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Bernard HV40 - Schneider Trophy racing seaplane scratch build

Old 04-05-2014, 11:21 PM
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Nice! Glad to see more progress.
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Old 04-06-2014, 12:03 PM
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Looking great,outstanding!
Can't wait to see the finish and the maiden.
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Old 04-06-2014, 04:29 PM
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Originally Posted by Crashalott View Post
Can't wait to see the finish and the maiden.
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My jaw dropped there until i took a second look, and realised that there was a period after the word 'maiden' and your signature is 'crash'
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Old 04-07-2014, 12:17 PM
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Originally Posted by JetPlaneFlyer View Post
My jaw dropped there until i took a second look, and realised that there was a period after the word 'maiden' and your signature is 'crash'
Hey there Jet, maybe i should stop signing with a Crash.
No crash intended.
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Old 05-08-2014, 03:34 AM
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Default Getting closer...

Progress update:
I finished most of the painting now. The silver on the wings, the French colors on the rudder and under the wings are finished. Some small touch-up is still needed but I'll wait on that until I get all the details and other fiddling done.
With the painting out of the way, I moved on to adding details, starting with the cockpit. Added a seat, seat belts, padding, throttle, stick, instrument panel, and partial pilot legs.
Next step is to finish the windshields and then it is on to the engine detailing.
Starting to think this thing may actually touch water and sky this summer.
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Old 05-08-2014, 11:57 AM
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Looking awsome, are you sure this isn't a factory built?
Just kidding but it is looking like a pro job.
I guess maybe you are a pro. eh?
All kidding aside, you sure are doing a great job and i am looking forward to the maiden video.
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Old 05-08-2014, 01:54 PM
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Awesome!
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Old 05-08-2014, 02:32 PM
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MANNNN!
Very Very NICE!
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Old 05-08-2014, 03:18 PM
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Village,

I have been following your build for quite a while now and must say that your plane and building techniques are beautiful. I hope once your complete, that you will record and post up your maiden flight so that we can all enjoy it.

Best of success finishing her up, and getting her off the lake and airborne!

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Old 05-15-2014, 03:31 AM
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Default Engine details

Thanks for compliments.
Mr. Crash - I wish I was a pro so I could get paid for this...
Working on the engine details now. In one of my previous posts, I mentioned I had molded the cylinder heads, exhaust pipes, and intake manifolds. I now finally got around to detailing the rest of the engine. Tedious but fun work. I am really glad this plane only had a 9-cylinder radial. I don't think I could handle an R2800! The big parts are 2-part urethane plastic, the rest of the smaller parts are made from styrene that has been cut and bent into shape. A couple of oil lines were made from aluminum wire. I just hope these little things will stay together considering the landings that I am going to pound them with.
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Old 05-15-2014, 03:51 AM
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Amazing!
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Old 05-15-2014, 04:08 AM
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Sweet!
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Old 05-15-2014, 02:41 PM
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Master craftsman at work!

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Old 10-18-2014, 11:57 PM
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Default Back at it after a long break

I realized that the last time I posted was back in May! The Bernard has mostly spent the summer upside down on the bench. I got around to installing all the electronics, which was really frustrating in such a small space. Unfortunately, I had to cut some a hole into the wing to figure out what was happening to the routing of an aileron extension. I also had to cut another hole into the fuse to correct a push rod. Both of these things required me to walk away from the bench for a while. After a summer-long break, I finally, got back at it, and fixed those problems and got around to installing the dummy cylinders and the graphics. Getting really close to finishing it now but winter is approaching and the lakes are getting cold!
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Old 10-19-2014, 12:02 AM
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That plane looks so very awesome! I'm certain it will be worth the time.

I absolutely understand the need to 'walk away' sometimes.
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Old 10-19-2014, 12:23 AM
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Soooo Sweet!
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Old 10-19-2014, 12:39 AM
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A work of art! Beautiful!
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Old 10-19-2014, 06:20 AM
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Awesome work. Really interesting subject too. looking forward to seeing that baby take off the water.

Good luck!

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Old 10-19-2014, 12:16 PM
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Lookin forward to the finish and the maiden, the detail is first class man.
Be sure to keep us posted with pic's etc.
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Old 12-12-2014, 12:15 PM
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Fantastique, any updates ?
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Old 12-21-2014, 10:08 PM
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Sorry, no real updates. The plane is about in the same state as my previous post. I needed to get a harness adapter so I could check power and in the meantime got distracted by the EDF scratch build contest. I also found that the further away I get from a build, the more willing I am to take it out and fly it when the time comes. It helps me forget all the time/effort I put into making it. Looks like spring before I will get around to trying to make the Bernard fly.
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Old 02-15-2015, 02:03 PM
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Hi there ! First post on this forum, and what an exciting thread this is, I am for sure following this up, fantastic details.
The_Village_(not so)Idiot, I cannot send you a pm as I need 5 posts on here before I can do so, but I am very interested in any docs or references about this plane, please could you enter in contact with me by email, bernardHV40 (the circled a sign) gmail (dot) com
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Old 02-15-2015, 07:01 PM
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Originally Posted by The_village_idiot View Post
Sorry, no real updates. The plane is about in the same state as my previous post. I needed to get a harness adapter so I could check power and in the meantime got distracted by the EDF scratch build contest. I also found that the further away I get from a build, the more willing I am to take it out and fly it when the time comes. It helps me forget all the time/effort I put into making it. Looks like spring before I will get around to trying to make the Bernard fly.
Exactly. I like to maiden a model long enough after the build that I forget about the amount of work put into it. Especially a build as nice as yours here. Makes it more like taking an ARF off the shelf and flying it. Since last fall I have a Guillows FW190, Sterling P26, Dehavilland EDF Comet, Sterling Citabria, and almost a completed Sipa Minijet to maiden. At this point losing one of those previous builds wouldn't be the end of the world.
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Old 02-16-2015, 12:15 PM
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I am sure everyone is chompin at the bit to see the maiden of her taking off
from the pond. Still looking forward to the maiden of that great looking build and certainly wish you luck also.
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Old 02-16-2015, 01:55 PM
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Originally Posted by Crashalott View Post
I am sure everyone is chompin at the bit to see the maiden of her taking off
from the pond. Still looking forward to the maiden of that great looking build and certainly wish you luck also.
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Ditto!

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