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Hi all I bought this kit with money I got for my birthday, I've only ever built one balsa aircraft kit when I was still a lad in my teens (ahh how well I remember

the smell of dope and the lovely twist in the wing where I over zealously applied the dope to the tissue (think that's why it always seemed to crash land ) .

Well the kit arrived and it is an impressive kit.

The balsa and ply look to be good quality and the laser cutting is also very good.

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There is a lot of balsa too.

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I've no idea what the carbon rod is for (or a lot of the other stuff for that matter)

This is the instructions that come with the kit

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That's it, no written instructions, nothing about how the fuselage goes together(there are hundreds of parts) since this is supposed to be an rc plane I'm assuming it's meant for experienced builders (of which I'm not) I dont intend to rc it I intend to build it with no skin on it and am going to stain the framework with red wood stain ( that's always assuming I can figure out how to assemble it)

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That's going to be a big Fokker :P

Those rods are probably the push-rods for the flight controls if you build it as a flying model. There really ought to be a set of instructions for the fuselage. perhaps write to the company to make sure?

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Hi all well thanks to Ron I have some pdf instructions.

I thought I'd made my first error I was going to stain all the wood before gluing it all together as I thought the glue would stop the stain and wouldn't then look so good.

I started with the sides of the fuselage, as I was painting it on the balsa started to curve, i wasn't too worried as i thought when i do the other side as it dries it would straighten up again but it seemed as though it wouldn't so i started gluing some bits together hoping when i come to attaching the sides i could straighten them up then.

Luckily they leveled out by themselves, unluckily the glue does affect the stain. Not sure if it shows on the pics but anyway once the other side is on I dont think it will notice, so I've spent the rest of the afternoon staining all the rest of the parts for the fuselage.

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It's going to be a fair size when done (at least as a static display model anyway)

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Hi all more progress, once you've figured out how things go together the fit is great (even with the pdf files it's still confusing) I think the model has been updated since the pdf instructions as the numbers are different and a lot of the parts dont look like the pdf says they should, anyhow here's more progress pics.

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Hi all more progress, some of the parts bare no resemblance to what the instructions say they should look like, it makes things very confusing.
Not sure what I'm going to do with the engine painting wise.
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Hi all more progress on this, I'm really enjoying this, I'm considering adding the serves and control cables just to add more interest to the finished plane.
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Have you heard the one about the plane with the wooden engine? It wouldn' go.😊

seriously though this a rather interesting subject. What's the plan with the wing and fuselage covering, is it tissue or something more substantial?

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I'm just wondering whether there is a clear covering I could use then if I wanted to rc it at a later date I could.

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