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Old Aug 14, 2010, 10:48 PM
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Peter Rake's 30" General Western Meteor Prototype

The General Western Meteor has been a subject of interest to me for almost 2 decades. I wanted to build one at 50" with .19 glow motor for some time. Then the electric brushless outrunner lipo bug got me. So when Peter Rake was looking for some subject suggestions, I chimed in with the Meteor monoplane. Much to my delight, it resonated with him, and he churned out a set of plans.

I contacted Charlie at Monzano Laser with a request for a set of parts. Very good people to work with. Today the parts arrived, packaged with care. I have to say, and most of you probably know that presentation is part of the quality picture. That is exactly how I was impressed with package of parts. Neat and clean, always gets my attention. So a quick kudos and thanks to Charlie and the people at Monzano.

Picked up the wood from the local hobby shop (Propshop Hobbies in Warren, MI, USA) Friday, and now we are ready to get started.

I will cover the construction by the groups of parts, fuselage, tail empannage, wing, landing gear, cabane struts, assembly, covering, and finishing. Then the dummy motor, and electronic equipment installation. I will therefore save blank posts to be filled in as this build progresses.

Hope to do you proud Pete,
Ken
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Old Aug 14, 2010, 10:50 PM
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Fuselage Construction

Sunday, August 15, 2010;
Started the fuselage side frame assemblies. Pretty basic stuff so far. Carefully sand the ends of the uprights to get a flush tight joint. Stronger joints and less glue.

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Old Aug 14, 2010, 10:51 PM
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Old Aug 14, 2010, 10:53 PM
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Old Aug 14, 2010, 10:54 PM
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Radio and motor install details.

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Old Aug 14, 2010, 10:55 PM
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Covering and finishing

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Old Aug 14, 2010, 10:56 PM
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Where's the blank post for the maiden flight report then!!!

Not that you'll need to report much on the maiden - every Rake plane I've built so far has flown straight off the board; few clicks of trim is all I've ever had to do.

If you haven't already chosen a motor, the little 90w 1500kv jobs are perfect for this size of model. With a 2s 540mAh battery, 12 amp ESC and 7" prop I get 20+ mins per flight and everything stays cool. Cheap and reliable.

Look forward to the build.

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Old Aug 15, 2010, 02:52 AM
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Ken,
I rather like this idea. It keeps all the important stuff, the build details, in one place.

Steve,
This is the motor I'm showing on all this range. It fits relatively slim noses quite well.

http://robotbirds.com/catalog/produc...oducts_id=2196

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Old Aug 15, 2010, 06:29 AM
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Steve,
Good point on the maiden flight report. I guess you'll have to read the thread this time.

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Old Aug 15, 2010, 07:24 AM
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Old Aug 15, 2010, 11:49 AM
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you are welcome from "charlie and the people".

'the people' is Vicki (the Laser Master), my better half. She picks the wood and cuts the parts.
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