Jitterbug by A. Whittaker

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MikeW
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Jitterbug by A. Whittaker

Post by MikeW » Sun Feb 09, 2014 4:54 pm

I decided a few months ago to have my first attempt at building from a plan. I remembered seeing the free Jitterbug plan in RCME (April 2011), and decided it would make a good Sunday hack. Plus it looked like a relatively easy model to start building with.

I ordered an 'clean' plan and a basic wood pack back in October with the aim of trying to build it over the winter (some hope as it turned out)
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I managed to start work on it over the Christmas period, but progress is slow

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Re: Jitterbug by A. Whittaker

Post by MikeW » Sun Feb 09, 2014 5:34 pm

Some progress made. Fuselage is a simple box construction with flat sheet sides.
Just put the formers on behind the cockpit that support the stringers for the turtle deck.
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David Cowley

Re: Jitterbug by A. Whittaker

Post by David Cowley » Thu Feb 13, 2014 5:57 pm

Mike
Well done, get cracking we are looking forward to seeing it fly this summer, I am working on my Wot4, just done a mould for the front and produced one from a bottle just like son as per his blog.

David C

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Re: Jitterbug by A. Whittaker

Post by MikeW » Tue Feb 18, 2014 8:09 pm

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Some more progress over the recent wet weekends.
Removable fuel tank cover made which forms front of canopy.
Tail end made and covered, then glued in place.
Elevator servo mounted at tail rather than inside fuselage.
Almost ready to start on wing.

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Re: Jitterbug by A. Whittaker

Post by Colin » Thu Feb 20, 2014 9:03 am

It's coming on Mike!

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Re: Jitterbug by A. Whittaker

Post by MikeW » Sun Mar 23, 2014 6:25 pm

Seems like it is taking forever....
However, fuselage is completely finished now and covered at last.
Just trying to fit the engine and finalise the throttle snake, when I realised that the sheeting under the nose of the plane prevents you from getting at the engine mounting bolts (from underneath). Looks like I will have to cut a piece of the sheeting out to get access.
Can't decide whether to put a pilot in the cockpit or not ???
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Re: Jitterbug by A. Whittaker

Post by Colin » Sun Mar 30, 2014 12:26 am

Definitely needs someone in the 'office' !

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Re: Jitterbug by A. Whittaker

Post by MikeW » Sun Mar 30, 2014 6:14 pm

Oh dear - time to visit a model shop again then....
No pilots in the store room (garage)
Will a female pilot bring me better luck with this model ??

David Cowley

Re: Jitterbug by A. Whittaker

Post by David Cowley » Thu Apr 03, 2014 2:09 pm

Mike
looks like flying this plane could give you the jitters
David C

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Re: Jitterbug by A. Whittaker

Post by MikeW » Wed May 07, 2014 9:32 pm

Fuselage finished, engine in and radio gear in at last.
Then two wing halves have taken ages, but finally epoxied them together this weekend.
Should be finished just in time for winter......
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