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Posted by tailskid2 | Mar 24, 2015 @ 07:35 PM | 1,500 Views
Got around to test fitting the wing panels on.....nice fit! They even trim a bit off the root rib to make some room for the windshield. Then back to the tail and the first complaint about the clevis' supplied....they 'snap' into position but are still open pretty wide and I don't like that at all, so I'll be replacing all the tail wires AGAIN
Posted by tailskid2 | Mar 23, 2015 @ 09:50 PM | 1,604 Views
After putting in some servos (ailerons need an extension!) I had a difficult finding all the 'holes' for the machine screws (for struts) in the wing (and believe me that was time consuming), the landing gear was mounted and the axles installed - no wheels at this time and that was good because it surely roll off the table if they were on! I tested the wheels and they needed some reaming out as the axles were slightly out of round.

Then came the tail wheel. and that was easily mounted. The whole assembly is carbon fiber and I liked the manner in which the actual wheel was secured.

Next was the horizontal stabilizer - used 30-minute epoxy after cutting off the covering. Still feel like a little triangle stock on the underside wouldn't hurt, so some was added.

Control horns for each half of the elevator assembled easily as was the rudder. The pin hinges were epoxied into the stab and the next day the elevators were glued. By using a lot of Vaseline on the joint, no binding accrued.
Posted by tailskid2 | Mar 22, 2015 @ 08:35 PM | 1,014 Views
Well, I took all the major parts out of their respective plastic bags and gee, they sure do look wrinkles, parts fit, rudder/elevator hinged but not glued, flaps and ailerons already hinged.

Fuselage has door that can be (and should be) opened, and on the other side, a window that opens! Cool huh?

First step to cut away all the covering for the servos, strut hard points, etc. Big problem with the instructions - they don't give you any! BUT their manual is available for downloading and/or printing (they are in color and there are 69 pages so be warned). I downloaded them and the individual who's plane this really is had the manual printed at work. I like a paper manual because then I can write on them and keep tract of my errors (OPPS, did I do THAT????)

Anyway the location of the hard points for the wing struts is difficult to find and the instructions deal with the Decathlon and has blue stripes on the bottom and does not have flaps....the 25% has wider RED stripes and has flaps; so the pictures were useless.

But with time, a heat gun and a "T" pin, I eventually found all the holes...they are 6-32 blind nuts under that OraCovering
Posted by tailskid2 | Mar 21, 2015 @ 06:59 PM | 1,075 Views
This kit is way too 'spendy' for me, but a friend wanted to know if I would assemble one if he bought it - so naturally I said 'Of Course!' I have given myself about a week and a half to bring this bird to flying status - providing all the other parts were here in time....and most were, so here we go....
Posted by tailskid2 | Dec 12, 2014 @ 06:02 PM | 3,049 Views
Talk about being busy....this fall I finished up a 30cc Sbach; Electric pattern bird Apollo; a ST Acrobat 3D (electric); Vista BL powered glider and a FliteWorks PT-17 Stearman "Red Bull".....guess that makes me 'busy' a bit eh?
Posted by tailskid2 | Dec 04, 2014 @ 05:51 PM | 2,020 Views
This time of the year things can get quite interesting what with all the Christmas holidays and such...and I'm glad to report I'm not doing much EXCEPT building, fixing and flying airplanes. Now that is the best Christmas Present I could give myself - and the wife agrees with me.

So step back from your 'busy, busy, busy' lifestyle and enjoy your hobby!!!!
Posted by tailskid2 | Oct 27, 2014 @ 04:03 PM | 2,685 Views
Tried some more flights with that new prop today (18 - 6/10). Man that thing can really move out! Tried some rolls at low rates - well let's just say they were fast - and did not require any elevator/rudder movement to keep a straight line....then switched to 3D (or high) rates - can't believe how fast that plane rolled!!!! Then quickly switched back to low rates - at high speeds that high rate can get you into trouble faster than it rolls.

Moved the flight battery (6.0V Nicad) backward to just before the wing rod. CG did shift a bit and made the plane fly so much easier for those 3D maneuvers. Still need to reach the maximum throw for the elevators - so a friend loaned me some longer HiTec servo indicates 45 degree up/down on high rates; right now about 30-35 on high rates. So some fiddling around tonight......
Posted by tailskid2 | Oct 25, 2014 @ 05:56 PM | 2,148 Views
Over the last week I have had the opportunity to fly the Fly Models 30cc Sbach about a 1/2 dozen times and have come to the conclusion that I like this model, this brand (see: I had issues, but not with the airplane itself, but when all is said and done, I'm happy!

