Seeing how I have had the plane for two days now, perhaps I should make a few pictures and start thinking about putting this plane together.
This is a very nice model and should go together without a hitch. Of course I will change a few things along the way as I generally do with any new plane I build or assemble. One of the possibilities is the addition of fiberglass to the inside of the engine compartment. I did this on my Gemini and found it helped with the vibration and overall sturdiness of the area. If I do this, I will likely use 15 minute epoxy mixed with micro-balloons. The micro-balloons act as a filler, reducing the weight and adding strength while at the same time, it causes the epoxy to have thermal acceleration and increased heat. This increase of heat helps the epoxy to 'bond' to the Elapor. I have used this method before on Elapor with good results. Primarly on the leading edge of a various wings and I rebuilt the nose of a Gemini using this method. After my Gemini augured in, a post crash inspection revealed that the foam remained intack to the Elapor and the the surround Elapor separated from other Elapor.
I may also add a rear firewall to support the back of the Hacker A30-10L-V2 motor. The only difficulty with this is that the rear firewall would be fixed and not permit the rear of the motor to reflect the down and right adjustments afforded by the front firewall. I will mull this over a bit more.
Posted by Obake |
Nov 02, 2009 @ 10:00 PM | 3,484 Views
I have been on and off this forum for probably close to 4 years and under 3 different handles. I am still amazed at the number of pilots that have less than two years in the hobby and seem to know it all. On top of that, they almost always are the ones flying foam.
Take a two year pilot that flies a balsa build up and you have someone that has a vested interest in knowing something about the mechanics of his or her plane; gas or electric, it does not matter.
Balsa pilots tend to learn early on, either from building the plane or repairing the plane, just what is 'right' about the design of the plane. They are willing to listen to advice and even more important, tend to want to think matters through. A balsa pilot at least learns to think because, a foul up on the pilots part or the inability recognize a design fault will sometimes lead to needing to glue your broken balsa plane back together. Then you get the joy of using Monokote or repainting.
Foam pilots, it seems, or so it is with the ones that I have spoken with or observed, have this cavalier attitude towards their foam plane. "So what, I can fix it with CA ... epoxy if needed", seems to be the mantra. This mantra seems to be more prevalent amongst the ones that buy the RTF or ARF foam planes. The chap that puts together a GWS from a kit, seems to be a bit more cognizant of how the plane should work.
Foam pilots seem to be satisfied with the factory plane, regardless of any design faults or bad...Continue Reading