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Old May 26, 2011, 06:03 PM
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Hi Guys,

I'm going to be flying to Denver for a week. So, once again, no work will get done on the plane over the holliday. At the rate I'm going, it will be Labor day before it's done. Oh well, life goes on.

Bob in Seattle
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Old May 27, 2011, 08:19 AM
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Have a good trip Bob.
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Old May 27, 2011, 09:51 AM
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Bob - Have a nice trip.

Scottie - I am eager to see your build all covered and ready for flight. The maiden must be near, yes?

So what have I been up to? Lots, but not much Raven building. I repaired a 2M Riser for a friend and we are going to give it to a new sailplane pilot in our area who does not have a plane. My friend Ray got the plane used and i repaired it and got it flight worthy. I also got my hands on a basic 4 channel radio and receiver for it as this new pilot does not have a radio either. I am going to do the hand launch remaiden hopefully this weekend and then Ray and I will present it to him. I also repaired a warped wing for my father for his Alpha 60. He had damaged the d-box on the wing and then stored it standing on end for a while before I got it. By the time I got it the wing had twisted an inch and a half. It was a bugger to straighten out but it is straight and true now.

My Raven progress has been limited to finishing my stabilator pieces. I think they came out well enough. They are within 2 grams of each other at 25g and 23g respectively. I am moving onto the fuselage next and as I already have the sides cut out and shaped, the formers made and the control linkages ready it should proceed quickly.

Oh yea I have also recently come into possession of a Sig Ninja slope plane. I am going to rehab it and make it flight worthy. This way I can stop bashing my Riser on the slopes. Here are a couple of pictures to keep you interested.

Wayne
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Old May 28, 2011, 07:32 AM
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Wayne-I need to finish the black on the wings and final fit the wing servos.I'll be going to the lhs today for more black as I messed up two pieces trying to get the lower wing trim right,cutting them in one piece eats up a lot of a roll on each one but it looks better than haveing all the seams I would get if I made them in four parts.Miaden should be about the middle of june,as I want to do it on a week day morning after school closes,that way I can get my viedo guy to come along.
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Old May 29, 2011, 01:10 AM
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I really love the gull wing design. Super dumb question here: I don't suppose there is a kit of this out there? And if not is there ever plans to do one?
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Old May 29, 2011, 09:38 AM
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Hi Avadon,

As of now there is no kit available for this plane. Plans for this plane are available through Mike Smart designs. He is located in the UK and ships the plans to you. I have a link to his website in post number two of this thread. He also watches this thread and stops in when he thinks we are going astray. I agree with you on the gull wing design, it does look awesome.

Wayne
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Old May 29, 2011, 09:56 AM
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Hi Avadon,

You can also get the ribs laser cut as I did. The link to the guy is in the early pages of the thread. It's cheap and saves you a LOT of work. I went with the D box design instead of the full sheeting.

Bob in Seattle
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Old May 29, 2011, 06:33 PM
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Hi Avadon,

You can also get the ribs laser cut as I did. The link to the guy is in the early pages of the thread. It's cheap and saves you a LOT of work. I went with the D box design instead of the full sheeting.

Bob in Seattle
Thanks Windipendence and Bob, i'm going to look into that. Such a neat looking aircraft.
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Old May 30, 2011, 07:08 AM
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Avadon-get the plans and the lazer cut ribs and have at it!The fuse build from scratch is not hard at all,cutting the stab and wing ribs took more build time on mine than cutting the fuse parts out.If you tape the fuse stock togateher with double stick tape a small hand held jig saw will make short work of the cutting.Wayne has some parts sorced out like the stab bell crank wich would be the only hard to find part that you would get in a kit.Buy some wood and have at it.
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Old May 30, 2011, 02:49 PM
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Back at it.

I didn't want Wayne to crack the wip too hard and get hurt so here is some raven work done.The left wing is recovered and will join it's mate at the sign shop on thursday for trimming out.I had to toss in some shots of the sinbad I built while I waited for more raven covering,42"span 198sq" and a whopping 6oz with battery.Next after the raven from Rue's corner of the blue plaid skunk works will be a 1/2 size cobra.
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Old Jun 02, 2011, 11:33 PM
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Mike - I have started working on the fuselage of my Raven and I am trying to plan out where the servos will go. Do you have any recommendations on servo position? Do you have a interior fuselage picture you can share? Additionally, on average how much weight has been needed in the nose to get previous Ravens to balance?

Wayne
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Old Jun 03, 2011, 04:29 AM
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Mike - I have started working on the fuselage of my Raven and I am trying to plan out where the servos will go. Do you have any recommendations on servo position? Do you have a interior fuselage picture you can share? Additionally, on average how much weight has been needed in the nose to get previous Ravens to balance?

Wayne
Hi Wayne,

As I recall the rudder and elevator servos were positioned just in front of the wing LE, but sorry I have no photos. I don't recall any significant amount of weight being added to the nose, virtually just the weight of the 4 cell receiver nicad balanced it.
This will probably not apply to yours though as it is an electric conversion I believe and presumably you have a relatively heavy motor up front and a flight pack to locate somewhere.

Mike
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Old Jun 03, 2011, 05:37 AM
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Wayne I'll get a photo of the inside of mine in the morning and post it.
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Old Jun 03, 2011, 07:52 AM
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Thanks Mike,

I have gone back and forth on the electric vs string launch and have decided to build it string launch only. I have stopped making other claims about finish, wing style or anything else as my vision keeps changing but the motor decision is final.

Wayne
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Old Jun 05, 2011, 09:55 AM
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Hi Guys,

I'm back from Denver. I'm just trying to get caught up on stuff around here. It's 75 and sunny. I should be flying, but I'll be doing yard work, chores and running errands.

Bob in Seattle
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