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Old Apr 07, 2014, 11:34 AM
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Conversion to TA152C

My TA152H has had nearly 60 flights, mostly 5 minutes of so and is looking a bit tatty round the edges, so for that reason I've stripped off the covering from the wings and much of the fuselage.

I've long wanted to reduce the wingspan to the "C" version, and a trip to Canada with models in boxes for the May Chilliwack fly-in has provided the incentive - it will go in a smaller box!

Pictures and details soon.

BTW, I originally designed the model for 2 cells but have found that the motor, prop and SC can cope with a 3 cell pack and of course is a lot quicker in the air...far too quick for scale speed, I suspect...but fun.

More later,

Mike
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Old Apr 08, 2014, 05:04 AM
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I'm well into the conversion now, as you can see.

Apart from the wingspan, there are a few minor changes to be made. The supercharger scoop goes on the port side and the colour scheme and decals will make a big difference to the look of the model. The undersurface grey extends right up to the top third of the fuselage. The exhaust staining is very noticeable on the prototype.

Covering will be silver litespan, then spray with Tamiya colours.
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Old Apr 13, 2014, 05:22 AM
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I still find Litespan a challenge even after 20 years of using it. This time the sheeted parts were much better (always paint Balsaloc on the sheeted parts as well as the Litespan) but the wings are not so good with quite a few chord-wise wrinkles. Ah well!

Painting next, then some new markings.
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Old Apr 17, 2014, 03:34 PM
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And she flies!

I was a little concerned that the long-wing version's easy flight pattern and trouble-free handling might be compromised by the loss of wing area, but the moment I launched, it was obvious from the solid feel, dead straight climb-out and sweet response to the TX that she was a classic. Gone was the slightly "powered glider" feel, in was a ground-attack fighter.

Just the wings to paint and the markings to put on - once again supplied by Tim Calvert at modelmarking.com

Thanks to Trevor for the photos - using my past-its-best camera he did pretty well!

Thanks also to Al Lidberg for a first class design and excellent kitting - even if mine is not a free flight rubber job
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Old Apr 18, 2014, 11:06 AM
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Interesting build.
I 've found thin Doculam as a decent substitute for Litespan.
No it doesn't shrink much more but at least it's self adhesive and has a rubbery-ness that's useful in getting those unexpected wrinkles out.
Very inexpensive to buy ~500 ft rolls for same $ as a very few sheets of Litespan A small caveat in that there are dozens of varieties sold, many of which are significantly different.
A plethora of possibilities, to wade through.
Need test samples to find one that suits individual needs/expectations.

Bit surprised at the 9 ounces weight.
I would have guessed 6/7 for a FF model based build.
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Old Apr 18, 2014, 12:57 PM
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Yes, 9 oz flying weight. Actually it's fine, and allows the model to fly with authority in the breezes we get in this part of the UK. It is slightly bigger than the average FF to RC Guillows conversion and I was not trying for light weight especially. I suppose a couple of oz might be trimmed off with smaller gear, lighter balsa, less paint etc etc, but this is a resilient model with excellent flying characteristics - what more could one ask!
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Old Apr 18, 2014, 01:05 PM
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Still the sweetest looking aircraft! *Sigh*

And, I'm glad the weather is starting to cooperate for us both.
David
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Old Apr 18, 2014, 02:42 PM
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Hi David,

What are you building at the moment? I have temprarily abandoned small models for a 100" Short "Golden Hind" seaplane which has burned a deep hole in my budget!
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Old Apr 19, 2014, 09:54 AM
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Looks great, Mike! Congratulations on the "re-maiden". One niggle from your photos though, is it just me or does your hatch look like it's trying to "depart"?

Steve
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Old Apr 19, 2014, 11:12 AM
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Looks great, Mike! Congratulations on the "re-maiden". One niggle from your photos though, is it just me or does your hatch look like it's trying to "depart"?

Steve
Well spotted! I was not aware of it during the flight and it was still in place at the end...but me and hatches don't have a good record I have searched for them in two continents and on many fields and in many hedges. I must get a grip! But this one has never let go, I have to say.
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