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The refurbishment of a Seagull Swift 40

CarolineTyler

Well-known member
#62
Getting so close to finishing this bird to the point of doing all the covering. The ragged hole under the vertical stabiliser on the fuselage I have filled and smoothed.
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Closed up the bottom of the battery bay.
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Decided on the location of the ESC and will use the existing hole where the previous owner had cut a hole to create airflow to keep that ESC cool.
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Made a small scoop to feed air in and the outlet is in the lower portion of the tail. Fashioned a small jig to hold the ESC vertically in the airflow to maximise cooling.
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mayan

Well-known member
#63
Getting so close to finishing this bird to the point of doing all the covering. The ragged hole under the vertical stabiliser on the fuselage I have filled and smoothed.
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Closed up the bottom of the battery bay.
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Decided on the location of the ESC and will use the existing hole where the previous owner had cut a hole to create airflow to keep that ESC cool.
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Made a small scoop to feed air in and the outlet is in the lower portion of the tail. Fashioned a small jig to hold the ESC vertically in the airflow to maximise cooling.
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Your pushing me @CarolineTyler, making me itch. Making me consider trying a balsa build in the future :).
 

Seahunter

Active member
#67
Very nice work Caroline, I'm enjoying following along looking at the photos. I have an old .40 Nitro Thunder Tiger Trainer hanging in my shop needing restoration. You have inspired me to restore it and convert it from nitro to electric. I have a box full of iron on covering to choose from. I love working with the transparent covering, hard to hide flaws and repairs with it though.
I also have a Seagull Cherokee ARF new in the box out there I've had for years and never put together. Seagull made some nice models. I probably will auction that one off on E-bay some day. Again, good job!!! :D
 

CarolineTyler

Well-known member
#68
Very nice work Caroline, I'm enjoying following along looking at the photos. I have an old .40 Nitro Thunder Tiger Trainer hanging in my shop needing restoration. You have inspired me to restore it and convert it from nitro to electric. I have a box full of iron on covering to choose from. I love working with the transparent covering, hard to hide flaws and repairs with it though.
I also have a Seagull Cherokee ARF new in the box out there I've had for years and never put together. Seagull made some nice models. I probably will auction that one off on E-bay some day. Again, good job!!! :D
It's good to know that others are enjoying this restoration thread. Getting close to the big visual change from skeleton to a fleshed out plane :)
The original covering I'm not a fan of, more like sticky backed plastic than a proper taught covering.
 
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Seahunter

Active member
#71
That moment when you have finished the repairs, done the filling and all the sanding and it's time to start covering.
#Nervous
If you've never covered with iron on before, just review the many videos available and of utmost importance, have new blades to do your trimming, if you pick up a dull blade, your covering can tear at the edges, been there done that! You go girl! :)
 

CarolineTyler

Well-known member
#75
I do need to get one of those natty double bladed knives to cut hinge slots and some new pushrods and clevises etc to finish off after covering. May even pick up a few cute decals to apply - more rainbow unicorns perhaps??? :p:LOL: