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03. March 2017

Wings are set for the first time on fuselage center panel section. They fit very well. same like all parts from this kit.









With tip tank...



Nice February weather allow one small photo session. This is good example how big is 1/4 scale F 104. Also, show how small are wings...




Than, back to "lab"...




For inlet channel I used 0,5 thin mm plastic. CA glued perfectly to fuselage ribs...






Front part & cowl are finished and ready for glassing. No need for filler, surface is so smooth, transition from one to another part are nice. I'm very satisfied...




12. March 2017

Since the last writing not much has been done, a lot of the time I spent in laser cut workshop. But still something is done ...

In tip tanks are built tubes for screws guide. I cut ring for tube base. Inner ring diameter is same like tube outer...


I used aluminum tube to have right direction for tube...


Tubes are printed on 3D printer...


Tip tanks are almost cover with balsa stripes, but wasn't made fins yet. Hope in next few days that will done too and after that sanding...





On RC Universe was small discussion to glue or not to glue round aluminum wing tube.
Damiano told me that it not need to be install, but weight is only 76 gr, so I decide to glue that tube.
Weight is small on so huge model and for sure that tube will give some strength.
Part which come out on wing end is guide for tip tank...


Other dilemma was to made or not intake turbine channel.
After talk with Luke and Damiano decision was made - no channels in middle fuselage section.

Fuselage is huge, on lower part is big "tunnel" and on upper part I made plastic channels.
Turbine sucks air and in so big fuselage there will be more than enough air for jet engine.
So, I cut off some parts on ribs, to get "smoother look" inside fuselage.

Before...







After...





After this "operation" I start with covering with balsa sheets...


Rear fuselage section is finish in lower part, now I need to work on rudder...



26. March 2017

Time fly in workshop, so progress on model is evident.

Center part of fuselage...











For tip tank I print front part.




Few days ago I used nice weather to sand middle fuselage part...





After few hours...







Inlet channels are short, no intake channels in fuselage. Fuselage is big, so no problem for turbine air.



Same evening I put together fuselage.





30. March 2017

Pictures can't show exactly how this jet model is big, but it's huuuuuuge...



Fuselage is 4,15 meter long!!!
























Wings & tip tanks...