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Title: Lil Tsunami build
Post by: kevin king on December 08, 2020, 02:49:43 PM
Gentlemen. I thought I would share the building, finishing and eventual flying of my 1/2a Tee Dee 049 powered Tsunami build with you. Hope you enjoy it. Will post more soon.
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Post by: George Grossardt on December 08, 2020, 03:09:18 PM
I am looking forward to it Kevin
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Post by: Bootlegger on December 08, 2020, 03:27:52 PM

  Me tue!!!
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Post by: ray copeland on December 08, 2020, 06:05:50 PM
Awesome, bring it on!!!
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Post by: Larry Renger on December 08, 2020, 07:15:48 PM
Stunt, racer, scale? Size? We want all the details, of course. And are rooting for you.  #^
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Post by: kevin king on December 09, 2020, 11:11:00 AM
Here it is in raw wood. Simple and fast build. So fast I didnt get any pictures.
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Post by: kevin king on December 09, 2020, 11:12:35 AM
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Post by: kevin king on December 09, 2020, 11:13:17 AM
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Post by: kevin king on December 09, 2020, 11:14:02 AM
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Post by: PerttiMe on December 09, 2020, 10:23:33 PM
It has the shapes. More wing and tail than would be scale, I think.

Do you have a particular purpose in mind for it?

I used to prefer the red painted version with the elaborate wave in the tail, but the earlier silver and blue paint jobs have been growing on me.
Title: Re: Lil Tsunami build
Post by: kevin king on December 10, 2020, 02:02:32 AM
Hi PerttiMe. Its mainly for stunting and loosely based on Dick Sarpolous's Akro. I wanted a design that I knew was a great flier, and ya, I was tempted to make the wing closer to scale, but decided not to take the chance.  From the pilots view it's mostly the fuse shape that you see anyway. Both Tsunami's silver paint scheme and the red are nice, but this one's going to be the red version.
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Post by: George Grossardt on December 10, 2020, 06:03:46 AM
Make sure you post videos of you painting the wave on the tail...
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Post by: wwwarbird on December 10, 2020, 08:12:47 PM

 Lookin' good!
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Post by: PerttiMe on December 11, 2020, 12:38:33 AM
Make sure you post videos of you painting the wave on the tail...
That might be easiest with graphics made on a computer and printed as decals.
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Post by: wwwarbird on December 11, 2020, 07:02:23 PM

 Kevin,

 You can order your own Christmas gift here...

 http://www.valleyofspeedapparel.com/pylon-legend-shirts/race-18-tsunami
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Post by: kevin king on December 12, 2020, 03:02:25 AM
😁 NICE! Thanks for the tip wwwarbird!
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Post by: kevin king on December 12, 2020, 12:10:23 PM
Adjustable lead out guide detail.
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Post by: kevin king on December 12, 2020, 12:12:32 PM
Elevator / push rod and horn detail. 1/16" elevator joiner wire sandwiched between 1/32" plywood.
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Post by: Bruce Shipp on December 12, 2020, 12:53:38 PM
Kevin, what size wood did you use for the stab/elevator and what size pin hinges did you use?

Thanks.

Bruce
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Post by: kevin king on December 12, 2020, 02:25:07 PM
Bruce, 3/32" stab & elevator and small Dubro hinges.
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Post by: kevin king on December 12, 2020, 06:50:49 PM
Make sure you post videos of you painting the wave on the tail...
I will George.
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Post by: kevin king on December 12, 2020, 07:37:46 PM
Of coarse Tsunami had to have a spinner. In this case it had to be a 1 and a half inch one. Can't remember seeing a 1/2a model with a spinner this big. So to fit the Tee Dee I had Paul Gibeault make a bushing for this one. At 20,000 rpm even a hole slightly off center could be a problem.
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Post by: kevin king on December 12, 2020, 07:40:54 PM
Thanks Paul!
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Post by: kevin king on December 12, 2020, 07:44:07 PM
Side view.
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Post by: wwwarbird on December 12, 2020, 10:31:58 PM

 Here's some good stuff...

