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Old 04-29-2016, 06:27 PM
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Now this was something that I wanted to do for ages but never had the courage to cut the wing. Well I had a beer or two ... grabbed wing and cut.

Sadly it was NEVER designed to have retracts fitted but I managed by foul means to get some in ...

Here she is with factory fixed set :



Now with the bodged in retracts :



One of the headaches was the plastic retracts have a stupid design of the main block. The two screws either side of working bit have a bulge from the body that only leaves a tiny sliver ... so the mount plate is very weak at that point. Mine kept splitting every time I tried screwing up. Metal body retracts don't have it.

Anyway its a rough job ... can't get that colour film either so in the end went to paint shop and got them to match paint to the film !!

Interesting to see how long they last !! It's not the friendliest model to land.

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Old 04-30-2016, 05:01 AM
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looks good nigel
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Old 05-02-2016, 10:29 AM
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Today they get tested at Airport ... hope to have video ... Good or Bad !!

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Old 05-04-2016, 03:58 AM
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Looking forward to it
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Old 05-04-2016, 04:05 AM
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" it was NEVER designed to have retracts fitted but I managed by foul means to get some in ... "

LOL

It looks good from here!
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Old 05-04-2016, 09:08 AM
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She crashed through idiot pilot !

Flying nice ... then too slow in turn with gusty wind and highly tapered wing ... she stalled and spiralled into the tarmac ... video to follow.

She's a pig of a model - so will stay at back of repair list ....

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Old 05-04-2016, 03:07 PM
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At least you greased the landing for the Lanc ! Not all was lost.
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Originally Posted by dahawk View Post
At least you greased the landing for the Lanc ! Not all was lost.
Really chuffed about the Lanc and managed to get IN FRAME this time !

Here's the fateful video ....



Cry with me ...

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Old 05-04-2016, 08:49 PM
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Ouch ! We all have days like these. In the airlines, the old adage has always been: Crashes come in threes.

Must give you a lot of credit though. You're crashes always have a high drama effect like splattering onto the pavement- LOL. Now that one and the 540T would have been a binner's for me. You'll probably have both looking brand new soon!

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To be honest - the Mig 3 looked good - but was always a pig to fly / land with its wing form. It will fly again ... but is not a priority at moment.

Zlin .... Edge 540 .... FW 190 are at top of list at present.

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