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« Reply #725 on: February 02, 2015, 12:47:06 AM »

Mystery Plane from Volare/Shorty's basement.  13 1/2" ws, came in at 12.8 g empty.  Nothing left to do but wait for a nice calm day.  Smiley

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« Reply #726 on: February 02, 2015, 01:43:53 AM »

Looks good. Hope it's a flyer.
Never saw / realised this kind of wheel pants construction...

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« Reply #727 on: February 02, 2015, 02:41:10 AM »

Haha, yeah, I bungled that part.  The wheels are sticking out in the air stream instead of hiding inside the wheel pants.   Grin  The drawing shows them inside.  I never did wheel pants before.  I wanted to make sure the wheels turn, so the bushing is sticking out too far inboard.  

They are supposed to look like this ones.
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« Reply #728 on: February 02, 2015, 02:59:07 AM »

My latest is a Gollywock, built from a Bob Holman short kit. Came out a bit heavier (65g) than what I hoped for. I didn't have time to carve a 13.5" folder ahead of next weekend's IKE Winter Classic contest, so I'm using a 12" freewheeler which I already had.

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« Reply #729 on: February 02, 2015, 06:51:42 AM »

Good to see those flights Jon, pretty much 'off the drawing board' by the sound of it. I'm guessing you'll be able to squeeze more out of it. . .

The wind is giving itself a rest today, so I flew my little "Speedy Spitfire". No ceiling restrictions for me Grin. There's about 800 turns (2/3rds of full turns) onboard. With this model the limiting factor may be the rubber jamming in the slim rear fuselage rather than the '75% of theoretical breaking point' which is my usual definition of max turns. In this flight the turns ran right out - no jamming. Listen to the lovely crackling of those Griffon exhaust stubs. . .oh alright, it's just the rubber clattering in the fuselage. . .The model climbs for most of the run, which seems a good sign Smiley

http://youtu.be/qmfrVUyWTI4

I would've tried to video flights with more turns except for the new batteries in my camera which are only capable of a minute's work before needing 6hrs recharge.

Talking about a minute's work followed by 6hrs recharge: I should be building my Bf 109G model, not larking around flying! If I don't get that thing moving soon it's going to languish 'til next winter, I suspect.

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« Reply #730 on: February 02, 2015, 08:35:38 AM »

Very nice! I'm pretty sure I heard the crackle of exhaust there  Grin
What was the motor?
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« Reply #731 on: February 02, 2015, 09:23:40 AM »

What was the motor?
I told you - a Griffon. . .oh, I see. It's 26" of 3/32 Tan SS, in a single unbraided loop. I'm not sure how it manages to unwind itself fully in the constricted fuselage, but it does. Given that, I may try a longer, perhaps braided, motor after some more test flights. I shall also try a coarser prop pitch. I was wondering if you couldn't get more rubber in your Tucano Jon. Mind you, if as you say in your post up the thread that 3/32 is more power than you need, then perhaps your idea to strip a thinner motor might provide the same duration-per-length as the 3/32 motor by virtue of being lighter. Also of course you have the ceiling to contend with. . Smiley. I'm hoping for a fair bit more duration from this little bucket if I can get the biggest possible motor in it, because it seems so eager to climb.

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« Reply #732 on: February 02, 2015, 10:06:37 AM »

Crumbs, that is long! I could do better than 10" I'm sure....
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« Reply #733 on: February 02, 2015, 10:29:51 AM »

Just to clarify Jon, that's a 13" long motor. In a simple loop like this I'll cut, say, 28" of rubber assuming that I'll use an inch either side in tying a knot and trimming the excess. I haven't yet thought of a completely unambiguous way of describing a rubber motor - loops, strands, length. . .  I'm sure you were thinking of a 13" long motor, it's just that it doesn't seem exceptionally long to me - probably because I've used motors much longer than HtP pretty much from the start of my modelling career.

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« Reply #734 on: February 02, 2015, 11:34:13 AM »

Ah I understand. I thought you meant a 26" loop!

I believe the correct way to describe a motor is strands.
So that would be a 13" motor made up of 2 strands of 3/32.

