Kwik-Fli, Slow Build: 29 October 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.

29 October 2011. The weather is awful, it’s cold and it is going to snow. Not much, just a little bit, as a reminder that winter is coming…Graphic showing a map of part of Virigina, the date of October 29, 2011 and a snowy cloud.

Francesca is in Italy, and I can only but go back to the building board… I used a little bit of sand paper, and then I cut the ailerons! I also used some putty on the fuse; I think this is going to be the last time: from now on, the paper will have to take care of the imperfections! Now I’ll have to finish them, with some tools and more sand paper, and then we can start covering!!! This is how the plane is looking like (and I realized I didn’t cut the Fin and Rudder, yet!)

Scan of a picture from Beppe's Kwik-Fli Mk. II reproduction build log. Picture shows a partially-assembled balsa wood frame.

By the way, another important thing I accomplished was the wing decalage and setting it into the fuse. As much as you can be careful during the construction, the setting of the wing into the fuse is always a big question mark, to be solved BEFORE you start covering. In this specific case, it was not as important as with the bolt-on wing of the Mk. III, but it had to be precise and please the eye at the same time. Luckily enough it was not a difficult job, and I’m quite proud of the result! I left 1° of positive incidence, just to be on the safe side. These planes will not be terribly fast, and some positive incidence will make them easier to control.

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