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Re: Mick Reeves Lightning build
« Reply #160 on: November 11, 2011, 20:03:41 PM »
This huge block of blue foam is the starting blank for what will end up as an approx 4.2 lire (nearly a gallon!) fuel tank.  More later as it progresses through carving and sealing.


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Re: Mick Reeves Lightning build
« Reply #161 on: November 11, 2011, 20:06:39 PM »
The top hatch is like it is from a different model, it so barely matches this one.  It is taking a lot, a lot, of work to convert it to something that fits.

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Re: Mick Reeves Lightning build
« Reply #162 on: November 11, 2011, 20:20:19 PM »
I started by cutting a large amount off the bottom, see photo.  Then because it was twisted along its length (could have been from stuff sitting on it the box, not a manufacturing flaw) I bonded it to a massive flat plate of best 1/4" birch ply.  I then cut out the middle so that the hatch is now on a rectangular ring of ply. Sitting it back on the model showed the model hatch seat is twisted!  This meant cutting open the ply ring at both ends to build a new twist into the hatch to match the fuselage seat.  Then the catches at either end were installed to give a consistent position to the hatch.  I had deliberately cut more than was needed off the bottom of the hatch so that the gap between the ply base and fuz seat could be filled with filler to get a good seat, and that has worked.  The next problem is that with the spine and one flank matching the model, the other flank does not, it is inboard of the fuselage side so now I am building it out with a thick layer of filler along the entire side of the hatch.

Second photo shows the mechanism for the hidden catches.  At front and back of the hatch I have installed standard catches but upside down, so that the finger toggle is inwards, not outwards through a slot in the hatch.  Both are connected by wire to the mechanism seen in photo 2 which is inside of a discreet 3mm hole in the top of the spine.  Pop an allen key through the hole into the socket head bolt inside, twist it and the catches are opened.  The mechanism is a 1/4 lite ply plate, into which is driven a blind nut purely to act as a bearing for the M3 socket head bolt.  At the end of the bolt is the lever arm, which is a servo arm into which I have driven another blind nut by pressing it in with a 100W soldering iron so that its spikes melt down and bond into the servo arm.  The blind nut is then epoxied to the bolt, with a washer and nyloc nut on the inside so that the arm can't come loose from the blind nut and jump off it.


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Re: Mick Reeves Lightning build
« Reply #163 on: November 25, 2011, 01:34:55 AM »
This huge block of blue foam is the starting blank for what will end up as an approx 4.2 lire (nearly a gallon!) fuel tank.  More later as it progresses through carving and sealing.
Where do you obtain blocks of blue foam from?

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Re: Mick Reeves Lightning build
« Reply #164 on: November 25, 2011, 08:02:28 AM »
Where do you obtain blocks of blue foam from?
I got a large sheet about 2" thick from an ebay shop


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Re: Mick Reeves Lightning build
« Reply #165 on: October 13, 2012, 17:31:26 PM »
Harry

Have you given up on this???
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Re: Mick Reeves Lightning build
« Reply #166 on: October 22, 2012, 16:37:42 PM »
Harry

Have you given up on this???
No, I just don't come here any more Brian.  Some friends told me about your question.  The Lightning should be ready to fly in 2 or 3 weeks.  It has been "challenging" to build it.


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Re: Mick Reeves Lightning build
« Reply #167 on: October 28, 2012, 11:18:18 AM »
Harry,
Yes the Lightning is a bit of a challenge to build,
but I can assure you that once you have flown it
that will all be forgotten.

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Re: Mick Reeves Lightning build
« Reply #168 on: February 13, 2013, 16:56:17 PM »
Has the Lightning flown yet ?
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Re: Mick Reeves Lightning build
« Reply #169 on: February 14, 2013, 09:03:56 AM »
Not yet, awaiting tolerable weather.
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Re: Mick Reeves Lightning build
« Reply #170 on: February 14, 2013, 10:02:43 AM »
No, I just don't come here any more Brian.

