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Slec (Aerokits) 34" Crash Tender
« on: July 11, 2020, 06:17:40 pm »

My childhood wish was to have one of these, but money wouldnt stretch too it, and being an RAF brat I was never in the country long enough.


I looked at the 46" version the oldtimers do as a kit, but as I'm getting older the extra size and weight just aint worth it, so the 34" kit from Slec fits the bill.


Box contents and instructions


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Re: Slec (Aerokits) 34" Crash Tender
« Reply #1 on: July 11, 2020, 09:28:28 pm »

Very nice - I have an identical kit in an identical box that arrived just a couple of weeks or so ago.
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Re: Slec (Aerokits) 34" Crash Tender
« Reply #2 on: July 14, 2020, 12:38:24 pm »

Onwards, but slowly.


Cut cabin sides and added floor supports




Fettle warning *


Had to modify with a file both parts K3 to achieve a nice snug fit into K1 & B1 (fyi K1 is referred to as KD1 in the manual!)




So far so good

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Re: Slec (Aerokits) 34" Crash Tender
« Reply #3 on: July 14, 2020, 03:27:25 pm »

Added the bulkheads (using the cabin sides to hold in place dry to ensure square)



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Re: Slec (Aerokits) 34" Crash Tender
« Reply #4 on: July 16, 2020, 12:54:35 pm »

Now its starting to look like a boat



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Re: Slec (Aerokits) 34" Crash Tender
« Reply #5 on: July 28, 2020, 06:43:10 pm »

I'd like to lie and say the bottom and side skins just fell on, but I wont...


Nightmare, the skins were about 20mms too short either at the bow or at the stern depending on which way I put the bottom skins, I chose the stern (easier to fill).
the side skins even after much re-shaping still didnt look right, but a week later they are on, the bow blocks shaped and looking ok.


I remember the days of Cascamite and brass nails, and felt relieved we at least now have a good selection of clamps and glues...



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Re: Slec (Aerokits) 34" Crash Tender
« Reply #6 on: July 28, 2020, 08:15:24 pm »

 
That's disappointing to hear.    {:-{

Might be worth sending photos to SLEC, maybe they don't know there's an error in the laser pattern computer file.


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Re: Slec (Aerokits) 34" Crash Tender
« Reply #7 on: July 28, 2020, 09:40:39 pm »

As my kit (bought a month or two ago) is still unstarted on the shelf (too many being built at the moment) I will certainly be interested to hear what they have to say.



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Re: Slec (Aerokits) 34" Crash Tender
« Reply #8 on: July 30, 2020, 05:41:47 pm »

Moving on a bit quicker now.


Painted inside, adding top skins



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Re: Slec (Aerokits) 34" Crash Tender
« Reply #9 on: August 02, 2020, 04:56:08 pm »

Front cabin almost completed, just needs further sanding and some shaping


i was going to epoxy some Fglass sheet to the bottom skins, but with my medical ailments probably not such a good idea, so Light weight Fglass sheet and Poly-c (Polycrilic) at least its fast setting and no odors or vapors so can do this indoors without her indoors complaining.



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Re: Slec (Aerokits) 34" Crash Tender
« Reply #10 on: August 07, 2020, 04:35:40 pm »

Added top (and now bottom) spray bars



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Re: Slec (Aerokits) 34" Crash Tender
« Reply #11 on: August 07, 2020, 04:37:07 pm »

Whilst still painting the skins with Poly-c (and now also the spray bars) I've moved on to the electrics



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Re: Slec (Aerokits) 34" Crash Tender
« Reply #12 on: August 22, 2020, 09:18:17 pm »

And moving on



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Re: Slec (Aerokits) 34" Crash Tender
« Reply #13 on: August 22, 2020, 09:20:07 pm »

Started on the roofs and the netting (I used scale model tank camouflage nets





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Re: Slec (Aerokits) 34" Crash Tender
« Reply #14 on: August 22, 2020, 09:21:30 pm »

Apart from the skins, Ive loved the build, and have already lined up number 2



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