I also like to compare the HtP. The Tucano has an HtP of 6.5" so 10" is 1.53 times. Not that extreme really...
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« Reply #735 on: February 02, 2015, 07:18:15 PM »

What a lot of fun for the effort in these small sheet models. Looks great in flight Stephen you may need a chain to keep you to the 109 building bench. Grin

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« Reply #736 on: February 25, 2015, 01:26:03 AM »

Guys; thanx for the link to frog! Can't wait to try one..... Milo
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« Reply #737 on: February 25, 2015, 11:11:45 PM »

If I did it right, I've attached my modified Stratosphere - a plan I got years ago from John Pond plans, and never got around to building it.  The plan had a rectangular sheet balsa (1/16") fuselage, and I build a square fuselage, tissue covered. The flying surfaces are as per plan, but the folder is the design I'm most comfortable with- using a square aluminum tube for the hub and the round aluminum tube fitting inside for the blades.  It hasn't flown under power yet, but the glides have been promising.  I had to change the prop spring to a weaker one to let the motor unwind better.

Other pics are of my P40E - technically not quite complete yet as it needs a canopy, pilot, and prop blades.   I started building it long ago - I have a picture of it dated 2008.  I hope to get it in the air this summer.  Wheels are bas-relief and held on with magnets.  I'm building a landing gear for display which will plug in when it's on the shelf.

Justin
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« Reply #738 on: February 26, 2015, 01:22:08 AM »

Interesting and nicely built models.

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« Reply #739 on: February 27, 2015, 09:05:31 AM »

Correction:  The model is a Modified Stratometer, NOT Stratosphere.  I'm not sure why I want to confuse the two, but I do.  Like most models, the pictures hide a lot of mistakes.  The thing looks like it can hold a ton of rubber, but I want to get a feel for the flight characteristics before I start stepping it up.  I'll probably also add a DT device before I get carried away, too.

Justin
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« Reply #740 on: February 27, 2015, 10:46:21 AM »

What's the size on the Stratometer? Plans?
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« Reply #741 on: February 27, 2015, 09:42:01 PM »

This is the first time I've posted photos so I hope they are attached. This is my "Chicago Express", model not yet finished. I still need to do "some" work on the front end, rigging, etc., etc. It certainly would never win any static judging contest but hopefully my building skills are improving. The (totally fictional) story behind the plane is as follows: "Two WW1 pilots have been awarded a mail contract on the condition they secure an airplane within a month. They know there are a few surplus SE.5a's around so they purchase one. They get the mail contract and are so successful that they eventually build their fleet to ten planes. Their descendants successfully continue building the business and eventually rename it FedEx!"

I finally found a way (that works for me) to attach the landing gear to the plane. I added two balsa strips (port to starboard) to the proper locations before covering the plane. I then slit small openings in the balsa and added a small magnet on top of the balsa but enclosed in the plane. The magnets hold each of the struts but now the landing gear can be easily removed and reattached. I used small black drinking straws to cover the struts.
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« Reply #742 on: February 27, 2015, 10:15:51 PM »

I guess the other photos didn't make my original post…… Milo
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« Reply #743 on: February 27, 2015, 11:40:15 PM »

Milo: What a truly beautiful treatment of a model plane... and with a story to boot! I love it

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« Reply #744 on: February 28, 2015, 03:20:38 AM »

Aerographics Firefly build thread in free flight scale forum
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« Reply #745 on: February 28, 2015, 04:17:46 AM »

Milo, that is so very very nice.  A truly well produced model aeroplane.

And the Firefly, Bear, reminds me that I need the kit badly!
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« Reply #746 on: February 28, 2015, 08:26:11 AM »

Aerographics Firefly build thread in free flight scale forum

Is that a DLG hiding under that tarp?

Smiley

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« Reply #747 on: February 28, 2015, 05:51:28 PM »

Correction:  The model is a Modified Stratometer, NOT Stratosphere.  I'm not sure why I want to confuse the two, but I do.  Like most models, the pictures hide a lot of mistakes.  The thing looks like it can hold a ton of rubber, but I want to get a feel for the flight characteristics before I start stepping it up.  I'll probably also add a DT device before I get carried away, too.

Justin

Justin,
Nice set of aircraft.
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« Reply #748 on: February 28, 2015, 06:14:18 PM »

What's the size on the Stratometer? Plans?
OneArm,
The Stratometer has a 36" wingspan and was designed for Class "C" Stick.
The plan is available from the AMA plans service for $5.00.
Dave
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« Reply #749 on: March 01, 2015, 04:21:35 AM »

Aerographics Firefly build thread in free flight scale forum

Is that a DLG hiding under that tarp?

Smiley

-Dave

No its an Elf 2 channel dlg glider 
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