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QWhGkjFkrCQ
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Post by: PerttiMe on December 13, 2020, 12:21:34 AM
Oh.... What size is the model?
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Post by: kevin king on December 13, 2020, 01:25:30 AM
Hi Wayne, I think I've found almost all there is on the web for Tsunami. Skip Holm had a great story. He was flying Tsunami and the engine quit. So he radioed JR and calmly told him about it and asked
 him where he would like him to land it. 😁 If I'm not  mistaken he was going to land it on the freeway. But then the engine started and he told him Never mind.
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Post by: kevin king on December 13, 2020, 01:26:24 AM
Oh.... What size is the model?
It has a 25.75" wingspan.
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Post by: kevin king on December 13, 2020, 03:16:49 AM
Here's some good stuff...

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QWhGkjFkrCQ
I just love the air racers.
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Post by: Larry Renger on December 13, 2020, 07:56:26 PM
How much of an original Mustang is left if any? Or is it all scratch built?
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Post by: kevin king on December 13, 2020, 08:51:13 PM
@ Larry. Mustang? If you mean Tsunami, it was totally wrecked, but is currently being rebuilt. Tsunami was built from scratch. https://flightexpo.org/the-tsunami-project
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Post by: Delton Streetman on December 13, 2020, 09:45:37 PM
If you check on Ebay you can find Cox spinners available in the1-1/2" diameter in a few different colors. I've been searching for one in1-1/4" and it's been a little harder and the ones I did find are only available in black, White, and yellow and wouldn't you know it, I'd like it to be red.
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Post by: Air Ministry . on December 13, 2020, 10:05:06 PM
More Pictures . http://www.aerialvisuals.ca/AirframeDossier.php?Serial=193618
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Post by: PerttiMe on December 13, 2020, 11:16:40 PM
Tsunami was really the smallest airframe they could scratch build around a Merlin engine and a pilot.
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Post by: kevin king on December 14, 2020, 01:41:45 AM
If you check on Ebay you can find Cox spinners available in the1-1/2" diameter in a few different colors. I've been searching for one in1-1/4" and it's been a little harder and the ones I did find are only available in black, White, and yellow and wouldn't you know it, I'd like it to be red.
You could always just paint it red.
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Post by: kevin king on December 14, 2020, 11:49:50 AM
Delton, try this. https://brodak.com/brodak-1-1-4-spinner-with-2-holes.html.   Or I recently found this, which is the place I also seen the 75th anniversary fox 35.     https://www.mecoa.biz/shopdisplayproducts.asp?id=82        Kevin.
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Post by: kevin king on December 16, 2020, 11:04:37 AM
Lil Tsunami's catastrophic engine failure: I buy all my 1/2a engines from Paul Gibeault. This engine was going to go in the Lil Tsunami, but that was not to be. In Paul's words here's what happened: "Well as you recall I had one surplus TD that I was willing to let go of and I made a deal with you to buy it. Almost ANY used engine from me MUST undergo an Inspection & Test Run to my personal standards before I am willing to sell it.  That allows me a 99%+ customer satisfaction rating.  So that initial engine looked perfect up until the test run. During the test run, it was noted to putting out superior power than normal. As I was  admiring such excellent RPM's,(something between 22 - 23,000)  the engine suddenly stopped!  Upon further inspection I noted the con rod had snapped in half & punched it's way right through the crankcase! This of course essentially trashed the engine which is why you ended up with the last personal TD which I owned (which is also a thoroughbred) powerful engine. I know where cheap replacement parts are if I ever want to re-build it, but have no plans to do so at the moment.
And now you know the rest of the story..."

Cheers,

Paul

p.s. I've blown up A LOT of .049's in my time, but have NEVER seen a con rod snap in the middle like this one did!"
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Post by: Larry Renger on December 16, 2020, 02:45:14 PM
Ahhh, a little JB Weld and all will be fine.  LL~ LL~  LL~
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Post by: Ron Santia on December 16, 2020, 03:58:44 PM
When I was a motor head back in the 70's and 80's  the saying was ,,  They always run best just before they are ready to blow-up..
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Post by: kevin king on December 16, 2020, 06:15:47 PM
My saying is "Your planes the right weight just before the first coat of dope goes on".
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Post by: kevin king on December 17, 2020, 10:37:26 AM
Adjustable tank and engine detail. I'm not sure if I like the feed tube coming out the top. I will fill through the top and cap off the top. Hopefully it works.
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Post by: kevin king on December 18, 2020, 01:21:11 AM
Would have liked to use an aluminum Fox 1/2bellcrank, but the hole for the pushrod is to far away from the pivot point, and there was alot of slop in the bushing. Not really ideal for stunt. Settled for  the Cheap looking plastic one.
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Post by: Bootlegger on December 18, 2020, 09:59:12 AM

