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« Reply #50 on: May 12, 2019, 11:00:45 AM »

Looks great Tim! And I like what you have done with the landing gear.
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« Reply #51 on: May 12, 2019, 04:09:44 PM »

Just discovered today that the flight crew are from The Ukraine.  You don't DARE call them Russians!!!  Glad I found out before they found me out.

The Fanera looks great.  I vote it a flyer.
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« Reply #52 on: May 13, 2019, 08:03:35 AM »

Thanks Ian - I thought I'd include pics of the u/c as you were interested. The vertical leg (wire inside balsa fairing) has the wheel on it and is free to move back and forward and outward for landings. The inner legs are wire also and just plugged into the fuselage and stay fixed. I started doing it this way from early Walt Mooney Peanut designs and it always works for me at this sort of scale.

FlyDean I have certainly heard similar - that former members of the union have spent the years since the dissolution re-asserting their own individual cultures!

I did some doping last night and have had some minor blushing...  what works best to repair this? I usually wait till the weather gets warmer and try again. But don't have the time luxury to wait for summer to come back!
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« Reply #53 on: May 13, 2019, 09:58:53 AM »

T-2 names that is looking fine.
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« Reply #54 on: May 13, 2019, 09:21:38 PM »

Great result Tim - very neat covering.
As for the dope blushing problem - perhaps you could warm the interior of a cardboard box with a hot air gun or similar. Then after switching off the heat - try placing the model with a thin coat of dope inside the box when the temperature seems warm but not too hot.
This is a suggestion - I have never tried it but if the temperature was just barely warm it might work.

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« Reply #55 on: May 13, 2019, 09:47:00 PM »

I agree with OZPAF. Raising the ambient temperature will reduce the relative humidity, and therefore the conditions conducive to blushing. Also, the thinner used is relevant. I have found blushing can be eliminated by using a slower thinner. Even a standard lacquer thinner is better than acetone, for example.
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« Reply #56 on: May 13, 2019, 10:53:00 PM »

Hi Mike, John - thanks - I will get some lacquer thinner on the way home and will give it a go in a heated up room or box. Makes sense. I was using straight acetone as thinner. I have read about using a drop of castor oil as a retardant - but was not keen on the idea. I want it to actually be dry by the weekend!
I'll let you know how it goes.
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« Reply #57 on: May 14, 2019, 12:59:16 AM »

I am not sure if it is available in Australia but triple A thinners has a retarder in it and it takes a really cold NZ day to cause blushing. It is available at the local car painting supplier.
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« Reply #58 on: May 14, 2019, 11:27:27 AM »

Got home and started playing with the blush issue. The wheels were not fixed properly and one fell off. Then the other. Nothing seemed to be working with the blush so I picked up the first wheel...  and then spent about an hour looking for the second. Must have slipped into a crevice...  rolled under something. I looked everywhere! In the end I just made another one. I will step on the original tomorrow probably.

That slowed things a bit, but still managed to add the rego letters and cut some windows... The lettering in the photos of the prototype look hand painted and pretty wobbly. My tissue cutting is of similar quality.  But I feel like we're getting close to getting airborne.
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« Reply #59 on: May 14, 2019, 07:50:59 PM »

  Should have plenty of time for a peanut or 2 by Friday! Your lettering looks spot on.
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« Reply #60 on: May 14, 2019, 08:19:44 PM »

True dedication Tim! It looks like the original - unusual! Smiley Great effort under pressure - those windows are neat! What blushing?

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« Reply #61 on: May 15, 2019, 03:21:25 AM »

Looks super, and like it wants to fly - best of luck with the airborne!
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« Reply #62 on: May 16, 2019, 06:29:20 AM »

Regarding the disappearance of the second Fanera wheel - the most logical explanation I can come up with is...

A rip in the space-time continuum has occurred somewhere in my home, and created a portal to an alternate universe into which my wheel has fallen. I expect that even as we speak another version of myself is sitting at his workbench, wondering why he now has 3 wheels for the Fanera he is building. Because he only needed two...

Well, nothing else makes sense.

Music choice: Buffalo Springfield - Expecting to Fly
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« Reply #63 on: May 17, 2019, 07:01:25 AM »

Well, here's a couple of pics of the Fanera with windows installed - look at the sun glinting off that new glass! A quick test glide and low power flight seemed to indicate things were ok for launch tomorrow. Though I did go home and add a little more wash-out to the wing tips and a tad more downthrust.

I've arrived now in the Black Hill area of South Australia for this years ScaleMasters which starts bright and early tomorrow morning!

(I believe a few of the flyers got to the field late today to get some early flying in - but by the time I got here the sun had already gone down)
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« Reply #64 on: May 17, 2019, 07:41:13 AM »

Simply gorgeous!!!
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« Reply #65 on: May 17, 2019, 04:42:52 PM »

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Simply gorgeous!!!
Agree wholeheartedly.
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« Reply #66 on: May 17, 2019, 07:48:36 PM »

Amazing model, thank you for sharing it.
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« Reply #67 on: May 17, 2019, 09:07:21 PM »

Have fun Tim - it looks very impressive! The pilot must have had fun - where does he sit I wonder? In one of the wing roots?

Good luck in the competition.

John - watch out for that Dave character.

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« Reply #68 on: May 18, 2019, 07:49:56 AM »

Thanks guys - I'm now at the ScaleMasters comp - so will include some info on the Fanera here:
https://www.hippocketaeronautics.com/hpa_forum/index.php?topic=24271.0
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« Reply #69 on: May 19, 2019, 05:50:45 AM »

Some proof of flight of the Fanera (you can hardly see the strings holding it up). Also an unusual view of the Fanera as a result of THBs unorthodox landing methodologies...

I think the hat helped too.



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« Reply #70 on: May 19, 2019, 06:46:33 AM »

I broke the prop on landing and SWK gave me a replacement - much better unit too - check out the improved climb...
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« Reply #71 on: May 19, 2019, 08:15:47 PM »

It looks great Tim - you made an inspired choice.

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« Reply #72 on: May 22, 2019, 05:18:03 AM »

A little bit of trimming flight video from Dave's daughter - she manages to do filming in between feeding the family - thanks Di!
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