Flew, or should I say we TRIED to fly with a 20-6 Master Airscrew 'Classic' and the poor old DLE 30 couldn't get over 6600 RPM's...did manage to take some video for the Product Review but with the engine running that poorly, not a whole lot could be done once in the air.

Switched to a Zinger 18-6/10 today and boy did that make a big difference - LOTS and LOTS of vertical and I was impressed with how quickly the plane would slow down or speed up.

The balance if slightly nose heavy - three pilots all flew the plane and all agree the suggested CG is great for the first flight(s). To remedy that problem, I'm going to move the flight battery (6.0V Ninmh) back to or on the CG location. I will also change the prop to a newly acquired 19-8 and see if we can hold a hover better.

Additional elevator throw is needed (currently have 30 degrees but need about 45 for good 'Wall' maneuvers. Landings are tail-low if you let it get too slow as I found out on the first flight
Posted by tailskid2 | Oct 13, 2014 @ 08:36 PM | 2,670 Views
Took the bird out for her first flight today....had a bit of a time starting the engine - after all it was "only" 9 months ago I crashed my RV-8 with this engine - and hasn't been started since.

Got that running and for some reason one of the pull-pull cables came off the servo arm...I was certain I used locktite ...guess not. Anyway, got that fixed and discovered I have run out of excuses NOT to fly - so we took the plane off the test stand (Pic 1) and placed it on the ground.

ONE FLIP and the DLE30cc was running. A couple of runs up/down the runway and proved the tailwheel was a bit 'touchy'.....Note to self; let's add a bunch of expo to the rudder when it is set to low throws.....

Take off was 'interesting' (see pic 2) as she wanted to drop the left wing a that straighten out and then needed some down trim as the plane wanted to climb.

Flew around and did some rolls (FAST on low rate) and then a couple of loops - and as previously thought, plane faded to the left - Note to self: let's work a bit harder getting those two elevator halves working together.....passed the transmitter to Luis (who is a better 3-D pilot than I will ever be) and advised him 'not to do anything' (he totaled my new GP U-Can-Do by doing some ungodly maneuver known only to him) and he tried knife edge - good news - almost NO coupling and proved it by doing a couple of knife edge circles. Then switched to inverted flight and the plane indicated it was nose heavy (and...Continue Reading
Posted by tailskid2 | Oct 12, 2014 @ 08:43 PM | 2,120 Views
Finished he up last night....have to get a 10-32 x 2" bolt to hold the spinner on, but other than that she is ready to take to the skies!

Check how the color changes with the angle of the sun!

And it fits into the truck with the wings on
Posted by tailskid2 | Oct 11, 2014 @ 10:36 PM | 2,608 Views
You know how those 'last minute' things you do to a plane just before you finish it can take a LOT of time? Well Saturday was spent doing just that....add this, move that, secure it better, and who know what else was done....BUT IT IS DONE!

Sunday I'd like to take the plane outside and run the engine so I don't have to do all that 'adjusting' on Monday - can't fly Sunday because the Boy Scouts of America have our 'field', so Monday will be the test hop day.

I moved the 6 volt battery up front and that was just what was needed to balance it. I added the on/off switch to the radio and it has a nice RED light indicating it is 'on' and I like that. Added a Rxl (sp?) fiber optic unit and ran the LED out the side of the fuse, so if two red are showing, I'm ready

Still worried about the difference in elevator throw between my left and right elevator; tried a couple of things but it only got worse, not better. So when giving a lot of elevator I expect the plane to veer to one side (@ 15 degrees of up), but at full up, both are equal - go figure!
Posted by tailskid2 | Oct 09, 2014 @ 06:45 PM | 2,800 Views
I found the charger wasn't charging the 6 volt battery....bought a new 6 volt battery and every thing works!

Now I'm at the point of finishing up the plane.....mounted the tailwheel (first picture shows where it is supposed to be; second one where it actually ended up), added the wing Side Force Generators (I think they may be more for looks, but we will see); finalized the canister/engine and mounted the cowl..

Placed plane on its wheels for the first time - looks good! Brought out the CG balance gizmo and I'm a bit tail heavy

I'll now try and move the 6 volt battery up on the firewall or close to it!
Posted by tailskid2 | Sep 28, 2014 @ 05:30 PM | 3,156 Views
New DEVELOPMENT....tried a NIB Futaba 6EX with their R617FS receiver (two servos connected to RX with "Y" connector)


Quickly plugged the "Y" into aileron channel on Specktrum RX and "Same old thing".... so I guess I'm going to have to sell those servos - crap - that puts me back a couple of weeks and probably lose some money in the process

Posted by tailskid2 | Sep 26, 2014 @ 03:46 PM | 2,545 Views
I'm at a stand still with the 30cc Sbach right now because the two elevator servos do NOT work together - one will move 100% of throw, THEN the second servo will move ~50% of throw. Go back to neutral, the opposite happens with the second (50%) will move first, THEN the 100% servo moves back to neutral.