No this forum has died in recent times, probably due to the awful weather we've had over the last nine months, curtailing a lot of flying, plus the the state of the country's economy has tightened peoples pockets, so expensive toys are the first to go :'( apart from the few lucky people who have good jobs and surplus funds but I think Mr. average is calling it a day at the moment, judging by the the amount of stuff that is being sold, and at bargain prices too, maybe if we get a good summer it may all pick up a bit, and although the jet side of the hobby has seen some introduction of lower priced turbines and cheaper UK kits coming onto the market, which helps lower income modelers get into the wonderful side of turbine models, so roll on HOT summer weather :af
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Re: Mick Reeves Lightning build
« Reply #171 on: February 14, 2013, 14:45:00 PM »
Couldn't agree more Vince! Everything is soo quiet at the moment, I've spent a lot of time jotting down ideas for new projects while the weather is rubbish. Just waiting for a spot of sun, if not then I want to move to Florida if only I could afford the move.......

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Re: Mick Reeves Lightning build
« Reply #172 on: April 06, 2013, 20:20:46 PM »
I flew the Lightning today, two flights, quite tricky handling but should improve much as I work on the settings.

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Re: Mick Reeves Lightning build
« Reply #173 on: April 06, 2013, 21:07:27 PM »
Congrats Harry, well done.

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Re: Mick Reeves Lightning build
« Reply #174 on: April 06, 2013, 21:16:18 PM »
That's great to hear she's flown. Any pics of the completed model please?
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Re: Mick Reeves Lightning build
« Reply #175 on: April 06, 2013, 23:52:06 PM »
Good news mate!   :af
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Re: Mick Reeves Lightning build
« Reply #176 on: April 07, 2013, 08:41:46 AM »
Thanks to Dick Spreadbury for the photo
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Re: Mick Reeves Lightning build
« Reply #177 on: April 07, 2013, 15:34:34 PM »
Great news Harry, looks very nice, more pics please  :af


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Re: Mick Reeves Lightning build
« Reply #178 on: April 07, 2013, 15:36:44 PM »
That looks great Harry, go to be the best aircraft ever built (in my opinion!)
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Re: Mick Reeves Lightning build
« Reply #179 on: April 07, 2013, 18:21:14 PM »
Well done Harry. It has been a labour of love I guess. Please tell us more about the handling?
John
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Re: Mick Reeves Lightning build
« Reply #180 on: April 08, 2013, 09:06:39 AM »
Well done Harry. It has been a labour of love I guess. Please tell us more about the handling?
John
I used known settings from other people's Lightnings, but mine was very lively!  A bit too much aileron response even with a lot of expo, and way too much elevator response, so final approach was a continuous series of PIOs.  The good news was that as it got slower and slower at the top of each successive oscillation, it showed no sign of tip stalling or of stalling at modest speeds. CG would seem to be the culprit but when I retracted the wheels for the first time, on the second flight, it shifts the CG further back and makes a pronounced trim change so i was ready to flick the wheels down again if it became too unstable but it was no different. Perhaps with the redesign I did of the tailplane mount and control rods I have got a sharper response?  Who knows.  My first mods will be to keep turning the travels down as I am using Phil Goff's balance point so we know that works in the long term and the retract situtation showed it is not at a critically rearward position.

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Re: Mick Reeves Lightning build
« Reply #181 on: April 08, 2013, 11:49:28 AM »
Good effort Harry, I am glad to hear that you have
Successfully flown the Lightning. The Lightning can seem
Like a beast when you first fly it but you will get used to it.
I use no gyros or expo on any of the models that I fly
So I am used to fairly sensitive controls, so it is gently, gently
On the controls, remember you are flying a very agile aircraft.

I take it you noticed the quite pronounced pitch trim changes
With regard to throttle settings, I use no mixes to counter that
 Instead I trim it to fly level in a nice cruise which is just under
3/4 throttle.

Having said all of this you have done the hard part,
And got yours built and flying, so we'll done that man.

I had an email from Ian W. The other day informing me that there is another MR Lightning nearing completion, how good would it be
To have four Lightnings in the air together?

What are you doing on the 5th of July?

