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Old 02-09-2010, 09:38 PM   #1
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Default 44" Eagle -The Time Has Come To Join The Big Boys

Time to bite the bullet and start to put together all those parts i have been squirrelling away over the last year or so.
i had been unable to make my mind up to go with brass framework or resin . my engineer will be doing brasswork eventually but i was getting itchy fingers and wanted to get started. also i had heard great things about uncle Bill's resin work and his kit could be ready very soon. so the route could be very similar to Chris's , a resin eagle to start with and then progress to brass.
uncle Bill's kit arrived and it's a real wow moment when you open the box, lots of beatifully cast pieces that you wonder "how the hell did he make them?" i wont bore you with too many pictures as this has already been covered elsewhere. i have tidied up the front cagework and hope to make quick progress puting it together. the only parts i am in need of are a beak and passenger pod, the later hopefully arriving later this month and DX's beak whenever it's ready. that's enough chat, i'm off to go stick some bits together
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Old 02-09-2010, 10:06 PM   #2
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Nice!! Post lots of pics! Can you tell me how much Uncle Bill is selling this kit for? Is it available still?

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Old 02-09-2010, 10:12 PM   #3
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I will happily be bored looking at your pictures Paul.
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Old 02-09-2010, 10:32 PM   #4
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Go for it Paul, every living room needs one
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Old 02-09-2010, 10:43 PM   #5
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Looking forward to seeing this one come together Paul...
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Old 02-09-2010, 11:45 PM   #6
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Yeah I think I would go for the resin spine as well....Uncle Bill where are you???
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Old 03-09-2010, 08:28 AM   #7
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Man this is great news Paul. You use the carbon fibre rods for this style of spine don't you?
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Old 03-09-2010, 09:20 AM   #8
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i will be using carbon fibre rods for the spine, nice and strong but light. i will ask uncle Bill to post on this thread the details of his resin parts
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Old 03-09-2010, 07:47 PM   #9
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Good Luck with your build!
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Old 03-09-2010, 07:56 PM   #10
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Will be following your progress with much interest Paul, best of luck with the build.
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Old 03-09-2010, 10:45 PM   #11
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just finished the front cage . just a few pics to show the build up and how the front frame is attached to the rest of the cage. the structure is surprisingly strong for something so light. hope to do some of the rear frame over the weekend
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Old 04-09-2010, 12:21 AM   #12
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You can tell that's beautifully cast resin. They fit like a glove.
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Looking excellent. Just wish I could build them so fast in Brass !
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Paul - I'm surprised you would settle for resin.

What are the positives and negatives to resin?

I wouldn't think it would be nearly as strong?
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Old 05-09-2010, 05:39 AM   #15
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With the carbon fibre rods it does very well actually. The brass spine is very good for doing stuns as many times as Alan crashed, but this does well enough for static display.
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This option also has the added benefit of being an achievable build for people that do not have the skill or even want to undertake building in brass.

Coming along nicely Paul.
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That is cool! Seeing this thread I have actually considered that a 44 inch build might be achievable with resin! Please keep us up to date.
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Also curious about the cost of the kit. Someone had mentioned it earlier, but I havn't seen anything posted about it.

Repeating everyone else, LOTS of pictures. Bore me to tears with pics.
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Old 09-09-2010, 08:44 PM   #19
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i have now done the rear cage work and most of the engine assembly frame work. the rest of the week has been taken up by making the engine tanks and filling the joins and smoothing things down. the 4 ball things ( a technical term for those who don't understand the terminology) have been made and pipework attached. the carbon fibre rods also arrived this week( thanks Bill) and i have been busy preparing the main resin parts for the spine and hope to make some progress with this over the weekend. if time allows also hope to finish all the rear cage work. i will need to set 4 nuts into the rear assembly to hold the rear bells in place. will take photos of this process to explain myself better and photos of all the sub assemblies before i attach them.
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Old 10-09-2010, 06:38 AM   #20
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Paul,
Just a recommendation...if you're using aluminium bells you will need to add some metal components in to that rear end otherwise the frame will sag under gravity over time. I don't remember the thread but one of our members inserted a brass tube in the centre of the assembly, embedded in the rear corridor and through to the rear cross frame. I did this in aluminium on mine.

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