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Archive for April, 2012
Posted by StayQuiet | Apr 23, 2012 @ 10:18 AM | 1,963 Views
I had a lot of fun with my Demi Duster project, but that twin engine dream keeps nagging me.

Our club field isn't exactly perfect yet (it's a work in progress) so there are some issues flying small taildragger electrics from it. Wheels tend to get caught in grass (or dirt) clumps, and the plane noses over on rollout.

I'm thinking tricycle gear. Years ago I flew a Sig MidStar 40 (glow) and enjoyed the plane. Rather than build a kit and convert it to electric, I'm thinking of getting a set of plans from Sig, having them copied at 75% of original size, for a wingspan of a bit under 48.5", closing off the nose, and adding in two motor nacelles on the wing. Draw it all up in CAD and have a short kit laser cut. Think of the offspring from a Hobbico Twinstar and the Sig Midstar 40 at 75% original size - a Twinstar 30?

My wife is going to kill me when she sees me building another one.
Posted by StayQuiet | Apr 06, 2012 @ 05:10 PM | 2,173 Views
It's done! The canopy came out better than expected. CG is perfect, and it's all set for a maiden flight - as soon as I feel as though I can handle it. Maybe a buddy box flight with someone with a lot better flying skills than I currently have wouldn't be a bad idea.

It's been a fun project, that's for sure!
Posted by StayQuiet | Apr 03, 2012 @ 02:32 PM | 2,121 Views
An ordered tube of special cement for Lexan showed up today. Time to start gluing together the canopy sections.

Front part is done, glued and trimmed out with striping tape. "Captain Eddy TuLowe" is finding out that the cockpit is a snug fit.

The graphics are courtesy of my wife's crafting machine, which does a very nice job cutting them out on MonoKote trim sheet from a computer file (she does my AMA numbers for the wing as well).

I still have to cut out and glue the rear half of the canopy, then use some canopy glue to hold it to the fuselage.