 I have used Sig 3" b/crank on a lot of my half A models and they work fine, I use the p/rod hole next to the bell crank pivot post so I don't have a lot of throw.  See what you can do with this, you can also use the same crank with the 2 1/2"  line spacing, hope that this helps.. Merry CHRISTmas... D>K
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Post by: kevin king on December 18, 2020, 06:32:29 PM
Thanks for the tip Bootlegger. I may try the 3" bell crank. Merry Christmas to you as well & a happy new year.
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Post by: wwwarbird on December 18, 2020, 07:52:30 PM

 The Sig 3-incher seems awfully bulky for a svelte 1/2 ship, heavy too.
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Post by: Robert Whitley on December 18, 2020, 11:10:20 PM
Kevin pm me about the 3 bellcrank.
I think I have the solution for you.
I can make you one out of 1/16 phenolic using router templates I already have.
Title: Re: Lil Tsunami build
Post by: kevin king on December 20, 2020, 08:38:19 AM
I was asked if I had plans for Lil Tsunami. No I don't But if it proves to be a good airplane I will share the templates so anyone can easily knock one out.    Kevin King.
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Post by: kevin king on December 20, 2020, 08:55:25 AM
Time for paint!   S?P After the 3 coats of clear were brushed on and sanded I skipped the filler coats and went straight to the color coats. Joe Adamusko suggested the base coat color to be a light grey. So I sprayed on a coat of Polar Grey but found it to be to dark. So I sanded it off, added white to the paint and resprayed it.             
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Post by: Bruce Shipp on December 20, 2020, 09:59:56 AM
Kevin, Id be curious to know what tools/techniques you used to cut the stab hinge slots.  Thanks.

Bruce
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Post by: kevin king on December 20, 2020, 03:16:44 PM
Kevin pm me about the 3 bellcrank.
I think I have the solution for you.
I can make you one out of 1/16 phenolic using router templates I already have.
Thank you Robert. Much obliged.
Title: Re: Lil Tsunami build
Post by: kevin king on December 20, 2020, 03:32:58 PM
Kevin, Id be curious to know what tools/techniques you used to cut the stab hinge slots.  Thanks.

Bruce
Bruce, I first taped the elevators to the stab and then marked the hinge locations. Then I took an Xacto knife with a #11 blade and slotted them. For cleaning them up I use a broken piece of what looks like an old coping saw blade. The one with the green tape is to coarse for slotting small hinge pockets. I also have the Dubro hinge slotting tool. The ones I use most are the forked one and the one with a small hook at the end. 2nd picture is tool used to sand in the hinge pocket. https://www.dubro.com/products/kwik-hinge-slotter I think Robert Whitley has a video on an even slicker method for doing hinges.                                Kevin.
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Post by: kevin king on December 23, 2020, 12:54:14 AM
I'm trying to get the graphics as close to the scale ones as possible. Or as much as my patients allow. The 18 takes 2 stencils. One for the white 18, and one for the black shadow. Need to paint 4 of them. Then outline the numbers with ink and add red to the center of the 8's.
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Post by: kevin king on December 24, 2020, 10:35:43 AM
Tsunami Logo. Sprayed the black then the white over the black. For something that small, it's just easier to do it that way.
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Post by: kevin king on December 24, 2020, 02:47:43 PM
Masked the 18 then sprayed the lower part of the wave a medium blue.
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Post by: wwwarbird on December 24, 2020, 05:31:50 PM
 So..... seems like the plane should be in red before all of this detail work?  ???
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Post by: kevin king on December 24, 2020, 07:57:15 PM
Hi wwwarbird. The idea is to spray the red around
all the details. So the red is pretty much the last color. That helps  keep the weight of the finish down, otherwise you will have the red under all the graphics where you don't need it. It also would take more clear around the graphics to blend it in. Ultimately what you are after is one layer of color paint.                           Kevin.
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Post by: wwwarbird on December 25, 2020, 12:10:16 AM

