First off, a shot of the Biplane wings removed (sob!) I’m sure they’ll wind up back on the fuselage again though.

With the wings built it’s time to start covering. Make sure you have a new blade in your scalpel! I’m lucky enough to have a proper covering iron which makes things easier. In the early days I would use mum’s clothes iron, no problem as long as you wipe the blue smears off the hotplate after burning holes through the covering (noob!)

I remembered to install a drawstring for the aileron servos.

Here’s top and bottom shots of the basic covering complete. I really liked the yellow and red on the biplane, especially the see through yellow showing off those sexy ribs! I did have to work really hard at orientation though, once the model got too far off it all just looked yellowy orange. So bright solid colours was the order of the day. At this stage I was really concerned that they would look out of place on the yellow & red fuselage.

To help tie the wings in with the fuselage I decided to add some Sig Trimcals to both so there would be some continuity. Cutting out approx 100 of these was a sloooow process.

A trial fit on the bottom and I’m starting to like it better. A blue wing and white stars on hand – what Aussie can resist a Southern Cross or two?

With all the stars added I’m quite happy. A little ‘flying circus’ maybe but I can live with that. She certainly looks bright and happy.

Here’s a shot of the flaps deployed.

I used a Turnigy servo slower for the flaps. It’s turned out to be a great bit of kit. The trim pot on the right controls how slow the flaps extend and the pot in the middle controls how slow they retract. The one on the left allows you to reverse one of the servos. This was a godsend since I was plugging two servos into one Rx channel and didn’t have the foresight to arrange the servo mounts / control horns to provide mechanical reversing (so both flaps operate in the same direction).