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Posted by veritus | Oct 30, 2009 @ 05:51 PM | 3,767 Views
Project has been in the deep freeze since I dislocated my finger but will soon start again.
Posted by veritus | Aug 07, 2009 @ 10:45 PM | 3,815 Views
Just a trial fit of the interior and Cockpit. A bit of work still ahead on overall sailplane...not in a big rush; best not to be, to get it done right!
Posted by veritus | Aug 06, 2009 @ 11:12 PM | 3,667 Views
A few pics of Gelcoat applied to inner wing panels. The Gelcoat comes in a small can from Tap Plastics Inc., and is poured into a plastic cup; it has the consistancy of paint. After being left in sunlight for about 10 minutes, the Gel thickens somewhat but is still runny. MEKP, a catalyst, is applied to this thickened Gel at temps between 70-85 degrees F and mixed in. The the Gelcoat is basically globbed on until it rises above the damaged area. What you see in the photos are a first and second coat respectively. Sanding is easy, and wet sanding peoduces a smooth surface. I have a bit of sanding ahead as you can see, made harder by the fact that I am recovering from dislocating my middle finger(I can hear the laughter) .
Posted by veritus | Jul 16, 2009 @ 06:46 PM | 3,883 Views
Canopy added to Nimbus. Got it yesterday from Etienne' at Icare' Sailplanes; shipped nice and very pristine. Canopy is totally removable at hinges by sliding out retaining pins in fuselage after opening.
Posted by veritus | Jun 25, 2009 @ 10:56 AM | 3,169 Views
Well after having to do some rewiring and soldering on the prop sensor for the SLS, yesterday, I was able to fire up the SLS and watch as it went through its full sequence. This sequence starts with the prop sensor sensing the prop in a vertical stored position, then progresses to raise the SLS arm, and finally the motor fires up after 3 distinct warning beeps. The reverse happens after the SLS is commanded to the stowed position.

The SLS is like a circuit in that if any one component does not work, the SLS will either not extend and or retract or it will not start the motor. In this case, the wiring of the prop sensor had been chewed up from an earlier incident while the plane was relatively new and was not repaired, by myself, correctly; at the time I lacked the skills. Foretunately, skills acquired while building the ASH, have so far, found their application in the Nimbus. Imagine soldering 3 wires, red, gold, and brown, unto a circuit board the width of your thumb; now you can't burn the board, and each solder has to be seperate from the other by a millimeter of space. After 5 hours and alot of prayer and some swearing, I saw the red light on the board go on and stay on. When I completely blocked the micro lenses on the sensor, the light went out...eureka, it was working!
Posted by veritus | Jun 16, 2009 @ 12:43 AM | 3,395 Views
Posted by veritus | Jun 13, 2009 @ 11:49 PM | 3,185 Views
Well it has been a while since I said I would start tackeling the Nimbus 4-DM; actually around 2 years! When I said that, I had money to burn and what I considered a wrecked Nimbus, sitting in the corner easily replaceable. Amazing how an economic downturn can make you re-evaluate many things, for example, I am glad that I didn't junk the plane, the damage was not that bad at all; my perspective was just very wrong! In fact after doing some epoxy on the inner wings, I have realized that this sailplane is totally salvageable. I will have to apply Gelcoat to some cosmetic cracks in the gelcoat, but given time, patience, a gelcoat kit, and some elbow grease, I think I can have it back in shape in a few months or sooner! I am awaiting the availability of a new Canopy and upper fuselage doors for the SLS. If I cannot get the doors, I plan to fashion some from Balsa, dryfit to the upper fuse, then wet to mold to the fuse contours, then dope to stiffen. Finally, plane is worth alot, especially with the declining dollar overseas so it is worth putting in the relatively few dollars. I hope to load pics as I progress.
Posted by veritus | Oct 12, 2007 @ 04:24 PM | 3,467 Views
Well, it has been many months since the loss of my very beautiful ASH-25. If you ever think to get one of these sailplanes, I highly recommend them for handling and forgiving flight characteristics. If you have read my blogs, you know of my ups and downs with the SLS that the glider came with. The SLS needs more power in order to lift this large 7 meter bird with authority. As it is, you would need a very low evenly mown field or a asphalt runway, in order to get good ROGs. Any well kept Sod Farm will do the trick, one with alot of acreage, til you get used to the plane. There is a 5 bladed version of the SLS, which may give more pull, and if you can get it...do so.