 That looked to be the direction but wow, a LOT of extra work for a practically incalculable weight savings on a little 1/2A bugger. To each his own.  ;D
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Post by: kevin king on December 26, 2020, 03:04:32 AM
Green part of the wave shot...
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Post by: kevin king on December 26, 2020, 03:10:16 AM
Dark blue shot. Try to visualise what the mask for the dark blue looked like.
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Post by: kevin king on December 26, 2020, 03:31:28 AM
Masked the 18's then sprayed the light blue on the wing tips. The 18's should pop after outline them in black ink.
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Post by: kevin king on December 26, 2020, 03:38:51 AM
Candy apple blue then silver metal flake for the canopy. Some how my Candy purple went missing. That's what I would normally use.
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Post by: George Grossardt on December 26, 2020, 12:31:42 PM
Dark blue shot

I am guessing you are using masks for the wave??
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Post by: kevin king on December 26, 2020, 08:00:04 PM
Hi George, yes, as much as possible, I am using masks. One of my goals was to get more familiar with my vinyl cutter. This is the inner mask I used to cover the lower part of the wave when I shot the green. And the parts I use to cover the 18's.
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Post by: kevin king on December 26, 2020, 09:52:29 PM
Black stripes done.
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Post by: kevin king on December 26, 2020, 09:59:35 PM
Also made a holding fixture for painting. 2x 1/8" steel rods copper wire wrapped and soldered with a 4-40 bolt soldered to one end and the other end sunk into a block of wood. The bolt holds the plane by the bellcrank hole and a small vice holds the block of wood. Also sprayed the 'Natural metal' exhaust panel silver.
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Post by: kevin king on December 26, 2020, 10:07:08 PM
Tsunami masked and ready for red. https://youtu.be/44Rith0YsWY
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Post by: wwwarbird on December 26, 2020, 10:11:10 PM

 Looking really good but still seems like the long way around.  :)
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Post by: kevin king on December 27, 2020, 01:09:49 AM
Red shot. https://youtu.be/i9yFbxQFqys
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Post by: kevin king on December 27, 2020, 08:24:33 AM
Tsunami unmasked.
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Post by: Bruce Shipp on December 27, 2020, 08:42:20 AM
I noticed little or no balled under the edges of the mask, and I expected some given the bit of wood grain showing. How did you manage that? Did you seal the mask edges before shooting the color?  Looks great!
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Post by: kevin king on December 27, 2020, 09:02:06 AM
Bruce, I  kept the spray gun 7" away from the surface  on the first coat, or sprayed it relatively 'dry'. That pretty much eliminates any bleed through and the need for sealing the edges of the masking tape. The biggest factor is the type of tape you use: 3m Fine Line for all tape edges.
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Post by: kevin king on December 27, 2020, 09:13:49 AM
Warbird, even though this is just a half A, I try to subscribe to the "Half measures availed us Nothing" way of doing things.
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Post by: kevin king on December 27, 2020, 10:32:52 AM
The most time consuming thing in this build is converting photographs to stencils.
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Post by: kevin king on December 27, 2020, 10:41:50 AM
Most of the tsunami pics online are not high resolution photos and need to be sharpened in Window 3D Paint. There is also a free app that can be helpful here, even if you don't have a vinyl cutter. You could print off a copy of the size you want and use the rubber cement method to create a mask. Here's a picture of my 60 size Tsunami's logo turned into a stencil using this app: https://online.rapidresizer.com/photograph-to-pattern.php
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Post by: kevin king on December 27, 2020, 10:51:25 AM
After much trial and error, I will just use this one:
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Post by: kevin king on December 27, 2020, 11:02:48 AM
Stencil cut and applied
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Post by: kevin king on December 27, 2020, 02:00:02 PM
Inboard Letters. https://youtu.be/uDessN8ddIc
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Post by: kevin king on December 27, 2020, 02:01:29 PM
Same thing, except on the outboard. https://youtu.be/9UQKdaKy9JE
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Post by: kevin king on December 27, 2020, 02:03:10 PM
Logo completed. https://youtu.be/Ss3qxytZkkU
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Post by: PerttiMe on December 27, 2020, 09:47:04 PM
That is some high-precision masking.
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Post by: kevin king on December 28, 2020, 01:46:40 PM
That is some high-precision masking.
Making a mask of this white foam won't be a picnic either 🧐
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Post by: wwwarbird on December 28, 2020, 06:49:41 PM
Making a mask of this white foam won't be a picnic either 🧐

