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Old Jul 20, 2014, 01:49 PM
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Pak Fa: Try and Error Approach

I tried to draw up plans for a PakFa already end of 2012. February last year, I just did quickly a 50 % proof of concept build. Since then, I did not do much about flying or building.

So two weeks agou, when my 8 year old son stumbled into my hobby room, he picked up the PakFa and wanted to throw it around. But first I needed to balance it.

What eventually happened: We did gliding/gc tests, just for fun.
RC Pak Fa Glide Test (0 min 50 sec)
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Old Jul 20, 2014, 01:56 PM
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First Session

So somehow I got the bug. I will build a 100 % version, but I have to play it by the ear.
I have no clue, how to link the control surfaces, where to put the controller, .... so I will take it step by step. The concept I want to follow:
Just building small components, and in the end, it should be just one big puzzle.
My component list:
- nacelles
- front part bottom
- front part top
- turtle deck
- nacelles (upper part)
So last week, I started with just putting most of the components together
Instead of cutting bevels, I just glued in the formers at the correct place, and then was just able to sand the bevel with a sanding block.
Eventually I was surprised, how far I got.
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Session two

So today, I worked some more on the Pak Fa.

Highlight: The nose. It took me longer than expected, but eventually I was happy with it.
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Session three

This time, working on the upper part.
This included cutting, glue and sanding the "upper" nacelles.
My original idea to form the sides went down the drain, since the first part I wanted to bend, just broke.
So I just "doubled" up the front section of the nacelle, but as a side effect, I had no problems to sand it into shape.
The next challenge was to cut out the inner shape of the nacelle out of the turtledeck.

All in all, I'm quite happy so far.

But, I really need to think about the control surfaces - how to connect them. On the outside or via linkage on the inside

Not sure yet. Any comment is welcome !
Cheers
Olli
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