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P-Force XL build photos fuse
« on: January 12, 2018, 07:37:35 PM »
I’ve started a build log on the P-Force XL.  The first photo is 1/2 of the fuse pinned to the building board with the electric nose and aligned with a long straight edge.  The second half of the fuselage is placed on top to make sure the alignment is correct.
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Re: P-Force XL build photos fuse
« Reply #1 on: January 13, 2018, 10:12:15 AM »
Second photo above, apply the glue (Titebond) with a small paint brush.  Place the fuselage half in place and pin in down.  Weight the fuse down overnight with old books and magazines and allow to dry.  Assemble the tailwheel mount and glue in place.

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Re: P-Force XL build photos fuse
« Reply #2 on: January 14, 2018, 07:49:13 PM »
next photo shows adding the hard Balsa 3/32” X 1/2”  cross-bracing. 
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Re: P-Force XL build photos fuse
« Reply #3 on: January 14, 2018, 07:54:25 PM »
Trim the left side of the fuselage from the front of the stabilizer opening to the end of the fuselage.  I used a razor plane them switched to a sanding block.  The end of the fuselage (rudder post) should be 3/32” at this point.

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Re: P-Force XL build photos fuse
« Reply #4 on: January 14, 2018, 08:08:55 PM »
Sheet the left side of the fuselage with 1/16” balsa.  Note: The grain of the wood runs at 45 degrees to the top of the fuselage using Medium CA glue, making sure you attach the outside Balsa skins to the cross bracing and fuselage side.
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Re: P-Force XL build photos fuse
« Reply #5 on: January 14, 2018, 08:24:49 PM »
Turn the fuselage over and sheet the right side of the fuselage from the plywood doubler to the tail post.  Notice the balsa grains on this side runs in the opposite direction of the sheeting on the left side. Trim the excess balsa from the sheeting along the top, bottom, the wing opening and the stabilizer opening.
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Re: P-Force XL build photos fuse
« Reply #6 on: January 14, 2018, 10:19:06 PM »
The Fin, rudder, and dorsal fin are made from 3/16” light Balsa.  Notice the top of the fin and the bottom of the rudder have pieces of balsa with the grain of the wood in different direction of the rudder.  This is to help stiffen these parts.  Using a long sanding block sand the assemble parts so they are smooth and free if any ridges or bumps.


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Re: P-Force XL build photos fuse
« Reply #7 on: Yesterday at 11:29:05 AM »
Place the fuselage on the work bench make sure it square to the work table.  Use a triangle on the bench to ensure the fuselage square.  Glues the Fin & Rudder assembly to the top of the fuselage.  Note:  There is NO rudder offset make sure the rudder assembly is square to the work and allow the glue to dry.


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Re: P-Force XL build photos fuse
« Reply #8 on: Yesterday at 11:45:27 AM »
Hi Mike
Glad to see this coming along.  If I understand correctly, the core is composed of gluing two 1/4" core pieces together and then sheeting with 1/16th at opposing 45 degree angles which will give you a 5/8" thick fuselage.  Correct?  As per our past discussions I would like to build one as soon as every thing is available.  Really looks good Mike.

Mike Griffin


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