 I'd been wondering about the green on the tail, now I get it.
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Post by: kevin king on December 28, 2020, 10:38:22 PM
Making the "JRS" mask. 
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Post by: kevin king on December 28, 2020, 10:39:09 PM
https://youtu.be/2VJ_CyMQ0b0
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Post by: kevin king on December 28, 2020, 10:40:46 PM
I'd been wondering about the green on the tail, now I get it.
👍
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Post by: kevin king on December 28, 2020, 11:38:47 PM
For warbird. Paint on paint. Ya, for something this small it can go over the red.  S?P 😁
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Post by: kevin king on December 29, 2020, 02:22:53 AM
JRS sprayed.
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Post by: kevin king on December 29, 2020, 10:49:16 AM
"JRS ENTERPRISES, INC." applied with letra sets. It was a real thrill trying to hold the plane, letra set sheet and popsicle stick to do these letters so close to the 90 degree angle of wing & fuse😁
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Post by: kevin king on December 29, 2020, 05:12:10 PM
Could not find any small 1/2a exhaust stacks, so I decided to just paint them on.
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Post by: kevin king on December 29, 2020, 05:14:17 PM
First exhaust stack mask cut and applied...then shot the black.
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Post by: kevin king on December 30, 2020, 06:25:27 AM
One of the coolest things on Tsunami and other race planes is the canopy!
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Post by: kevin king on December 30, 2020, 06:27:48 AM
Here I used my vinyl cutter to make my ink template. The 'natural metal' frame will be painted silver.
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Post by: kevin king on December 30, 2020, 07:17:53 AM
Creating the METAL MASTERS logo. Scaled down for 1/2a, the letters needed to be 3mm or .118". Surprised the machine can cut this small. The issue is the center parts of the "R"s and "A"s. They don't like to comply. So decided to make them 5mm instead.
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Post by: kevin king on December 30, 2020, 07:19:36 AM
Metal Masters logo.
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Post by: kevin king on December 30, 2020, 07:22:00 AM
3mm or .118" is almost small enough to replace the 15 dollar letra set sheets. The center parts of the A's are so small you would have trouble placing them on the model, even too small for the tip of an Xacto blade to place them
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Post by: kevin king on December 30, 2020, 07:26:02 AM
Mask #2 of the exhaust detail.
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Post by: kevin king on December 30, 2020, 07:31:16 AM
5mm "Metal Masters'' mask. A bit easier to work with. I find detailing small airplanes is alot harder to do than the the large ones. Also got the 2nd part of the exhaust stacks sprayed.
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Post by: kevin king on December 30, 2020, 07:42:49 AM
Cell phone is n one hand, airbrush in the other. 😆Actually what happend was my airbrush fell and pushed the needle through the tip. That's why it's not spraying right. I need better lighting. https://youtu.be/hR_sKaBvRYY
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Post by: kevin king on December 30, 2020, 07:50:40 AM
Tsunami unmasked.
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Post by: kevin king on December 30, 2020, 07:57:21 AM
Alot a work😁 But that's ok.
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Post by: Dane Martin on December 30, 2020, 08:56:37 AM
Your hard work is being heavily appreciated by all of us!!
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Post by: kevin king on December 30, 2020, 10:46:43 AM
Thanks Dane. I'm planning on building a 46 size Tsunami in the near future, and that's part of the reason for building this 1/2a. It should go alot faster now that I have all these graphics in a digital format.
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Post by: wwwarbird on December 30, 2020, 08:01:56 PM
Alot a work😁 But that's ok.

 Part of the fun!  y1
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Post by: Larry Renger on December 30, 2020, 09:26:09 PM
This is a magnificent effort. But on a profile model? Couldnt you at least have sprung for a Pinto kit? Heck, I would spring for one for you if I knew you would do this kind of job on it!

I am in awe of the paint job. Will you actually fly it?
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Post by: kevin king on December 31, 2020, 11:18:21 AM
Yes Larry, I will fly it, 5 months from now. The snow should be gone by then.
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Post by: kevin king on December 31, 2020, 11:20:26 AM
Speaking of flying, I could use some help calculating where the CG should be, and the lead out position.
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Post by: wwwarbird on December 31, 2020, 12:28:36 PM
Speaking of flying, I could use some help calculating where the CG should be, and the lead out position.

