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Posted by tolice | Sep 05, 2011 @ 03:52 PM | 2,441 Views
After rewind the motor, i've installed it to the front, outside of the fuse.
This is because the motor shaft is too short.
Here's the topic with videos of the problem that caused the rapir in the motor and the results.
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1496929

Already isntalled a set of front wheels from HK. Very light. Used 2mm fiber rods and some epoxy to glue them.

Some pictures.
Posted by tolice | Aug 23, 2011 @ 10:07 AM | 2,560 Views
Hello all.
Last weekend I went to my mother's house and invited my brother to find a site to try a slope soaring with my Parkzone Radian.

We ended at a hill in a city called São Luiz do Purunã. Far from my city like 40kms.

That was my 1st attempt doing slope soaring. Was not bad. Good wind, easy ship. Only cons was the cold weather ... my fingers was freezing.

I used the motor to get some altitude and then used only to land. Stayed about 20 minutes in the air.

As I am a beginner, I din't know about the rotor behind the top of the hill. That was my fault in the landing. It was very hard to land a EPO glider in the rotor area, lol.

Following some videos done that day. The speaking is in portuguese.

Planador RC Parkzone Radian - Vôo de colina - 1 (1 min 50 sec)

Enjoying the flight

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Posted by tolice | Jun 19, 2011 @ 02:21 PM | 2,827 Views
The behavior of teh attachments changed.

I can't explain the pictures anymore

Edit: just notice the attachment black box thread here - http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1455635

BTW, i liked it. To view comments, just mouse over the thumbnail.
Posted by tolice | Jun 19, 2011 @ 01:58 PM | 2,880 Views
Hi people, at last I did some decoration in the wings and in the fuselage of my PT-60.
I made and added wing tips for preventing the wing to touch the soil on my "not so good" landings.
The material used for the tips is th stock propeller form a Guillows Fairchild 24.
I used black monokote.
Attached a picture of the electronics.
Following some pictures. Explanations on each one.
Pic 1 - Here are the electronic part of the plane.
Receiver at fron with some foam to prevent shocks.
Used hot glue to isolate the battery T plug.
At bottom of the picture you can see I used a UBEC from HK.
The S3004 Futaba servos are good for the job. Slow for the throttle, but it's not a problem in a trainer.
Posted by tolice | Apr 24, 2011 @ 08:55 PM | 3,020 Views
Hello.
I was so anxious to go the field this weekend and finish hurting the wing of my PT-60 in the transport in the back of my car.

Browsing the forums I found that the best way to repair crushed balsa is to drop some water and heating the place.

That what a I did. Uncovered the area, using a syringe to drop water and after a minute I heated the place with the covering iron.
Did this 2 or 3 times and the balsa turns almost back to perfection.

The pictures of the repair, with caption.
Posted by tolice | Apr 11, 2011 @ 01:59 PM | 3,164 Views
Succesfully done the maiden flight of the PT-60 on saturday.

The plane needed a little trim. The OS 65LA glow engine provided the exactly power to level the model. Maybe a .90 would be better.

He needs a long run to climb better. The speed in the air is slow as it possible.
With that big wings, the plane has a very low speed to stall.

In the manual, Great Planes talks about "differential" travel of the ailerons, meaning the ailerons would move more to the upper position than the bottom position.
I didn't like this behavior. The plane delays a bit to response to aileron curves. I'll change this.
Following a image from the manual.

Did 2 flights. All gone well.
I didn't took any photos or videos in the first flight cause I think it brings bad luck

In next flies I'll post some media content.

Now I'll retire for 3 weeks and I am already impatient to fly the PT-60 again.
Posted by tolice | Mar 30, 2011 @ 08:53 AM | 3,243 Views
From the PT-60 Manual.

The name of the "curve" is Washout.

I think it's not intended to have the curve, but the whole wing to be strainght and only the wing tip of the TE to be at a higher position.
Posted by tolice | Mar 29, 2011 @ 07:46 PM | 3,380 Views
Hi people. Here are some photos of the wing.

