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Old 29 January 2012, 06:35 PM   #1
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GAAM Spad XIII project

Howdy Ladies and Gents,
As promised with the teaser in the Pup Thread, the Spad project has begun.

We've acquired a 230 HP Continental O-470-R and are working on the fuselage while the Pup is being finished up. Here are some photos











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Old 31 January 2012, 06:24 AM   #2
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Are you drawing up your own plans? Hope to see it in the flesh someday too. At the rate I get to take vacation, and you build, it will be done!

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Old 31 January 2012, 06:37 AM   #3
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Hi Tony,

We have the original Spad 13 Drawings and a set of Jim Kiger's Replicraft plans that we're working from. We'll be doing something similar to what the guys at VAFM are doing.

BTW Love the work you're doing on the Spandaus. Any chance at doing a Vickers? LOL
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Old 31 January 2012, 06:48 AM   #4
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Hi Tony,

We have the original Spad 13 Drawings and a set of Jim Kiger's Replicraft plans that we're working from. We'll be doing something similar to what the guys at VAFM are doing.

BTW Love the work you're doing on the Spandaus. Any chance at doing a Vickers? LOL
Thanks. I would like to do Vickers also. At the rate I'm going lately, the Spad, a N28 and Snipe could well be done

All seriousness, I am going to try to finish up the Spandaus this year. I have all but a couple parts modeled in CAD and have made or am in process on a few of the more difficult pieces.

The biggest challange on the Vickers for me would be the fluted jacket. I have a few ideas though.

Off to the grind.

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Old 31 January 2012, 06:25 PM   #5
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Donations,

I did fail to mention, the fuselage sides were cut and tacked by Museum Director of acquisitions Mike Cilurso and form the basis of the Spad. He is quite meticulous in his work. Mike generously donated the fuselage and quite a bit of material as well as the Original Spad Drawings.

Thanks Mike!
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[QUOTE=US95Damiani;601135]Hi Tony,

We have the original Spad 13 Drawings and a set of Jim Kiger's Replicraft plans that we're working from. We'll be doing something similar to what the guys at VAFM are doing.

Salute to Jim Kiger. Where would we be without his drawings! Would that he could go on and on...



Roger Freemans XIII built from Replicraft Drawings. Or perhaps a photo from GAAM taken in 2014 using the wayback machine
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Hi Tony,

We have the original Spad 13 Drawings and a set of Jim Kiger's Replicraft plans that we're working from. We'll be doing something similar to what the guys at VAFM are doing.

Salute to Jim Kiger. Where would we be without his drawings! Would that he could go on and on...



Roger Freemans XIII built from Replicraft Drawings. Or perhaps a photo from GAAM taken in 2014 using the wayback machine
Amen and Amen! LOL
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Old 7 February 2012, 03:59 PM   #8
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Hi Guys,

It's underway. Paul Sr. and I set up the jig table today for the SPAD fuselage. We laid out new sheet rock on the table top. This allows us to have a clean white surface to mark the stations and dimensions on and then is a perfect surface to weld on. We did get the stations marked out and a few of the cross members tack welded in. Mike Cilurso started this fuselage a few years ago and then put it aside, the only difference we are making is the engine installation. He was setting it up for a 4 cyl. Lycoming, we are using a 6 cyl. Continental o470. The front end will get changed around a little for the bigger engine. The fuselage will have the same length nose as the Hisso powered originals. The big change of course is the steel fuselage, we are working with the figures off of the Replicraft drawings and original drawings to create the steel fuselage layout. Outwardly the aircraft will look the same as the wood original.

The progress will be slow for a while with the Pup project in the final stages and the Studebaker Touring Car taking up a lot of time. Both of those should be done by spring and will allow all the shop resourses directed to the SPAD project.

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Youse guys is really movin'..........
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Old 9 February 2012, 04:37 PM   #10
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No project is without frustration. I found a mistake yesterday with the tacked together fuselage. Slept on it and decided to break it apart and fix it today. This also gives me a chance to redesign the wing attach fittings to a little more original style. One side is nearly done, hope to have the other side finished tomorrow and get it back up three dimensional.
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