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Re: Mick Reeves Lightning build
« Reply #182 on: April 08, 2013, 14:04:14 PM »
I had an email from Ian W. The other day informing me that there is another MR Lightning nearing completion, how good would it be
To have four Lightnings in the air together?

What are you doing on the 5th of July?

Regards Phil G.
The other one was successfuly maidened the day after mine, and Mark Handley's should be ready soon. That will give 5 Lightnings!  6 if you can persuade Ian Stevens to join in!
What's on 5 July?  I tend not to go far to get toanything, due to the cost of my 30mpg petrol guzzler. I wondered about the jets over wittering meet but the £50 cost of petrol put me off.

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Re: Mick Reeves Lightning build
« Reply #183 on: April 08, 2013, 15:24:50 PM »
Dear Harry
Excellent news regarding all these new Lightnings that are appearing on the scene.
I have an event at Tibenham Airfield Norfolk NR16 1NT on Friday the 5th of July.
Three tarmac runways in various direction, Clubhouse, food, bar, Caravan/Camping etc.
Dakota and Sea King flypasts.

I am hoping Ian W. will be able to make it with his Hunter and Lightning.
It would also be nice to see Phil H's Hunter.

You would be made very welcome as are all the attendees.

Regards Phil G.
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Re: Mick Reeves Lightning build
« Reply #184 on: April 08, 2013, 15:45:52 PM »
I have an event at Tibenham Airfield Norfolk NR16 1NT on Friday the 5th of July.
Sorry Phil, that's a 7 hour round trip, £80 petrol from where I live.

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Re: Mick Reeves Lightning build
« Reply #185 on: April 08, 2013, 16:51:19 PM »
Hello chaps, great to see some activity here again and some more Lightnings being completed. I have been sitting on my kit for a few years now and hope to start work on it soon. Not sure how many of them made it to the states but imagine only a handful.

Is everybody happy with the MR retract assemblies? They are the only major component I'm lacking. Is there some magic to the mains that allows the wheels to lay flat in the wing when retracted?

Cheers,

Craig

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Re: Mick Reeves Lightning build
« Reply #186 on: April 09, 2013, 09:34:57 AM »
Is everybody happy with the MR retract assemblies? They are the only major component I'm lacking. Is there some magic to the mains that allows the wheels to lay flat in the wing when retracted?

There are 2 separate items to consider Craig, the retracts and the oleo legs.

You are right in thinking it must be a twist and turn for the wheel to lie flat in the wing.  It is not a standard 90 degree twist and turn as the leg does not retract back at 90 degrees but at the angle of the wing sweep which iirc is around 60 degrees so that is the amount of twist required. This prevents you from using third party standard 90 degree twist and turn e.g. robart.

The MR main oleo legs are free to rotate around the pin that clamps into the retract. A link connects the leg to the ply retract mounting plate and this link then fixes the rotation angle of the leg, causing it to rotate the necessary amount as the leg retracts. It will be difficult, any other way, to get the correct rotation so for that reason plus the special scaleish shape of the main and nose legs I would get the MR legs.  In my opinion the main leg springs are too weak and I replaced them with stronger ones (otherwise the model compresses the oleo fully so there is no suspension) and also a stop needs to be fabricated and attached to the scissors to prevent the leg opening fully when unloaded, otherwise the scissors go straight and they lock the leg from working when you land!  Robart oleos use a little tab welded behind one of the scissors, I soldered a bit of piano wire across one of the scissors so it hits the leg and stops the scissor opening fully. If I were to build another MR Lightning I would not hesitate to buy MRís legs, they need a little modifying but it is easy and quick.  I am not aware of anything else available that would do the job even with a lot of modifying.

