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Old Feb 23, 2015, 07:55 PM
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To build the Vanessa COG machine, see the link :

http://creswellrcflyers.org/Text/Vanessa_CG_Machine.pdf
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Old Feb 23, 2015, 10:36 PM
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Very creative, Andrew!

Looks you're all ready for the maiden flight!

Wow! A 1/6 scale Cub! Building that baby will certainly keep you busy on these cold Winter nights!

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Old Feb 23, 2015, 10:40 PM
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Here's the 'custom' box I use to transport my Yak and Wilga.

The box was purchased from a local storage company and was modified so I could carry either two foamys, or one foamy and the Wilga or Yak.

The material lining the wing slots is pipe insulation foam. The slots for the foamys were simply cut to fit and foam added to stabilize and protect the wings. I did something similar for the Wilga, but of course the slots were wider.

When I got the Yak I needed another modification because of the wing struts. I cut the slot to accommodate the wing struts, but then the opening was much too wide for the Wilga's wings. So, I added a 'door' marked in the pictures below. The door is simply a piece of cardboard hinged with tape. In the open position as shown, the Yak's struts are cleared. To support the plane, I cut a piece of pipe wrap at 45°, reversed the pieces shown in the right picture, and used Welder glue to form it into the right angle piece shown. This, plus the cord around the fuselage keeps the plane stable in transit with no stress on the control surfaces.

When I bring the Wilga, I fold the door to the closed position. The opening is then lined with foam and the wing is secured. They're not visible in the pictures, but I use Velcro tabs to keep the door either open or closed as needed.

I always get lots of comments on my setup.

Crude, but effective I guess!

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Old Feb 24, 2015, 04:16 PM
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Now I like that idea. Cheap and easy.
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Old Feb 24, 2015, 06:16 PM
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Don,

That is an awesome idea to transport the two planes!!! Excellent use of brain power there

Yea, the cub build is going to be interesting, to say the least. I'll send you a link to the build log once I get going
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Old Feb 24, 2015, 11:05 PM
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Don,

That is an awesome idea to transport the two planes!!! Excellent use of brain power there

Yea, the cub build is going to be interesting, to say the least. I'll send you a link to the build log once I get going
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Now I like that idea. Cheap and easy.
Thanks guys!

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Old Feb 25, 2015, 08:45 PM
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TX was shipped back from Horizon today. I don't care what anyone says about Spektrum, but I'm happy. If you remember, I dropped my TX on the tile living room floor. That broke the left gimble stick and the "F" switch.

I mailed it to Horizon for repair and told them what happened. They made repairs, updated to latest firmware, and then mailed back via FedEx on their dime. It only cost me the initial mailing of approx $12. I was fully prepared to pay $50-$75 for the repairs. They said "no problem, we just want to get you back in the air again with minimum cost and hassle." NICE!
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Old Feb 25, 2015, 08:47 PM
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Oh, here is the Cub build thread. It's going to take a while, as I'm a little anal with building things

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2355609
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Old Today, 12:03 AM
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Hi Andrew,

I've liked Cubs.

Wish I could find one around the same size as the Yak and Wilga, made of foam. E-Flite has a very nice L-4 but it's balsa.

I do about 99.999% of my flying indoors and I'm always on the lookout for a small size scale model to add to that hangar.

Here's a picture of a Cub I built about 20 years ago. I didn't want another yellow Cub so I modeled mine after the Navy version designated NE-1 used in WWII.

Good luck with your build!

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Old Today, 02:51 AM
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This starts to sound more a Cub thread than Yak thread, but never mind.

What about FMS J3 Cub? Probably might be too big / heavy inside, but I would guess that it tolerates wind a little bit better than our Yaks...

I've got Mini Cub hanging in my boy's room. However it's a model I wouldn't recommend to anyone. Way too heavy for it's size, doesn't fly well inside or outside (too fast inside and outside doesn't tolerate any wind).
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