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Posted by tailskid2 | Yesterday @ 08:58 PM | 511 Views
Just finished up John's Aeroworks 260 QB and will take it to the field Wednesday. Still waiting on vinyl graphics, should be here on Thursday at the latest.

Next I had to make another decision: which hinges for the control surface should I use...those that came with the ARF, or Robarts #310 (see pic for size difference). While going through the supplied hinges, I came across one hinge that was broke, or at least not assembled well. Carefully exam (under a magnifying glass), proved the bearing (brass insert) did not miss one of the holes, but the hole was broke enabling the brass insert to sit at an unusual angle....THAT decided it - I re-drilled the holes to 3/16th and inserted the Robart hinges!

Now I have to rethink the aileron horn situation.....the weakest link will be the nylon circular horn that fits over the metal drive shaft on the servo....might have to save and get some METAL ARMS for the HiTec servos....grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr more money.

I'm also playing with the idea of installing the canister muffler by first opening up the belly of the fuse, install the complete unit from the rear and then re-constructing the bottom....darn, for a 'C' note that canister is going IN THE PLANE!!!
Posted by tailskid2 | Aug 17, 2014 @ 07:53 PM | 1,094 Views
Due to finances (or lack thereof), I've decided to follow the instructions and make the servo arm extensions supplied. As was so nicely pointed out, the weak link will be my round NYLON servo arm, to which the supplied metal (nice red color) arm to secured with two 2mm bolts and held on with a nylon locking nut.

So there may be a time when the aileron (or elevator) servo appears stripped, but it will only be the nylon arm - that is IF I have a plane to fly after the 'event'. Maybe I should not do too severe maneuvers like the Wall.

Guess my canister muffler isn't going to fit in the Sbach - too large a diameter:
Posted by tailskid2 | Aug 13, 2014 @ 11:47 PM | 1,259 Views
Didn't get to the field today, it rained! Not a big thing but around here it is very unusual, so our field wa muddy. Our field has a dirt runway, so it was soaked.

Therefore I didn't get those batteries today.

But that was maybe good because I stayed up all night with one of my dogs who had some surgery yesterday. Boy, almost a grand. What are you going to do when they call you while the dog is "under" asking you if they should pull three teeth at a cool three hundred IN addition to the scheduled operation.

And I was going ask for $200 to pick up another ARF in Tuscon
Posted by tailskid2 | Aug 11, 2014 @ 04:48 PM | 969 Views
Well there goes my 'allowance' for a couple of months - picked up 5 (five) heavy duty servos for the Sbach.....man they can get 'spendy' in a hurry!

Tomorrow I should get the two Life batteries for the Aeroworks Extra 260, so all I will have to do is balance the plane by moving the batteries all around....sure would like to add a pilot for John but the one I have is decaying and I would hate to put it in the canopy and watch it fall apart as he flies the plane.
Posted by tailskid2 | Aug 09, 2014 @ 05:34 PM | 1,657 Views
Just about done with this one...and if it wasn't for my lack of programming skills, this bird would have seen the light under its tires last week....John threw me a curve in that he wanted a Power Distribution System installed along with two other Smart-Fly products all of which I have never used before, hence the delay.

None the less it will only take the installation of two new LifE batteries and checking the CG and this bird is ready....
Posted by tailskid2 | Aug 03, 2014 @ 05:14 PM | 1,191 Views
Here is a picture (bad one at that) showing where the canister muffler is supposed to go and the size of the muffler....
Posted by tailskid2 | Aug 02, 2014 @ 08:49 PM | 1,151 Views
Well I'm back to square one....I bought a canister muffler and it is too large in the diameter department..so I think I will go back to the wraparound and cut the cowl to fit.

My delay in working on the 30cc Sbach is because I've been working on my friends 50cc Aeroworks Extra 260....what a nice ARF...........almost everything you need to assemble the plane is there!

They include just about everything you need - if it calls for ball-links, they are in there, if it calls for 24 screws, they are in there....even Zip-Ties for the tank, and who knows what else is included...I see why guys like Aeroworks planes.
Posted by tailskid2 | Jul 19, 2014 @ 11:28 PM | 1,333 Views
Mounted the engine - cut the cowl - perfect fit......then I put on the muffler and everything came to a crashing stop! There is no way the cowl will fit over the muffler stacks

So maybe a grinder of some kind will have to come into play....maybe Home Depot will have a grinder 'service' and I can cut 5/8" off the stacks and then hopefully I can get the cowl to fit.

In the meantime, perhaps the front end needs a nice coat of 30 minute epoxy "just in case" <g>.....
Posted by tailskid2 | Jul 15, 2014 @ 01:42 PM | 1,852 Views
OK, I opened the box....don't know if that is a good thing or not

Have to order 5 180+oz servos, so this might have to wait; man that's expensive!

Could start mounting the engine, one thing for sure I will coat the firewall area with 30 minute epoxy - inside and out!

Manual covers ALL their 30cc line of planes
Posted by tailskid2 | Jul 14, 2014 @ 01:21 PM | 1,438 Views
I guess time will tell.....but at least one NIB is crying for me to open it up!
Posted by tailskid2 | Jul 13, 2014 @ 09:38 PM | 1,672 Views
Well that "kit" is now ready for its owner....the reason I built this kit was because a club member asked me to test fly his newly acquired 'Stick' (I think H9) and on the first take off I relaxed the 'up' elevator way too soon and she was totaled into the first row of 9' corn that was only 3" high the day before - well almost anyway....

