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Old Feb 13, 2003, 09:47 AM
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Greetings,
Welp yet another impulse buy, but this one went right to work bench. A very complete kit, both in hardware and instructions.
Oh, I could detail the fuse and paint it, make multiple mods and really trick it out over a few weeks, but I chose to do quick and stock build. This way it should be in the air on Friday. I got my CM built so I cannot compair buiding. This fuse is solid foam and with simple mods will accept BL motors. An odd combo if you look at it.
CM type of wing. Pattern fuse. 3D controls surfaces and a high ratio/ slowfly gearbox. I used this gearbox mod on my CM and prefered it over the stock ratio. We will see tomorrow how this work, weather permitting

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Old Feb 13, 2003, 09:52 AM
Dragons, Windmills. All Same.
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Buiding pics

Simple and quick joiner mod. The kit comes with no joiner and the foam spars were not glued very well. So a little glue down all the spars and when dried, 1/8"x4 1/2" balsa spars to make me feel better. Only mod so far.

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Old Feb 13, 2003, 10:01 AM
Dragons, Windmills. All Same.
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Progressing

The most time I have spent on this is mounting the wing. It is not as simple as cutting the bottom of the fuse off, gluing in the wing and reattaching it. A lot of fitting and sanding was required to get it right. The anti-flex ruler is there to keep the top of the fuse from flexing during assemble, as noted in the intructions. Do not forget this, I almost did and when I did a final check berfore gluing, I found that pressing the fuse on can warp the fuse a little.
A large piece of tri-stock or anything else that will remain straight can be used. The ruler is taped on. A quick scuff and a single coat of water based poly to help prevent smudges.
Welp, on to the tail.

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Old Feb 13, 2003, 10:10 AM
Thats NOT indestructible
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Dude

That is one nice plane

(Not another one on my list !)

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Old Feb 13, 2003, 11:15 AM
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Jared,

Do you plane to round the leading edge at all, it seems very blunt from your pics.
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Old Feb 13, 2003, 11:35 AM
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Thanks Josh. Oh come on, just one more! lol

Buzz, nope, the heatshrink covering was already pretty snug. I did not want to blow it by trying to remove it and rounding the LE.
It is so thin behind the LE that with or without sanding it, a sub leading edge may prove to be a good thing. I am sure that lots of cool mods will come about in the following months.

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Old Feb 13, 2003, 11:41 AM
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Thanks Jared,


Looking forward to a flight report so I will know which mods to include when mine shows up
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Old Feb 13, 2003, 12:11 PM
I'm kind of a big deal
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Keep em' coming Jared, I'm interested in this plane also.

Thanks
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Old Feb 13, 2003, 12:33 PM
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Welp,

Landing gear on. Tail group all finished. Pretty straight forward, just pay attention to keeping everything aligned. I like the pin hinges, they make a nice transition from the 3/4" fuse to the 1/8" rudder. Notice the nice included stearable tail wheel. This will come in real handy as an landing arrester at the grass field that I fly at. lol.
After it comes off from the grass landings, I may replace it with the new Dubro tail skid.

Tail group.

Jared
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Old Feb 13, 2003, 12:50 PM
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Looking good Jared,

Quick Q. Did you cut a slot to insert the stab. or remove one of the elevators and slide it in from the side?
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Old Feb 13, 2003, 02:12 PM
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Welp Buzz,
I cut a slot in the fin as instructed. It is said to save the piece and put it back in after the stab is mounted. I found it was too small after sanding the opening to level the stab, so I just grabed some styro scrap and made a new piece.
A little more progress. No real problems so far.
This is it for several hours. Lunch, Dr. appt, errands and honey dews. I will complete this before next sunup, mostly.

More pics.

Jared

"In my minds eye, I see a glass mold being made, somewhere else."
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Old Feb 13, 2003, 02:22 PM
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Jared,

YO! U Da man. Bra!!! I like it, I think it's really sweet. keep it comming and flow more info. as well, as flight report..

I give that plane a <---because I don't have one yet

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Old Feb 13, 2003, 02:56 PM
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That's pretty cool looking... hmmmm.... Hacker....hmmm.

Couple of questions.
1.It looks like that foam fuse is pretty thin around the wing saddle area. Does it look strong enough?

2. 2 aileron servos right?

3. Battery space? Big enough for at least 8 cell 1100 Hecells?

FWIW the Crazy Max wing proved to be plenty strong without any additional beefing at a weight of around 14 oz or so. Let us know how it goes

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Old Feb 13, 2003, 03:09 PM
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Hi Scott,

Yup, Astro, er, I mean Hacker could work.

It is a solid foam fuse, so once everything is rejoined, it seems strong enough.

2 aileron servos, yup.

Stock battery space is just enough for the 800ma nihms. Of course a little foam carving may work, but at a cost of a slightly weaker fuse. Another mod for someone in the works.

I have not weighed in yet, I am not gona till its done, but I am expected at least 17-18 ozs. My money is on 20ozs.

Later, Jared
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Old Feb 13, 2003, 03:18 PM
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Where do the bateries go under the wing? Or in the cockpit?? Yes Scott a brushless is a deffinate not sure yet which one but I plan to buy it soon as I get an idea of the auw and battery space 24 hours of O.T. the last two weeks so I gots the cash just needs the plane to see how much power I can cram into it
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