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Mike Taylor
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« on: February 01, 2008, 11:46:03 AM »

Since I'm new here, I thought I'd show some of the models that I have made over the last year or so.

A couple of years ago, I tried to go into the R/C mail-order business. I bought a lot of Falcon gear, but didn't move enough of it before newer gear came out, and the big-guns of mail-order made it unprofitable. This keft me with a lot of 1.8 gram RX, 1.6 gram servos, and a number of 'Breeze blocks' (4-channel RX with 2 integrated sservos @ 4.8 grams total). What to do?

Build...

Here is a Sweepette-based HLG. I built two, one with a flat-bottomed, foam core, balsa sheeted wing, 1/32" balsa tail group, and all LEs are wrapped in laminated bass wood. The 'heavy' model weighs the same as an all balsa, FF Sweepette build for a nostalgia event by another builder.

A second airframe was made up with a sparred, ribbed, sheeted, undercambered wing, lighter CF tail boom, and better gear placement. This one is capable of slope soaring in the wind drift that lifts over the front of the house...
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Mike Taylor
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« Reply #1 on: February 01, 2008, 11:51:49 AM »

I also liked U/C stunters as a lad, and always coveted the Nobler. Here is a blend of the Brown B-2 'Miss Los Angeles' and the Nobler, dubbed 'Miss Camarillo'. WS is 22", 4-channel 'full house' controls. It is all balsa, has 0-0-0 settings, fully semtrical wing, 8 gram BL motor, and a 2-cell 220 mah battery. AUW is ~60 grams.
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« Reply #2 on: February 01, 2008, 12:09:21 PM »

I got one of the first ParkZone Cessna 210, 2.4 Ghz, 17 gram models, and since the radios were so cheap (about the cost of a single Falcon servo), I had to have some of those as well. Here are some peanut (and under) sized models I have built using this gear. The 'Walt Mooney Cook-up' at SFA prompted a couple of the builds.

A Walt Mooney-designed Elias Aircoupe.

An all-sheet Depron Skyray, 10" WS, 18 grams. A Northern Harrier took a pass at this one one morning. Lucily, I saw him coming out of the corner of my eye in time to barrel-roll onto his six. Watch 'DogFights' on the History Channel helps a lot!

Printed-tissue over Depron makes up this Albatross

This Pitts Special is made from .050" Durobatics material, PZ radio and 7mm pager motor.
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« Reply #3 on: February 01, 2008, 12:18:02 PM »

I was asked to test a proto-type 30 mm EDF with custom made motor. The first model this unit went into was a profile Depron F-102 (sorta). It used the same 2-cell 250 mah packs as the other BL motors I use. Thrust (54 grams) exceeded the model's AUW of 50 grams. Vertical perfomance in an EDF!

A follow on model was made. I made a CF duct system and built it into a full fuselage, built up version. Weight sort of got out of hand and it came in at a porky 70 grams. I still flies very nice, but vertiacl is gone Sad
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« Reply #4 on: February 01, 2008, 04:03:13 PM »

Hi Mike:
Some very fine RC projects going there, I like the little stuff too, it's amazing how small things get these days for R/C. That F-102 is an ambitious project, well done. Thanks for the good posting today. I will have to PM you on the availability of some small RC gear.

Bruce
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« Reply #5 on: February 01, 2008, 10:04:41 PM »

PM away, Bruce. I still have several systems NIP or can help you find what you need...
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