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Re: Lil Tsunami build
« Reply #100 on: December 30, 2020, 08:56:37 AM »
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Re: Lil Tsunami build
« Reply #101 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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Re: Lil Tsunami build
« Reply #102 on: December 30, 2020, 08:01:56 PM »
Alot a work😁 But that's ok.

 Part of the fun!  y1
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Re: Lil Tsunami build
« Reply #103 on: December 30, 2020, 09:26:09 PM »
This is a magnificent effort. But on a profile model? Couldnít 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?
Think S.M.A.L.L. y'all and, it's all good, CL, FF and RC!

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Re: Lil Tsunami build
« Reply #104 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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Re: Lil Tsunami build
« Reply #105 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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Re: Lil Tsunami build
« Reply #106 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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Re: Lil Tsunami build
« Reply #107 on: December 31, 2020, 12:43:28 PM »
Thank you warbird.👍

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Re: Lil Tsunami build
« Reply #108 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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Re: Lil Tsunami build
« Reply #109 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
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Re: Lil Tsunami build
« Reply #110 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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Re: Lil Tsunami build
« Reply #111 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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Re: Lil Tsunami build
« Reply #112 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.
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Re: Lil Tsunami build
« Reply #113 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.

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Re: Lil Tsunami build
« Reply #114 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.
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Re: Lil Tsunami build
« Reply #115 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.

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Re: Lil Tsunami build
« Reply #116 on: January 01, 2021, 07:59:46 AM »
Rare Bear on fire

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Re: Lil Tsunami build
« Reply #117 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!
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Re: Lil Tsunami build
« Reply #118 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. 
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Re: Lil Tsunami build
« Reply #119 on: January 02, 2021, 10:39:23 AM »
Brushed on some white and that's it for the wave.
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Re: Lil Tsunami build
« Reply #120 on: January 03, 2021, 06:57:17 PM »
Ink work done.

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Re: Lil Tsunami build
« Reply #121 on: January 04, 2021, 10:06:13 AM »
Love the vibrant paint scheme on this. Can't wait to put the clear on it 😁

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Re: Lil Tsunami build
« Reply #122 on: January 05, 2021, 06:00:20 AM »
I dont know that I'd have the patience for that....
I built a Blue Pants as a kid. Wish I still had it. Might even learn to fly it.

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Re: Lil Tsunami build
« Reply #123 on: January 05, 2021, 06:12:38 AM »
Kevin,

Great work as usual.  I am enjoying this thread.

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Re: Lil Tsunami build
« Reply #124 on: January 11, 2021, 06:58:48 PM »

 Clear done yet?
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Re: Lil Tsunami build
« Reply #125 on: January 11, 2021, 07:52:51 PM »
Dang that should go in a museum after a token flight!
Think S.M.A.L.L. y'all and, it's all good, CL, FF and RC!

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Re: Lil Tsunami build
« Reply #126 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.

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Re: Lil Tsunami build
« Reply #127 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

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Re: Lil Tsunami build
« Reply #128 on: January 12, 2021, 11:05:12 AM »
I got some updates on the real Tsunami today.

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Re: Lil Tsunami build
« Reply #129 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.
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Re: Lil Tsunami build
« Reply #130 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.

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Re: Lil Tsunami build
« Reply #131 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.
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« Reply #132 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.
I built a Blue Pants as a kid. Wish I still had it. Might even learn to fly it.

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Re: Lil Tsunami build
« Reply #133 on: January 14, 2021, 02:58:31 PM »
Here's another example of Kevin's art.
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Re: Lil Tsunami build
« Reply #134 on: January 14, 2021, 04:07:09 PM »
Iíve seen it firsthand at Prairie Fire and can attest that Windy himself would be very proud of it!

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Re: Lil Tsunami build
« Reply #135 on: January 16, 2021, 12:23:31 PM »
Found a photo of the original 1/2a Tsunami built 20 years ago.

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Re: Lil Tsunami build
« Reply #136 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!
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Re: Lil Tsunami build
« Reply #137 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/
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Re: Lil Tsunami build
« Reply #138 on: January 27, 2021, 02:08:43 AM »
Very cool, warbird. I'd like to visit there some time...
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Re: Lil Tsunami build
« Reply #139 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.
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