Midkiff Wildcat

This year I don't feel like attempting another rushed superscale model for the Nationals, so I'm planning a more sensible project.  Rubber powered models seem to handle the wind better that the other classes, and with a hand launch allowed, this seems like a sensible direction to head in.  The Wildcat has been on the build list for some time and 30" span seems about right - no 1/4 scale Lacey's for me.  As Mike Midkiff does a 28" plan building that, rather than penning my own design, also saves time and effort.  And yes I did buy the plan from Mike rather than downloading it. 

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When it comes to a subject aircraft there is only one choice for me.  The Profile Publications work on the Wildcat has a great grey, green and yellow scheme, whilst networking on Hippocket Aeronautics threw up the all important colour photograph. (The photo seems to be copyrighted so it will appear in the docs but not here..)

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So the aim is to get it done in time to fly it at the Dreaming Spires.

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We are off..

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Quarter formers and main stringers added..

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Starting to look like a Wildcat

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Getting there… but given the time left might go for a simpler colour scheme

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No still sticking with plan A!!

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At the Nationals the inevitable wind did not materialise! And the model had a number of trimming issues.  Looked great, didn't really fly.  Needs sorting away from a comp.

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© Laurence Marks 2012