Next step

After a delay, I have restarted work on the airplane. The nose section was planked in balsa strips and a 1/6 scale GI Joe F-15 model cockpit was inserted into the forward section. It fits well and is to scale.  Since this will be a display model, I elected to frame in the exhaust pipes with aluminum piping. Engine intake vanes were placed in the intake duct at the location of the engine as in a flying model.  Vertical stabilizers have been roughed out and and additional plywood formers will be created to strengthen the attach points to the tail section. My next step is to fiberglass in the exhaust piping and give all of the formers a coat of epoxy to stabilize the wood.  Continue reading

fuselage layout

fuselage layout

initial layout of the fuselage formers on the jig. this thing is big, the work table is 4X8 ft for a sense of scale, next step will be to level the formers and start work on the interor

Getting started

setting up the jig

setting up the jig

Have finished setting up the jig for the fuselage. Starting to cut out the formers and wing ribs.  They will take more time than I had initially thought.  Each requires a lot of sanding to get them just right.
I got a couple of Form-A-Jigs from E-bay and made my own rail. Will use the jig up rights and use a modification of the wire system from the Form A Jig system.
Pictures to follow

Hello world!

So begins an attempt to build a 1/6 scale F-15. Am using plans from CMSMITH.com out of Toronto Canada. They are a little spendy but seems to be well laid out. The main thing to remember is that this model is BIG! It covers the same floor space in the hanger as the Citabria and is almost large enough to qualify as an EAA homebuilt.  Will add pictures as I go and would welcome suggestions from the model builders out there on construction tips.