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Old Sep 18, 2003, 04:33 PM
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Two FanTastic AT-6s make first Flights

Lex Taylor and I made the first flight of our FanTastic AT-6 Texans’. Both flew great and were the center of attraction at the Bedford Boy’s Ranch near the DFW Airport Texas. I also have a Strega and they both (AT-6 & Strega) fly about the same with the AT-6 I think, is faster. Lex and I agreed it’s a Great fun to fly aircraft!

Fly Low and Slow

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Old Sep 18, 2003, 04:34 PM
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My AT-6 fly by.
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Old Sep 18, 2003, 04:37 PM
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Another Training shorty
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Old Sep 18, 2003, 04:38 PM
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Lex makes a pass
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Old Sep 18, 2003, 04:40 PM
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Lex on the go.
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Old Sep 18, 2003, 04:43 PM
Lookin' Good. Real Good.
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Nice! They'll fly indoor, in say, a gym?

Whats the specs?
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Old Sep 18, 2003, 04:43 PM
Lookin' Good. Real Good.
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You prop looks better, lol.
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Old Sep 19, 2003, 02:57 AM
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Molded EPS sheet foam (Depron)
Weight: 6 1/2 oz with paint and 1200mah Li-poly E-TEC 2S pack. I would guess about 30 min flights with this set up?
GWS IPS "A" drive (single) this one is out of a retired TM
GWS 9 7 prop
31 1/2" wing span
Undercambered airfoil (single surface wing)
Pull/pull ailerons, pushrod controlled elevator. Can very easly be made into a four channel.

The Texan flies great in a gym and can handle light winds outdoors.
Had to fly it at the local park after flying it at the gym.

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Old Sep 19, 2003, 07:18 AM
I'm kind of a big deal
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kgmorris,
I can't believe you guys are flying it in a gym. Looks great. Where can they be purchased? I have a GWS Zero I think I will sell and build one of these babies instead.

Shawn
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Old Sep 19, 2003, 10:50 AM
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Nice job Ken and Lex, I can't believe you guys beat me. Mine is barely out of the box, too much email to catch up on after returning from NEAT fair.

The Indoor Pylon Racing at SWAC is on, we have the time slot dedicated, RC Groups will be providing trophies, and Hobby Lobby will be bringing some nice prizes. Rare Bears, Strega's and AT-6 are all welcome! See you there.

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Old Sep 19, 2003, 11:44 AM
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That last picture is particularly striking. Nice looking planes, guys!

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Old Sep 19, 2003, 05:49 PM
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How to build a Texan...

I shot some pictures during the build of my FanTastic AT-6. These will answer a lot of questions about the basic construction. However, remember that this is a pre-production kit, so some details could change. Also, I built it without instructions, so I might have done some things differently than the designers intended.

First step was glueing the fuselage halves together. I did this before cutting out the canopy and wing openings- this keeps the pieces stiffer and makes it easier to get them lined up. The whole model was built with thick and thin foam-safe CA glue.

This photo also shows the bamboo dowels that are glued to the wing leading edge. They have to be cracked to fit the dihedral break. I cracked them, test fitted them, then soaked the cracked area in thin CA to reinforce it.
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Old Sep 19, 2003, 05:52 PM
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Next I trimmed the remaining parts and cut away the tail control surfaces. The elevators are joined with the typical "U" shaped piece of wire.
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Old Sep 19, 2003, 05:54 PM
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The wings only need to have the root area trimmed and a groove sanded into the LE to receive the bambo dowel.
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Old Sep 19, 2003, 05:59 PM
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I left the ailerons attached to the wings for the time being to prevent damage to the wingtip as it got tossed around the workbench. The wing halves are glued together- the flat center section automatically sets the correct dihedral.

A little bump on the wing surface at the joint indicates the location for the aileron servo. I cut a small hole there to allow the top of the servo to extend through the wing.

The bamboo dowels are glued to the leading edge and joined in the center by a small piece of aluminum tubing.
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