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Old Jul 11, 2015, 10:02 AM
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Starting the fuselage station panels, it is getting easier...
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Old Jul 23, 2015, 08:49 PM
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Rear panels glued in, tail cone under horizontal stabilizer shaping in progress. Just glued on the panel over the wing box.
She's coming along nicely.
I wish I could get my hands on some more of the yellow 1 inch foam board; it shapes and sands very well. I used that on the tail cone and engine nacelles.
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Rear panels glued in, tail cone under horizontal stabilizer shaping in progress. Just glued on the panel over the wing box.
She's coming along nicely.
I wish I could get my hands on some more of the yellow 1 inch foam board; it shapes and sands very well. I used that on the tail cone and engine nacelles.
Looking Great Kev! Your 404's tail section is really shaping up nice!
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Old Jul 24, 2015, 05:59 AM
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Couldn't wait to check the panel glued in over the wing box; it came out really nice and the edge of the panel lines right up with the wing box. There won't be a lot of work to get this area smoothed up.
I decided to put her on the scale this morning. All up weight is 4.076 pounds! That includes two 2200 mah 3S batteries to simulate the new battery I'll have (hope it is a bit less).
I believe it is realistic to estimate weight at 4.5 pounds all finished. That puts me in the 65 watts/pound range (motors/props came in at 150 watts each @ 16 amps). That should make for some great scale performance. The wing cubic loading comes in at 13.4 (442.25 sq. in. wing area / 72 oz. weight). That is on the high side of scale, so hopefully wing thickness will give me some additional lift (it is 1.3 inches thick at the side of the fuselage).
On to the front end of the fuselage... need to be thinking about battery venting, I have some ideas. I think the power draw will be modest, so hopefully not a lot of heat buildup.
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Old Jul 27, 2015, 08:48 PM
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Hi! Good looking build.
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Old Jul 28, 2015, 05:54 AM
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Thank you sir... All fuselage panels are now attached, need to work on the cockpit and tail cone areas. I'll try to get a picture uploaded later.
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Thank you sir... All fuselage panels are now attached, need to work on the cockpit and tail cone areas. I'll try to get a picture uploaded later.
Sounds great Kev! You keep this steady pace and you should have a maiden by September.
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Old Jul 29, 2015, 05:25 AM
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That's the idea; to be done:
- Finish sanding cockpit area and glue it on
- Attach hstab
- Sort out nose gear; strut is too long, I may need to fabricate my own
- Finish shaping nacelles and attach
- Install arming plug
- Create tail cone under hstab
- Final sanding and attaching control surfaces, connect push rods
- Figure battery placement (cog 25% back from leading edge just to be safe) and create battery box, hopefully right over wing box
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That's the idea; to be done:
- Finish sanding cockpit area and glue it on
- Attach hstab
- Sort out nose gear; strut is too long, I may need to fabricate my own
- Finish shaping nacelles and attach
- Install arming plug
- Create tail cone under hstab
- Final sanding and attaching control surfaces, connect push rods
- Figure battery placement (cog 25% back from leading edge just to be safe) and create battery box, hopefully right over wing box
It might seem like a long list Sit but one item a week and your finished in 6-7 weeks.

Not bad at all!
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