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Posted by c0dem0nkey | Mar 21, 2011 @ 04:25 PM | 4,081 Views
Toshi is down to build some twisty wings.
Posted by c0dem0nkey | Dec 20, 2010 @ 10:54 AM | 3,827 Views
Finished the tail this weekend. Current alignment will have the plane fly with a nose down attitude.

Servo tray tonight/tomorrow..hopefully painted by Christmas and then I hope we get some wind.
Posted by c0dem0nkey | Dec 16, 2010 @ 10:25 AM | 3,934 Views
Sanded down the red wing.

Hatch is almost there with the magnets holding it on. My new way to do hatches...super clean.

Bagged the tails last night but it was pretty cold in the garage and it was still tacky this morning.
Posted by c0dem0nkey | Dec 13, 2010 @ 11:15 AM | 3,983 Views
Some progress this weekend. Fuse is close to paint...working on getting a perfect hatch with magnets holding it down.

Sleeved the big red wings for a 5/16 rod

Started the tail..going to be 3/16 balsa the bagged with light fiberglass..maybe some carbon..I want light tails.
Posted by c0dem0nkey | Oct 27, 2010 @ 12:14 PM | 3,767 Views
I got the tail done...tails always take me a long time.

I got the fuse cut to for the tail..looking to glue it in tonight or tomorrow.

I'm on the fence about my servo select..(only servos I have).

The HS-5065 at 6 volts will pull 30oz..which I think should be fine for the tail..but I would like more.

The wingeron servo is a beast but I'm fine with the overkill in power.
Posted by c0dem0nkey | Sep 08, 2010 @ 03:45 PM | 4,604 Views
Ok...I've got a balsa tail, kevlar, fiberglass and epoxy..I'm ready to do this thing.


IT WORKED!!

Well it didn't go perfect...I had some very very light fiber glass on top but it stuck to my mylar (which was waxed...maybe not good enough huh).

I need to get the vacuum thing...something with a pressure cutoff so the wife doesn't complain about sound
Posted by c0dem0nkey | Sep 07, 2010 @ 09:53 PM | 4,301 Views
I've cleared the bench and I'm bound and determined to get the snipe put together..heck the hardest part is the V-tail..wings are already bagged...servos have been bought.

So the problem is I lost part of the tail while moving...DOH!!!!

I think I'm going to try and make some from scratch out of 1/4 balsa..sand down and try and do a kevlar hinge. I don't have a vacuum bag setup so I'm hoping I can do it by putting some sorta pressure on it.

If that falls through..then I can try and make the missing elevator piece out of some light balsa.

Unless there is somebody out there thats got an extra elevator piece...I won't hold my breath..I never see people talking about this plane.
Posted by c0dem0nkey | Sep 06, 2010 @ 09:49 PM | 4,173 Views
I'm pretty much done with the Rotor from Orans build party. I have some thoughts to share on this one..it was frustrating at times and I'm still kicking myself over somethings.

MISTAKE NUMBER ONE!!!!
For some crazy reason...I did not check the tail alignment when I glued it on. Why would I not do this....I have no idea. As a result the tail is leaning 5 ~ 10 degrees to the right. MOTHER! Seriously I must have stared and willed it straight for hours. It bothers me a lot and if I wanted to fix it I've thought about cutting the whole tail off 3 inches ahead of the tail on the boom...rotate and epoxy back in place.

Next comes the great paint screw up of summer of 2010. I've dreamed of a metallic orange rotor since I got involved in this project...I had high hopes for airbrushing some mixed orange and gold airbrush paint from michaels.

First paint job..after hours of filling and priming and sanding..goes on perfect...it was beautiful...it sparkled in the sun...everything I wanted. I clear coated it with Rustoluem crystal clear enamel. Then I started handling it...the paint was so soft it just came off with hardly a scratch...MOTHER!

So I decided I would sand it all down and do it again..this time with some automotive clear coat...purchased for 25 dollars..did a test with this stuff..super hard.

