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FT Alpha restore/mod thread

Grifflyer

WWII fanatic
#1
To begin, I wanna start at the beginning. I got the FT alpha kit as my first speed build kit around christmas of 2016 and she well over 100 flights. As you can guess this is a pretty worn airframe and if it were any other plane I'd just toss her out and build a new one but this one is special to me and "PARTS" of the plane are still flight worthy. So in this thread I'm going to be replacing parts that are tired, redoing parts that are misaligned, adding additional parts to enhance coolness, and add additional strength. Here are some pictures of the plane right now.
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So you can see by looking at it that it needs some work and there's also some stuff that doesn't show up on camera or it's just loose and needs replacing.

The first thing I did was to remove the tail feathers because these were EXTREMELY sloppy mostly due to the paper they were mounted to was delaminating.

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Next, I removed and replaced the little part that sticks out to mount the servo, because that area would get bashed around when the wing wasn't mounted.
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As I said before the paper around where the tail feathers were mounted was delaminating so I peeled the paper of the paper and put down a piece of packing tape with about a quarter inch of overhang to give the future tail feathers a better surface to bond to (after proper sanding).

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After that I decided to change up the rear belly section I always thought it was kinda bland (zero offense to the kids at MesaRC they did a GREAT job with the plane, I know, because I've built all three, and they might have left some stuff out to make the planes more beginner friendly) so I decided to add "jet engine" details similar to an F-15 Eagle.

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That's all I've got done right now, more to come...
 

Grifflyer

WWII fanatic
#2
I got more progress done today,

I've done this on my FT bravo and looked great so I did it here, I put some foam over the triangle part between the "air ducts" and the power pod mount to give it a cleaner look and the put some black tape over the rest of the edges to keep the color even throughout the area.
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Then since my old "intake covers" were worn out and ready to fall apart I made some new ones
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I've always thought the the intake area looked almost unfinished, because (to me at least) it looks like it's missing one side of a square so I did a quick test to see how it would look if it were a full rectangle.

(Before)
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(After)
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Which one do you think looks better?
 
#4
I just finished up making a new wing due too the old one being slightly misaligned, the wing was also getting quite warped, and the center was getting flimsy probably due to many high G maneuvers (that may or may not been on purpose:p) all of those problems seem to have been fixed.

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Here you can see the carbon fiber arrow shaft spar I added.
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Next up is the canopy, tail feathers, and reinstall the electronics.
 
#5
So I didn't finish all of it but it's almost done.

I made a new canopy, because if you look in the fist post you can see how it's quite warped.
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Then, I started work on the tail feathers.
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hopefully by tomorrow I'll have the airframe done and have the servos installed/linked up.
 
#6
So I didn't finish all of it but it's almost done.

I made a new canopy, because if you look in the fist post you can see how it's quite warped.
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Then, I started work on the tail feathers.
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hopefully by tomorrow I'll have the airframe done and have the servos installed/linked up.
Hey grifflyer, just a little decoration idea if your not planning to paint this. By the prop you could add small warning triangles and arrows in red sharpie marker with (painters tape so it has straight lines), it looks like a little bit more like a military jet like that. I did it on my FT Viggen and it improved the looks in my opinion.

Edit: When I mean military jet I mean from the 60s-80s the newer jets have everything faded for low visibility.
 
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#8
as always, well done sir. ;)

i luv this airplane. i basically cut my teeth learning to fly Alpha. it was my first FT kit and hands down the airplane i flew the most at the beginning. i still have it, it looks 10x worse than your old one. maybe one of these days...

laters,

me :cool: