting astronaut woild cut the engine off. There are photos of the LM on the moon with those antennae bent by the saucer-like feet of the landing legs.



For such antenna landings, an approaching airplane must have had a very steady and slow last part of its descent, I presume. Also careful not to take up lots of runway before touching down... Thanks for the info, Butelczinski. Very interesting details.
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Very good to hear your build is going so well, will look forward to photos in due course!
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Very good to hear your build is going so well, will look forward to photos in due course!
I'll do that. But like I said, building goes slow; I have a lot of other stuff going on at the moment. And I appear to have some carpal tunnel mess going on in my left hand (my writing / cutting hand) so I also have that going for me as well. /-:
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Not a good condition to be afflicted with in our hobby, hope that things will ease off for you as time goes on and your output can be restored.

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Thanks Chris, it still is manageable. And I heard it is surgically treatable too. So maybe that might become an option in the future.
At the moment I am really wondering how to place those slender parts around the wing roots. It is a mystery to me. Where to start and how to curve them?
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At the moment I am really wondering how to place those slender parts around the wing roots. It is a mystery to me. Where to start and how to curve them?
Nevermind. I got it. (-;
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My last message here (sorry to have hijacked the thread a little): I have built the fuselage and wings, tail and stab but then I looked at the original files again and Chris' build photos and suddenly was hugely dissatisfied with how my build looked. It lacked so much of the finer lines. I guess I had my printer settings wrong. (insert some slight profanities here - I always have fights with my printer. I guess my brain is wired in another way than those who design and program printers...)
So I decided to start over. Not something I do often. Mostly I abandon ship and embark on a new one. This one is worth trying again. That says a lot, Chris. I love the model. I really do. It looks awesome and it deserves a well-executed build.


So, see you all in a new thread, hopefully soon with some accompanying pictures.(-;
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Old 04-25-2021, 11:44 AM
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My sympathies, this hobby of ours can be a real trial at times! I think I ripped up my effort once to correct the fuselage design and the wings didn't go at all well either; the ability to reprint is such a blessing though and I can't imagine how I managed in earlier days when one could be totally screwed with no means of rectification following an instant's clumsiness!

Best of luck with your next attempt.

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