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Posted by Artful Owl | Jun 11, 2014 @ 04:32 AM | 1,916 Views
Its winter here now so Iv been spending more time indoors and less out in the garage. Iv managed to get some of the ideas down for a full decal covering. Iv been working slowly towards for some time know and I'm looking forward for this project to come to fruition.
I used Paint in Microsoft Windows to put together a concept for my brother He will do the finale design. I also used a feature in Solidworks to apply the decal to a model I designed.
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Posted by Artful Owl | May 21, 2014 @ 03:06 AM | 2,166 Views
Finished modeling the Fighting Frenzy.

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Posted by Artful Owl | Apr 19, 2014 @ 09:27 AM | 1,934 Views
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Posted by Artful Owl | Apr 15, 2014 @ 05:40 AM | 2,137 Views
Iv decided to sell my Sky Hunter I had hoped to hang on to it but I need some coin for other projects Iv got going on.

I built her up to what I consider a high standard last summer she has had 6 flight and not crashers.

Specs

Wingspan: 1800mm
Wing area: 2048 cm^2
Length: 1400mm

Weight: 3.5Kg (with 2x 5000mAh 3cell lipo)
Channels:5

Mods
Rudders added
Vertical stab reinforcing
3k bi-dir Carbon fiber on TE of wing between the booms mounts
Reinforced potential weak parts of the fuse with 3k carbon fiber
Upgraded tail booms to 3k bi-dir tube
Large embedded heat-sink
Posted by Artful Owl | Apr 13, 2014 @ 02:33 AM | 2,406 Views
Surface model of my next build. Its still not finished but its far enough along that I can start cutting foam. I was going to go all out on this build incorporating different materials and some cool futures but iv done away with that. This plane is going to be more of a test bed for some new ideas in other words it probably wont last very long:-)
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Posted by Artful Owl | Mar 02, 2014 @ 12:04 AM | 3,212 Views
]If you ever thought about using carbon fiber to build a plane but decided it was just to hard then you might be interested in this mini how to. You wont learn how to build a plane but this is a good place to start.

The things you will need:
3K Woven Carbon Fiber Cloth
Digital Pocket Scale
Epoxy Resin
Hairdryer. Don't borrow you wife's or girl friends it will get covered in resin!
Paint Brushes You only get to use them once so the cheaper the better
Sharp Scissors
2 boards I'm using 19mm MDF
glad warp

First things we are going to lay some glad warp over the MDF. Take your time to get it smooth it should look like this Once you have that looking good you will need to cut the carbon Fiber Cloth. In this case I will be using it to make some wiglets so I cut the cloth 25mm bigger then the finished part.I found that 4 layers of carbon fiber make a good stiff plate for wiglets.

Now we need to mix some Epoxy Resin. This is where the digital pocket scale come in to the picture. for mixing instruction refer to the label also note some of the other things on there like what temperatures your resin will cure at. Note I used 60ml how much you need for you project depends on how much cloth you are using. Its a bit of a guess you get better at this as you learn.

Lay your first piece of carbon cloth on the glad wrap wet it out paying attention to getting a even spreed of resin over the cloth. Use the hairdryer to heat the resin put lots of resin on, when the next piece goes on it will soak into it. Repeat this process as meany times as you need. Place the other board over it and clamp or weight it down. BOOM! Cheap and Easy Carbon Fiber Plate

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Cheap and Easy Carbon Fiber Plate (3 min 21 sec)

Posted by Artful Owl | Feb 25, 2014 @ 03:35 AM | 2,867 Views
Iv noticed over the last 6 months that Im loosing interest in flying RC planes.
At the same time I can get enough of building them. Iv carved out a nice corner in the garage to pacify my addiction. I spend every spear second out there.
But when will I feel this way about flying again? Has this happened to you? Are there some people that just enjoy building and are not so much into flying? Id like know your guys experience.


Thanks

The addicted builder
Posted by Artful Owl | Feb 19, 2014 @ 02:46 AM | 2,769 Views
This is a cool video if your into aviation and tech stuff.
Air Superiority: Aviation goes to new heights on molecular level (25 min 37 sec)

Posted by Artful Owl | Feb 18, 2014 @ 03:33 AM | 3,500 Views
You know you've been working to long when you're trying to peel off laminate only to realize after 5 minutes its not there.
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Posted by Artful Owl | Jan 31, 2014 @ 07:32 AM | 2,763 Views
Posted by Artful Owl | Dec 26, 2013 @ 10:56 PM | 3,401 Views
The hours of work are finely starting to pay off but still have quite a few more to go.
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