Primer..sand..primer..sand.

Start painting metallic orange again..this time in a hot hot garage. Everything is looking good...BUT it is going on heavy or not drying......Continue Reading
Posted by c0dem0nkey | Sep 04, 2010 @ 05:47 PM | 3,726 Views
Details to come but...The Rotor from Orans build party is 95% done.
Posted by c0dem0nkey | May 27, 2010 @ 04:36 PM | 3,658 Views
I was pretty pumped to be getting a Samurai fuse...I dig the shape and thought it would have great potential to make some sorta twisty wing mean machine.

So I was a bit concerned when I found a box at my door that looked like it fell off the truck while on the highway and ran over a few times.....sure enough pull the fuse out and its been cracked pretty good..someone tried to bend it in half.

Everything is repairable but dang if it didn't drop me down and few notches of excitement. (shakes head with disappointment)
Posted by c0dem0nkey | Apr 28, 2010 @ 06:10 PM | 3,079 Views
I love this picture..
Posted by c0dem0nkey | Apr 28, 2010 @ 06:01 PM | 3,040 Views
The toothpick wings were pretty cool...I had never flown them. I don't have a strong opinion of them mostly because I didn't fly them for more than 15 minutes..I wanted to get the rotor in the air.

The rotor maiden went well. The wind was blowing pretty good but you would have never guessed it by the throw out. The plane sank and sank to the point I thought I was about to take a walk down the hill. Some how it picked up speed and gained all the lost altitude back.

It felt mushy though at slow or medium speed...there was a few times I got it going really well and the energy retention was AWESOME! But then I guess I must have been stalling it and it would get all mushy and was boating around.

I'm not sure if I have a CG issue or just a weight to lift issue. It was fun flying but it felt like it was flying tail heavy or mushy...suggestions?

I bought the rotor off sleddriver...here is the build
http://www.slopeflyer.com/artman/publish/Rotor_1.shtml


*************UPDATE******************
I took the Rotor out for a second flight...removed some weight in the nose. It was hands down the best best best day of sloping I have ever had. 45 minutes of straight high energy maneuvers..like there was a rocket pushing the thing. Words cannot do what I witnessed justice..so lets leave it at....GET ONE OF THESE PLANES! YOU WILL NOT BE SORRY AND WILL BE A CHANGED SLOPER.
Posted by c0dem0nkey | Mar 19, 2010 @ 06:39 PM | 3,353 Views
I bought a Snipe about three years ago...I'm hoping to start it as I want to compare it against the shredder.

I guy named Keith emailed me these.
Posted by c0dem0nkey | Apr 29, 2009 @ 12:07 AM | 4,225 Views
I started to clean up the fuse...

I'm not sure on the blingeron...it would require some spacing possible with ply.
Posted by c0dem0nkey | Apr 14, 2009 @ 01:34 PM | 3,121 Views
Here is a detailed look from the plans about the dihedral.
Posted by c0dem0nkey | Apr 14, 2009 @ 01:11 PM | 3,145 Views
I found a Shredder kit..I'm stoked...I have no idea where to start

Questions:

1. How do I join the wing pieces...balsa braces or hard wood. How far in do I put them in each piece. Why did double taps have two..one large one skinny?

2. I have some winchdoc blingeron...can and should I use it. It would require the cores be modified.

3. Should I sheet it with 1/16 balsa..like the plans say or use 1/64th hard wood..as seen in double taps sale.

4. The plans show some dihedral in the first part of the wing...how is this achieved? Hopefully be the way the cores were drilled.

5. Should the fuse be reinforced in any way?

6. The tail has the holes already drilled...hopefully everything aligns to 0degrees. Personally I have no idea how to make sure of this.

The fuse needs some clean up work done to it so...I guess I'll start there since that is self explained.
Posted by c0dem0nkey | Feb 12, 2009 @ 07:34 PM | 2,884 Views
I love to fly rc gliders!