So I got to the point where I had to finish covering the plane and even remembered how to cut hinge slots for elevator/aileron and rudder. Yep, this 'old' kit didn't have a lot of things we take for granted nowadays.....no hinges, fuel tank, wheels, wheel collars, pushrods, etc. And you know what? I enjoyed going through all my stuff to find what I needed.

The tailwheel worked out well as did moving the landing gear up forward. I went ahead and mounted some standard servos and made the pushrods so with that under my belt, I decided to let the owner decide on his own trim - I was going to put the traditional 'crosses' that are well known by all of us, but maybe he would want something 'different'...so that is why the white portion of the trim has been left blank.....

Anyway, with that plane 'done' it is time to look at my next project - my buddy John (a VM Vet who suffers from Agent Orange) has a 26% Edge he wants assembled, so I will probably get that ARF from him on Wednesday, but in the mean time a BIG box showed up at my doorstep - darn it - a 30cc sBach - that I bought a week or two ago.....might even look into the box and see what I bought.
Posted by tailskid2 | Jul 10, 2014 @ 06:59 PM | 1,506 Views
Took a bit over a week off to go and visit my son in Mobile, AL....and on Sunday we got to fly with a great group of guys from their local club.

I even got to fly my son's 40% Carden Extra!

But back to my Stik.....covered the bottom of the stab and glued in the vertical Stab.
Posted by tailskid2 | Jun 26, 2014 @ 08:27 PM | 2,188 Views
Slow progress......don't know why, it is only 106 F outside and I'm inside, but I did make some progress.

Built a pushrod for the elevator (1/4 Sq. Hard balsa), mounted the servos and glued in the landing gear block.

I've covered the Vertical/Rudder with white Oracover as well as three bays of the wing (for contrast).

Also included some pics of the 'instructions'.....notice the pictures, or lack there of!
Posted by tailskid2 | Jun 24, 2014 @ 05:52 PM | 2,468 Views
Did something 'new' to the fuselage....that being made of Popular Plywood (I think) needs something 'extra' to keep the covering tight on the wood.....so I sheeted the sides of the fuse with 1/32" sheeting I had from Sig. I think that will help adhere the covering.

Got another problem to solve....do I follow the instructions and glue the top hatch on the fuse, or do I make it removable? Pro's and Con's to both.....if I don't make it a removable hatch, I'll have tank problems - Murphy'l Law right?

The wing is finished, just needing covering and installations of ailerons. I'd like to 'pin' the aileron's pushrod bearing into the wing, but I'll have to do that after covering.....oh well one 'spot' won't hurt the 'SCALE' appearance of this bird

I've decided to use 1/4" hardwood pushrods instead of Nyrods (which I have a million of!) because out here the heat will surely expand those Nyrods when the plane moves from the A/C house to the 105+ temperatures at the flying field.
Posted by tailskid2 | Jun 21, 2014 @ 08:34 PM | 1,416 Views
The wing center section came out nicely if I do say so myself

With these 'old' kits, a LOT is not told to you and there are no pictures, only a drawing or two - like it used to be "back in the day"......nowhere does it tell you to make your ailerons 'fit' the wing, nor to install the pushrod 'horns' into the wing.

Yep, those were the good old days and I miss them a lot...heck, I almost forgot how to read those plans
Posted by tailskid2 | Jun 21, 2014 @ 06:08 PM | 1,472 Views
The wing has been joined together with 30-Minute Epoxy mixed with shreaded fiberglass - THAT WING isn't going to be coming apart

BUT, just to be sure, some heavy glass cloth (6 oz?) was wrapped around the center section.

The tail feathers are sanded, hinged and ready for covering.

The fuse is now (almost) one piece, used Epoxy on the firewall, Titebond on the formers.
Posted by tailskid2 | Jun 16, 2014 @ 03:32 PM | 1,537 Views
Joined both wing halves, and I believe there isn't any warps At least not yet anyway. Sanded the tail feathers, might just have to cover them before gluing them on the fuse.
Posted by tailskid2 | Jun 10, 2014 @ 05:10 PM | 1,491 Views
Man, I almost forgot how nice those Midwest kits are....the die CUTTING was just that - cut, not crushed! And only two pages of actual 'instructions' (w/o pictures). AHHHHH, the smell of balsa wood when you open a KIT

Decided to take out 1/2 of the dihedral - they suggest either No Dihedral or 5/8". I decided not to make it a flat wing because they (flat wings) appear to have anhedrial.

Now about the LG....decided to go with a taildragger....moving the main gear up under the leading edge, but haven't decided how to do the tail wheel arrangement - maybe just a skid? It is difficult to control the tail wheel from the rudder as the elevator is in the way.....hummmmmmmmmmmmmm, decisions, decisions.
Posted by tailskid2 | Apr 09, 2013 @ 09:46 PM | 4,077 Views
I've been adding some 'things' to the fuselage (Landing Gear block + wing fairings), giving this bird two-three coats of Eze-Kote mixed with Microballoons and decided to weigh it again....drum roll please total weight 36.2 oz or 1025g.

Hummm, even added 7 blind nuts and a shelf for the tank; and sprayed some primer on the wing tips. Hummm, it has now lost weight! 15 grams or .5 oz -HOW'D THAT HAPPEN?

So I went back and reweighed everything just like the picture below with the wing on/ailerons on and the tail feathers - EVERYTHING and yep, 36.2 oz again Maybe I have been sanding more than I thought but I'm a happy camper. Now to start gluing the tail feathers on and commence painting.

I think it is beginning to look like an airplane <g>.