MR retracts for the Lightning are crude, but afaik, long term users such as nmacwarbirds and Ian Wilde have not had a failure yet. Maybe nmacwarbirds will confirm?  At first glance they are easily replaced by any other brand but hold on!  None of them are 90 degree retracts!  The main retracts are a bit more, I havenít measured them but maybe 95 to 100 degrees. They have to be because of the various mounting angles, a 90 degree retract would have the legs splayed outwards instead of straight down.  The nose retract is a lot more than 90 degrees, I have not measured it but perhaps 110 to 120 degrees, to get the wheel on the trailing link leg up inside the front fuselage which is curving upwards away from the retract.  So if you want to get alternative retracts you need to bear in mind the need for very special angles.  If you do get the MR retracts, take them apart, clean them, polish out all the scratches from the pushrod that passes through the O ring seal on the end of the cylinder (yep, I really had to do that!), dribble thin cyano around the nipples to seal them to the cylinder (I had to do that too to stop the leaks), refill with lots of silicon oil, do leak testing under water, etc etc.  Having said that, I leak test every retract I get even the best brands, and sometimes I have found many leaks and bits of swarf scoring the moving parts on what should be good brands!

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Re: Mick Reeves Lightning build
« Reply #187 on: April 09, 2013, 10:36:09 AM »
Craig, if you do start building it, let me know and I will list all the structural modifications I made, for you to consider if you want to make them as well.

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Re: Mick Reeves Lightning build
« Reply #188 on: April 09, 2013, 11:47:33 AM »
I can confirm the MR retracts are still working fine,
Touch wood.

Harry, I read in a previous post that you were concerned
About the cg moving too far aft.

I take it you balanced the Lightning in the worst case scenario
With the wheels up and with the nose very slightly down?

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Re: Mick Reeves Lightning build
« Reply #189 on: April 09, 2013, 14:08:34 PM »
Thank you Harry and Phil. That puts an end to my fretting about the gear and wondering if I could make some off-the-shelf Robarts work. I shall get a set from Mick.

Craig

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Re: Mick Reeves Lightning build
« Reply #190 on: April 09, 2013, 15:00:09 PM »
I take it you balanced the Lightning in the worst case scenario
With the wheels up and with the nose very slightly down?
Bearing in mind the effect the wheels have on CG, I contacted MR and Jim told me it is balanced with the wheels down, and that it is very tolerant of the CG position.  I balanced mine to the CG you stated on rcmf some time ago, iirc 5/8" back from the MR position, with a bit of fuel in the tank because my custom tank is shaped so the rear part which is behind the CG deepens down into the belly tank.

Possible causes of the wild ride on final approach:
1. CG too far back.  It is very sensitive in flight but not uncontrollable and when wheels were retracted backwards it got no worse, so the CG is not near a critical point.
2. Elevator travel too much.  I am using known working travels from others but will turn mine down bit by bit and see what happens.
3. Flap effect. My Skyhawk behaved the same on finals but when I tried it flapless it was perfect. However since others are using the flaps and not getting this effect, I think it can be discounted.
4. Aileron mixing.  MR's instructions say mix 10% aileron with elevator so I did, but just on up elevator.  I will now remove that since the tailplanes don't need any help!
5. Fuel sloshing about in the 1 gallon tank.  It might be, I did not fit any baffles, tank is on the CG so fuel movement though heavy should have little leverage.

For the moment, removing the aileron mix and turning down the ele travels will be the main focus.

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Re: Mick Reeves Lightning build
« Reply #191 on: April 09, 2013, 17:03:32 PM »
It sounds tail heavy to me Harry. Item No.1 on your list will give you the effect of number 2. It is good to know that it does not want to depart, but then it should behave like a delta (albeit with a tail).

Now I am going to ask a really stupid question here Harry, and forgive me, but I am the stupid clot that made this mistake - Your expo is working in the correct sense isn't it?
Been there, done that. :embarassed:
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Re: Mick Reeves Lightning build
« Reply #192 on: April 12, 2013, 16:00:05 PM »
It sounds tail heavy to me Harry. Item No.1 on your list will give you the effect of number 2. It is good to know that it does not want to depart, but then it should behave like a delta (albeit with a tail).

Now I am going to ask a really stupid question here Harry, and forgive me, but I am the stupid clot that made this mistake - Your expo is working in the correct sense isn't it?
Been there, done that. :embarassed:
John
It does sound tail heavy John, but I am using nmacwarbirds CG point, MR said it is tolerant of wide range of CG, and when the wheels were retracted it shifts the CG back quite a bit, lot of trim change, but it became no more twitchy. it wasn't too bad in flight, just sensitive, it was on finals that it started to PIO.  My Skyhawk did that and it wasn't CG or travel, turned out to be flaps blanking the tailplane. For the Lightning it might be a combo of fuel sloshing about and the marked nose up trim change as I cut the power to idle. Plenty to investigate.