I started to cover it. Done just the bottom side of the half wing.

The top covering will be white with some home made decals. Maybe stars or something like.
As I don't have the strip machine, anyone knows a great way to cut stripes from monokote?

In the last photo the small angle suggested by the manual at the tip of the LE.
As you can see, the place for the aileron has a curve. I still don't know how to handle this before installing the aileron there.
Posted by tolice | Mar 13, 2011 @ 06:57 PM | 4,471 Views
I couldn't finish the Trojan build because I moved back from Chile to Brasil and left my little bird there. RIP

So I started to build the Great Planes PT-60 kit at ends of october and until now I didn't finish it. Don't have too much time ... work, girlfriend, soccer, flying ... lot of stuff to do, little time.

For me it looks a very nice kit, very well cutted parts. Very detailed manual. Perfect for a newbie costructor.

Ok, but let me show some photos of the build, now I am in the stage of covering the wing.

Ill try to explain each photo. I have more than 100 high quality images of the building until now. I've reduced the imagez to 800x600 size to fit better.
I will try to don't overload the post with images, lol.

I will accept any advice in any part of the construction, covering, finishing, etc.

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Posted by tolice | Sep 08, 2010 @ 11:07 AM | 3,565 Views
With the fail of my Cessna, I need to start a new model.

The choice is the T28D Trojan. It's the kit 901 from Guillow.
I'm following the Ensign Jimmy building. But I don't know what I will use for covering. As a newbie, any covering technique I use will be a challenge.

The topic for Jimmy conversion I'm following
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=999496

I pretend to use a elevator/aileron/throttle configuration for the easy of doing and to learn how to do ailerons. Don't know if adding a new servo for the rudder will be good.

By the weekend I will buy the batteries, ESC, servos, receiver and a scale to weight all and decide what motor I will use.

I'm seeking for any advices on how to fix all the stuff inside. Thinking about cover the bottom part with super thin balsa to support all the stuff.
Need to think about the firewall too.
Any tips/links/topics/suggestions will be VERY appreciated.

Here are the initial photos.
Posted by tolice | Sep 08, 2010 @ 10:50 AM | 3,928 Views
Hello people.

I had a little accident in a house test. The left wing got somehow destroyed by a lampshade.
Repaired, ready for outdoor flying.

The wing with the rotten part cutted out.


Doing the new piece.

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Posted by tolice | Aug 24, 2010 @ 10:32 AM | 4,627 Views
Hi.
Yesterday I was re-reading the Guillow instructions and in some part of the chart it talks about a "green soap" and glycerin mix to lub the rubber.

What's this green soap ? I just found in the internet something about a soap that don't attack the environment. Something biodegradable. Is it ?
Posted by tolice | Aug 23, 2010 @ 05:40 PM | 4,271 Views
Hi people, experts and beginners (like me, eheheh).
I know there's a lot of topics about Guillows models in the forums, but finishing a model is an event that must be shared. For a newbie like me, it means my entrance in this world
Another point, my apologies for my bad English. It's poor, but i think you all can understand me.

Ok, after my justification, let's go to the facts.
I took a lot of pictures, but won't post it all or you will be bored
A month ago I bought a Guillow's Cessna 180 Build By Number form a local dealer here in Santiago. The dealer is Mirax Hobbies.

I didn't know what there was inside the box. Didn't know the model is totally disassembled and i'll need to cement every single part, lol.

I decided not to use the white and gray tissues that come with the model. Then i bought orange and blue tissues to do the same colors that is in front of the box, but inverted.


I had some problems with the clear dope, mixing with the thinner. I think i've bought the wrong type of thinner. It simply doesn't mix with the dope !! So I used pure dope to glue the tissue and after the cover to finish.

My work table with the contents of the box:


I made a mistake on the left wing. Forgot the little piece used to join the wing to the fuselage ....
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