I've changed RX, "Y" connectors, Tx; programmed master / slave; used JR Matchbox and the same thing happens.....I'm at a loss.

Oh, another thing; I replace the HiTec servos with JR or Speckrum, and they work perfectly like they should!

I'm confused and HiTec doesn't seem to reply to either email or posts in two different forums....
Posted by tailskid2 | Sep 08, 2014 @ 05:06 PM | 2,995 Views
Guess I needed some help from the Internet again....a couple of gentlemen advised me to remove the engine, plug the mounting holes and redrill, moving the mount further to the left and NOT take out the right it is back to workbench.

Did glue in the rudder, mounted the rudder servo and hooked up the Pull-Pull system. Even managed to mount the servo arms - the METAL servo arms, so I really feel secure now.......good grief, I hate to remove the motor AGAIN but in the long run it should be well worth it.

Note to self....remove the landing gear to work on the fuselage!!!
Posted by tailskid2 | Sep 04, 2014 @ 07:59 PM | 3,458 Views
Got a little bit done today....glued in the Robart hinges in the rudder only, will glue the rudder tomorrow when I know the hinges are working well - they should as they have a large amount of Vaseline on the hinge joint!

Played with the cowl - first by adding two 1/4" washers on each of the right side motor mount - that took away my right thrust as it now has only a little bit - BUT it fits the cowl much better.
Posted by tailskid2 | Sep 03, 2014 @ 06:47 PM | 3,544 Views
Another 'problem'.....finally locked down the engine/canister was waiting on my servo arms to arrive when it was decided to work on mounting the tank and cowling. Tank - no problems, even got the fuel dot/switch/charge jack in - and not with a whole lot of room to spare.

Then I starting working on the trouble getting over the engine now that the pitts muffler isn't being used...but wait!

The centerline of the engine is so very off - or is it the cowl that is off? Well, it is the cowl....when the cowl is positioned correctly on the fuse, well you can see how far to the right the engine is!

If I center the engine, there is a large gap where the cowl meets the fuse!

Solution will be to add some shims to the right side of the motor standoffs to get it back in line - and that will destroy the built in right thrust!!!!

I sure hope it doesn't ruin the flight characteristics of this beautiful bird!
Posted by tailskid2 | Aug 26, 2014 @ 06:41 PM | 2,851 Views
Rough morning, so only afternoon work today....check'd the stab - it dried 'right on the money', so I shifted back to the canister and how to keep that blasted thing off the plywood former (Pic 1).

I cut some black tubing - supposed to be able to stand up to heat- and placed a piece of sheet aluminum between the canister and rubber tubing. The rubber tubing's purpose is to keep the canister from banging against the former. The sheet metal is to distribute the heat so the tubing won't melt......then I got thinking again - not a good idea for me to about some gasket material between the canister and the metal? Now that looks good - but how am I going to keep all this in one place while the noisy thing on the front end is running?
Posted by tailskid2 | Aug 25, 2014 @ 06:36 PM | 2,593 Views
S L O W progress for some reason.....anyway, today I epoxied in the stab and I hate it when the plane requires you to slide the stab into the fuselage, then glue it. I had about 1/4" of bare balsa on one side showing (bottom of fuse), added 30 minute epoxy, slid the stab about 1/4" too far, added epoxy to joint, then slid back to the correct position.

Then wipe off all the epoxy that didn't get used. As tight a fit as I had, I doubt anything is going to break this bird's tail feathers/fuse joint......any bets?

While that was setting up, the ailerons got a 'gap filler' in the form of some clear MoneyKote. The gap is now gapless, but I would rather have the ailerons closer to the wing's trailing edge. Guess the Robart hinges weren't recessed as much as I thought. Nonetheless, there won't be any air creeping the bottom of the wing to the top anytime soon.

Next will be mounting the elevator servos while I wait for some metal servo arms which are coming from China and because they were NOT ordered from HK, I believe they will arrive!
Posted by tailskid2 | Aug 22, 2014 @ 05:39 PM | 3,094 Views
Wing Panel #1 aileron works just fine....guess I just had to leave the epoxy dry

Finished bending the canister I will have to remove it and weigh the entire canister and see how much additional weight I'm adding to the airframe
Tonight I'll epoxy in the aileron hinges on Wing Panel #2.......