 I'll bet it will be safely heavy on the nose for initial flights. As far as initial leadout position, just hang it by them and adjust for a very slight "nose out" setting. From there, add fuel, go fly.  y1
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Post by: kevin king on December 31, 2020, 12:43:28 PM
Thank you warbird.👍
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Post by: kevin king on December 31, 2020, 12:53:15 PM
Making the stencil for the white part of the wave. Again I used the app to convert it, then Windows Paint 3D to further fine tune it. I'm sure there's an easier way but this seems to be working.
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Post by: wwwarbird on December 31, 2020, 07:28:43 PM
 Tsunami is coming out great, a very nice representation. How about one of John's earlier racers next, the "Tipsy Miss" P-63... S?P
Title: Re: Lil Tsunami build
Post by: kevin king on December 31, 2020, 08:03:50 PM
Warbird, Thanks for the cool photos.  I think John also owned a P-51 called Precious Metal. 
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Post by: kevin king on December 31, 2020, 09:21:53 PM
Mark Mc's awesome Sea Fury. It would be nice to have a small fleet of Reno air racers.  😁
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Post by: wwwarbird on December 31, 2020, 11:39:41 PM
Warbird, Thanks for the cool photos.  I think John also owned a P-51 called Precious Metal.

  John had a highly polished Mustang known as "Platinum Plus" and/or "Race 28". It was later sold to Ron Fagen of Granite Falls, MN and has since been known as "Sweet Revenge". Ron eventually put the wing back to stock configuration, eliminating the clipped wing race modification. It still sports the dark smoke canopy, a neat and obvious reminder for us fans of the Race 28 history. It gets flown quite regularly out of Ron's "Fagen Fighters" Museum (one of the best museums in the country) also in Granite Falls, MN.

 http://www.fagenfighterswwiimuseum.org/

 The old "Precious Metal" P-51 was a different airplane. I forget the original long time owners name (Gary Levitz?) but it's been a racer for many years. It was most recently flown by Thom Richard who still owns it and the "current" very highly modified version used Rolls-Royce Griffon power with contra-rotating props. The Griffon engine and contra-rotating prop (major) conversion was originally done when it was owned by the Whittington brothers, prior to Thom's ownership. The plane has been down and torn apart for quite some time now after catching fire on the ramp during a refueling stop on it's last journey toward Reno for the races. It's current home base is Thom's "Warbird Adventures" in Kissimmee, Florida where it is supposedly being rebuilt.
Title: Re: Lil Tsunami build
Post by: kevin king on January 01, 2021, 01:14:16 AM
Thanks for posting this info Wayne. With John Sandberg owning a engine rebuild shop that specialized in Merlin's he was in a great position, and I feel on the cusp of dominating the Gold class at Reno with Tsunami. It was such a tragic loss.        Kevin.
Title: Re: Lil Tsunami build
Post by: kevin king on January 01, 2021, 01:31:45 AM
Spraying the white part of the wave. Airbrush still not working after it fell on the floor. https://youtu.be/BXnYc1YgGKY
Title: Re: Lil Tsunami build
Post by: kevin king on January 01, 2021, 01:38:12 AM
Trying again to spraying the white. Airbrush was just spitting paint. 😁Going to have to replace some parts. https://youtu.be/9_ULxhLBeHk
Title: Re: Lil Tsunami build
Post by: kevin king on January 01, 2021, 07:59:46 AM
Rare Bear on fire https://youtu.be/SsfCTDcavJY
Title: Re: Lil Tsunami build
Post by: kevin king on January 01, 2021, 05:18:18 PM
White part of the wave sprayed. Next will be to soften up the  edges with a brush. After the ink lines are on i will spray on 1 coat of super high gloss 2 part clear, final assembly and bench trim, make up lines, balance props and its ready!
Title: Re: Lil Tsunami build
Post by: wwwarbird on January 01, 2021, 05:24:40 PM
With John Sandberg owning a engine rebuild shop that specialized in Merlin's he was in a great position, and I feel on the cusp of dominating the Gold class at Reno with Tsunami.

