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Old Jun 08, 2014, 11:55 AM
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Pushy Galore

I am starting a close to scale version of Pushy Galore. The wings and tail are foam board and the body is Styrofoam. The inspiration was that I have a 4100KV motor with 3.75" 3 blade prop that is currently on my FT22 but it gets way to much dirty air so I know my efficiency is very low. The whole plane has way to much drag so I was looking for a very clean, light pusher and I have liked Pushy Cat/Pushy Galore since I was a teenager so thought I would give it a try. According to the online calculators I used it should be able to crank out some serious speed!

Wing Span 22"
Length 16"
Weight 270 grams (Estimated)

It is being covered with 3/4 oz fiberglass and Polycrylic. The test piece I did had 2 layers of glass, 5 layers of Polycrylic, 3 layers of paint, a clear coat and weighed almost identical to foam board with the paper left on! I was very happy with the strength as well.

Fitting everything inside has been very challenging as there is very little room but I think I have it all good now. I will post more pics as I go.





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Old Jun 08, 2014, 05:00 PM
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It sure looks nice!
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Old Jun 08, 2014, 08:56 PM
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I once bought a 48" Span Fiberglass over Balsa Pushy Cat at the Toledo Show Swap. And I never put it in the air. It was too beautiful! I ended up selling it unflown and regretted it.

I love the Pushy Cat style planes though. So cool.
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Old Jun 15, 2014, 01:01 AM
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Finally got a bit more done. I have 1 layer of fiberglass on the wings and the body is getting close to being ready to add fiberglass. I couldn't keep it quite scale as I could not fit everything in the body so had to make it a bit more boxy. Pushrod for the elevator is installed and both servos are ready to install.


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Old Jun 15, 2014, 01:30 AM
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Nice work! Quite the transformation from rough carved to sanded. For some reason the original "Buck Rogers" series popped into my head with it sitting in this state.
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Old Jun 28, 2014, 12:44 AM
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I haven't had much time for this but I did get the motor mount installed and some more fiberglassing done tonight.
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Old Jun 28, 2014, 03:52 PM
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Pretty airplane and nice craftsmanship in the build.
At only 22 inch span, you might find it very challenging to fly. The combination of low Reynolds number and potentially high-ish wing loading may also give it a high stall speed.
If you're willing to deviate from scale, you might consider adding strakes at the root and having a somewhat larger-than-scale canard.
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Old Jun 30, 2014, 12:10 AM
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The bottom fuselage with motor and ESC installed. Air vents cut for the motor.

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Old Jun 30, 2014, 12:11 AM
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Wings glued to the bottom fuselage. Aileron servo installed in the wing.

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Old Jun 30, 2014, 12:13 AM
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The elevator servo installed in the upper fuselage. A pushrod goes up through the tail.

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Old Jun 30, 2014, 12:18 AM
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Upper fuselage attached to wing and lower fuselage. Now I will continue with filling and fiberglassing. The canopy will be cut out last.


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Old Aug 04, 2014, 04:28 PM
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Finally getting a bit more done!

The body all has at least 2 layers of fiberglass and some parts have 3 layers. After that it has painted many times with a mixture of Polycrylic and drywall mud. I sanded with emory cloth between each coat. Number of coats varies between 3 and 7 depending on how much it needed. It could have used even more but got tired of doing it to be honest. I really want to fly it!!

Ready for paint.




With 2 coats of paint.
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Old Aug 04, 2014, 04:35 PM
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I was a little worried about if I would have enough throw on the ailerons with my unique linkage but they move LOTS. I will need to use lots of expo!
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Old Aug 10, 2014, 04:21 PM
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I believe it is ready to fly now! I have not had a chance yet but hopefully soon.







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Old Aug 11, 2014, 10:20 AM
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Looks great!
Good luck on the maiden flight.
Looking forward to video
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