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Old Mar 15, 2014, 03:51 PM
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1/4 scale PSS MB326 Impala

So... While I wait for the last few bits to arrive from China to finish the Bucc, I've started planning this (Can't have Depron gathering dust, must turn it into slopies!). I'm going to build it from glassed Depron using mostly the same method as the Bucc.

All my scratch builds start off by finding decent three views and wing sections online and then attacking them with Photoshop till I have everything sized, datum'd and incidence'd. A little tip for people that need to print large plans on A4 and glue them together: Save as a PDF and use Acrobat Reader's tile print function. much easier than finding a tile printing app...

This Imp will be in the orange and blue Silver Falcons colours. Busy printing now...





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Old Mar 15, 2014, 04:29 PM
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Nice ,I like your style Monz build em to fly, build em big ,thats my motto
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Old Mar 15, 2014, 04:41 PM
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Nice ,I like your style Monz build em to fly, build em big ,thats my motto
hehehe Cheers Steve. Thing is, with Depron and 0.6oz cloth, they can be built large AND cheaply. My two favourite things
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Old Mar 15, 2014, 05:43 PM
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yeah well ,you probably know I like to build pretty much in the traditional way, not really a big fan of depron ,but you certainly do it justice if the Buc's anything to go by
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Old Mar 15, 2014, 06:20 PM
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Ja, I've seen some of your builds. Immaculate! I build traditionally for my scale free flight models, but for these large slope models, the depron is just so much cheaper, and therefore attainable for me
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The Buccaneer looks great, and I'm sure this one will be no different. My question is about durability of the Depron. Even with a little light glass, I would think that they're still a little fragile/brittle. It assume that you've built and flown other similarly sized and constructed ships, so I was curious if you could fill us in on how well they survive the slope environment. I think landing at most slopes where I fly would pulverize a similarly built model. How are your slopes? Nice grass LZs? Is it that they're so lightweight that they just don't do much damage to themselves upon landing? It certainly looks like you know what you're doing, so I was wondering about the survivability of these planes. Anyways, good luck with your build.
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Old Mar 16, 2014, 02:02 AM
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I'd rather be out sloping...
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Nice, Monz! Looking forward to this one. My favorite plane.

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Old Mar 16, 2014, 03:23 AM
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I am utterly stunned that you are using Photoshop as you CAD software.
There probably isn't a more user-unfriendly CAD software in the world.
You should win an award JUST for that!
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Old Mar 16, 2014, 07:22 AM
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The Buccaneer looks great, and I'm sure this one will be no different. My question is about durability of the Depron. Even with a little light glass, I would think that they're still a little fragile/brittle. It assume that you've built and flown other similarly sized and constructed ships, so I was curious if you could fill us in on how well they survive the slope environment. I think landing at most slopes where I fly would pulverize a similarly built model. How are your slopes? Nice grass LZs? Is it that they're so lightweight that they just don't do much damage to themselves upon landing? It certainly looks like you know what you're doing, so I was wondering about the survivability of these planes. Anyways, good luck with your build.
Once the cloth is on and the resin cured, it's very surprising how much strength it adds. For the rougher slopes (we have nice grass hills here) I'd still build with depron, but up the cloth weight and use epoxy resin. Then also add a layer or two of extra cloth to the underside of the fus for durability. You could also skin the bottom with 6mm Depron and then add a few layers of glass for durability.
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I am utterly stunned that you are using Photoshop as you CAD software.
There probably isn't a more user-unfriendly CAD software in the world.
You should win an award JUST for that!
hehehe I'm a retoucher as one of my trades, so know Ps quite well. So it's easy for me to do what I need with it.
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Old Nov 09, 2014, 11:13 AM
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Finally made a start to this beastie.





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Ooohhhh

such a nice project... sloping here beats my planes up somethin aweful..but I would still throw it out...lookin at your pics with all the planes in the background is a sure sign of the sloping mind....


SLOPE FAST -- SOAR DEEP

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Another nice project. Do you have any more vid of the Buccaneer flying?

Also to protect the bottom from LZ rash any thoughts about adding vacume form thin plastic skin to ask as a rock protector?
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Impalas

Monnie ours fly great
But at 16 kg we fly them with about 2 seconds ahead .
Wind minimum 15 knots , boogie at 25
SAAF colours for yours too ?

Can't wait for your build

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I look forward to your progress.

See you on Colley Hill one day, hopefully.
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