 I agree, and especially with all the other talent involved in the program I think they would have been ready to smoke the field the next year. 
Title: Re: Lil Tsunami build
Post by: kevin king on January 02, 2021, 10:39:23 AM
Brushed on some white and that's it for the wave.
Title: Re: Lil Tsunami build
Post by: kevin king on January 03, 2021, 06:57:17 PM
Ink work done. https://youtu.be/hMFPTkTyQng
Title: Re: Lil Tsunami build
Post by: kevin king on January 04, 2021, 10:06:13 AM
Love the vibrant paint scheme on this. Can't wait to put the clear on it 😁
Title: Re: Lil Tsunami build
Post by: PerttiMe on January 05, 2021, 06:00:20 AM
I dont know that I'd have the patience for that....
Title: Re: Lil Tsunami build
Post by: George Grossardt on January 05, 2021, 06:12:38 AM
Kevin,

Great work as usual.  I am enjoying this thread.

George
Title: Re: Lil Tsunami build
Post by: wwwarbird on January 11, 2021, 06:58:48 PM

 Clear done yet?
Title: Re: Lil Tsunami build
Post by: Larry Renger on January 11, 2021, 07:52:51 PM
Dang that should go in a museum after a token flight!
Title: Re: Lil Tsunami build
Post by: kevin king on January 12, 2021, 10:16:43 AM
Clear done yet?
Not yet warbird. I will post as soon as it's done. Maybe a couple weeks. I want to let the dope dry during that time to ensure the 2k clear doesn't cause a reaction with the dope.
Title: Re: Lil Tsunami build
Post by: kevin king on January 12, 2021, 10:25:16 AM
Dang that should go in a museum after a token flight!
Haha Larry. I don't   know about museum. But thanks all the same
Title: Re: Lil Tsunami build
Post by: kevin king on January 12, 2021, 11:05:12 AM
I got some updates on the real Tsunami today. https://www.instagram.com/p/CJ3wfBfBrqB/?igshid=ufvfaoslpmsa
Title: Re: Lil Tsunami build
Post by: wwwarbird on January 12, 2021, 09:00:50 PM
I got some updates on the real Tsunami today.

 Don't take the bait Kevin, it's never gonna happen, really.
Title: Re: Lil Tsunami build
Post by: kevin king on January 13, 2021, 09:47:24 AM
Really? I cant imagine trying to fund something like this. They need some sponsors with deep pockets.
Title: Re: Lil Tsunami build
Post by: wwwarbird on January 13, 2021, 09:31:46 PM
 There's a lot more to the story Kevin, I still need to make that phone call to you sometime. The Spruce Goose will fly again before Tsunami.
Title: Re: Lil Tsunami build
Post by: PerttiMe on January 13, 2021, 11:57:22 PM
Tsunami flying again would be wonderful.
Just a static Tsunami on display somewhere would be cool too.
Title: Re: Lil Tsunami build
Post by: Dennis Saydak on January 14, 2021, 02:58:31 PM
Here's another example of Kevin's art.
Title: Re: Lil Tsunami build
Post by: Robert Whitley on January 14, 2021, 04:07:09 PM
Ive seen it firsthand at Prairie Fire and can attest that Windy himself would be very proud of it!
Title: Re: Lil Tsunami build
Post by: kevin king on January 16, 2021, 12:23:31 PM
Found a photo of the original 1/2a Tsunami built 20 years ago.
Title: Re: Lil Tsunami build
Post by: kevin king on January 16, 2021, 09:53:06 PM
Warbird check your pm. Dennis, thanks  for the Tsunami picture. I actually built the first 1/2a Tsunami 20 years ago to help dial in the paint job for the big Tsunami, finished right after I liked the colors. History repeats itself again as I plan on building a 46 size Tsunami soon. Robert, looking forward to seeing you at the contest this year!
Title: Re: Lil Tsunami build
Post by: wwwarbird on January 26, 2021, 08:00:17 PM
Really? I cant imagine trying to fund something like this. They need some sponsors with deep pockets.

 Kevin,

 Here's one that will get done, currently being restored to flying condition at Aircorps Aviation in Bemidji, MN. These guys don't mess around...

 http://warbirdsnews.com/warbird-restorations/thunderbird-resurrection-of-a-legendary-racing-mustang.html

 https://www.aircorpsaviation.com/project/p-51c-thunderbird/
Title: Re: Lil Tsunami build
Post by: kevin king on January 27, 2021, 02:08:43 AM
Very cool, warbird. I'd like to visit there some time...
Title: Re: Lil Tsunami build
Post by: wwwarbird on January 27, 2021, 06:54:36 PM
Very cool, warbird. I'd like to visit there some time...

 Me too, their work is incredible, second to none.