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CreosotewindScratch Built Grumman F9F PantherParked10-Jul-09 16:43
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The biggest adjustment to make. I let the strings "flow" naturally to form the elegant shape of the fuselage. But somehow that former is way undersized. So back to the drawing board. And at the front of the picture you can see that the first intake opening broke off. I need to rethink the wing root so that the formers with their large intake cutouts are sturdier.
CreosotewindScratch Built Grumman F9F PantherParked10-Jul-09 16:40
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I made some marks where I need to move the stringer notches so that the stringers fit more gracefully along the fuselage. I'm trying to make the parts interlock and buid with a minimum amount of fuss.
CreosotewindScratch Built Grumman F9F PantherParked10-Jul-09 16:38
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Sorry for the blurry shot. This shows the rudimentary cockpit. It does have the side counsols, seat and armored back and the control panel. Just not installed yet.
CreosotewindScratch Built Grumman F9F PantherParked10-Jul-09 16:36
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Rear view. I think the graceful curves of the tail area are what attracted me to this plane. And that also made drawing the parts a bit of a bear. The tail has a slight curve to it from top to bottom, and then there is a concave shape just above the tailcone.
CreosotewindScratch Built Grumman F9F PantherParked10-Jul-09 16:34
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Front view. Early in the construction I was getting disappointed at how sloppy the stringers were lining up. Then I realized I was mis-aligning some of them. Overall I'm pretty happy with the look, but will be making a few changes for better fit and cleaner building.
CreosotewindScratch Built Grumman F9F PantherParked10-Jul-09 16:31
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The stringers are all in place. Overall length is 26 1/2 inches. With the nose cone added, it will be about 28 inches overall.
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CreosotewindScratch Built Grumman F9F PantherParked10-Jul-09 16:30
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Starting to make notes to myself for changes to parts and the drawings. These are half size prints on 11x17 paper.
CreosotewindScratch Built Grumman F9F PantherParked10-Jul-09 16:29
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Test fitting the wing root. I'm starting to find a few pieces that need minor adjustments, and some that need major adjustments.
CreosotewindScratch Built Grumman F9F PantherParked10-Jul-09 16:28
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The preliminary cockpit and front landing gear and air brake areas. A bit more complicated that probably needs to be. I may simplify the construction.
CreosotewindScratch Built Grumman F9F PantherParked10-Jul-09 16:26
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Basic formers in place. Starting on the stringers.
CreosotewindScratch Built Grumman F9F PantherParked10-Jul-09 16:25
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Working on the tail.
CreosotewindScratch Built Grumman F9F PantherParked10-Jul-09 16:25
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Beginning test fit of parts.
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