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Old 04-28-2013, 08:38 AM   #1
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Default Any full fuse scratch built DH mosquitos out there?

I've seen a fair few full fuse spitfires, hurricanes, p51's etc but i've yet to see a full fuselage DH mosquito that is made from depron foam. I'm talking scratch built not shop bought. Does anybody know of any?

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I think it's probably because of the double curvature around the nose section.It would be very hard to get that right.
Years ago,I built a Mosquito out of polyurethane building foam,and the whole nose section was solid laminated foam,shaped with rasps and sandpaper into the nose shape.Even then,I didn't get it quite right.It only lived for about 8 seconds,as the port engine cut just after take off at full throttle.It was the RCM plan of the later observation type.
I would happily build another "mossie" out of foam,now that electric power is doable.
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I think it's probably because of the double curvature around the nose section.It would be very hard to get that right.
Years ago,I built a Mosquito out of polyurethane building foam,and the whole nose section was solid laminated foam,shaped with rasps and sandpaper into the nose shape.Even then,I didn't get it quite right.It only lived for about 8 seconds,as the port engine cut just after take off at full throttle.It was the RCM plan of the later observation type.
I would happily build another "mossie" out of foam,now that electric power is doable.
I started to build one from a plan in RCME a year or so back. I increased its size by 50% but abandoned it about 1/2 way through as the weight was far too much. I will revisit it soon though. I've built a few models from depron and have learnt so much. I'm planning on a 1/10 scale with retracts. I should be able to get it down to about 80oz. I'm also planning to increase the the wing area a bit by making the tip chords a little wider and also a bit thicker. It'll be hardly noticeable and should make it fly so much better. Hey i would have thought you could have restored yours after the crash. I thought you Kiwi's were good at that. Just thinking of the full size mozzie that has just been restored.
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I would have rebuilt it if I thought it was fixable,but there weren't many recognizable pieces left over.
I think the biggest problem with aircraft like the Mozzie is always going to be getting the c.g. right.But at least with electrics,you can shove the battery right up front.
I'll be happy to let you build a foam mosquito,then once you've finished ,I can pinch all your good ideas
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I would have fixed it if there had been any recognizable pieces left over.It went in at near full speed.
Looking forward to a build report on yours.
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