Kwik-Fli, Slow Build: 9 March 2011

Kwik-Fli, Slow Build Blog Series header graphic. With a close-up of the model's engine at center, the graphic is done in orange and blue.

A photograph of a sandwich with the words "I started, I started, I started!" superimposed over it.9 March 2011. I started, I started, I started!!! Well, nothing major, but I started both the Mk. III and the Mk. II horizontal stabilizer. The Mk. III is one step ahead, as I was able to glue the frame on one side of the 1/16” covering. The Mk. II was done “in the open” and will be entirely covered later on. I bought a 3/16” balsa sheet for the Mk. II framing (I didn’t check if I already had it; I bought another piece just to be sure…). Once I’m finished with the sandwich, I’ll cut the elevators and the vertical (fin and rudder for both planes) and I’ll set them aside. The fuse will be next.

parts of the Jensen Wing Kit for the Kwik-Fli Mk. II laid out on a work table.By the way, I was right: the two horizontal stabilizers are relatively different! Even if the total area is more or less the same, the Mk. III has larger elevators and smaller stabilizer, so I couldn’t use the pre-printed balsa covering of the Mk. III (I had two of them) to start a Mk. II stabilizer… Well, too bad! It wasn’t a big deal, at the end of the day…

Now I have to find some soft and light 1/16” balsa for covering: I do not want to put too much weight on the tail!

Next post: March 16, 2011

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