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Posted by tailskid2 | Aug 26, 2014 @ 06:41 PM | 765 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 think.....how 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 | 596 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 | 1,097 Views
Wing Panel #1 aileron works just fine....guess I just had to leave the epoxy dry

Finished bending the canister header.....now 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.......
Posted by tailskid2 | Aug 21, 2014 @ 07:30 PM | 1,345 Views
Finished up one wing with gluing the Robart hinges in place on the aileron...I don't think they will drop down when the power if off as they are a bit stiff, not a whole lot, just not totally free moving. Maybe the hinges weren't lined up perfectly or there is some epoxy in the hinge joint - but the aileron is still moving, just won't drop due to gravity

Well I went ahead and opened up the bottom of the fuselage and have temperately placed it in the fuse....it fits. Now I'll have to remove the pitts style muffler and make the final adjustments for holding this bad boy in place.
Posted by tailskid2 | Aug 19, 2014 @ 08:58 PM | 966 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 | 1,280 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 | 1,431 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 | 1,115 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 | 1,791 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 | 1,320 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 | 1,282 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 | 1,474 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 | 1,985 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 | 1,567 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 | 1,804 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 | 1,632 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 | 2,310 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 | 2,593 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 | 1,540 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