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Posted by rockom | Mar 15, 2008 @ 09:22 PM | 5,197 Views
I spent some more time on the Elipstik. These steps were slow but well worth it.

This one required lot's of pins becuase of the bent wood. Some pieces were soaked in warm water for a few minutes to get the correct shape without breaking. Lots of pins held the shape until the wood and glue dried. I used Titebond wood glue for the 'wet' joints. Also, I admitedly used pins in a few places where it was not necessary. Sooooo, I felt it was necessary to fill some pin holes. It looks much nicer now.

I mentioned in the previouse build post that I was not happy with the trailing edge and was considering an 1/8" square strip of bass wood added to the TE for strength. I got favorable results with CA soaked balsa end grain gussets where the airfoil caps meet the TE. Much lighter and probably more effective. I tried other gain orientations and this seemed to work out the best.

I shaped the the leading edge as well.

Next is sanding the ailerons and battery box installation.

-Rocko
Posted by rockom | Mar 09, 2008 @ 10:01 PM | 5,112 Views
Here's a pic of my P-38....this picture was taken when it still belonged to the previouse owner. It still looks the same...really.
Posted by rockom | Mar 09, 2008 @ 09:57 PM | 5,172 Views
On the buddy box with me is Ron Sassaman. I credit Ron with teaching me to fly. He spent many flight on the buddy box with me.
Posted by rockom | Mar 09, 2008 @ 09:49 PM | 5,129 Views
I found some pictures of my first flight ever. It was April 14th, 2002. I was on the buddy box with club member Bud Trapp flying my recently finished Sig Kadet MkII. The planes was powered by a K&B 40 and futaba radio gear. The K&B was soon after traded in for a GMS40.

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Posted by rockom | Mar 09, 2008 @ 09:38 PM | 5,002 Views
Here's me flying my Raptor 30 last June. I can't wait till the weather breaks so I can get back to it.

-Rocko
Posted by rockom | Mar 09, 2008 @ 09:34 PM | 4,907 Views
About two years ago I purchased a World Models Ultimate 40S biplane, GMS47 engine, pitts muffler, servos, ect.....

I was going to fly it that spring. Shortly after, my first child arrived and shortly after that, we got our first house. And then I got into helis. The list of excuses goes on.

A few weeks ago I was going though some of my RC plane stuff (still packed away from the move almost two years ago) and eyed the Ultimate Bipe still in the box. I have a T-Rex 450 flying on a 3S 2100 lipo pack. I picked up an electric P-38 from a club memeber that flies on that same pack. So I got to thinking....sure would be nice to fly an Ultimate on that pack. But the 40 size Bipe is way to big so I sold it in favor of Great Planes new Reactor Bipe.

http://www.electrifly.com/parkflyers/gpma1580.html

So, Dilema solved.

Now my plan is to fly it this spring....see the trend?
But this time for real!

-Rocko
Posted by rockom | Mar 09, 2008 @ 09:22 PM | 5,062 Views
Here is an update with lots of pics. I got far enough to pull it off the building board. This was my first time using drywall as a building board. Not bad.

I'm not too happy with the strength of the trailing edge. I think I might add a piece of 1/8" sq. bass along that edge.

So far so good. This one is really light.

-Rocko


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Posted by rockom | Mar 04, 2008 @ 11:55 PM | 5,438 Views
A club member asked if I was interested in building his Elipstik 260. I took the kit home to review the plans and read through the instructions. In the next few days we agreed on a few terms and I started building. Here is what I got so far.

This is a cool little plane. I might have to build one for myself.

Feels good to be building again....

-Rocko