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Skyediamonds1985Guillows Series 800 - Stearman PT-17Build06-Jul-15 19:35
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This might appear a bit redundant, but carefully cutting the wet-n-dry sandpaper for the lower wing walk
Skyediamonds1985Guillows Series 800 - Stearman PT-17Build06-Jul-15 19:26
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Using wet-n-dry sandpaper for the wing walk. This is to get that "textured" non slip look
Skyediamonds1985Guillows Series 800 - Stearman PT-17Build06-Jul-15 17:04
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Cockpit coaming and other goodies
Skyediamonds1985Guillows Series 800 - Stearman PT-17Build06-Jul-15 17:03
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Cockpit coaming and other goodies
Skyediamonds1985Guillows Series 800 - Stearman PT-17Parked03-Jul-15 21:38
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There you have it. The engine has lots of character and highlights one of the main focal points of a radial engined biplane.
Skyediamonds1985Guillows Series 800 - Stearman PT-17Build03-Jul-15 21:35
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As you can see, the copper exhaust really stands out, despite it supposedly being "hidden" behind the cylinders. The "bling" factor really plays out here. The intake manifold will also be added. The intake manifolds were painted black for added contrast.
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Skyediamonds1985Guillows Series 800 - Stearman PT-17Build03-Jul-15 21:32
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Each cylinder was first set in its "mounting base" made from paper and beads and then the whole assembly epoxied onto the plastic crankcase
Skyediamonds1985Guillows Series 800 - Stearman PT-17Build03-Jul-15 21:29
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After each cylinder was epoxied in place, I cut a small section of slightly thick copper wiring and bent it to shape to simulate the exhaust. It was epoxied into place. The spark plug wiring was simply superglued. I purposely left the copper wiring in its natural state as sometimes exhaust pipes can take on various burnt hues of colors that closely resembles well, copper.
Skyediamonds1985Guillows Series 800 - Stearman PT-17Build03-Jul-15 21:24
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The plastic housing making up the nose of the fuselage and crankcase was painted in blue, silver for the exhaust collector ring, and gray for the crankcase. The cylinder was epoxied using the 5-minute brand. Again, why wait for 30 minutes while holding it in your hand for it to set?
Skyediamonds1985Guillows Series 800 - Stearman PT-17Build03-Jul-15 21:21
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I used a T pin to make a hole in between the "cooling fins" for the spark plug and wiring. Then carefully pre-bent it back around the cylinder to its approximate location prior to gluing onto the crankcase.
Skyediamonds1985Guillows Series 800 - Stearman PT-17Build03-Jul-15 21:17
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What can I say?
Skyediamonds1985Guillows Series 800 - Stearman PT-17Build03-Jul-15 21:16
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For the mounting base of each cylinder, i simply cut circular rings from paper (I figured it was far easier than cutting plastic with an X-Acto knife) and used small beads to simulate the mounting lugs. If you look carefully, you can easily see that I used a small diameter copper tubing with the same sized beads for simulating spark plugs. I left the beads in their natural bright metallic finish for that added "bling" factor.
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