It's a sensible question about expo, since you know I use a Tx that allows it both ways.  Double checked, and expo is in correct direction.

I am currently working my way through a list of 17 items to be corrected or tweaked prior to its next outing, thanks to British weather it won't be this weekend.  >:(

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Re: Mick Reeves Lightning build
« Reply #193 on: April 12, 2013, 21:08:57 PM »
Harry,
Just to be on the safe side, I would bring the cg forward if I
Were you.

Regards Phil G.
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Re: Mick Reeves Lightning build
« Reply #194 on: April 13, 2013, 09:01:18 AM »
Hi Harry,
I would agree with Phil. By the sound of it you have more than enough elevator control so you can afford to sacrfice a bit and move the CG forward to calm it down in at least two axis. You should still have plenty of elevator left for the flare.
BTW do you tink it is showing tendencies to be directionally unstable as well?
It sounds like you have a good deal of head scrathing to do. Good luck and watching with interest.
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Re: Mick Reeves Lightning build
« Reply #195 on: April 17, 2013, 13:23:42 PM »
It didn't seem directionally unstable John.  Directional stability meaning the yaw axis.  However it did wag its tail quite a bit in some not all turns but I get this on most swept wing jets.  The wag was slow but quite large whereas planes like my Trim Sabre have rapid but small fishtailing in some turns.  I have yaw and roll gyros fitted but no time to turn the gain on yet, that will come on the next session.  All 17 items that arose from those 2 flights have been dealt with and I look forward to another day of suitable weather and really getting it tuned in.

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Re: Mick Reeves Lightning build
« Reply #196 on: April 17, 2013, 13:42:26 PM »
I take it you noticed the quite pronounced pitch trim changes
I certainly did Phil.  Ian Wilde had warned me of the trim workload in the circuit so I had planned for it.  First flight left the wheels down so no trim change from them, tested flaps stage 1 and 2 at height which showed no trim stage 1 but marked nose up at stage 2 so I landed with stage 1 flap.  Having throttle back to about 1/2 shortly after take off and staying thereabouts until cutting to idle on short finals I didn't encounter the throttle trim change but it may account for, or play a part in the porpoising on short finals.
My good old Tx still has mechanical trims so I re-centred the elevator trim before the second flight, then at safe height put the wheels up, noted the marked nose up, trimmed down to level it and asked my spotter to note where the trim lever was for reference later.  Then when ready to put the wheels down I just had to pull the trim back to the centre notch to be trimmed again, used stage 1 flap so no trim change, but again on short final got the porpoising again from about the time I closed the throttle.  Lots to investigate there at safe height on the next session.

Since my spotter had noted the amount of trim required for wheels up I have programmed a trim change to coincide with the wheels travelling, and programmed a guess at the trim required for stage 2 flap.  I have enabled but left at zero a throttle to ele trim compensation as I want to test the coupling in the raw and see what level of trim change it causes at various speeds.  I guess that slamming to full power at low speed is the worst case but as I did that on a go around on the second flight and wasn't aware of any drama or problems as the thrust banged in, it doesn't seem to be a major problem.

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Re: Mick Reeves Lightning build
« Reply #197 on: May 03, 2013, 09:31:52 AM »
I had 6 flights of the Lightning yesterday, all was going well until the end when a brand new problem emerged which may take some tracking down.

By moving the Cg forward a bit and reducing elevator throw, the approach and landing settled down, requiring full back stick for touchdown.  Touchdowns were gentle.

I had to turn down the aileron travel to a much lower amount and use over 70% expo to get the roll to settle.  Then I brought in the aileron gyro to stop the wobble, and after more adjustments to the fade-out and expo, by the 4th flight of the day the handling was quite tolerable and it looked smooth in the air.

On the 5th and 6th flights there was an intermittent problem with pitch.  Nothing is broken or loose to explain the sudden pitch problems so I have a mountain of telemetry data to sift through to try and work out what has happened.

