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Old 03-01-2012, 10:51 PM   #21
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Hi.. John...


Impressive work youve made...

Very nice craftmanship...


I my self have a 23" RU Eagle to build and a couple of 44" Eagles..
But Im still gathering parts and when Im done I start my build...

It will be the first time for me too work with brass tubing, soldering and so forth...
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Old 04-01-2012, 05:22 PM   #22
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Hi.. John...


Impressive work youve made...

Very nice craftmanship...


I my self have a 23" RU Eagle to build and a couple of 44" Eagles..
But Im still gathering parts and when Im done I start my build...

It will be the first time for me too work with brass tubing, soldering and so forth...
Thanks!

I also have the remastered RU 23" Eagle and I'll tackle it after this one. Contrary to others who've posted on the RU kit, my kit has great castings and needs very little clean up. I would guess it'll be a faster build than the AB 22".

A couple of 44" Eagles...... Wish I had the room for one. My smaller Eagles will have to battle for display room.



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Old 04-01-2012, 05:30 PM   #23
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Well, the spine is cleaned up and primed. Almost looks the part There's a couple areas I need to address but they are minor and won't take long to fix.

Next is to make a jig for the cages. Might take a short breather and get going on a commission armor build first though.

Here's pics of the completed spine.









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Old 04-01-2012, 05:33 PM   #24
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These look excellent. Have you ever thought of building the length of the spine with using 1 long piece of tubing? Then slip bigger diameter pieces over it for the thicker sections.
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Old 04-01-2012, 05:45 PM   #25
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Wow.. it looks great...


Job well done...
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Old 04-01-2012, 05:52 PM   #26
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These look excellent. Have you ever thought of building the length of the spine with using 1 long piece of tubing? Then slip bigger diameter pieces over it for the thicker sections.
Building it that way would be a real big headache in my opinion. It's way easier to jig build the trusses and then insert the longeron tubes to complete the spine. This way you're not fighting to keep the shape of the spine accurate over it's entire length as the individual trusses take care of this.

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Old 05-01-2012, 07:07 PM   #27
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Again nice work - but I've just got to ask why have you done the V-shaped frames (at either end) differently to the plan/original design. You appear to have the top edges just fixed to the upper longeron tube instead of going fully into the corners?
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Old 05-01-2012, 07:39 PM   #28
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Again nice work - but I've just got to ask why have you done the V-shaped frames (at either end) differently to the plan/original design. You appear to have the top edges just fixed to the upper longeron tube instead of going fully into the corners?
I noticed this after fitting the first few in place. I decided it didn't look too bad so I left them as is. This spine is so much better than the one supplied in the AB kit I can live with a minor error. I'll promise to do the next one better.

Even Martin Bower made the same "error" on his second 22" Eagle.

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Old 07-01-2012, 12:55 AM   #29
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Quick update.

I built the jig for the cages yesterday and began building them today. They will be in sections like the original 44" Eagle. I'll be building all the cages as seen here before I add the cross braces and tubes on the bottom which are specific to their location.

Here's a few pics.









Thanks again for looking,

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Old 07-01-2012, 02:26 PM   #30
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looking good - pictures are nice too, it all looks quite 'big' and I forget how small it is and keep thinking that its a 44" build.
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Old 07-01-2012, 02:38 PM   #31
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And that is how you do that.... Nice John, very nice.

Mini masterclass for anyone who may not have tried to solder a brass frame. A clever jig design (there are a few around) can make this kind of work so much easier. I like the cut back areas close to the joints to reduce heat loss when applying solder.
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Old 07-01-2012, 07:39 PM   #32
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And that is how you do that.... Nice John, very nice.

Mini masterclass for anyone who may not have tried to solder a brass frame. A clever jig design (there are a few around) can make this kind of work so much easier. I like the cut back areas close to the joints to reduce heat loss when applying solder.
Thanks for the compliment

With the proper planning and jig the actual building of the framework is not complicated at all. The jig took about 4 hours to design and build. The first cage up to this point was about another 4 hours but that also included cutting the tubes for the other three cages which will go much faster as the tube cutting time is minimal now.

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Old 10-01-2012, 09:06 PM   #33
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This is awesome, thanks for having us along on the journey!
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Old 11-01-2012, 10:14 PM   #34
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Hi.. John ...


It looks great... Nice work....
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How did you do the diagonal tubes with their "fish mouths" at each end?
Was each one custom measured and hand filed with a round file?
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How did you do the diagonal tubes with their "fish mouths" at each end?
Was each one custom measured and hand filed with a round file?
All of the 'fish mouths' are hand filed and custom fit. The majority of the framework is 1/8" and 3/32" tubing so the filing goes quick. I have files that are the same diameter of the tubing so this makes the ends easier to match to the framework being built.

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P.S. progress was slow last week due to work but there will be an update today
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Old 17-01-2012, 07:24 PM   #37
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Work got in the way of progress this last week. Today I was able to finish up the basic framework for the 4 cages. I'll be adding the cross braces and bottom braces within the next day or two.









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Old 17-01-2012, 11:36 PM   #38
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It looks great, John...

Good job.. Nice craftmanship...
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Old 17-01-2012, 11:47 PM   #39
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lovely work...this is inspirational stuff!
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Old 29-01-2012, 05:23 AM   #40
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Hi All,

Sorry for no update during the past week or so. I had great intentions to complete the cages but I had an unfortunate cooking mishap. Long story short... sharp knife + left index finger = time away from the work bench The healing is doing well so I should be back to the work bench by Tuesday.

Here are a few pics of where I left off. Next step is to design a jig for the diagonal braces.









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