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Archive for February, 2012
Posted by sir_clive | Feb 26, 2012 @ 08:34 AM | 4,250 Views
The farther I come, the more I love this plane! Great design, not too hard to build (even for a beginner builder like I am), and it already looks as if wanted to take off and roar the skies.

Here the most recent photos.

As it seems, if one builds exactly according to the plans, the rear section doesn't quite work. I looked for how other people solved the problem - I found a few pictures showing that others had the same issue, but didn't find any photos detailed enough to help me out.

This is how I solved it....Continue Reading
Posted by sir_clive | Feb 22, 2012 @ 04:40 PM | 4,883 Views
Here I am, starting with a new plane: the wonderful Pitts Challenger, designed and given to us by Tony 65x55. You can find the thread with plans and a lot of information on http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=774178

I started out with the Monobloc. This time I opted not to go EPS, but to try out that blue foam: Roofmate. Don't know whether it's the same one other US-based guys are using for e.g. BluBaby, but I think it's at least pretty close.

I also DXF-ized the plans (originally only available as PDF), so if you need it, here it is:

pitts-vectorized.zip

Here the first pictures, more to follow!
Posted by sir_clive | Feb 14, 2012 @ 03:49 PM | 4,432 Views
Finally, the second part of my blog.

Except for, maybe, covering the wings with packing tape and for placing a few decals, the Baby is finished. And she looks GREAT!

Of course, there are some points that I would do differently now, but that's what it's all about: learning.

Here a few of the most important experiences I made:
  • Always TAKE YOUR TIME. Measure 3 times, cut only once. Don't hurry things. There is nothing worse than spoiling a great job with a small but irreversible mistake done because one was not patient enough
  • Watch out while painting your plane. As you can see, I managed to do my paint job less than perfect, although I took quite some time to mask the wing. See point one.
  • Always use your glue as it was designed to! I had to throw away my first fuse (presented in the first part of this blog) and to completely redo it because I applied UHU Por badly. I just poured it generously over the EPS and connected the parts before waiting for the glue to dry up a bit. The result: at first, the connection seemed OK, but than the glue ate its' way through the EPS and the bond was destroyed!
  • Watch out for your cats (if you have any) not to develop too much of an interest in your plane. Luckily, I cought my cats chowing on the scrap EPS parts laying around, but it also could have been the wing!
  • Clark Y wing inclination recommendation: 3 deg positive.
  • Take your time when thinking about the placement of push rods. Also make sure the push rod is not fixed too near the
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