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3 years 6 months ago #7 by adder
adder created the topic: The Connie Build
Well so far I have looked at the laser cut parts and balsa from Larry Katona of Precision Cut Kits, Ewing NJ, USA.
I bought the full set of plans and the full wood kit as he has a reputation for supplying really good balsa.
LOCKHEED CONSTELLATION MODEL 649/749, 1049
Scale 1/11Power .91Wingspan 134 in. Length 103.5 in.Wing Area 1979 sq.in.
Full Wood Kit $565
Short Wood Kit $450
Plans 9 Sheets $72.00
Glass Cowls (4 req) $40.00 each
Cockpit Windows Plastic $25.00
My daughter and her husband brought it back to Australia as luggage as they had the USA limit of 40kg each, saving me a HEAP of freight.
The bits are on the bench and I intend to build the fuselage first to give me time to make a final decision on powerplants. At the moment I am thinking of 4 X 120 four stroke methanol engines.

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3 years 6 months ago #9 by Simon
Simon replied the topic: The Connie Build
Lots of lovely wood to play with there.....might be a few days before the maiden i think...

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3 years 3 months ago #50 by adder
adder replied the topic: The Connie Build
Well the fuselage is started. There will be lots of alterations to formers as no consideration has been given to the wing saddle position relative to formers with the extra former added behind wing. The laser cutting is to the plans which were hand drawn not cad so there are going to be surprises .
I will post some photos of the wing crutch next.

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3 years 3 months ago - 3 years 3 months ago #51 by Simon
Simon replied the topic: The Connie Build
It's a half- a-banana.......
Why ANYONE called such a lovely shape the Flying Banana is beyond me......but some people have NO TASTE.

"An enemy will stab you in your back,a friend will stab you in your front....."
"Beware the Lollipop of Mediocrity,lick it once and you'll suck forever......"
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3 years 3 months ago #55 by adder
adder replied the topic: The Connie Build


Here are some more pics of the build. Many problems with laser cutting. Parts not cut and errors in cutting. I will be busy with the bandsaw.

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3 years 3 months ago #56 by adder
adder replied the topic: The Connie Build
I can say it here. This is NOT a kit for the faint hearted. So far I have had parts uncut (4 of the 1/2 fuse formers not cut, no saddle for the tailplane cut and a better cutter would have probably cut the front and rear parts of the fuselage crutch which have a BIG curve...I hand cut them) The formers when laid on plan are about 3mm larger than the plan. I have used the top crutch as reference and moved the bottom crutch down 3mm or so. The slot for the wing saddle in F11 is in wrong place. F18 is cut wrongly for the stretched to super constellation L-1049 fuselage.
I am hoping like mad that cutting improves as I use more material. Its not that bad I guess but I really thought it would be better done. It seems the cutter refuses to alter his cuts when people tell him the problems. He remains "true" to the Don Smith plans. I think that its a sad position to take.

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