However Lightning came home with no damage other than a shaving off the ventral fin, and much kero was burned.

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Re: Mick Reeves Lightning build
« Reply #198 on: May 03, 2013, 12:06:41 PM »
Nice one Harry. :af

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Re: Mick Reeves Lightning build
« Reply #199 on: August 20, 2013, 09:38:14 AM »
A poor combination of my availability and suitable weather means I have still not flown the Lightning again. I have now completed the nose doors, having decided to use servos rather than air rams for a change.  The two front nose doors are servo driven and the rear nose door is linked to the noseleg.  It took quite a bit of experimenting with the link geometry and home-made hinges to get it to work but it does work now, on the bench at least.  Itís always different when flying, undercarriages and doors that work fine on the bench go haywire when the structure is loaded and air is blowing over the parts.  It will be interesting to see if the noseleg retract can pull the door forward and shut against the airflow.  The full size had a very low speed limit of just 250kts to get the noseleg up otherwise it wouldnít close and at the rate the Lightning gained speed it meant the pilot had to be on the retract switch the moment the plane broke ground.  I will get around to fitting doors to the main legs but that will be for some later date.

With the fuselage structure now complete I have started to add the metal skin.  This is Mick Reeves metal coat, similar to flite metal, itís a thin aluminium foil with an adhesive backing.  I read flite metalís site, lots of rcu threads, and watched youtube videos of how to apply this stuff but it still got very close to me deciding to paint it instead.  Everyone has a different way of doing it and none of them worked for me.  Laying it down is not difficult, but making it look real is difficult.  As it is applied it looks like shiny chrome tape, not a metal panel. The glue is not utterly flat so the surface of the foil takes on a slightly orange peel effect whereas real metal panels are flat.  Scuffing with scotchbrite pads as one youtuber says just did not look right to me, it is much too scratchy.  Rubbing it down with coarse then finer wet or drys did not look right either as it removes the orange peel but creates a new problem, the surface looks like coarse pewter with tiny ridges and valleys along the direction of sanding.  Itís possible that the sanding action is heating up tiny particles of aluminium enough to melt them back to the surface much as happens if you try to use a permagrit or stone router in the dremel on aluminium.  Also the grits suggested by youtubers score and pit the tape so deeply that they canít be rubbed out.

I did the tailplanes first and got a reasonable effect but not good enough, and the single rib inside the moulded structure shows as it affects the rub down pattern.  I will accept them for now but at some stage later I will remove it and do them again.  Removing the foil is not quick, it takes longer than applying it, the glue is very strong and when rubbed down the foil is almost gold leaf thin so it just tears into little strips.

What did amaze me is how light it can be.  The roll of foil weighs like a lead pipe and I was really worried about the weight it will add, but when rubbed down, each tailplane weighed just 8 grams more!

Experimenting with the top hatch and about to throw the foil away and get out the spraygun, I found something that really worked well Ė 3M ultra-fine pads. These left a smooth sheet metal surface with no scoring, pitting or the pewter effect.  So then I tried some micro-mesh left over from when I metalled my F-86, and that also worked well.  I have ordered plenty new micro-mesh and decided to carry on with the foil rather than paint.

How do you get a 2D sheet to conform to a 3D compound curve or sphere such as the tailplane fairings or the under-belly fuel tank?  Well it canít unless it deforms and to my amazement the foil can be stretched a long way by clever use of the compressed paper pencil that is used to press the foil down. The entire fuz will be metalled, and only then will it be rubbed down, so for a while it will look very chrome.

I have learned a lot about applying metal foil in the last few days. It requires just the right tools used in just the right way, thereís a good reason why so few models are covered this way Ė itís a lot of work and it can go horribly wrong just at the end of a lot of work, but when it is done right it is very convincing and real.

First photo shows general progress so far including the complex shape of the fairings that the foil coped with, second photo shows two panels applied to the belly tank, see how each panel can go from one side to the other in one piece despite the compound curve.  Photos are not very good, sorry, it's hard to capture shiny metal on camera.


 

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