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Old Jul 21, 2011, 11:32 PM
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I am glad you mentioned the reinforcement discs. I thought I was ready to apply the sheeting.

I am sure once I am done with these sub assemblies, the rest of the plane will go together really quick.
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Old Jul 22, 2011, 12:51 AM
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Yeah, the sub assemblies are really time consuming to build. Once you get past all those fiddly bits, things pick up.

Keep at it. You'll be glad you did.
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Old Jul 25, 2011, 05:37 PM
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Yeah, the sub assemblies are really time consuming to build. Once you get past all those fiddly bits, things pick up.

Keep at it. You'll be glad you did.
Have you flown yours yet?
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Old Jul 25, 2011, 06:16 PM
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Nah this weekend was shot in the foot with a bunch of Family events for my daughters 7th birthday. That's her in my avatar. She's 3 in that photo. Maybe I should update the photo.


I only had 25 minutes to work on it all weekend. Currently all the control surfaces are hinged up and glued on. The servos are installed, the esc and ubec are wired up, the battery is charged. All that is really left is to run the push rods and set up the control throws, etc.

Soon. Very soon!
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Old Jul 25, 2011, 06:24 PM
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I went ahead and updated my Avatar to a more current photo of the little bug.
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Old Jul 25, 2011, 06:55 PM
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Sounds like my weekend. I spent it hanging plywood in a friend's shop, and then putting up a fence to keep in the Lab, that likes to chase the neighbor's chickens. Maybe tonight I can sneek in an hour of work.
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Old Jul 27, 2011, 12:06 AM
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Stole an hour tonight. The motor, esc, ubec, rudder and elevator are all hooked up.

Tomorrow I'll hook up the ailerons, set the CG and then she'll be ready to maiden.
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Old Jul 27, 2011, 08:12 AM
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Stole an hour tonight. The motor, esc, ubec, rudder and elevator are all hooked up.

Tomorrow I'll hook up the ailerons, set the CG and then she'll be ready to maiden.
Don't forget to set the incidence. The info is in the build log.
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Old Jul 27, 2011, 08:15 AM
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I think I finished up all the sub assemblies necessary to build the wings. I might be able to put the first wing together tonight. I would prefer a little epoxy on the servo trays, instead of just CA. I still haven't sheeted the center section yet either.

However, this model is moving pretty fast, I usually take 6 months to build a plane.
Afterall, building is still half the entertainment of this hobby for me.

The dog fence needs some more work first.
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Old Jul 27, 2011, 08:16 AM
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Wing incidence adjustment

Wing incidence adjustment: see post 81

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showt...1200572&page=6
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Old Jul 27, 2011, 10:14 AM
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JKARPY - Thanks, one of the other builders clued me in.

DKENNDEY35 - When you start the wings, don't forget to insert the thin carbon fiber rods behind the leading edge balsa square stock. The carbon rods fit into the nice little circles cut into each of the win ribs.

Best of luck, give a holler if you need any advice.

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Old Jul 27, 2011, 02:03 PM
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Ted,

I take it, you need to put in the carbon fiber rods in along with the ribs, and spars, before gluing anything?

I remember seeing a picture of the rods in back on page 5 or 6. Before that, I was wondering what the holes were for. :-)

One things for sure, a whole lot of thought has gone into this model. That center section is really built strong!

- Don
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Old Jul 27, 2011, 06:54 PM
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I test fit everything over the plans and on the parts. Once it all looked good, I slid that cf rod in, and then triple checked everything. At that point I tacked the leading edge in place just to keep it from falling off, and quadruple checked everything again.

I then started to glue stuff up, checking everything along the way.

Yeah, LOTS of thought went into this design. I really like the build.

I'm down to just 8 screws and some touch up on the covering. Mine will be ready for final inspection in no time.
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Old Jul 29, 2011, 08:57 AM
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Cool, sounds great!!! I have been distracted a couple of days, but I hope to get back to my SSX tomorrow.
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Old Jul 29, 2011, 03:56 PM
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Yup - it's real close now. If everything plays out nicely, I'll be able to maiden it this weekend. First maiden and/or rc flight in several years.

I've managed to set the angle of attack on the wings as per the instructions. What does this adjustment offer in the way the model flies? That is to ask, without getting into all of the scientific descriptions of AOA and what not - why would I want to adjust this? How would the stability of the plane be effected?

Thanks!
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