The other weakness of the model, is the undercarraige, it is not strong enough for the weight of the model and one really firm landing will bend it enough to start hitting either side of the gear bay. It can be straightened out, but will not be as perfect as when purchased; but it will be close. Now because the plane is a real floater in ground effect, you can avoid firm or hard landings about 97% of the time, even on a bounce but a hard/firm landing will happen.

If you can modify the landing gear and get the most out of the SLS, you will enjoy flying this large beauty. I transported mine in my VW GTI with no trouble.

Now about the crash, although I had questioned at one point, after the fact, that the ASH crashed due to interference, I am very much convinced upon reviewing my last blog,...Continue Reading
Posted by veritus | May 28, 2007 @ 12:05 PM | 3,165 Views
Well I guess hard come easy go! My ASH-25 is no more!! I was on final approach when my plane started to do a serious aerobatic maneuver by pitching up and climbing sharply then nosing over and slamming hard into a shallow pond. As I was cleaning up what was left, I heard the distant growl of a gas powered RC airplane. The guys at another field had showed up and apparently did not check to see if I was around. A novice mistake on my part, that cost me big. But in future, I will fly at my other field out in the middle of nowhere. Anyway, if you think of getting into large RC saiplanes, it is worth it, they fly and perform really well! I don't regret having a great plane and I hope to have another one in the near future.
Posted by veritus | Apr 08, 2007 @ 09:21 PM | 3,167 Views
My flights today were....excellent!!!!!!! I couldn't believe how the change in incidence of the stab (check note at end)** effected the flight characteristics, amazing!
The plane went from somewhat hot roddish but controllable with steep pitch es with no trim or elevator input, to docile level, and I mean almost trainer slow performance. My takeoffs occured within 300 feet, or less, once established into the wind, which I did from the get go. My landings were very controllable and predictable; just pumped the spoilers nose went down a bit penetrated deliberate but casual, release spoilers, plane leveled out, pump em up again, nose went over no speed pick up or up elevator needed except when I wanted to slow even more. Landed where I wanted , really didn't need any brake but tested them just the same. By the way, I Ultimately replaced the HS-75BB servo with a very powerful High torque JR Servo and have had no problems on landings.



But on my second flight the plane was climbing fine then shallowed out and did a very slow very forgiving, shallow tip stall to the right. I mean I thought nothing of it but new something was wrong. Thought maybe I was climbing too steep and then realized I wasn't climbing much at all. Oh, Oh!!! Yikes! I must have been at 400 feet or so and lowered the SLS and brought the plane back around. Downwind, Base, Final, actually it was more like a circle to land, and came over some sparse trees and a road, where a van slowed to watch,...Continue Reading
Posted by veritus | Mar 25, 2007 @ 06:14 PM | 3,944 Views
Yesterday I finally got my ASH-25mi into the air ! As some of you know, this model is a self launching type with a 23 foot wingspan. For those of you who may build the model with an SLS; a Self Launching System, I have a few observations. First when I applied power, the sailplane did nose over-as a few of you had said it would, although I later found out that mine was due to a too forward CG and some errors in control inputs. As a result; the take off roll was initially nose down for a while resulting in a longer than normal T/O run, and the initial climb took a good deal of up elevator. Now, just so you know, I CG'd this aircraft at the recommended CG, in fact I put it at the less conservative 95mm; I recommend you put the CG at 100mm. If not, be prepared to fly as I did; I trimmed it back as far as the trim would go, and held in a bit of up elevator. When I let go of the up stick, the sailplane would dive very significantly. The wings are super strong and this thing can fly fast!!!

The plane flew very well, although a bit faster than expected, which I attribute to the forward CG and the extra weight of the unnecessary lead causing the aforementioned forward CG. The approach was a thrill and a bit fast as it zoomed overhead wings wistling in the wind. With spoilers and flaps( Thank God I had enough up elevator throw) I was able to cut some altitude on the approach and landed gently and within a safe distance.

One blunder I made on landing cost me...Continue Reading
Posted by veritus | Nov 22, 2006 @ 09:30 PM | 4,503 Views
Just got a new digital camera and took a few limited photos of my ASH-25mi. Basically the plane in the box, a few cockpit closeups, etc. More to come soon!

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